I can present the Core Program to a fairly large group—an entire grade level, say—although smaller is better, as it's interactive and participatory. I limit the Writing Workshops to 30 students.
I can present up to four programs a day. The school is free to determine the schedule that best suits its needs, except that I cannot run a Writing Workshop with students who have not first attended the Core Program: I need always to open with the Core Program. So, for example, I could begin a day with the Core Program, then run three Writing Workshops; I could present the Core Program twice, then run two Writing Workshops, etc. In many larger schools, I present the Core Program four times. If the school is interested in the Teacher Seminar option, I typically present the Core Program three times, followed by the Teacher Seminar.
for Core Program
I will need an overhead and a screen. If, due to audience and/or room size, I will need a microphone, it would really help me to have a lavaliere mike. I find a hand-held mike to be a hindrance, as I use lots of props and need both hands free.
for Writing Workshops
I will need a blackboard or a whiteboard and chalk or marker. The students will need several pieces of lined paper, and a pencil or pen.
for Teacher Seminar
Each teacher will need a copy of the handout I will have sent in advance.
How you can help me
During the Writing Workshops, I always circulate among the students while they are writing, commenting (positively!) on what they have written. It is helpful if the teacher(s) can do so too, as I cannot get to every student during a single writing exercise. I ask that the teachers not use the time during either the Core Program or the Writing Workshops to grade papers; I have found that this distracts both students and me. I need plenty of water during my presentations, and if I'm visiting your school a full day, I'd love some lunch!
Please email for a current fee schedule. I have a full-day fee (up to four presentations) and a half-day fee (up to two presentations). I do not offer the half-day option outside the Chicago area unless an interested school can secure a commitment from another local school for the other half of the day, and if necessary, provide transportation between the two schools.