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Digital Directory of Virtual Author/Illustrator Visits and Workshops




Creative Writing Sessions and Author Visits

Grades: 8-12

Bringing Creative Writing sessions and Songwriting sessions directly to students grades 8-12 via FaceTime or Skype.

Mimi Cross


DAHLIA IN BLOOM Author Visit & Study Downloads

Ages: 7-12

Free 15-minute virtual author visit and free downloads for novel study. Dahlia in Bloom, middle-grade historical fiction set in 1933 Appalachia, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was named one of Kirkus’ Best Books of 2019. Links to Susan Koehler’s professional materials are available on their website.

Susan Koehler


How to Summarize 

Ages: 5+ 

Kerry O’Malley Cerra walks students through the process of summarizing different texts including picture books, middle grade novels, and even shows them how to use it when writing.

Kerry O’Malley Cerra


Free Virtual Author Visits

Ages: 4-8

Kids around the world are invited to join the 30-minute long live sessions where they can virtually meet a real-life author and listen to her read one of her books. The sessions are 100% free and will be held on Facebook Live at the following times: Wed, March 18 @11am ET; Thu, March 19 @3pm ET; Fri, March 20 @6pm ET; Mon, March 23 @1pm ET, Tue, March 24 @2pm ET.

Sucheta Rawal


Know What You Love, Make What You Love: A Virtual Writing/Creative Workshop Inspired by Daniel Chester French, Sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial 

Ages: Workshops: 8-12 | Read-Alongs: 2-5

Author Linda Booth Sweeney will share a brief book talk, an inside look at the author’s process and hands-on writing/making activities, inspired by the award-winning picture book biography, MONUMENT MAKER. May have a guest visit by artist Shawn Fields.

Linda Booth Sweeney


Meet the Author: How a Book Comes to Be Free Skype Visit

Grades: K-5

Connect virtually via Skype with award-winning children’s author to discuss books and how a book comes to be.

Donna McDine


Mini-Workshops: Drawing & Watercolor 

Grades: 1-4

In each video mini-workshop, I will guide the participants to draw or paint a small project, step-by-step. 

Irina Mirskaya


Mystery Builders, An Online Course

Ages: 7-10 

Learn all the elements that go into a mystery story, with writing prompts, worksheets and videos.

Sarah Todd Taylor 


Skype Visits & Story Readings 

Ages: 8-12

Shirin Shamsi is happy to Skype readings of their middle grade novel and share a PDF of notes and questions with teachers.

Shirin Shamsi


Storybuilding & Brainstorming

Ages: 4-8

Some reading, brainstorming ideas. Be prepared to brainstorm!

Linda E. Marshall


This Writer’s Life YouTube Channel 

Ages: 8-12

This Writer’s Life is an engaging educational video series for 8 to 12-year-olds that peeks into the writing process. That means tools, writing activities, guidance, and encouragement for young writers to help develop their sense of themselves as writers, their unique voices and imaginations, and their own writer’s life. Plus, each episode features someone in a creative field offering a piece of advice from their own process!

Danielle Davis 


Virtual Visits with Nonfiction Children’s Author Kevin Kurtz

Grades: K-5 

Using Zoom, Kevin can speak virtually to up to 50 students in their homes about science, nature, and writing nonfiction.

Kevin Kurtz 


Writing Lessons

Ages: 6-10 

Fun writing ideas and lessons for kids!

Shannon Anderson


Writing Tips Videos 

Ages: 8-12

Kim Ventrella will answer frequently-asked writing questions from kids on their YouTube channel.

Kim Ventrella



Writing and Revision Facebook Event

A recording of this event is available on Cynthea’s Facebook page here. The author is also permitting online readings of her middle grade novel PARIS PAN TAKE THE DARE and her picture book WOOBY AND PEEP.

Cynthea Liu


Writing Exercise Based on BOMB

Ages: 10-14

Steve Sheinkin will read a scene from BOMB and guide students through writing their own versions. 

Steve Sheinkin 


Writing Workshops

Grades: 4-8

Various pause-and-write interactive video workshops for at-home students. Author Chris Tebbetts is also offering free 15-minute Skype/Zoom visits for any at-home students (grades 4-12).

Chris Tebbetts


Virtual School Visit with Author-Illustrator Vesper Stamper

Ages: 13+

A virtual visit about Vesper Stamper’s book, A CLOUD OF OUTRAGEOUS BLUE, about the Great Plague of 1348. The author will be doing a visit like this about once a week until the shelter-in-place lifts. Follow them on Instagram @vesperillustration to find out more.

Vesper Stamper


Virtual Chat with Michele Weber Hurwitz

Ages: Adults

For teachers, librarians– Q&A for HELLO FROM RENN LAKE–new middle grade sci-fi novel where kids take action on climate crisis. Releasing May 26 from Penguin Random House/Wendy Lamb Books.

Michele Weber Hurwitz


A Writing Workshop About Character Voice 

Ages: All 

A self-guided writing workshop entitled, “Creating vivid characters by giving each one a unique voice.”

Dawn Babb Prochovnic


Ask Jody Feldman Three Questions

Grades: K-College

Teachers: Virtually solicit 3 questions from your students and Jody Feldman will respond via an in-person video to share their answers. Additional puzzles and fun links for kids & discussion guides for educators at website.

Jody Feldman


Ask the Author

Ages: 8-11 

Free 15 minute Skype visits for kids and families. If you’ve read, are reading, or would like to read The Sixty-Eight Rooms series, Marianne can Skype with you!

Marianne Malone 


Channel Your Creativity (Webinar Workshop)

Grades: 3-5; 8-10

Experienced author/workshop leader uses readings, presentations, discussion, and hands-on writing activities to inspire creativity with fun prompts and exercises.

Marie Powell


Creating a Story

Ages: 8-18 

A workshop that walks children through brainstorming and developing a story.

Janice Hardy


Illustrated Maps

Ages: All

Artist will take you through a step by step workshop on how to create an illustrated map your local area. 

Liz Anelli


Lizzie by Design Live Drawing

Ages: 6+ 

Lizzie DiFiore will live stream the creation of children’s art on Twitch 2 times a week. It’s a family-friendly environment and kid-requested drawing prompts are encouraged!

Lizzie DiFiore


Writing Stories with Ann Brady 

Ages: All

Ann Brady mentors young writers in the craft of creating and writing stories. Each workshop is tailored to age and ability. Please contact Ann for more details.

Ann Brady