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. I’m also available for virtual events. I am currently fully booked for the rest of the 20-21 school year. Please contact me for more information about my fees and for booking.

To book presentations/workshops: author@debbimichikoflorence.com

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.

Wednesday, May 17 at 8:00 PM EST

Hosted by Asian Author Alliance

We Contain Multitudes: Supporting Diverse Diversity within Asian American Voices: Join me, Christina Soontornvat, Andrea Wang, Mike Jung, and Veera Hiranandani. We will share our experiences growing up as Asian Americans and how our backgrounds influence the books we write. Discussion will center on the need for MANY Asian American penned novels to reflect the diversity of the Asian American experience.

 

 

Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM EST

Crafting Chapter Books Virtual Workshop, SCBWI NY Westchester

What is a chapter book? How is it different from a picture book or a novel for older readers? How do you write for a series? Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the acclaimed chapter book series Jasmine Toguchi and My Furry Foster Family series will share details about the journey to publication for Jasmine Toguchi and an overview of what you need to know to start writing your own chapter books. Debbi will share a list of mentor texts and answer questions.

Registration: on Ticketbud

Saturday, June 5 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!

Monday, June 14 - Thursday, June 17

Highlights Foundation Online Workshop: Developing a Series in Chapter Books 

Join me and author Kashmira Sheth as we lead a workshop on how to craft a chapter book series including lectures, 1-on-1 consultations, group work, guest editor lecture, and writing along with fabulous support from the Highlights staff.

Register here: Highlights Foundation

Sunday, August 8 at 3 PM EDT

In Person East Coast Launch Party for Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai

Hosted by Bank Square Books/Savoy Bookshop & Cafe Mystic CT/Westerly RI

Details on location to come as we await what the restrictions will be for in-person gatherings for summer. Details and registration links coming in late June.

I will be talking about writing this book, as well as some “secret” news about upcoming projects. Enjoy treats and limited edition swag along with a drawing for fun prizes.

Saturday, August 21 at 11 AM PDT

In Person West Coast Launch Party for Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai

Hosted by Bel Canto Books, 2122 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA

Join me and author Julie Abe as we jointly celebrate our newest releases. Julie is the awesome author of Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch and Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch. We will be chatting about our writing process and how our Japanese heritage influences the books we write. There will be Japanese snacks and a giveaway for prizes.

This event will be masked and held outdoors with social distancing – registration will be required ahead of time. More details with link coming soon!