School Visits

Interacting with young readers is one of my favorite things about being an author. I’m also an educator with over a decade of experience, so speaking with students is something that I am very passionate about!

When I was a child I was taught that only “certain types” of people could become authors. I thought that writing was a talent, and you either had it or you didn’t. When I speak to students, I try to break down this myth. I want them to leave my presentation knowing that writing is a craft, and with practice anyone can become a writer.

“Christina was warm and friendly in the way she connected with my students. Her presentation educated students about the creative writing process and inspired them to be patient, whimsical, open-minded, resourceful, and thoughtful in their own writing”
—Francis Moore, Librarian, Hunters Creek Elementary

“The students were certainly excited by her presentation. It was as if she was having a personal conversation with each of them.”
—Judith Lafitte, Octavia Books

DURING MY SCHOOL VISITS I'LL TALK ABOUT

  • My upbringing as a child of immigrants (if any students have a longer last name than me, they win a prize!)
  • My passion for science and math, and how I followed that passion and became an engineer
  • The stages of book creation, from idea, to first draft, to publication
  • Why the writing process is a lot like the engineering process
  • The two most important things to do if you want to become a writer
  • My favorite books that they need to check out from your library!
  • Some super secrets about how book covers get made

My author presentations are:

  • About 1 hour long, and I always leave time for questions
  • Best for 3rd-8th grade
  • Interactive, engaging, and fun!
  • Adaptable for small or large groups
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