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SCHOOLS

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.

 

PUBLIC LIBRARIES & BOOKSTORES

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, 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.

 

CONFERENCES

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. See “Speaker Services” for an overview of types of programs, a select listing of prior talks, and testimonials.

 

FOR WRITERS, TEACHERS, PROFESSORS AND EDUCATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE STUDENTS

(All programs include a question and answer session and handouts for attendees.)

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.) Teaching plot structure to upper-elem. 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 in-service.) Current trends in children’s books, or What Authors are Up Against—a sometimes humorous overview of breaking into print, and what happens afterward.

HONORARIA

Schools
  • $850 for a full day of three presentations and a book signing. Max.: 3 sessions per day.

  • ($900 if a book sale is not arranged in advance by the school.)

  • $600 for a half day for schools, maximum of two sessions and a book signing.

  • ($650 if a book sale is not arranged in advance by the school.)

  • $300 for one session. ($350 if a book sale is not arranged in advance by the school.)

  •   (Note: if more than one school schedules for the same day, there is still a maximum of 3 presentations.)
PUBLIC LIBRARIES
  • $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.)

OTHER EXPENSES
  • When necessary, meals and lodging negotiable at local rates, or reimbursed.

  • IRS rate per mile for auto travel to a location 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, Michigan (April to Nov.), or in Greenacres, Florida (Nov. to April).

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.