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School Visits

THOUGHT-PROVOKING EDUCATIONAL EVENTS FOR ALL AGES

“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

Though most of her books are geared for age 14 and up, Amy has spoken about many subjects to many ages in schools and libraries 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 a few basic programs Amy can present and a lot of nice things people have said about her visits. Feel free to send any questions you may have about Amy's school visits or fees by clicking the button under the presentation you are interested in.

 

Zoom, Google Meet? Bring A.S. King into your classroom!

Times have changed for now and Amy is available more than ever for Zoom or Google Meet visits into classrooms, libraries, community groups, and for your professional development needs. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis Amy has continued to offer online student visits from elementary to grad school-aged students at the same reasonable rate she's offered for a decade. 

NEW OFFERINGS FOR ONLINE:

One-hour-long writing workshops, including the A.S. King Character Creation Wizard ™. 

On Being a Superhero

An Exploration of Your Personal Suitcase

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.

MIDDLE & ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISITS

2017 saw the publication of Amy's first Middle Grade novel, Me and Marvin Gardens. "In her most personal novel yet,
Printz Honor Award winner Amy Sarig King reveals a boy-meets-animal story unlike any other, about a friendship that could actually save the world, and a kid finding the courage to share it."


2019 saw publication of The Year We Fell From Space, a novel about stars, divorce, and resilience. Called "The most important piece of literature to read this year." 


School presentation subject matter: Friendships, feelings, nature, stars, pollution, history, and plenty of Q&A for curious readers.

LIFE OF AN AUTHOR

Exciting Students & Writers Through Career Conversation

A one to two hour long discussion and Q&A about the life of a published author and publishing business. For writer's groups and conferences, consider 'Finding Your Writer's Middle Finger: An examination of persistence, voice, and breaking traditional writing rules' based on Amy's popular blog series.

KEYNOTES, LECTURES, AND CONFERENCE EVENTS

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.

SKYPE AND VIDEO CONFERENCING

Worldwide Access Through Video

A.S. King has cyber-visited more than150 schools, universities, and libraries worldwide.

Whether your students have read her books or not, Amy talks enthusiastically about writing and what it can do for young people as they move forward academically, emotionally, and enter higher education and the work force. 

A typical virtual visit is one hour long and is either a Q&A about a book read or about writing for a living in general. You can also bring Amy in for a writing workshop, where she will get your students writing about what they really care about.


"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

 

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