Shutta’s presentations are funny and informative as she presents an inside look at what’s happening in the world of book publishing.
A passionate advocate on behalf of good books and reading, Shutta is an animated keynote speaker, willing participant of panel discussions, university lecturer, and an energetic workshop leader. In addition, she brings stories to life at fun-filled story hours, and she enjoys providing motivational staff-development presentations for teachers and librarians.
Shutta received the Michigan Library Association, Children’s Services Division, Award of Merit in 2002, as Michigan’s Youth Librarian of the Year. In 2005 she was invited to read at the White House Easter Egg Roll, and in 2010 she presented at schools and libraries on American military bases across Japan.
Selected Engagements where Shutta has Spoken:
- Keynoter & Presenter: Kindergarten Teachers of Texas, St. Antonio, TX, 2012.
- Panelist: Eastern Mi. Univ., Writing & Publishing for Children, Ypsilanti, MI, 2012.
- Presenter: Shine #2, SCBWI-MI Craft Workshop, Lansing, MI, 2012.
- Keynoter: Southwest VA Early Childhood Conference, Wise, VA., 2012.
- Lecturer: Oakland Univ., Summer Literature Conference. Rochester, MI, 2012.
- Scholar and discussion leader: PRIME TIME (family literacy) under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Highland Township (MI) Library, 2011.
- Guest Lecturer (Children’s Lit.): Eastern Michigan University, 2011.
- Author programs for Dept. of Defense schools & public libraries on American military bases in Japan, 2010.
- Presenter & Keynoter: Central Michigan University, 2009.
- Presenter: Michigan Reading Association Conferences (MRA), 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010. 2009.
- Presenter, Panelist & Workshop Leader, Ann Arbor Book Festival 2004, 2008.
- Presenter: White Pines Library Co-Op, 2008, 2010.
- Presenter: The Ohio River Festival of the Book, 2008.
- Presenter: Tennessee Association of School Libraries (TASL), 2007.
- Keynoter & Presenter: Word Wise Conference, Jackson, MI, 2005 & 2007.
- Presenter: Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME), 2006.
- Presenter & Keynoter: Michigan Library Association (MLA), 2003, 2006.
- Presenter: Detroit Festival of the Arts, 2006.
- Speaker: Various Michigan Reading Councils, 2005, 2006.
- Presenter: Rally of Writers Conference (MI), 2005.
- Presenter: Authors & Books Conference, Clinton Township, MI, 2005.
- Keynoter and panelist several SCBWI-MI state conferences, 2002-2011.
- Workshop Leader: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 2003, 2004.
- Presenter: (MEMSPA) Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principal’s Association, 2004.
- Panelist: Kerrytown Book Fest, 2004.
- Lecturer: Oakland University, Summer Literature Conference, 2004.
- Panelist: Midwest Literary Festival (IL), 2004.
- Presenter: Detroit Working Writer’s Conference (DWW), 2004.
- Guest Lecturer: University of Michigan. Children’s lit. classes (MI), 2002 – 2008.
- Guest Lecturer: Wayne State University (MI), 2002 – 2004.
- Presenter: Southern Kentucky Book Festival, 2004.
- Presenter: Kentucky Book Fair, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009.
- Presenter: YES Foundation, Children’s Literacy Conference, MI, 2003.
- Presenter: Michigan Council for the Teachers of English Conference (MCTE), 2002.
- Guest author: Writers on the River Festival (MI), 2002, 2003, 2005.