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Presentations Are:

Engaging, interactive, and vary by grade level so students stay excited and engaged. As both an author and illustrator, Jen covers the whole scope of book development and can lead students in both writing and illustrating activities! Hands-on workshops are available for older students and cover topics like storytelling techniques, revision and using mentor texts.

What Students Can Expect:

(activities vary by grade level)

  • Drawing games

  • Elements of story

  • Writing tips

  • Illustration demos

  • Book creation from idea to bookshelf

  • Research, editing, and revision

  • Q & A


For older students, writing or drawing workshops are available on a variety of topics: brainstorming, editing, using mentor texts, composition, etc. Jen can also customize a presentation for your school or library's needs.

Jen can do large or small group presentations, but she highly recommends limiting the participants 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!  

In-Person Visits:

Currently Jen is offering in-person visits within the greater DFW area and north of Dallas (within 70 miles of Frisco, TX - max 2hr drive). Visits cost $560 for a half-day (2 sessions), and $860 for a full-day in-person visit that includes 3 sessions, lunch with a small group of kids, and a meet and greet book signing with students.  

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.

Virtual Visits:

Cost: $250 per session. $700 for a full-day of 3 sessions, virtual lunch with a small group, and a virtual book signing. 

Book Orders: 

Personalized, signed books can be ordered through Jen's local bookstore, Interabang Books, or through Express Booksellers. The school is welcome to acquire the books from any source they choose, but these are suppliers Jen recommends. Jen provides the book forms. Once the orders are complete and book forms have been returned, Jen can visit the bookstore to personalize the books, and bring them with her for the visit, or the supplier will ship them to your school at no additional cost. 

Jule Maxwell 

Express Booksellers

Interabang Books

5600 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 142 

Dallas, TX 75209


Don't have the budget? Check this webpage here if you want ideas and resources for funding a school visit! 

If you are a low-income school, Jen does offer a limited number of free or reduced-cost video messages that you can read about here.

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