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 will be on the faculty at the Highlights Foundation in 2019.
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
School Visit Details:
Now booking for Spring and Fall 2019! (I am almost fully booked for Spring 2019.)
50-minute presentation appropriate for 1st – 4th grade students.
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.