Speaker Profile - Jackie Kruzie


Region: Texas: North
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: jkruzie@yahoo.com


As an elementary student I attended my school's annual Young Author's Conference. Students spent weeks writing and illustrating stories to be shared with classmates. Conference day was filled with storytelling, theater performances, and a picnic lunch. It was my favorite day of the year! I knew from then on that I wanted to be a writer, and still have every book I wrote. I wish to inspire young authors the way I was. With that goal in mind I have created my Young Author's Workshop. Workshop is designed to inspire students to write using fun and educational tips of the trade. 

I find inspiration for my writing everyday as a wife and mother of 5. I love to laugh and see imagination come to life and my family helps me do that everyday. I am the author of the picture book Why Can't Every Day Be Halloween? a humorous tale of too much fun.

I am the current Regional Advisor for the North Texas Chapter of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators where I encourage children's book creators to reach their goals by providing learning opportunities through workshops, conferences, and community events.

I currently serve on the library board of my local library where I assist in planning and implementing the summer reading and community outreach programs and write the library blog. 

Presentation Description:

My interactive writing workshops are designed to spark creativity and improve writing skills. 


Students will learn:

- character development

- plot progression and story arc 

- language concepts

Program is easily adjustable for students of all ages. 

K-2nd grade:

30 minute presentation which includes readings from picture books and activities to help keep kids engaged. Students will learn how to write their own stories using my B.A.R.F. method 



45 minute presentation which includes reading from picture books and excerpts from middle grade novels. Students will learn how to research using mentor texts and write their own stories using my B.A.R.F. method.


60 minute presentation which includes using mentor text to improve one's writing, an in depth look at the publishing process, and the business of writing. 

For pricing and scheduling, please visit my website https://www.jaclynkruzie.com/-school-visits