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Deborah Wiles Author Visit Kit

Birthday
May 7, 1953
Birthplace
Mobile, Alabama, United States of America
Current home
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Personal narrative is the backbone of all storytelling, all history, and all fiction. Deborah starts from there. She structures an author visit day as instructional time—she teaches—and she partners with your teachers.

Deborah sometimes works an entire day with teachers. Sometimes she works with teachers after school or as one of four sessions in a day’s author visit. She goes into detail with teachers and demonstrate the skills she is teaching their students in workshop or assembly. They work together on teaching personal narrative writing, and teachers finish the day with useful tools and methods to add to their writers’ toolboxes, while working in their classrooms with young writers.

Deborah writes picture books and novels for children. She is also a freelance writer. She writes essays and features for adults. She writes in many different genres, for all ages. Her books span from PreK to young adult. Deborah received an MFA in writing from Vermont College.

Deborah believes in teachers. She supports and partners with your teachers and your writing goals, to help your students improve their personal narrative writing skills—skills that are tested and scored frequently throughout their academic careers. All teachers attend assemblies with their students and bring notebooks, as Deborah in-services teachers while she works with their students. She offers an after-school workshop with teachers as well, to delve deeper into the concepts she presents in assembly.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Suggested Audience: K–8

4 presentations per day maximum

Students in grades four and up bring their notebooks to assembly. Students in grades K-3 do finger writing. Deborah uses her published books and many others as mentor texts, to show how personal experiences find their way into writing for personal expression, including fiction. Everyone leaves assembly with stories to tell and ways to tell them: all those text-to-self and -world connections. In addition, teachers leave with tools they can immediately use to augment their writing toolboxes. Deborah tell stories across the curriculum, and in all genres. It’s a writing intensive, and it’s fun at the same time. Lots of laughter, and lots of hard work.

Deborah can work with very large groups provided she has excellent sound, attentive and participating teachers, and engaged students who are able to sit comfortably. She tailors each assembly for each grade and age; for students in middle and high schools, she takes a different approach. Deborah does show slides, and she does a similar talk, geared for them. She talks about inquiry-based learning and research, as this is a backbone of Countdown and the Sixties Trilogy.

Deborah can do up to four 45- to 60-minute assembly programs in a day. She can eat lunch with students and/or teachers. She can sign books. She can do an after-school workshop with teachers. Each school has its particular needs and schedule, and she is sensitive to that, and flexible—together you will structure a day to fit your scheduling challenges, content needs, and curricular goals.

Deborah also does writing residencies, working with a select grade or grades for extended periods—a week, three days, two. You will work these out in advance, together.

Honorarium

For rates and fees please fill out our Author Request form and the Author Visits Manager will respond shortly.

 

Ordering Books

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

Overhead Teaching Kit: Easy Reading Lessons for the Overhead

by Lisa Blau

Grades

1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

Not Available

Books | Individual Titles | Activity Book
Starting at: $11.95

25 Great Grammar Poems With Activities

by Bobbi Katz

Grades

3–5, 6–8

Guided Reading Level

Not Available

Books | Individual Titles | Activity Book
Starting at: $12.99

Holiday Helper

by Jane O'Connor , Deborah Melmon, Jill Abramson

Grades

1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

G

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $3.99

Biscuit in the Garden

by Alyssa Satin Capucilli , Pat Schories

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

F

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $4.00

Read and Rise

by Myles C. Pinkney , Sandra L. Pinkney

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

Not Available

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $4.95

Book! Book! Book!

by Deborah Bruss , Tiphanie Beeke

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Guided Reading Level

J

Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
Starting at: $5.95
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