School and Library Visits
I'm always happy to talk with groups of kids and teens about books, writing, and publishing. If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact me by e-mail.
Teacher and Librarian Comments
"Megan Crewe offered insights into the writing life that deepened my classes' understanding of the creative process and the world of publishing. Her presentation was well-structured, entertaining, and informative, and the students loved it." -Rose Cullis, English teacher, Humberside C.I.
"We were honored to have Megan Crewe as our guest for our first "Authors Love..." YA author series. Her warm, friendly presence engaged teens as she described her journey from eager young student writer to published author. The teens were fascinated by her often humorous reflections on the painstaking process involved in her first book publication. Her visit inspired those with storytelling aspirations of their own to write, write, write!" -Cilla Jacobson, Youth Services Coordinator, Palm Beach County Library System
Types of Visits
I can work with teachers and librarians to tailor presentations and discussions to specific topics, age ranges, and group sizes, depending on your needs. To provide a starting point, here are some sample visits I offer.
Writing Workshop - Done with one classroom or a relatively small group of kids or teens, I discuss story-writing techniques, lead practice exercises, and provide feedback on the participants' work. Great for creative writing classes and clubs. I have a general workshop on the key elements of a good story, and can also do focused workshops in particular elements like plot or characters.
Book Talk - For this type of visit, it's best if the participants have read Give Up the Ghost or The Way We Fall (or both!) ahead of time. I will talk about the writing of the book(s) and touch on the major themes and issues. Participants are invited to share questions and experiences.
The Writing Life - I discuss how I got started as a writer through my childhood and teen years, the day-to-day tasks of a working writer, and the writing process all the way from initial idea to publication. Questions and participant discussion are encouraged.
I am also happy to offer virtual visits for classrooms, book clubs, and other interested groups using video conferencing software such as Skype or iChat. A 15-20 minute Q&A visit is free for classes and book groups who have read one of my books; longer visits focusing on a variety of topics can be arranged as well. Contact me to set one up! You may also find this article on arranging viritual visits helpful.
Check out my The Way We Fall discussion questions for book clubs and classroom discussions:
And the Give Up the Ghost book guides for schools, libraries, and book groups: