Society of
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Speaker Profile - Neal Levin

Illustrator and Writer

Region: Michigan
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: < 25 miles
Skype Visit: No
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Neal Levin is both a writer and an illustrator. His specialties are short stories, poetry, middle grade, and cartoons. His work has been published in a wide variety of children's magazines and over a dozen poetry collections. Some of the magazines include Highlights, High Five, Spider, Ladybug, BabybugHumpty Dumpty, PocketsMAD Kids, The School Magazine, Kid Zone, Boys' Quest, Hopscotch, Fun For Kidz, Spellbound, My Friend, and Wee OnesHe is currently working on some manuscripts for middle grade novels.

Presentation Description:

Neal Levin visits schools to teach kids how to draw cartoons. He offers popular, one-day afterschool workshops as well as daytime visits and also works with groups through libraries, churches, scouts, or similar organizations.

The afterschool cartooning workshop lasts one hour and is a one-time seminar, although you may schedule more than one. The workshop serves as an introduction to drawing cartoon characters and also deals with creating original cartoons by the student, humor techniques, and the development of a personal style. A variety of hands-on activities are presented. No experience is required, and students at any level will be able to demonstrate finished drawings by following an easy step-by-step process. Materials are included, and each student also receives sample cartoons to take home.

Group Size: 20-80 kids.

Fees: For afterschool workshops, the school charges each student who registers a fee (usually between $12-20) and the school keeps a portion of the money. For daytime visits, Neal charges flat fees, generally $150 for the first hour and $100 for each additional hour. All fees are subject to change.

Speaker Availability: Neal is available during the school year.