Nancy tailors her school appearances to meet the mix of topics that will be most useful to students and teachers. Both programs are suitable for small or large groups. Nancy is available to sign books. The time and place of the book signing will be the choice of the school.
Kiss Your Brain is a humorous, engaging program customized for preschool and primary students. Nancy discusses how books are made from the real-life ideas behind each book. She reads from her books and talks with students about how she came up with the idea for the story. This program is interactive with student participation. With each idea presented by a student, the student is asked to kiss his/her brain. Students learn the process of developing an idea, writing a manuscript, the roles of editors and publishers, and how books are printed. A few minutes is allowed for questions from the audience. Sessions are 45-60 minutes in length. The session time can be adjusted to meet the needs of the school.
The Write Stuff is a full-of-fun program for older students. Nancy discusses the writing process and actively involves the students by teaching them how to create ideas for stories. She emphasizes generating and developing ideas, writing manuscripts, revision, editing, and publishing. She also stresses the use of the five senses to develop detailed descriptions in writing. Preliminary sketches, revised manuscripts, and book galleys are shown to the students with detailed explanations of how each plays an important role in the publishing of the book. The program ends with a question-and-answer session with students and teachers. Sessions are 45-60 minutes in length. The session time can be adjusted to meet the needs of the school. Nancy has experience in writing test questions for CCSS national testing in the area of writing.