The Art and Business of School Visits

Nov 04, 2023

Camarillo Library Community Room, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

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LOCATION: Camarillo Library


Alexis O’Neill

Saturday, November 4, 2023

9:45am to 1:30pm (PST) * (Doors open at 9:30am for check-in)

Camarillo Library Community Room

4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

In addition to your books, school visits are a vital way for you to connect with readers in a meaningful way. But does your presentation shine? Does it need updating? Are you engaging your audiences interactively? Are you making curriculum connections that help your content carry over into the classroom? This interactive workshop will address school visit issues that will help your visits stand out for kids and educators and run smoothly on the business side. For workshop exercises, bring any of your published books that you currently feature or plan to feature in school visits.

Alexis O’Neill’s award-winning picture books include The Recess Queen (Scholastic), The Worst Best Friend (Scholastic), Loud Emily (Simon & Schuster), Estela's Swap (Lee & Low), The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge (Calkins Creek/BMK), Jacob Riis’s Camera: Bringing Light to Tenement Children (Calkins Creek/BMK), and The Efficient, Inventive (Often Annoying) Melvil Dewey (Calkins Creek/BMK). She has also written fiction and nonfiction for children's magazines including Cricket, Spider, Cobblestone, Calliope, Faces, and Odyssey. Alexis taught elementary school in Oneida, New York, was awarded a Ph.D. in Teacher Education from Syracuse University and served as an education consultant for museums in New York and California. She is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, a former Regional Advisor for SCBWI in California, and wrote "The Truth About School Visits" column for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Bulletin. The California Reading Association honored her with the Dr. Marcus Foster Memorial Award "for making significant and outstanding contributions to reading throughout California." Alexis lives in Southern California.


Registration is $80 per person and includes lunch. Registration is restricted to SCBWI PAL Members. If you have signed a contract for your first book with a publisher on the published and listed register, please make sure to change your status in your SCBWI profile to qualify for PAL membership. 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received prior to October 24 will receive a refund less a $25 handling fee. No cancellations after this date.

Questions? Please contact Regional Advisor Rebecca Langston-George at