Visits

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Please note, for in-person and virtual visits, it is very helpful if your students have read at least one of my books ahead of time.

You’re more than welcome to take pictures of my visit and share on social media. I do ask that no one records/films though.

You can help your students get the most out of a virtual visit by having them write down any questions they may have prior to the visit:)

VIRTUAL VISITS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

*My schedule for the 2020-2021 school year is full but I will be doing free 15 minute readings and Q&As for schools that can do book orders for BINDU’S BINDIS in March, STRONG AS FIRE, FIERCE AS FLAME in April, and THAT THING ABOUT BOLLYWOOD in May and June! Details below:

15 minute reading and Q & A virtual session – This session is free for schools that have ordered a copy of AMERICAN AS PANEER PIE (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster) STRONG AS FIRE, FIERCE AS FLAME (Tu Books), BINDU’S BINDIS (art by Parvati Pillai, Sterling), or THAT THING ABOUT BOLLYWOOD and can do book orders for the book from their local independent bookstore:

A reading followed by a brief Q & A. I’m happy to send signed bookplates for either book to schools for students who have purchased books (U.S. only please).

30 minute Author Visit Q & A:

Your students can ask questions about any of my books or about writing and publishing in this 30 minute Q&A session  ($350, 2nd grade to 8th grade)

45 minute Author Presentation and Mini Workshop – Your Story is Important, plus Q & A:

I will talk about how when I was growing up, I never wrote fictional stories about families that looked like mine. I will offer tips on how to write your story by being specific. Students will participate in a brief writing workshop, where they will change a story to make it their own. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A. ($400, 2nd grade to 6th grade. Each additional virtual session is an additional $50.)

45 minute Author Presentation and Mini Workshop – Your Story is Important – Extended Version, plus Q & A:

The extended version of this presentation discusses anti-racism and real-life moments from my life that inspired American as Paneer Pie and finding my voice. I will talk about how when I was growing up, I never wrote fictional stories about families that looked like mine. I will offer tips on how to write your story by being specific. Students will participate in a brief writing workshop, where they will change a story to make it their own. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A. ($400, 2nd grade to 6th grade. Each additional virtual session is an additional $50.)

IN-PERSON SCHOOL VISITS – Please note, these visits may not be possible in the 2020-2021 School Year

My In-Person School Visit rates for any of the three 45-minute presentations described above is $600 – $825, 4th grade-7th grade. $600 for one 45 minute session. Each additional session is an additional $75 for up to 4 presentations in a day.  I also ask that schools offer the book for purchase to students ahead of time so the books are available at the signing. This rate is for schools in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, up to 30 miles away from me. Schools farther away than 30 miles will be asked to cover the additional travel expenses, and schools out of state will be asked to cover my travel and lodging expenses.

Library Presentations (Please email me for pricing):

45 minute Author Presentation and Mini Workshop – Your Story is Important, plus Q & A:

I will talk about how when I was growing up, I never wrote fictional stories about families that looked like mine. I will offer tips on how to write your story, making sure to avoid stereotypes and write three-dimensional characters. Students will participate in a brief writing workshop, where they will change a story to make it their own. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A. ( 2nd grade to 7th grade)

45 minute Workshop – Using Character Journals to Tell a Story from the Antagonist’s POV plus Q & A:

I will talk about how I use character journals to understand all my major characters’ fears and goals and unique voice. We will go over story structure to tell a story from the Big Bad Wolf’s POV together before each student chooses one of three fairy tale antagonists and writes a character journal from that character’s point of view. (3rd grade to 7th grade)

45 minute Skype Presentation – Author’s Journey plus Q & A:

I will talk about my journey to publication, highlighting the 14 years it took for AHIMSA to be published. Readers will learn tips for dealing with writer’s block and craft a story with me from the Big Bad Wolf’s point of view. They will also learn the importance of using fact-based sources for research rather than just relying on Google, through a true or false game. The presentation will conclude with a Q & A. (3rd to 7th grade)

Please e-mail me if your classroom, library, or book club is interested at supriyakelkarbooks [at] gmail.com.

I’m now on Flipgrid! And I’d love to hear your questions and answers to my topics on Ahimsa and writing on my grid.

The Teacher’s Guide for Ahimsa is also now available! You can click here to see it. (The teacher’s guide is in the orange link below the sample discussion questions).

The Book Trailer reveal on Mr. Schu’s Watch. Connect. Read. can be found here.