children’s author and teller of stories
Making Stories, Making Books (K-1st Grade: 30-60 minutes.) Some traditional storytelling, sharing of author’s books, a simple overview of how books are made, where ideas come from and working with an illustrator. Includes a question and answer session.
Meet the Author (2nd-8th Grades: 45-90 minutes depending upon the age group.) Writing, revising, working with an editor and illustrator and what makes a successful story. Discussion may include elements of plot structure and literary technique. Includes a question and answer session.
Storytime (Young children and families: 25-30 minutes.) Stories geared for 4-year-olds and up. Story times may include the author’s books as well as the sharing of illustrations and materials of forthcoming titles.
Making Stories, Making Books (Five-year-olds and up, and families: 30-60 minutes. See description above.)
Meet the Author (Families, older children, and teens. 45-90 minutes. See description above.)
Out of Slushville and On Your Way (For adults: 45 minutes to 2 hours.) The author will discuss the slush pile; genres; submitting; rejection; working with editors and illustrators; maintaining business relationships; networking; and helpful references and resources. Includes a question and answer session. Bibliography and handouts included.
Professional development of library staff: (60-90 minutes.) The author will present on current trends in children’s publishing, or What Authors are Up Against—a sometimes humorous overview of breaking into print, and what happens afterward. Includes a question and answer session.
Shutta is available as a keynote speaker, or to participate in a panel discussion on any of the above topics as well as many others related to children’s literature, writing, poetry, teaching writing and library services for children.
Meet the Author (45-90 minutes. See description above.)
Out of Slushville and On Your Way (45 minutes to 2 hours. See description above.)
Making Make-believe Believable: the Glitter and Glue of Plot (60-90 minutes.) Creating and working with plot for writers of the novel and the picture book.
Poetry 101: A Refresher Course (90 minutes to 2 hours.) A review of poetry writing techniques using examples from adult and children’s literature.
Them Bones: Holding a Story Together (60-90 minutes.) How to teach plot structure to upper-elementary age students.
Picture Books: the Ginsu® Teaching Tool (90 minutes to 2 hours.) Using picture books to teach writing techniques for students of all ages, including adults.
Professional development of teaching staff: (60-90 minute inservice.)
Current trends in children’s books, or What Authors are Up Against—a sometimes humorous overview of breaking into print, and what happens afterward.
$850 for a full day of three, or four sessions, and a book signing. Max.: 4 sessions per day.
($900 if a book sale is not arranged in advance by the school.)
$500 for a half day for schools, maximum of two sessions and a book signing.
($550 if a book sale is not arranged in advance by the school.)
$250 for one session. ($300 if a book sale is not arranged in advance by the school.)
$700 for a full day. $500 for a half day.
$250 for one session (60 to 90 minutes) if a book sale and signing are scheduled.
($300 for one session if no book sale or signing are scheduled.)
When necessary, meals and lodging negotiable at local rates, or reimbursed.
IRS rate for auto travel beyond a 35-mile radius of my home in Ann Arbor, Mi.
All travel expenses, including transfers, when traveling by train or plane.
No expenses if travel is within a 35-mile radius of my home in Ann Arbor, MI.
NOTE: Shutta will entertain reasonable offers from all groups and institutions in need,
and may be able to suggest ways to make a visit more affordable.