I love visiting schools and talking to students about the writing process and books. I am also available for writing workshops.
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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. See below for more details.
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 Michiko Florence was engaging and informative! The second and third graders of Belle Sherman Elementary (a culturally & economically diverse school ) loved hearing answers to their questions about her books and writing process. –Jennifer Groff, former Teacher Librarian at Belle Sherman, Ithaca, NY
I highly recommend Debbi Michiko’s Florence as a speaker/teacher in the classroom or at a conference. She presented a three-hour workshop on chapter books for our SCBWI group with just the right blend of useful information and hands-on activities. All of our members walked away inspired and motivated to write! –Jody Casella, Regional Advisor, SCBWI Ohio Central South
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Writing Diverse Characters: Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series, will give an introduction to writing diverse characters, share her journey to publication as an author of color, and lead an open discussion about diversity in children’s literature. This event is free.