There is nothing I love more than connecting communities of readers! I am available to visit schools, libraries, books clubs and interested work places. I can be there in-person or by Skype! I have a Powerpoint presentation on my life as a writer, how I get my ideas and the publishing world. I'd also be happy to lead a writing workshop, help prep query letters, or I'm open to other ways you might be interested in using me.
My author visit typically includes an interactive PowerPoint presentation on how I came to be an author as well as how a story goes from an idea to a book. I always leave time for student questions and I am happy to sign books either ahead of time or after my presentation.
Presentations can easily be geared towards different ages from third grade through college level. And, if it's a smaller classroom, I can include a writing activity as well.
While I can certainly present the Powerpoint over Skype, most people using Skype prefer a more casual visit where we talk about the craft of writing and viewers get ample time to ask questions.
I am happy to work with you so that you may get the most out of my visit.
Please inquire about pricing for author visits.
You may contact me at writing (at) caloyeras (dot) com
Here's what some of my past "hosts" have to say:
"Just wanted to thank you again for your marvelous presentation today. You balanced the interests of both classes so well and were so engaging, I know the students learned a lot and had a wonderful experience."
- Lollie Ragana, English instructor, Cal State Los Angeles
"The California State University, Los Angeles was delighted to welcome back alumna Jennifer Caloyeras to deliver a talk on “Animals, Aesthetics, and Adolescence.” The packed audience heard a deftly woven presentation on her experiences writing and publishing, as well as the genealogies of interspecies relations in YA literature. Thank you for coming to campus, Jennifer! We look forward to hosting you again soon."
(Event sponsored by the American Communities Program—find us on Facebook for information on upcoming events).
- Maria Karafilis, Ph.D., English Professor, Cal State Los Angeles
"Teens will enjoy and benefit from reading Strays - a book so good I myself have read it four times in six months. The characters and their struggles are true to life, cause you to reflect, and provide great topics for teen discussions. Harbor City-Harbor Gateway Branch had the benefit of hosting Jennifer at an author panel in July 2015 for our summer reading program. In person, she is positive, fun and fully engaged. It was wonderful to get the inside scoop on how the book and characters came to be, and her imagination and enthusiasm for Young Adults shows."
- Cathleen Boyle, young adult librarian, Harbor Gateway Branch, Harbor City, CA
"The kids loved hearing her stories about developing characters and events and stories…but she went beyond the typical author visit. She talked about what it’s like to find a publisher and work with a cover artist (and even brought the actual sample cover choices she was presented with)! The kids left school that day ready to begin their careers as writers, with kid-publishing resources in hand. It was a great experience and I would recommend her to any classroom teacher!"
- Lexsea M., teacher, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA
"It was an incredible experience to get the "behind the scenes" author's perspective. Most fascinating was the opportunity to ask questions about the writing process itself, including her research and literary choices. I highly recommend this unique opportunity to turn a book club or literature class into a special event! The inside scoop is priceless for readers and writers alike."
- Erin Y., Los Angeles Bookclub participant
"Jennifer came to my undergraduate writing workshop to speak about character development, writing for young adult audiences, and the publication process. She went above and beyond any other author visit I've encountered (including in my own graduate workshops)! She provided my students and myself with valuable insight into publishing houses and the process involved in moving from manuscript to publication. Jennifer is an engaging, lively speaker who marries inspiration with practical wisdom."
- Kayla M., University of Nevada at Las Vegas
"Our class thoroughly enjoyed Jennifer's visit to the classroom. Not only did the students learn about the life of an author, but they also understood how important mistakes, revision, and "bad ideas" are to the writing process. Jennifer helped the students visualize the settings for their stories and afterwards, all 26 students couldn't stop writing!"
- Emma C., 4th grade teacher
"Jennifer's visit was such a treat! She was unable to visit in person, but we were able to set up a virtual presentation via Google Hangout. There, Jennifer talked to our seventh graders about the writing process and what it takes to publish a book. The Q&A was great, and students loved hearing from a real "live" author!"
- Becky R., 7th grade teacher, Sacred Heart Schools, San Francisco, CA
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience and insights from your writing career. Our kids continue to comment excitedly about your visit, and they continue to refer to your pointed advice!
- Jeff G., Leonardo School, Santa Monica, CA.
Click here to download my book club discussion questions for Strays.
I have also presented at these various conferences / festivals:
Writer in Residence at the Annenberg Beach House
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Southern California Writers’ Conference
Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Public Library: Author Teen Series
Vegas Valley Book Festival
Santa Clarita Author Festival
El Segundo Author Fair
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Los Angeles Writers' Day
Book’d IN Burbank