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Speaker Profile - Veronica Bartles


Region: Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Author of THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS (Balzer & Bray 15 November 2016) and TWELVE STEPS


As the second of eight children and the mother of four, Veronica Bartles is no stranger to the ups and downs of sibling relationships. (She was sandwiched between the gorgeous-and-insanely-popular older sister and the too-adorable-for-words younger sister.) She uses this insight to write stories about siblings who mostly love each other, even while they’re driving one another crazy, and children who can feel lonely even when in the middle of a crowd.  

When she isn’t writing or getting lost in the pages of her newest favorite book, Veronica enjoys knitting fabulous bags and jewelry out of recycled plastic bags and old VHS tapes, sky diving (though she hasn’t actually tried that yet), and inventing the world’s most delectable cookie recipes. She's an incurable optimist, who loves gray, drizzly days, because that's when rainbows come out to play.

Presentation Description:
I offer presentations geared toward small groups (a single classroom), large groups (assemblies for whole grades or even whole schools at a time), and even geared specifically at writers. You can find out more about the presentations I offer on my Events Page, or I would be happy to work with you to create a presentation best suited for your needs.

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale:
Can be presented as a small-group writing workshop, or a large-group presentation. We will talk about what a "fractured fairy tale" is, and then work together to fracture a fairy tale of our own!

Don't Ever Give Up! How a Series of Failures Led to my Biggest Success: Presentation plus Q&A for large or small group settings. A look at the "failures" and bumps along the path to publication made me a stronger writer, how my first two published books were both inspired by one manuscript that didn't sell, and why giving up was never an option.