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Sara B. Larson Author Visit Kit

Current home
Utah, United States of America


6–8, 9–12

Sara B. Larson is the author of Defy, a YA fantasy novel that has prevalent themes of finding courage in the face of loss and great turmoil, strength to overcome insurmountable odds, and discovering that true beauty and strength is what lies inside of us, not what the world sees. Defy was named a 2014 Winter Indie Next List. The sequels are Ignite and Endure. She often incorporates these themes in her presentations. Sara is comfortable tailoring her presentations to specific audiences including both large and small groups.

Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their three children.

Description of the Author’s Presentation

A Donut vs. A Circle of Krispy Kreme Joy: Using Description Effectively

An interactive class/presentation aided by an amusing and informative Power Point presentation, to discuss the impact effective and evocative description can have on your writing and your manuscript as a whole. Sara shows through examples and with a class participation project how description can take your manuscript to a whole new level and truly make it stand out.

Why Should You Read?

An interactive presentation about the benefits of reading and why it's important for students to not only read, but to cultivate a love of reading.

Fear the One Who is Right

When Neil Gaiman came to Utah in 2015, he said he fears the person who thinks they are right. Every villain believes they are the hero of their own story. Are your villains/antagonists realistic, wholly formed, and believable? They say your hero is only as strong as their opposition. To make sure, we’ll take a look at some great examples of villains and what we need to do when creating our characters to make sure they’re as strong as possible.

What's in a World? Five Easy Steps to Believable World-Building in Any Genre 

Whether you write fantasy, sci-fi, historical, or contemporary, you are creating a new world for your reader. We will talk about the five easy steps to set up your world building that will enable you to get to the fun part: writing your book! We will also talk about what it takes to make sure your world building is believable without being overbearing. And if there's time, we will use the 5 steps to create our own world right there on the spot!

Kicking Butt and Kissing Boys, All in a Day's Work 

What makes a strong heroine? Is it just being able to "kick butt"? I don't think so, and in this class we'll talk about all the different ways you can make your heroines strong, without sacrificing their femininity.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Sara is also open to presenting at conferences or festivals. She can tailor her presentations to fit 30-60 minute sessions.

Virtual Visits

Sara is happy to drop in for a 20-30 minute virtual visit and Q&A with book groups, school classes, and library groups that have read at least one of her books using Skype. *If a class purchases an entire classroom set of Sara’s books she will waive her Skype fee as a one-time offer. 

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

For presentations in which Sara uses her PowerPoint presentation, she can bring a flashdrive with the presentation on it (if the school will provide a computer and projector). For very large groups, a microphone is preferable.


For Sara’s 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.

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