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Janet loves talking to students about her favorite subject: writing!

Janet’s engaging and interactive school presentations focus on the creative use of language, the power of imagination, and how each student’s individuality influences the stories they write. 


Presentations are forty-five minutes to an hour in length and can be adapted for grades K-12. 

Non-Fiction Fun

Learn how to write about historical events in a personal and meaningful way

Janet discusses the importance of research: gathering information, contacting sources, and verifying facts. Janet explains to students how facts can be used to guide their writing, but it is the heart of the story that inspires their words. 

Growing a Book

The development of a book from original idea to

finished product

From the first spark of an idea to a published book, Janet takes students on a journey through the writing, revising, and publication process. 

Students will also learn about the specific elements of a picture book including: dummies, thumbnail sketches, finished art, double page spreads, half page spreads, the gutter, the spine, and the cover art to show how the individual pieces come together to create the whole: a picture book.

Packing a Writer’s Toolbox

Don’t Forget to Pack your Imagination!


Janet discusses how authors and illustrators work together to create a picture book. 


Author + Illustrator = Magical!

All presentations focus, in an encouraging and positive way, on the unique talents of each student.  

For more information about Janet’s school visits,

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