Sharon Dennis Wyeth Author Visit Kit
Sharon Dennis Wyeth has written picture books, historical fiction and young adult contemporary novels. Her Children’s Book Council Notable Books include The Granddaughter Necklace, a book based on family oral tradition; Something Beautiful, a child’s search for beauty; and Freedom’s Wings, part one of Corey’s Underground Railroad Diaries. Other honors include Parents’ Magazine Best Book, Reading Rainbow Book, New York Public Library One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, LAMBDA Literary Award Finalist and the National Council of Negro Women Education Award.
Educated in public schools in Washington, D.C. Sharon Dennis Wyeth presents herself as an example of empowerment gained through literacy. A seasoned and entertaining presenter on the writing process, diversity and the presentation of truth through fiction, the themes in Ms. Wyeth’s work reflect her deeply held interests: family, identity, poverty, racial harmony, African American history, literacy and the transformative power of beauty. She has a B.A. from Harvard University, M.F.A. from Hunter College and is a graduate of the Cave Canem fellowship of African American poets. Ms. Wyeth has taught Creative Writing at Hollins and Fordham Universities and Public Speaking at the New School. She’s presented at hundreds of schools and libraries and has been a keynote speaker at conferences. At home with any audience, the author lives in Montclair, N.J. Visit www.sharondenniswyeth.com.
Writing is a Beautiful Process (Right?)
Three 45-minute presentations
In an upbeat and personal presentation, customized to grade level, Ms. Wyeth shares her writing process beginning with the birth of an idea. She brings revisions to demonstrate the necessity of drafts. She shares early life experiences that inspired some of her stories and gives examples of her research for historical fiction. She tells students how reading helped her become a writer, crediting her teachers and her childhood public library. She reads from one of her books and ends with a Q&A period. She is happy to do signings.
Conferences and Festivals
Writing Childhood: The Healing Power of Narrative
Writing Diversity: Avoiding Stereotypes Through Specificity
Writing the Past: Encountering Truth in Historical FIction
Each of the three presentations above is 45 minutes in duration. The focus is reflected in their titles. During these talks, the author draws upon her own personal artistic journey and wide range of writing experience, making reference to artistic objectives, challenges and choices. She includes a reading and Q&A.
What's Your Story? Writing and Speaking Personal Narrative
A Chance to Share: Children and Parents Record Family Stories
Each of the workshops above is 45 minutes in duration. In leading these workshops, Ms. Wyeth draws upon her experience as a writer and educator. A reading is included.
During What's Your Story? (designed for adults or young adults) Ms. Wyeth offers writing prompts as well as speaking exercises. In A Chance to Share (designed for caretakers and their children), Ms. Wyeth facilitates writing partnerships between caregivers and their children.
Ms. Wyeth will make 40-minute visits to classrooms via Skype for a fee of $500. During a virtual visit, Ms. Wyeth will answer students’ questions about writing or one of her books. Students must be familiar with the author’s work. For teachers who own classroom sets of Ms. Wyeth’s books, the fee for a virtual visit through Skype is discounted to $100.
AV/Tech Needs for In-Person Visits
The author requests a hands-free microphone (without a lectern) and a PowerPoint set up (computer, cable, projector). She will bring her PowerPoint on a flash drive or, upon request, she can bring her own computer. Ms. Wyeth will also need a small table for her materials, a chair, and bottled water.
Ms. Wyeth’s fee for appearances requiring an overnight stay is $2,000 plus transportation, lodging, and meal expenses. Upon request, the author will add on a second half-day of student writing workshops for an additional charge of $500. (Please note, this option is only available as an add-on.) For author visits NOT requiring an overnight stay, Ms. Wyeth’s fee is $1,200.