|Region:||Southern Breeze (AL, GA, and the FL panhandle)|
|Age Levels:||5-10, 11-13, and 14-17|
|Will Travel:||Anywhere in the world|
|SCBWI Profile:||Member Profile|
Sucheta Rawal is an award-winning food and travel writer, author, cooking instructor, and philanthropist. As the founder of Go Eat Give, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, Sucheta's personal mission is to raise cultural and diversity awareness through meaningful travel, ethnic food, and community interaction.The organization educates people through international tours, cooking classes, speaker events and a blog.
15 mins - Skype video call for classrooms and book clubs. Meet the author and ask your questions about the books. Many schools are using my books as part of their curriculum and this is a great opportunity to hear the story behind the story.
30 minutes - Book reading of one of my books: Beato Goes to Greenland, Beato Goes to Israel, or Beato Goes to Indonesia. I talk about how I got inspired to write books, and show photos of the main character (my real-life cat, Beato), other characters (Ruso the dog), and illustrations from the book (which are based on my own travels). Kids get excited to see the parallels between Beato and myself, as we ride a chopper and see a humpback whale.
45 mins - With younger kids, I also talk about different aspects of a book, introducing them to what is an author and illustrator, genre, cover, publisher, etc.
1 hour - In addition to above, I walk them through the writing and illustration process - how to expand on an idea, create characters, use imagination vs. real life situations, work with an editor, create manuscript, approach publisher, market their books.
2 hours - Above plus writing workshops where we develop stories together. Class may be divided into authors and illustrators to work on a story concept as a group or individually.
I generally give 45-minutes presentation about my life - growing up in India, college life in Atlanta, and finding my passion for writing, traveling and entrepreneurship. Broadly, I speak about my career as a food and travel writer (traveling to 70+ countries), nonprofit organization, Go Eat Give (which raises diversity awareness) and my books, Beato Goes To (that teach kids about travel and culture). I inspire students to identify and pursue their passion, even if it means carving out a niche career.
I have offered several workshops on how to raise kids in a diverse environment. Discussions include cultural sensitivity, resources available in the community, cheap travel abroad opportunities, and fun ways to teach kids about the world. I have hosted numerous cultural events, taken people on volunteer abroad tours, and worked with consulates and tourism departments from all around the world. My sessions have been highlighted by The Huffington Post and The Atlantic Institute.
Video of Presentation:http://suchetarawal.com/appearances/