Natalie Standiford's Author Visit Kit
Natalie Standiford is an author of teen and middle grade novels, chapter books, and easy readers. Her middle grade novel The Secret Tree was named a Notable Children's Book of 2012 by The New York Times and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her young adult novel How to Say Goodbye in Robot was called "an outstanding choice for a book discussion group" in a starred review by School Library Journal and was a Fall 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection. Her other books include The Boy on the Bridge, Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters, and The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto. In the spring of 2014 she will publish a new middle grade novel called Switched at Birthday and a title in The 39 Clues series. She plays bass in the rock band Tiger Beat, featuring fellow YA authors Libba Bray, Daniel Ehrenhaft, and Barnabas Miller. She grew up in Baltimore and now lives in New York City.
Suggested Audience: Grades 3-12
2-3 Presentations per day max.
During her presentation, Natalie talks about her career and life as a writer, the writing process (with an emphasis on revision and dialogue), and the strange places ideas can come from. She also talks about the importance of setting in a story and how writers can use descriptions of place to evoke the inner world of their characters, followed by a reading and a question-and-answer session. Depending on the size of the group, she may have the students participate in writing exercises or a mini-writ ing workshop. She is happy to tailor her presentation to the particular needs of the classroom.
Conferences & Festivals
Natalie frequently speaks to adult groups of educators at state and national conferences and festivals and enjoys giving keynote addresses as well as breakout sessions and panel discussion groups.
Natalie is available for 20-minute Q&A style virtual visits with school, book, or library groups about any of her published works. Skype is preferred.
Natalie brings her own laptop, as well as a USB drive with her presentation. She needs a projector and a screen, though a walk-around microphone is always appreciated.
$1500 per day plus travel expenses when overnight travel is required.
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