author visits

Stacy DeKeyser

books for young readers

presentations for students

E-mail me to schedule an event!

I give programs and workshops for students in elementary school through college, at schools and libraries across the country.

Presentations can be tailored to any age or grade. Please allow up to 50 minutes or one class period for each presentation, including Q&A.


School visit fees for the 2019-2020 school year:

(Up to 4 presentations in one day)


Local (less than one hour’s drive):

  $1200 per day


Not-Quite Local (1-2 hours’ drive):

  $1,600 per day


Far Away (more than 2 hours’ drive):

    2-day minimum

   $2,200 per day


These rates are all-inclusive. There are no additional charges for travel, lodging, meals, etc.



Visits to libraries, book clubs, civics groups, etc:


  $250 per hour scheduled, including driving time if more than 1 hour.

To inquire about visiting your school or organization, please e-mail me.


Writing Workshop: The Dictionary Game


Using five randomly selected words from a really fat dictionary, students will begin a story that has all its basic elements:

  • setting

  • character

  • plot

  • story problem

  • backstory


We will define and explore those story elements, so we can learn how and why they make a story irresistible (and prove that students can write their own irresistible stories, with or without a really fat dictionary).


Writing Workshop: Five Revision Tricks That Any Kid Can Do


Students will learn five easy revision techniques that will make their writing stronger. Working with an existing first draft, students will see immediate results, thus proving the value of the revision process, and making students more confident writers.



Getting the Facts Straight

(Even When You're Making Things Up)


Research is required to write any book, even a novel. From train schedules, to rat-catching techniques, to the cost of a pair of shoelaces in 1948, I discuss the kinds of research I did for my own novels, and how facts can make fiction come to life.


How an Idea Becomes a Book


Using samples from my books, I show the stages in creating a book, from rough draft to revisions to finished book. I talk briefly about research techniques and how students can use them in their own projects.


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Stacy DeKeyser School Visit

“Stacy’s program was terrific. She kept her audience in rapt attention, and judging by the multitude of hands waving in the air at the program’s end, she also sparked quite a few imaginations. Stacy is a friendly, knowledgeable speaker and I would heartily recommend her.”
—Marla Martin

Woodbury Public Library, CT


“Your presentation fit our writing and reading studies perfectly. I was so pleased to see this meaningful connection! I thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of students and faculty of ULS. Please come back anytime.”

—Adriana Hollenbeck,
University Lake School, Hartland, WI