I love speaking to writers, readers, parents, & (possible) believers!
I am a credentialed teacher, specializing in reading, writing, and gifted & talented students. The following are titles of my past speaking engagements:
How to Get Your Children to Become Better Readers & Writers
Did you know that great readers are also great writers? Good reading skills are an important part of learning any subject and becoming a competent writer. I talk about the three parts of what I call ARR, "Authentic Reading Reinforcement"= modeling, practicing, and hands-on experiences. And just like the basic structure of a good story, children become better readers through finding their own personal 'time, setting, and tone'. With books ready to download at the push of the button these days, I discuss how to make sure your child is reading age-appropriate material, with suggestions of 'must-reads' for children (and adults) of all ages.
Want to Write & Publish a Book? Let's Lower the Learning Curve
Right now it is the Wild, Wild West of publishing and a lot has changed over the past five years! How can anyone keep up? I have been on the prairie since the changes began and will help you navigate your way, while avoiding the some of the hills and dales, as you head toward being a published author. Should I publish my book traditionally or self-publish? What are the differences between the road to traditional publishing and doing it all myself? How does social media play a role? What does the future look like? I answer all of these questions and more. A published book is possible for anyone at any age~ let me help you make it something you are proud to share with the world!
Fairy Lore in the Modern World
Fairy believers have existed since before Shakespeare wrote his first word, and they still exist today! From potions made of herbs and oils to "anointing your eyes with the sweat of the stars (morning dew)", humans have gone to great lengths to try and see the fair folk. I take you from Medieval beliefs to modern times by exploring the places and people who believe the wee ones exist. Who knows. . . you just may end up a believer too!
(This talk can be tailored to any age audience.)
Contact Jill at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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