School Visits & Writing Workshops

Fiction:

I’d love to come talk to your teen group or classroom about writing and Forget-Her-Nots! I have lots to share.

Shoot me an email, and we’ll work out the details.  I live in the Washington, D.C., area and would be happy to travel within 2 or so hours of my house. I’m happy to share my own writing experience, including how I came up with the idea of making the language of flowers come magically to life! My usual presentation includes an introduction to the language of flowers (including Greek mythology and Shakespeare), a discussion of why flowers help make events special, a reading from my novel, a tussie-mussie demonstration, and a question and answer session. However, I can tailor the presentation to meet your needs. Please contact me at amywords@verizon.net or use the Contact Form on this site.

The above shot is from my appearance at  Frost Middle School in Fairfax, Va., as part of the Fall for the Book Festival. We had a blast, and the teachers and librarians loved my presentation too:

– Amy Brecount White charmed our middle school student audience with her fun and educational presentation.  By weaving together discussions of her fascination of the meaning of flowers with a subtle lesson on the writing process, she enthralled students and teachers alike.  Our students were thrilled at the opportunity to ask questions, and Amy’s answers demonstrated that she is an engaging speaker, teacher and author who knows her middle school audience and can connect with them at a level that captures their attention, holds their interest and encourages their understanding.  Our students particularly enjoyed Amy’s demonstration of how to make a “tussie-mussie” flower bouquet and were excited to get autographs from a published author. I highly recommend Amy to any school considering an author visit!

-Danielle Powers, Librarian, Frost Middle School, Fairfax, VA


– On Friday, November 5th, Amy Brecount White visited Springside School to talk with the middle school book and writing clubs about her book,Forget-Her-Nots.  An eager audience of girls aged 10-14 gathered in the library’s Middle School Reading Room to hear the author talk about the language of flowers and the writing process.  In an engaging and interactive presentation, Amy recalled the inspiration for her enchanting book and shared tips for developing writers.  After being peppered with questions, Amy happily signed copies of Forget-Her-Nots for the girls.  Springside says “thanks” to a wonderful writer and teacher for a stellar visit!

– Emma Burkhart, Middle School Librarian, The Springside School, Philadelphia



And here I am at St. Margaret’s boarding school for girls in Tappahannock, VA. The girl with me is holding the tussie-mussie I made during the visit, which I gave to her because her birthday was closest. The girls were delightful, and the school’s setting on the banks of the Rappahannock is lovely.

Non-fiction:

Let’s face it;  most people — especially teens — need to know how to write non-fiction more than they need to know how to write a novel.  And writing is a skill that is always in demand and doesn’t change over time.  I’d love to come and talk to your class about how to improve their writing skills. I know lots of time-tested tricks to pass on and energize your class!

I taught high school English for 7 years, including senior Advanced Placement courses.  Over 75 of my non-fiction articles and essays have been published by The Washington Post.  I have a great, interactive PowerPoint presention on how to make your non-fiction writing MUCH better.  Just send me an email and we’ll set something up.

I’m also happy to come in and present the language of flowers to your class or garden group. In addition to discussing the language of flowers in human history, I’ll also do a tussie-mussie demonstration, read from my novel, and take questions about the writing process.

If you don’t live nearby, no worries. I’m happy to do a free 30-minute Skype presentation for reading groups discussing my novel, classrooms, or gardening groups.  Please contact me on the form on this site.  Thanks!

Honoraria:

$200 per 1-hour presentation, more if longer travel is involved.

$500 for 3 presentations.

$750 for 5 presentations.

I am happy to arrange book sales or find a book store that can help to sell while I sign books after the event. I’ll also bring free bookmarks and postcards for the students.