Society of
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Speaker Profile - David A. Kelly


Region: New England (CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME)
Age Levels: 5-10
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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David A. Kelly is an established children’s book author, travel writer, and technology analyst and writer.

David holds an MBA in Marketing from Bentley University, an MA in Cognitive and Neural Networks from Boston University, and an BA from Syracuse University. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the nation’s leading professional organization for travel writers.

David lives 15 minutes from Fenway Park in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife Alice, and two sons, Steven and Scott.

For more information, visit David’s webpage –

Presentation Description:
- Motivating reluctant readers?
- Trying to inspire your writers?
- Looking to engage the boys, but not lose the girls?

I can help. Not only can I connect with young readers, but I can help inspire them to become better writers. Through presentations that explore what it takes to develop an idea into a published book, I help students understand that you don’t have to be a writer to write. Being creative isn’t something that only artists do, it’s something that everyone can do. If they try. During visits I also explain how I overcame rejection and false starts to finally create a successful book series, The Ballpark Mysteries!

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  • Presentation - I’m happy to customize my presentation for your specific requirements, but my standard presentation for elementary school visits covers a range of topics, including: how children can become writers, specific techniques I use to write the Ballpark Mysteries (setting, character, plot, suspense, etc.), the writing and editing process (with examples of what my editor at Random House does to my stories!), and what it takes to be a successful author. Generally we leave time for plenty of Q&A.

  • Grades - My presentations are best for grades 1-5, but I can also talk about being a writer, the publishing process, and writing and editing to older grades as well.