Learn how to apply the six traits of writing from an author who uses them everyday.

Everyone has a story to tell. As a writing teacher and developmental editor I help writers tell their stories. The help each writer needs depends on where he or she is on the writing continuum. I have taught kindergarten to college so I have worked with writers in all six stages of writing.

  1. Imitation (preschool to first grade)
  2. Graphic Presentation (first and second grade)
  3. Progressive Incorporation (late second to fourth grade)
  4. Automatization (fourth to seventh grade)
  5. Elaboration (seventh to ninth grade)
  6. Personalization-Diversification (ninth grade and beyond)

Although the mastery of the mechanics of language varies greatly from stage to stage, one thing remains the same: writers want to share their stories.

Author Visit Programs

My 2017-2018 school visit program Making A Book–and a Skyscraper is based on my latest picture book, Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper.

As you can see on this spread, there are two layers of text and two layers of art. In this interactive program, we will do a close reading of the book and examine one layer at a time.

  1. We will begin with a choral reading (a call and response) of the nonfiction poetry of the building a skyscraper story.
  2. Then we will turn back to the first page of the book and look at the nonfiction prose facts in the sidebars as the construction foreman explains what happens in each scene.
  3. After we look at the facts, we will examine the labels in the art on each page spread.
  4. Finally, we will look at the diagrams on each spread to see how they show the skyscraper going up, up, UP!

A color copy of the diagrams are in the activity kit in two different sizes. (Click here to download the activity kit.) Before or after the visit, or during the program itself, students can cut out the diagrams (and staple the left side) to make their own flip book and see the skyscraper go up, up, UP!

For Pre-K and Kindergarten (the Imitation stage of writing), the program will end with students making a flip book and/or acting out the book making process (thinking, writing, drawing, painting, printing, cutting, and folding to make a book). For grade 1 and up (the Graphic Presentation, Progressive Incorporation, and Automatization stages of writing), the program will end with an extended question and answer period.

The Making A Book–and a Skyscraper program can be used to begin or end a student writing unit.

In the Poetry Friday Writers Workshop, students write poetry about a topic they have explored at school to make a Poetry Friday book. (Gr. 2+) The inspiration for this workshop is Poetry Friday itself, where poetry is shared on blogs each Friday. Some of my poems are published in these Poetry Friday Anthologies.

Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations
The Poetry of Science


  • One large group assembly: $300
  • Two or more large group assemblies: $250 per session
  • Classroom writing workshops: $75 per class
    (If 2 classes are combined in one workshop, it’s $150 per session, if 3 are combined it’s $225 per session, etc. Ideally, I will workshop with one class at a time over the course of a school day.)

Signed Books for Your Classroom or Library

For each author visit or writing workshop session that I teach at your school, I will donate three signed books to your classroom or library. You can circulate these signed author books in your collection and/or use them as prizes.

Contact Me!

I’d love to visit your young readers! Contact me so we can work together to make it happen . . .

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