Laura Resau is the award-winning author of nine highly acclaimed young adult and middle grade novels, including What the Moon SawRed GlassStar in the Forest, and The Queen of Water. Her novel, The Lightning Queen, received several starred reviews and was praised as "nothing short of magical" by Kirkus. Her book,Tree of Dreams, is set in the Amazon rainforest.

Behind the Books with Laura Resau

Grades 3-12
45-60 minutes, including 10-minute Q&A

In this dynamic talk, Laura shares her experiences abroad, showing slides of the people and places who inspired her books. She discusses her journey as a writer— from a kid who loved story-telling all the way to a published author. Along the way, she explains the process of researching, writing, and publishing a book, while offering writing tips. Throughout the presentation, she asks the audience questions to keep them actively engaged. She can adapt the talk for the age group of the audience and the book they’ve read.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Flying with Words: Creative Writing with Your Students

60-90 minutes

For teachers of upper elementary through high school, including ELL.

Author and former ESL teacher Laura Resau will share ideas for engaging students in fun creative writing activities. In this dynamic workshop, she’ll discuss the stages of story-writing, beginning with brain-storming ideas with enticing visual prompts. She’ll show how to interweave story elements like character, setting, plot, and theme, as well as how to revise and use feedback. You’ll participate in short, fun writing activities to do later with your students. Participants of all ages — including second language learners-- will find that creative writing is a liberating way to develop writing fluency, vocabulary, speaking and listening skills, and reading comprehension.

Virtual Visits

Laura is happy to do a free 20-minute Skype visit with classes and clubs who have read at least one of her books. She briefly introduces herself and her writing journey, and then opens it up to questions, which should be prepared in advance.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Slide projector, microphone (unless the group is small and in a classroom), computer, table or podium to place her materials. Laura will bring her presentation on a flash drive.


$600 honorarium for a full-day author visit within an hour and a half drive of Fort Collins, CO. School pays for mileage.

$1,000 honorarium for a full-day author visit farther than an hour and a half drive from Fort Collins. School pays for transportation, lodging, and meals.

A full-day visit includes 3 presentations/workshops, as well as a signing session and chatting with select students or staff over lunch. (School provides lunch from a nearby restaurant, if possible.) Laura regularly visits northern California and Maryland, so if your school is in those areas, she might be able to charge the $600 fee.

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Ordering Books

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