Reading, Writing, & Research: A Book’s Journey


Kate Messner – Author Visit




K-2, 3-5, Middle school, High school

Author visit, Literacy, Creative Writing


ELA, Social Studies, Science


$2800/day (includes travel expenses for Capital Region schools) – A full-day visit includes three presentations or writing workshops, plus lunch with a small group of enthusiastic readers/writers if you’d like, and a separate time to sign books. If needed, a fourth presentation may be added for an additional $500.

Dates Available


Program Theme

Reading, Writing, & Research: A Book’s Journey


Program Description

Kate offers a variety of programs for different grade levels, and these can be tailored to meet school needs. Typically, a full day visit at a K-5 school includes a 35-minute presentation with a read-aloud, puppets, and research photos for Grades K-1, a 45-50 minute presentation on the picture book and chapter book research and writing process for grades 2-3, and a 45-60 minute presentation on research and writing nonfiction and novels for grades 4 and up.


Are We There Yet? (for groups of any size)

Chapter Books & Picture Books (30-40 minute presentation for Grades K-3)
A Novel’s Journey (45-60-minute presentation for Grades 4 and up)

Sometimes, when you’re a kid, writing assignments seem to go on forever, like a long, long car ride. This interactive workshop takes kids along on the journey a book makes on its way to publication. Kate shares the stories behind several of her books – brainstorming, writing a first draft, revising, getting feedback from friends, revising, finding a publisher, revising again, sending a new draft, revising again (are you noticing a trend?), copy editing, book and cover design, and finally publishing. Kate will share early drafts, photographs of her sometimes wild writing process, and actual revision notes from her editors. Students will learn that writing is all about curiosity, that research leads to amazing, unexpected discoveries, and that revision is where writing magic happens.

In addition to her large-group presentations, Kate is also happy to lead small-group writing workshops for 30 or fewer students in grades 3 and older. Possible topics include basic story workshops, historical fiction, stories with magic, fairy tale retellings, and writing a novel-in-documents.




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