Irene loves sharing her passion for books, poetry and writing with public, private and homeschool groups.
She is especially excited about the programs she has developed to include her poetry books, her newest novel DON'T FEED THE BOY, and her debut historical midgrade novel LEAVING GEE'S BEND. Schools may schedule one school assembly (1 hour) and one writing workshop (1 hour) per day (or equivalent, i.e. 4 30-minute sessions). Schools may choose to focus the writing workshop on either poetry or story writing.
Irene’s assembly presentation is titled “Adventures in Writing.” It includes information for students on writing as a career, personal stories about her journey to publication as well as interactive segments related to 1932 Gee's Bend, Alabama, as well as the working of a modern-day zoo. Irene includes students in the presentation and further entertains and educates by sharing historic photos and special props.
Suggested audience: grades 3-8
Author's Honorarium: In-state: $1000 per day plus mileage calculated at the IRS standard rate (.54 cents per mile as of 1-1-16). If the driving distance is over 2 hours, overnight lodging may be required. Out-of-state: $1500 per day plus travel expenses (flight & lodging).
In an effort to reach as many children as possible, Irene offers 2 "Pay-What-You-Can" school visits per school year. Also, in support of local students, Irene offers a 50% discount and waives travel fees for schools in the Birmingham, Alabama Metro area who schedule visits at least 1 year in advance. Please email email@example.com for eligibility and availability.
Irene would love to have a special lunch with students who have read her book(s), or do an interview with your school or community newspaper. She is also happy to participate in book signings, casual breakfast, lunch or dinner get-togethers at no additional charge.
School visits, particularly assembly presentations, work best when the students are familiar with Irene and her work. Teachers and librarians are encouraged to make copies of Irene's books available to students in advance of any school visit. Pre-event sales of books can be arranged through a local bookstore or directly from Penguin (LEAVING GEE'S BEND) and Macmillan (DON'T FEED THE BOY).
Like a juicy apple
that's saying hello
to the morning
and I say good morning back.
- Linda L., age 8