Author Visits and Appearances
I love visiting schools and talking to students about the writing process and books. I am also available for writing workshops.
Before I became a writer, I was an outdoor educator, a classroom teacher, and the Associate Curator of Education for a zoo. I offer presentations that are fun and age appropriate. In addition to classroom and library visits, I have presented workshops for SCBWI, have been on panels at NCTE, the Decatur Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, and the Morristown Festival of Books. I am on the faculty at the Highlights Foundation.
Debbi was spot-on with her presentation to our students, discussing the writing process and sharing ideas with them to inspire them in their writing. It was especially valuable for them to hear from a real life author how much revising and rewriting is done before a book gets published. Our hard working writers, and their teachers, appreciated the lesson in perseverance. The best proof that Debbi’s visit was a success? Debbi’s Jasmine Toguchi books are the most requested books in the library! I love that her visit inspired both our writers and readers. –Jill Fayan, Library Media Specialist, Jeffrey Elementary School, Madison, CT
Debbi is a warm, engaging, and educational presenter. She was creative with her presentation and involved the group with an educational activity that the students loved. She was a favorite of both the students and the educators who attended the program. We’ll always invite her back! –Allison Escoto, Head Librarian, The Center for Fiction, Brooklyn NY
School Visit Details:
Now booking for Spring 2020. Fifty-minute presentation appropriate for 1st – 4th grade students. Writing workshop for grades 4-7.
I talk about the inspiration for Jasmine Toguchi, Japanese culture (relating to the books), and the writing process. The presentations invite students to participate in discussions and activities.