Presentations vary by grade level, and topics covered include the adventure of reading, elements of story, writing tips, demos, book creation from idea to bookshelf. As both an author and illustrator, Jen covers the whole scope of book development and can lead students in both writing and illustrating activities. These sessions are interactive and engaging, and Jen is able to adjust her programs to meet the specific need of your school or library. Jen also does hands-on workshops for older students covering topics like storytelling techniques, revision and using mentor texts.
Presentations by Grade Level:
K/1st: 25-30 minutes of story time, how a book is created, drawing activities and Q & A.
2/3rd: 35-40 minutes of what makes a story, book creation, basic revision, drawing demo, and Q & A.
4/5/6th: 45-50 minutes interactive presentation on book creation from idea to finished product, research, editing and revision, writing and drawing tips, and Q & A.
For older students, writing or drawing workshops are available on a variety of topics: brainstorming, editing, using mentor texts, composition, etc.
While Jen can do large group presentations, she highly recommends they are limited to one or two grades at a time - it is easier to keep the kids engaged when the information is targeted to their level. The smaller the group the more interactive it is, and typically meeting with a single classroom at a time is the most rewarding for the kids!
Currently Jen is offering in-person visits within the greater DFW area and north of Dallas (within 65 miles of Frisco, TX - max 90 min drive). Visits cost $550 for a half-day (2 sessions), and $850 for a full-day in-person visit that includes 3 sessions, lunch with a small group of kids, and a book signing.
Once a booking is confirmed, Jen will send flyers, forms and information for book ordering, and tips for a successful visit. Please contact her directly at jenbetton at gmail dot com.
Cost: $250 per session. $700 for a full-day of 3 sessions, virtual lunch with a small group, and a virtual book signing.