For Educators

e-Visits

A completely virtual author visit experience for schools and libraries!

An e-visit is a collection of videos (on average about 5-10 minutes each) of me discussing topics such as the characters in my books, what inspired the story, the magic system, and the writing process, and more. In addition, there are read-alouds, tie-in activities, and resources. The e-visits are designed to be flexible enough to use in a classroom in whatever way works best for a teacher or librarian and are particularly well-suited to reading the book with a group.

I’m currently offering e-visits for three of my books: A BREATH OF MISCHIEF, SHADOW WEAVER, and THE STAR SHEPHERD (which includes extra content from my co-author & illustrator Dan Haring!). An e-visit costs $50 for a year of access, and I’m also offering an e-visit Plus for $150 which includes a live, virtual Q&A with your group and a signed copy of the book.

Available e-Visits

Grades 5-8

A BREATH OF MISCHIEF e-Visit

Grades 5-8

THE STAR SHEPHERD e-Visit

Includes content from co-author & illustrator Dan Haring!
Grades 5-8

SHADOW WEAVER e-Visit

Coming Soon!

THE THIRTEENTH CIRCLE e-Visit will be released next week! It includes videos on co-authoring, the research process, and science fiction v science fact in the book! Available on 1/30/24.

What Educators Are Saying!

I love how much information this covers. The flexibility to utilize it in sections is a huge bonus! I’m so impressed by the quality and depth—yet age appropriateness—that is contained within all aspects of this e-visit! There is something for everyone!

Stacy Alfano

5th Grade Teacher, Shoemaker Elementary School

I like that I can use it at my own pace. That I don’t have the pressure of a live visit but I can still connect my students to the author!

Ali Schilpp, NBCT

Media Specialist, Northern Middle

Discussion Guides

In-Person Visits

I’d love to talk to your teens and tweens about writing, and middle grade and young adult literature! Like my novels my presentations are geared toward young readers in grades 4 through 12. However, I’m also available to speak to adult groups of teachers, librarians, and writers. Presentations are about an hour long, but can be made longer or shorter to meet the needs of your group.

MarcyKate prepared and facilitated a fabulous presentation about the writing process and character development, and answered all of the students’ questions. She was warm, friendly, patient, and sent a powerful message about grit when she told them about how much hard work and persistence it takes to “make it” in the published author’s world. We would welcome her back anytime!

Techla McElligott

7th Grade ELA Teacher, Susan B. Anthony Middle School

Articles about My Visits

Education & Background

BA in Literature and Music

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Composed an opera and wrote libretto by “quilting” together various lines from Shakespeare’s plays into an original plot.

MS in Arts Administration

Boston University, Boston, MA. Focus on performing arts.

Presentations

The Long Winding Road to Bookshelves

An inspirational talk on the path to publication and the importance of never giving up, along with show and tell of the various stages of the publishing process.

The Writing Process

A presentation on the evolution of a novel from the initial idea to drafting and the revision process.

Fairy Tales & Retellings

A  presentation on fairy tales and how they’ve evolved in modern literature.

The Method in the Magic

This presentation looks at examples of magic systems and how they work.

Discovering Your Character

A presentation about finding inspiration for your characters (or reverse engineering) and developing them throughout your story.

NaNoWriMo

If your students will be participating in NaNoWriMo, this presentation will provide them with practical tips and tricks to survive the month and reach their goals.

Informal Q&A

If your students just want to chat with an author or have read one of my books and want to talk about them, this might be a good fit.

Topic of Your Choice!

I’d be happy to customize a program for your group!

Virtual Visits

Technology is a beautiful thing, and Skype/Zoom/Google Meet etc allow me to chat with students from across the country and around the globe. Virtual visits usually last 20-30 minutes and center around Q&A. If you’d like, I can do a brief 5-10 minute talk at the beginning on a topic of your choice. Please note that virtual visits do need to be booked a few weeks in advance.

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Fees

Please note that fees are always negotiable. 

School Visits

Typically range from $300-600 for half-day/full-day school visits.

Library Visits

$100/hour for library visits.

Skype Visits

20-30 minutes sessions are $50. If you’re interested in a longer virtual session, please contact me for pricing and availability.

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