Author Visits and Events

I love visiting schools and talking to students about books and the writing process.

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 and writing workshops that are informative, fun, and age appropriate.

I have visited students around the country, including California, Oregon, Wisconsin, Maryland, and New York. I even spent a week talking with readers in Singapore! In addition to school and library visits, I have given workshops to kids and adults, and I am on the faculty at the Highlights Foundation.

Click here for details and rates on my presentations and writing workshops. During this uncertain time while schools and libraries are closed, I’m available for virtual events. Please contact me for more information.

To book presentations/workshops:

photo credit Roy Thomas

“Debbi’s visit to our school was very well-received by all the K-4th grade teachers and students.  Teachers described her presentation as ‘Engaging.’ ‘She kept the attention of the students.’  ‘Fantastic!’ Debbi’s presentations were spot on at each grade level.  I strongly recommend Debbi Michiko Florence to any school interested in a delightful author presentation.”

–Joy Blongewicz, Teacher-Librarian, Marion Cross Elementary School, Norwich, VT

“I highly recommend Debbi Michiko 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

“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

Upcoming Events

Thank you to everyone who hosted me and attended my events in 2019. It was a joy to meet readers!

Saturday, May 2

Everywhere Book Festival – A Virtual Book Festival

Though the event is past, you can still view the videos of the fabulous keynote speeches and panels, including ours below.

2 PM: Middle Grade Lunch Bunch: Mae Respicio, Jessica Kim, and Debbi Michiko Florence share what’s in their characters’ lunchboxes! Bring your lunch and join them as they discuss their newest books.


Monday, May 4, 2020

Wordplay Book Festival – Virtual

12:00 PM EST: In conversation with Sarah Park Dahlen and Sayantani DasGupta

Watch the replay 


Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10 AM EDT

Highlights Foundation: #HFGather Free Online Session

Wednesday Writing Chat with Sarah Aronson and Debbi Michiko Florence – view here: Making Your Character Real.

Sunday, May 31, 3:00 PM EDT

Asian Author Alliance AAPI Book Month

Panel: Dangers of a Single Story Narrative (Livestream) with me, Susan Tan, Sabina Khan, Katie Zhao, and Misa Sugiura

We are not a monolith, and often stereotypes paint most Asian Americans with the same brush. Join Asian authors as they discuss the dangers of the single story narrative!

Co-hosted by Red Balloon Bookshop

Watch the panel on our YouTube Channel HERE

August 30 - September 2

Faculty, Developing a Series in Chapter Books Virtual Worksop
Highlights Foundation Milanville, PA

Discover how to craft a chapter book series that stands out and sells well. Learn how to make your series familiar and relatable. Learn what editors are looking for in a chapter book series. Find out how to submit a chapter book series to editors and agents. Get a one-to-one feedback on your first 10-pages and on the series overview document.

Faculty: Kashmira Sheth, author of picture books, chapter books, and novels

Special Guest: Jennifer Laughran (Senior Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

Register here.

Saturday, October 3

Brooklyn Book Festival, Virtual Children’s Day, 10AM – 4 PM

More than 50 authors will participate in a full day of author readings and performances, workshops, activities, and book signings — all virtual.

More information coming soon!