Spencer Quinn (a.ka. Peter Abrahams) is the author of the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mysteries. His hilarious, action-packed books for kids include the New York Times bestselling Bowser and Birdie novel, WoofRuff vs. Fluff, as well as the Edgar Award winning Reality Check and the Edgar-nominated Echo Falls series. Spencer lives with his wife, Diana, and dogs, Audrey and Pearl, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Visit him online at www.spencequinn.com.

Sit, Stay, Tell Me a Story: What Dogs Taught Me About Writing

Grades 3-7
20 minutes plus Q&A

How do you tell an exciting story with lots of twists and turns? Edgar award winning author/dog lover Spencer Quinn gives you an insider’s look at his process, focusing on practice, resilience, and finding inspiration in the unlikeliest of places! Bonus–he shares his mom’s 5 rules of writing.

Conference and Festival Appearances

How to Sustain a Long Writing Career and Live to Tell the Tail

30 minutes plus Q&A

This begins when Spencer Quinn was known only as Peter Abrahams, kicking off with his mom’s realization that he had the makings of a writer—he was 4 at the time—and how she taught him all he knows about writing. He talks about some of his groundbreaking crime novels–including Oblivion and The Fan; how he became Stephen King’s favorite American suspense writer; and how he fell into writing from a canine point of view, which led to his morphing into Spencer Quinn, the NYT bestselling Chet and Bernie series, and finally a marriage of cat and dog narration in the middle-grade Queenie and Arthur novels.

Virtual Visits

Spence is happy to drop in on your classroom via Skype for half an hour to take questions from you and your students regarding any book of his you’re reading or have read. In addition—if asked—he can offer a writing tip or two that will help the class in their written work.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

He'll bring a computer. Please provide a projector.


$2,000 for in-person visits and $200 for Skype visits.

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