Visits

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:)

SCHOOL VISITS 

1. Author Presentation – 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 and book signing. I also ask that schools offer the book for purchase to students through my publisher ahead of time so the books are available at the signing.  ($400 – $625, 4th grade-7th grade. $400 for one 45 minute session. Each additional session is an additional $75 for up to 4 presentations in a day. 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).

2. 20 minute Picture Book Author Visit – Includes a reading of THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH, Q&A, and signing! This visit is free, provided schools purchase a copy of the book for their library or classroom and prior to the visit, offer the book for their students to purchase so that the books are available for the signing. (Preschool-5th grade. This rate is for schools in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, up to 25 miles away from me.)

I also offer several different Skype visits for schools:

1. 15 minute Skype Q & A sessionfree for classrooms that have read Ahimsa or The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh. I’m happy to send signed bookplates for either book to schools that have purchased the books or have students who have purchased them. If you’re interested, I can show students some of the people, places and things that inspired parts of Ahimsa before the Q&A.

2. 40 minute Skype Presentation – Author’s Journey plus Q & A – $60 and I ask that you purchase a copy of AHIMSA for your school library, and offer it for purchase to your students. You can purchase the books directly from Lee & Low Books at a great discount for event orders. I will be happy to personalize Ahimsa bookplates and send them to you free of charge so students can have signed books. 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.

3. 25 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. Time permitting, the presentation will conclude with a Q&A. ($40, 5th grade and up)

4. 25 minute Mini Workshop – Revision Fun, plus Q&A Are your students struggling with revising? I will talk about the 17 drafts it took for AHIMSA to become a real book, discuss tips for handling critique notes, show real examples from the different edits AHIMSA went through, and revise a few small passages in my presentation with your students. Time permitting, the presentation will end with a Q&A. ($40, 4th grade and up)

4. 60 minute Skype workshop using screenwriting tips to tell a story from the antagonist’s point of view$100 and I ask that you purchase a copy of AHIMSA for your school library, and offer it for purchase to your students. You can purchase the books directly from Lee & Low Books at a great discount for event orders. I will be happy to personalize Ahimsa bookplates and send them to you free of charge so students can have signed books. Time permitting, we can also do a Q&A.

Library Presentations:

1. Author Presentation – 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. I also request libraries to allow a bookseller to sell my books after the presentation for a signing. ($100, 4th grade and up)

2. Writing Workshop – Learn how to apply screenwriting tips to your fiction writing. Writers will learn how to do a character sketch, write a character journal, and tell a fractured fairytale, thinking about their story from the antagonist’s point of view. If there is time, I am happy to do a Q&A after. I also request that libraries allow a bookseller to sell copies of my books after for a signing. ($150, 4th grade and up).

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.