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“A.S. King is an award winning author and compelling speaker. Both her life and novels stand as great examples of strong women excelling in life.” James Blasingame, ASU, AZ, Past-President, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE

A.S. King has spoken about many subjects to many people of many ages in schools, libraries, and educational institutions around the world. She's pretty sure her mission on Earth is to empower people, whether it was her years teaching adults how to read or her message to high school students about their futures and their "personal suitcases."

These days, most of her school presentations center around life skills, bullying, self-esteem, navigating safe relationships, facing trauma, and the importance of talking openly about mental health, but she can talk about anything, really. Below are two descriptions of her programming and a lot of nice things people have said about her visits. A full menu of Amy's speaking topics for adults, educators, and communities as well as program descriptions of her school presentations will soon be available on the new Authors Unbound page.

To arrange a Speaking Engagement: 

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Engaging Keynotes, Educational Panels, and Lectures

Amy is an experienced speaker, panelist, and workshop leader. She has spoken at national events including the National Book Festival, American Library Association's Annual Conference, National Council of Teachers of English, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, many state library and ELA educator conferences, and literary festivals around the world. She also speaks to larger organizations in the field of mental health and runs professional development for teachers and other professionals.

She is known as a passionate, personal speaker who weaves her life experience into lectures that explore the wider implications of art, the artist's life, and who we are truly serving with our work.


School Presentations for All Ages

Amy's most popular Middle and High School presentation:

How to Write a Good Life

A 40-60 minute high-energy assembly, classroom, or library program. Amy asks students to consider their past experiences, including trauma, and explains how they can shape their future and learn from mistakes rather than be defined by them. This is the popular "Who packs your suitcase?" presentation that has helped tens of thousands of students take control of who they allow in their decision-making space. Recommended for grades 8-12.

"Amy's natural and honest bearing, fascinating biography, and her sheer love and respect for teenagers was evident and helped prompt the lively and intelligent questions." --Leslie B. Patient, English Department Chair, Purnell School, NJ

"I work at a university, where I train preservice English teachers. As part of a course focused on the teaching of literature, and the field of young adult literature, I asked Amy to Skype with my class. The students had already read Please Ignore Vera Dietz, and were very excited to meet with the actual author of one of their texts. Amy's Skype session with my class was fantastic, and more than I ever could have hoped for. She shared insights into her writing process, the characters and events in her novel, and her thoughts on the state of reading instruction in schools today. Everything, and I mean everything she talked about fed directly into discussions and activities our class had been doing over the course of the semester. Amy is incredibly open, engaging and funny. She put my students at ease very quickly, and our hour together flew by. I had several students come up to me, after the session was over, and tell me that it had been the 'best last class ever.'" --Mark Letcher, Purdue University Calumet

"A.S. King's fun and lively presentation at Hamilton High School--the largest high school in the state of Arizona-- brought the house down! The kind, intelligent and very approachable A. S. King had teens asking her thoughtful and intriguing questions. She's a disarming delight that will appeal to all readers and I urge you to find this out for yourself by getting her into your library or classroom." --Tim Loge, Instructional Specialist, formerly of Chandler Public Library & Hamilton HS Library, Chandler, AZ