“I can’t praise Ms. Scanlon enough for the transformation she created in my 5th grade poets.  Her natural teaching ability and engaging workshops inspired my students to create amazing poems.  Students who were reluctant writers gained confidence and pride.  AND, as a teacher, I gained confidence in my ability to teach poetry more effectively.”

– Judi Thompson, Zilker Elementary, Austin, TX

As a teaching author, Liz Garton Scanlon visits schools and summer camps, facilitates workshops for both kids and adults, speaks on panels, and critiques at conferences. She is represented by Carmen Oliver at The Booking Biz, who is eager to work with your school or organization to create the visit that best fits your needs!

School Presentations

Liz loves speaking in person with the kids she writes for each and everyday. Material on the writing life, process and products can be shared via intimate classroom exchanges, at all-school assemblies, or something in between. Either way, all visits will be standards-aligned, grade level-appropriate, creative and interactive, and highly respectful of both kids and books.

A full day’s visit includes up to four programs of approximately 60 minutes each. Sponsor’s expenses include honorarium, transportation, lodging and meals. Neighboring schools can arrange to share a day and split the cost. Liz is always happy and grateful to sign and personalize books before or after presentations.

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“Liz was engaging and interesting while giving the students a lot of information about what the job of “author” entails, as well as the process of having a book published. She kept her content and delivery age appropriate, while not dumbing down the content. Teachers and students loved her!”

– Diane Collier, Galindo Elementary, Austin TX

Libraries, Conferences and Keynotes

An accessible and dynamic presenter, Liz has spoken on topics as varied as writing in rhyme or using metaphor… revising with intention… writing truth that’s more important than fact… science and religion in fiction… reaching reluctant readers, and more. She welcomes your invitation and will gladly collaborate with you to find just the right words for your literacy night, SCBWI conference, teacher in-service, IRA or Library Association occasion, One Book event, or bookstore signing.

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“Delightful, insightful and deep. Liz is a powerful and inspiring speaker who will warm your heart and make you laugh– at the exact same time. If I could blink myself to all of Liz’s presentations, I most definitely would!”

– Meg Fleming, SCBWI Chicago, author of I Heart You and Ready, Set, Build!

Virtual Visits

It may not be quite the same as up close and personal, but Skype’s the next best thing! If your students have already read one or more of Ms. Scanlon’s books, consider arranging a free, 15-minute Q&A session. If you’d prefer a 30- to 45-minute reading and presentation, we can arrange that for a modest fee.

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“Liz Garton Scanlon’s wonderful picture book workshop was clear, comprehensive, and well organized. Both beginning and experienced writers found specific techniques, helpful tips, and encouraging advice.”

– JoAnn Early Macken, SCBWI-Wisconsin, poet and picture book author


High Fives

“Genuine. Smart. Helpful. And very inspiring.”

– Donna Gephart, Florida, award-winning author of Death By Toilet Paper and other middle grade novels

“Liz’s teaching style is warm, inspiring, and filled with gems of inspiration and information.”

– Jill Nadler, Florida, storyteller extraordinaire

“Great strategies for audience participation! The students were able to help and contribute but never got out of control.”

– Heather Stephens, McBee Elementary, Austin, TX

“Ms. Scanlon’s presentations were interactive and the students were thoroughly engaged.”

– Susan Hyde, Librarian, Hart Elementary, Austin, TX

“Liz Garton Scanlon provides layer upon layer of children’s relationships to books when she speaks to writers, helping us to recognize that picture books create an emotional connection between a child and the person reading aloud, even as the written words and pictures entertain, help a child develop literacy, and encourage both adult and child to explore their relationship with the world. Her experience and knowledge filled pages of my notebook and I came away with the greatest reading list on picture books, middle grade novels, literacy and craft.”

– Ann Angel, SCBWI-Wisconsin, poet, teacher, editor and biographer

“Liz is excellent. Not sure if she is a trained teacher but if not, she is a natural! She effortlessly elicits new vocabulary from the mouths of babes.”

– Don Bos, Metz Elementary, Austin, TX

“Loved her relaxed yet engaging style. Kids really enjoyed interacting with her and learned a lot about the writing and publishing process.”

– Amanda Braziel, Blackshear Elementary

“I have had the pleasure of seeing Liz’s dynamic presentations through her participation with the Reading Rock Stars program. Every presentation is playful, inspiring, and meaningful, just like her books! She creates a space for active participation and her message motivates students of all ages to read, write, and explore their own creativity in a new way.”

— Kendall Miller, Texas Book Festival