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SCHOOL VISITS
The goal of the presentation is to inspire young people to rediscover the magic of the creative process, particularly as it relates to the written word. In a world dominated by video games, online communities, and big budget action movies, books can appear to be an archaic form of learning and entertainment. In this highly visual, interactive, entertaining, and deceptively educational presentation, your students will walk away with a fresh excitement about the power of storytelling.

PRESENTATION
* School Assembly (45 Minutes)
Using humor to engage the audience, each assembly begins by the author sharing about the heroic storytellers who inspired the author as a child (J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Maurice Sendak, George Lucas, etc.). The focus shifts into how his personal adventures growing up in wooded areas and lake towns in the rural Midwest inspired the backdrop to the novels he is writing today. There is interaction between the author and the audience during the entire presentation, as well as a bevy of colorful visual aids to keep the students engaged. The students will learn that their own personal experiences can and will make a strong backbone for their own stories. Then the author reviews the writing process, starting with brief descriptions of how he comes up with plots and characters, and finishing on the critical nature of editing. The presentation is capped with the message that the students will have every opportunity to achieve their dreams if they never give up, just like the author did. Then there is a 15-20 minute question and answer period.

WORKSHOPS
* Creative Writing (45 minutes)
This general workshop will cover the basics of storytelling, touching on character and plot, as well as outlining techniques, how to ensure you never have writer’s block, the importance of keeping your story unpredictable and much more. Questions are appropriate for this session. Class size should not exceed 40.

* Character Creation: Heroes & Villains (45 minutes)
This session focuses on the specific development of heroes and villains, including how to make a character sheet that outlines the important facts you need to know about your characters, as well as the traits required for both strong heroes and villains. Questions are appropriate for this session. Class size should not exceed 40.

* Character Creation: Heroes & Villains (45 minutes)
This session focuses on the specific development of heroes and villains, including how to make a character sheet that outlines the important facts you need to know about your characters, as well as the traits required for both strong heroes and villains. Questions are appropriate for this session. Class size should not exceed 40.

* Character Design: How Sketching Benefits Writing (45 minutes)
This session focuses on the specific development of heroes and villains, including how to make a character sheet that outlines the important facts you need to know about your characters, as well as the traits required for both strong heroes and villains. Questions are appropriate for this session. Class size should not exceed 40.

* Graphic Novels: How to Create the Hottest Art Form in Publishing (45 minutes)
Comic books and traditional storytelling have converged to form a dynamic artform that has become one of the fastest growning segments in publishing. As books lose ground to interactive media, graphic novels have given new life to reading, providing exciting art to enhance the written word. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to write and illustrate your own graphic novel. Questions are appropriate for this session. Class size should not exceed 40.

* How to Get Published (45 minutes)
This workshop is geared to help educators discover what it takes to get published. No two authors or illustrators have taken the same path to becoming professionals, however, there are basic tenants you can follow that will make your trek easier. Should you finish your manuscript or can you pitch an idea? Do you need an agent, and if so, how do you get one? What is a query letter? Will you become an instant millionaire once you sign your first publishing deal? Questions are appropriate for this session. Class size can include your entire staff.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
* Presenting Author: J.S. Lewis
* Traveling From: Phoenix, Arizona
*Suggested Audience: Grades 3-8
* Maximum Presentations Per Day: 4 (plus signing session)
* Honorarium:
- School Assembly (Phoenix Metro area): $250
- Half-Day (Phoenix Metro area): $400
- Full-Day (Phoenix Metro area): $750
- Full-Day Presentation (Outside Phoenix Metro area): $1500 (which includes a $500 flat fee to cover travel expenses*)

* Travel costs includes airfare, hotel, per diem, car rental, etc. There may be additional costs for Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and East Coast cities including New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia.

PLEASE NOTE:
At this time, the author is accepting a maximum of two cities and eight days outside of the Metropolitan Phoenix area per month. Each trip requires a minimum three-day booking.

BOOK SALES
Receiving a signed copy of a novel is a rare and exciting opportunity for a young person, and thus is an important component to any author visit. There is no minimum purchase of books required for a school visits. However, schools must make books available to students prior to the author’s visit. This is most effectively communicated through a flier that is sent home to their parents. Books should be available for purchase on-site the day of the presentation, as well as for up to three days after the author visit has been completed.

AVAILABLE BOOKS

Clockwork Chronicles Book 1: The Brimstone Key
ISBN: 0316045225
Grade Level: 3-8
Cost: $15.99

Clockwork Chronicles Book 2: The Relic Hunters
ISBN: 0316045195
Grade Level: 3-8
Cost: $15.99

Grey Griffins Book 1: The Revenge of the Shadow King
ISBN: 0-439-79574-5
Grade Level: 3-8
Cost: $12.99

Grey Griffins Book 2: The Rise of the Black Wolf
ISBN: 0-439-83774-X
Grade Level: 3-8
$12.99

Grey Griffins Book 3: The Fall of The Templar
ISBN: 0-439-83776-7
Grade Level: 3-8
Cost: $12.99

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTIONS
* FULL-DAY
1 presentation, a signing session, lunch, and three workshops*
A Full-Day Presentation includes: (A) 45 minute School Assembly to all students 3rd-8th grade; (B) 30 minute book signing session; (C) 45 minute lunch with the author for up to ten students (no limit on faculty), and (D) the choice of three additional 45 minute sessions (Writing Workshop, Character Creation: Heroes & Villains session, or Character Design: How Sketching Benefits Writing). Please note that the School Assembly should take place before the breakout sessions to set the stage for the day and better familiarize your students with the author and his works.

* HALF-DAY
1 presentation, a signing session, and one workshop
A School Assembly includes: (A) 45 minute presentation to the entire applicable school body from 3rd-8th grade; (B) 30 minute book signing session; and (C) the choice of any 45 minute session (Writing Workshop, Character Creation: Heroes & Villains session, or Character Design: How Sketching Benefits Writing). Please note that the School Assembly should take place before the breakout sessions to set the stage for the day and better familiarize your students with the author and his works.

* SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
1 presentation and a signing session

*Please note that when booking either a Full-Day and Half-Day Presentation, schools are able substitute the School Assembly, Writing Workshop, and Character Creating Sessions with assemblies to smaller groups if you do not have the facilities available for an all-school assembly.