School Visits and Educator Resources
Greetings, teachers, librarians, and parents—under normal circumstances I am available for in-person school visits and workshops. But these, of course, are not normal circumstances. Below you’ll find what I’m offering virtually instead, as of April 2020.
I’m posting weekly video readings from See You in the Cosmos to YouTube. Here is a brief introduction:
Once again, you can find all the videos for the weekly readings on my YouTube channel.
Virtual Visits and Workshops
I’m currently doing three different types of virtual visits. These are essentially the same talks and workshops I’ve given in person in the past—to audiences of kids and adults alike, in schools, libraries, and at book festivals, across the world.
- Journey to the Stars: How I came to write See You in the Cosmos
- · 40–60 min
- A (very) visual slideshow intended for a general audience—they don’t need to have already read the book. I take students through my path to becoming an author, from moving from China at a young age to growing up in Michigan, working in advertising and technology in New York, and finally discovering that I wanted to write fiction. (Recommended: Grades 4–8)
- See You in the Cosmos Q&A
- · 30 min
- A more informal Q&A, intended for classes and reading groups who’ve already finished the book. Teachers will usually ask their students to prep questions in advance of the call. (Recommended: Grades 4–8)
- Interactive Writing Workshop: Plot and Character
- · 40–60 min
- A writing workshop in the vein of an improv comedy show—I share my screen and write live using audience prompts, and together we come up with our own original story (or at least a rough sketch of one), with me stopping along the way to talk about various aspects of fiction. Students will come out the other end knowing some basics about plot and character arcs that they can then apply to their own stories. (Recommended: Grades 6–9)
I’m open to working with whatever platform you use, be it Google Meet, Zoom, Skype, or others. For the slideshow and interactive workshops, ideally I’d able to share my screen and have the students see my face at the same time.
Even prior to distancing, I was offering free virtual See You in the Cosmos Q&As with classes who’ve already read the book, and I will continue to do so. I accept honorariums for the slideshow and writing workshops, as these help sustain me as a full-time author, particularly in lieu of my being able to make in-person visits. Given the circumstances, however, I will not turn anyone down solely for the inability to provide an honorarium. I understand this is a difficult time for everyone, and will do my best to make it work with my current schedule. I’m also more than flexible when it comes to these programs—if you have ideas for other kinds of activities, I’d love to discuss them with you.
For questions, additional details, or to schedule a vistual visit, please email me.