Laura is available to do school visits for a speaking fee. Please let us know if you're interested in hosting her and we can give you further details.
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Flexible dates. Please provide possible dates and select a morning or afternoon slot.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Resau is the award-winning author of eight highly acclaimed young adult and children’s novels, including What the Moon Saw, Red Glass, Star in the Forest, The Queen of Water, and the Notebooks series. Her latest novel, The Lightning Queen, has received several starred reviews and was praised as "nothing short of magical" by Kirkus. She draws inspiration from her time abroad as a cultural anthropologist, ESL teacher, and student. Loved by kids and adults alike, her novels have garnered many starred reviews and honors, including the IRA YA Fiction Award, the Américas Award, and spots on Oprah's Kids' Book Lists. Praised for its sensitive treatment of immigration and indigenous people's issues, Resau's writing has been called "vibrant, large-hearted" (Publishers' Weekly on Red Glass) and "powerful, magical" (Booklist on What the Moon Saw). Resau lives with her husband, young son, and beagle in Fort Collins, Colorado. She donates a portion of her royalties to indigenous rights organizations in Latin America. All of Laura's novels fit in beautifully with Reading, English, Spanish, Geography, ELL, and most Social Studies curricula (Hispanic, Immigration, and Indigenous Peoples themes). These novels won awards and starred reviews, and were selected for prestigious lists.
Laura has teaching guides for each of her books! They can be found here.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
BASIC PRESENTATION: In Laura's basic presentation, "Behind the Books with Laura Resau," she talks about 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 writing and publishing a book and offer writing tips. Throughout the presentation, she asks the audience questions to keep them actively engaged. She can highlight whichever book(s) her audience has focused on, and can gear this presentation toward the age group and background of the audience.
BASIC WRITING WORKSHOPS: Here are sample workshops that I can adapt for upper elementary through high school levels. I use examples from my books and writing journals as a starting point for fun writing activities for all ages. Workshops emphasize basic creative writing skills including the use of sensory descriptions, specific details, imagery, and showing-not-telling.
BASIC WRITING WORKSHOP #1: Build Your Own Story! Ever wonder how authors take raw materials and craft them into an exciting story? Laura Resau will show you the building blocks of a story— character, setting, theme, and plot (problem and solution). You’ll do fun, hands-on activities using intriguing prompts and a basic blueprint. By the end of the workshop, your creativity will be flowing and you’ll have the satisfaction of having completed your own story. Then you can take the blueprint and build some more...
BASIC WRITING WORKSHOP #2: Make Your World Come Alive! Isn't it a delicious feeling to delve into a book and enter another world? Laura Resau will show you how to enrich setting and character through imagery and description. You'll do short, fun writing exercises to help make your story a vivid, multi-sensory experience that readers can't resist. This workshop will let your writing shine!
BASIC WRITING WORKSHOP #3: Make People Leap Off the Page! Making your readers fall in love with your characters is essential to a successful story. Laura Resau will share ways to create vivid, three-dimensional characters who stay with your readers long after the last page. She will lead you through short writing exercises designed to let your characters deepen and shine.
ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOPS: These workshops are geared toward teen and adult writers who already have experience with creative writing.
ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP #1: Sculpting a Memoir You have the raw materials - memories of people, places, and experiences. Now how do you put them together and chisel them into a riveting piece of literature? Laura Resau will discuss ways to structure your story, create intriguing scenes, flesh out characters, build suspense, and weave in essential themes. Be ready to do fun writing exercises to bring your memoir to life. Whether your memoir is five pages or five hundred pages long, this workshop will give you a basic tool set for writing a fascinating life story.
ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP #2: Adventures in Novel Writing! Writing a book can be a wild journey— at times thrilling, and at times, torturous. Laura Resau will share practical, emotional, and psychological strategies that have helped her enjoy the adventure, and most importantly, finish each of her seven acclaimed books for middle grade and YA. You'll leave the session feeling energized and equipped with new tools to get through the rough parts of your own book-writing journey.
ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP #3: Creating Dazzling Worlds Isn't it a delicious feeling to delve into a book and enter another world? Laura Resau will explore ways to offer your readers (and editors!) this joy. She'll share strategies for enriching setting and character through imagery and description. You'll do short, fun writing exercises to help make your story a vivid, multi-sensory experience that readers can't resist. This workshop will let your writing shine, whether your focus is fiction or creative non-fiction, for adult or teen readers.
ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP #4: Creating Characters that Leap Off the Page Making your readers (and potential editors!) fall in love with your characters is essential to a successful story. Laura Resau will share ways to create vivid, three-dimensional characters who stay with your readers long after the last page. She will lead you through short writing exercises designed to let your characters deepen and shine.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Upper Elementary School, Middle School, High school; grades 4-12
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
Laura will present to any size group.
A projector, projector screen, computer/laptop with PowerPoint, tall stool or podium, table to put materials on. No Internet or audio necessary. A microphone is needed if the audience is over 30 students. Laura brings her presentation on a USB stick. And a bottle of water.
PROMOTING & PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Promoting and preparing for the author's school visit is the most important ingredients for a successful, educational, and fun event. Please be sure to carefully read: What an Author Visit is All About.
Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees.
FOR STUDENTS/TEACHERS/FAMILIES/ETC. WHO WISH TO BUY BOOKS AND PAY FOR THEM WITH A CREDIT CARD
Link to share with students and their families to buy the author's books and pay with a credit card:
- FYI: There are instructions in the link above for the purchaser, which includes the fact that the purchaser must print the confirmation email out and show it to you.
- DO NOT give a book to someone unless they show you their printed online confirmation OR you verify the order has been placed by checking the Online Ordering spreadsheet we’ll be sharing with you. (If the order doesn’t appear, email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can keep watch for an order from them and alert you.)
- Tattered Cover keeps track of all online orders.
- DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.