Is your school looking for a high-energy author visit? Something that touches on writing, drawing, storytelling, and gruesome tales from American History? Invite Nathan Hale!
$3000 per school day. This flat fee covers my honorarium and all travel expenses.
Split a day between two schools to cut the cost. For example, two presentations in the morning at school A, two presentations in the afternoon at school B. This only works if the schools are close enough to drive between quickly. Cost per school: $1500.
For a week of visits, the per day honorarium is $1900. This is a good option for districts or schools that want to host a week of events.
What is the presentation?
I draw my presentations, live on screen. The combination of drawing and storytelling makes it a fun, captivating, and educational experience.
For middle grades, 3-8, I stick to U.S. History. I tell an exclusive Hazardous Tales story—not from any of the books, it can only be heard at a school visit.
For K-2nd grades, I tell a story about what I liked to draw at their age, then switch gears for a drawing lesson, then finish with a group drawing activity. The quick changes in format keep the little ones engaged. *This presentation requires a little more setup. I’ll need a crayon and a single piece of paper for each student, as well as a large flip chart or piece of butcher paper for the activities.
For high schools I do a short history story combined with a motivational speech on how I found my career path and how they can find theirs.
Presentations are one hour long, but can be condensed to 40 minutes. For older groups, the longer the better. For K-12, the shorter the better!
What is the workshop?
Workshops are for grades 3 and up.
The workshop is an exercise in comics creation. It uses both drawing and writing skills. Students’ work is shown on screen throughout the workshop, making for a lively workshop with lots of laughter and creativity.
Workshops require tables, paper, and pencils. Class time is one hour, but can be condensed to 45 minutes.
Best location for presentation?
The library is ideal.
Auditoriums are great for large groups. Most gyms/cafeterias are echo chambers—bad audio can ruin a presentation. If you can, please put me in the library!
Workshops work best in a classroom with desks/tables.
Presentations and workshops require a standard projector and screen.
I bring my own cords and dongles.
If your tech people want details, I draw on an iPad, and I can connect through both VGA and HDMI setups. (Again, I bring the connecting cords for this—don’t sweat it.) An Airplay/Apple TV also works well if your school has it. I do not need sound for display.
If your space is large, a microphone is appreciated. It doesn’t have to be wireless (I don’t move around).
A podium is ideal if your school has one, but I can make any table or chair work. No music stands—they never stay up.
Absolutely! Everyone gets a drawing in their book, but no personalization.
Personalizing signed books is a recipe for disaster. I will always get names wrong. This can ruin a kid’s day. Skipping names makes the signing go much faster and avoids many mishaps.
This is not a “request a drawing” situation, otherwise I’d be drawing unicorns, narwhals, and Batmans all afternoon. I draw the Hangman in Hazardous Tales books, a Piper in One Trick Pony, and Rapunzel in Rapunzel’s Revenge.
Don’t worry about names/inscriptions/Post-it Notes/personalizations, etc. Drawings are more fun anyway.
Do we have to feed the author?
No. Feeding the author is not a requirement.
I see more librarians stress about this than any other aspect of a school visit. Don’t worry about lunch. I’m often so busy at a school that I don’t get to eat the food that’s been carefully provided.
When doing lunch with students, I like to do drawing games and be the entertainment. It’s hard to be entertaining with a mouthful of food.
If I get really hungry, I carry a protein bar in my bag. But I usually won’t have time to eat it.
Don’t worry, I’ll eat a HUGE dinner after the visit.
While I’m at your school
I’m up for any reading clubs, group lunches, special Q & As, interviews, activities, etc. you would like to plan.
I don’t need “down time.” When I’m at your school I like to engage with students through drawing, speaking, etc.
I’m being paid, so put me to work!
What about Skype/digital visits?
I don't do digital visits, but I do have a few author/drawing videos on my YouTube channel.
Marydee at firstname.lastname@example.org will answer all of your questions and schedule your school.
The current school year 2018/19 is completely BOOKED. But we are taking dates for 2019/2020!