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Christina Farley Author Visit Kit

Grades

3–5, 6–8

Christina Farley is the author of The Princess and the Page and the bestselling Gilded series. Gilded was nominated for Korea’s Morning Calm, Ohio’s Buckeye award, and Tome’s It List.

Her books have been hailed in Epic Read’s Anticipated Reads, PriceStyle’s Recommended Summer Reads, Book Riot’s Favorite Myth-inspired and Fantasy Reads, and BuzzFeed’s 21 Amazing Series We'll Miss.

She is a certified teacher holding a master’s degree in education and has taught writing workshops worldwide. She lives in Florida and can be visited online at ChristinaFarley.com.

Description of the Author’s Presentation

Presentation: The Power is Yours

Grades 3-8
45 minutes

Journey into the world of Word Weavers with Christina Farley, author of The Princess and the Page. Discover Word Weaver writing tips used by characters in The Princess and The Page. Gain an insider’s peek at Christina’s writing process and the travels that inspired her books. And ask those burning questions during the wrap-up Q&A session. This fun, interactive talk will hopefully inspire and challenge students that their words have power. This presentation is best for large assemblies.

Workshops

45-60 minutes; 75 students maximum

Enter the Magical World of Hogwarts Publishing

Grades 3-12

Have you ever felt like the world of publishing is a lot like entering the magical world of Harry Potter? You must receive a special invitation via owl, stand on Platform 9 ¾ for entrance, and possess certain magical powers. But in reality, publishing is a feat that even Muggles like you can achieve! In this talk, students will gain tips to achieve those ‘magical writer abilities,’ learn the process to get an agent, and get an insider peek into the world of publishing.

Escape Room! (Plotting)

Grades 3-8

Put your plotting and deductive reasoning skills to the test! Tasked by the Word Weaver Organization, students will choose their mission where their characters must escape a place. Using fun storyboarding techniques, they will brainstorm as a group and learn how to create a strong story plot that will be sure to leave them laughing and highly motivated long after the session has completed.

Guess Who? (Characterization)

Grades 3-8

In this interactive workshop, students will develop a three-dimensional character. Together the group will explore elements of engaging characters and then students will bring to life their character using an object of the school’s choosing (i.e. shoebox, old shoe, 3-D cut out, Pinterest board).

Oh, the Places We Will Go!

Grades 3-8

World building has never been more fun than to get out and explore the world. In this interactive workshop, students will use real world cultures to build the world of their imagination. Students will leave this workshop with a map of their world and "suitcase" of objects from their explorations.

Build a Fantasy World

Grades 3-12

Note: This workshop is also available as a full week workshop for a deeper in-depth study. Contact Christina Farley for details.

Attendees will look at ways to design a fantasy world using maps, genealogical charts, histories and unique twists. They will create rules for their characters and work on world-building without performing an information dump.

 

 

Conference and Festival Appearances

Christina is available to speak at family nights, festivals, conferences and workshops and tailor to an event’s needs.

Escape Room (Plotting)

Put your plotting and deductive reasoning skills to the test! Tasked by the Word Weaver Organization, students will choose their mission where their characters must escape a place. Using fun storyboarding techniques, they will brainstorm as a group and learn how to create a strong story plot that will be sure to leave them laughing and highly motivated long after the session has completed.

Build a Fantasy World

Attendees will look at ways to design a fantasy world using maps, genealogical charts, histories and unique twists. They will create rules for their characters and work on world-building without performing an information dump.

Raise Your Voice

Attendees will be exposed to various texts and books, which show examples of various voices. They will explore dialogue in text as well as in film as well as studying sentence structure and tone. Attendees will leave with a short fiction or non-fiction piece exhibiting voice.

Characters at the Movies

Break free of flat, conventional characters. Find ways to bring characters into situations that allow them to show their true colors. Attendees will gain tips on creating characters that grow and change throughout the story by studying characters in their favorite films.

 

Virtual Visits

Christina is also available to Skype with students in book clubs, classrooms, or library events. She is happy to arrange a free 20 minute question and answer Skype session or participate in a one hour event for $100. 

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

For presentations, Christina can provide her own computer, but requests the use of a projector, screen, and sound (presentations can be done without any AV when necessary). A microphone is helpful for large groups.

Honorarium

Central Florida: contact Christina Farley for rates

Continental U.S.: Half day: $600; Full day: $1,000 plus expenses for lodging and travel

International: $1,200 per day plus expenses for lodging and travel

Skype session: 20 minutes for free; 60 minutes for $100

Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

Susan Cheyney

GRADES: 1-2
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