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Speaker Profile - Alison Pearce Stevens


Region: Nebraska
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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I've been chased by a trumpeter swan, bitten by a bronze-winged duck, and served as a climbing wall for geckos and baby bats. I used to be a beekeeper and still think pollinators are some of the coolest things on the planet. I write about science and nature for kids, because I'm an educator at heart who loves to share cool things with the world's most curious people.
I write lots of fun nonfiction: articles, picture books, and middle grade books. I also write middle grade novels. All of my work is inspired by a love of science and nature. I'm a regular contributor to Science News for Students, Highlights, ASK, and other kids' magazines, and have written for National Geographic Kids Books. Rhinos in Nebraska: The Amazing Discovery of the Ashfall Fossil Beds, releases in July.

Presentation Description:

Writing Non-Fiction that’s Weird (but True!)

This assembly-style presentation for upper elementary school and middle school (grades 3-8) is all about writing non-fiction. How do Weird But True books come together? What is the research like? How do writers make their stories fun to read? And what are some of my favorites facts and stories that made it into the Weird But True books (or didn’t). This presentation is ideal for kicking off a nonfiction writing unit.

"My students loved the visit with Dr. Pearce Stevens. She won them over with her love of science and cool animal facts. They were motivated to work on their own non-fiction writing and the visit provided an outstanding base of understanding for teaching non-fiction writing—a topic that has been dull and dry in the past. The presentation was tailored to match my students and our unit. A highly recommended author visit!" - Emily Timm, grade 4 teacher

(Re-)Writing to Get it Right

Many students dislike having to revise their work. In this presentation for grades 2-8 they’ll quickly discover that not only is revision an essential part of the writing process, but it can also be fun. Using my own work as an example, students in this workshop will see how revision improves writing and apply some of those techniques to short stories they draft during the event.

"I learned a ton about being an author. The main thing I learned though was to always revise! I’m now revising everything I write." – Kylan, Student

Other presentations also available. See for more information.