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. As COVID impacts our schools & libraries and in-person visits are not an option, I’m available for virtual events. Please contact me for more information about my fees and for booking.

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

Wow, 2020 was a year. The last in-person visit I did was in early March to South Carolina before the full impact of the pandemic was upon us. I’ve been home ever since. I’ve enjoyed doing virtual visits and festivals, but I sure miss meeting readers in-person! For information on my virtual visits and my availability please contact me.

Thursday, April 8

SLAM Showcase, Hillsborough CountyPublic Schools in association with the Sunshine State Young Readers Award

Participating author (virtual)

Wednesday, May 12 at 7:00 PM EST

Hosted by The Silver Unicorn Bookstore

Debbi Michiko Florence and Jo Knowles In Conversation to talk about their long-time writing partnership and friendship and\ celebrate the release of Keep It Together Keiko Carter (Scholastic) in paperback and Where The Heart Is (Candlewick) in paperback.

More details and RSVP information coming soon!

Saturday, June 6 at 6:00 PM EST

Hosted by Print: A Bookstore

Debbi Michiko Florence and Josephine Cameron In Conversation to discuss the importance of creating and maintaining support systems – as writers and the characters in their books. Join us as we celebrate the release of Debbi’s Keep It Together, Keiko Carter in paperback and the launch of Josephine’s Not All Heroes (FSG).

More details and RSVP information coming soon!