I would love to visit your classroom or library! This can be over the Internet through Zoom, or maybe I can visit in-person. There is much to share with young learners. Besides authoring work, I teach college level writing, tutor all ages, and am a Certified Elementary Teacher who has worked with children and teenagers for over 25 years.
The information below serves only as a general guideline. Please contact me to discuss your specific needs.
Library & School Visits
Presentations usually run between 20-120 minutes, for both in-person and virtual. Longer is possible with planning.
I will tailor my visit to meet your needs, but here is an example of a few of the typical things a visit might include. Visits may also focus on more than one book.
An Example Visit
A Special Memory focused visit:
Discussing special memories and the strength they give us
Discussing the four main types of clouds and what they mean; being your own weather forecaster
Discussing how ideas develop into words and pictures, choosing words creatively and refining ideas
Explaining my career and how I became an author/educator
Book signing session
Workshops, Presentations, & Other
Approach Me With Your Idea. You Never Know
Example idea a school approached me about with an example recording
Festival to Go
The Rochester, NY schools have offered their teachers and students recordings from authors. These recordings are presentations of authors either reading their work. Some include a mini lesson to go along with the reading. Access for teachers is on-going. Authors provide the recordings free of charge to make a difference for students.
A recording of me reading one of my picture books (Special Memory) with a mini lesson for grades PreK to second.
* PreK-Second Grade
This workshop begins with my showing examples of my writing life and process, and how I create characters and plot. Then I help students create their own characters and begin to develop a story with a conflict and resolution. Younger students may be able to work on making a picture book dummy with words and pictures, and older students may begin a longer story. With all ages, I will give fun writing exercises to help generate ideas.
How a Writer Works (good for older grades)
In this presentation, I share my personal story of why and how I became an author and an educator. I spend the first twenty minutes or so showing work from when I was young and talking about my desires and passions, comparing that to how it actually worked out. I will read excerpts from my work and discuss how many of the themes relate to my own life, even though the subjects may differ. There can be ample time for questions and answers if students have prepared by reading some of my work before my visit.
To book Christina Francine for a book festival, conference, expo, workshop or school visit, contact her at ChristinaFrancine@gmail.com and include your phone number.
*Note that fees are sometimes negotiable, depending on time and location.