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Visit Kit

Neil Connelly Author Visit Kit

Current home
Pennsylvania, United States of America


6–8, 9–12

Neil Connelly brings insight, inspiration, and slightly manic energy to every classroom he visits. He draws on a host of life experiences including writing eight books, teaching college for more than 20 years, and growing up the tenth kid in his family. He lives in central Pennsylvania and you can learn more about him at

Description of the Author’s Presentation

Whatever You Need

As a teacher himself, Neil Connelly is eager to work with you to shape a lesson plan that’ll benefit your students most. With thousands of hours in the classroom, he has an arsenal of mini-lessons and quick, fun exercises, plus he’s great at fielding questions about college, publishing, and the writer’s life.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Neil Connelly has given these professional presentations and is available to offer similar talks to your group:

  • Dynamic Feedback
  • 25 Just-Add-Water Creative Writing Lesson Plans
  • Unleasshing the Beast: Why You Should Teach Creative Writing in Your Literature Class 

He’s also ready to share thoughts on the revision process, online teaching, and why a Cliffs Notes mentality ruins reading.

Virtual Visits

If you’ve been kind enough to spend time with one of his books, Neil Connelly would love to Skype in for a 20-30 minute Q&A with your library or school group. No honorarium is necessary for virtual visits.


If you’re using one of his books, Neil Connelly would love to make a visit to your classroom or school possible. He asks for travel expenses to be covered and, while he appreciates any honorarium built into your budget, he doesn’t want money to come between him and young readers.  Please fill out the Author Request form and get in contact with him to work something out.

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

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