I love to visit schools and libraries to meet my readers and chat about books and writing. However, I know that it is not always possible for schools to invite me to visit in person, which is why I have joined Virtual Authors so that I can be beamed directly into the classroom over the internet.
Skype virtual author school visits are a great way for me to read an extract from one of my books to an audience of school children and answer some of their questions without me having to leave my desk.
Skype Virtual Author Visits are FREE!
The great news is that I am able to visit any school in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the US or Canada providing the visit can be done between 9.30 and 4.30 United Kingdom time, subject to my availability. If you are not in the United Kingdom, you can use the International time converter to convert from UK time to your local time.
A visit usually lasts around 20 minutes. I have a minimum group size of 10 children for free virtual visits. There is no maximum as long as you have the technology so that everyone can see me.
Virtual visits are also a great way of bringing an author into a home education setting. Why not bring some of your home ed buddies round to make the visit more enjoyable?
What I do on a Skype virtual visit
After saying hello to the class, I do a 5-10 minute reading and spend the rest of the time answering the children’s questions.
If your school would like to vary the format then contact me in advance so that we can discuss your requirements. Some schools like to read my book to me and one school dramatised a scene from one of my books including amazing costumes . The direct interaction between author and readers is what matters most to inspire and encourage reading.
What you need for a Skype virtual visit
- Some questions prepared in advance: I know that children love to ask questions when they have an author in front of them, but as time is so limited it is best if you ask them to prepare some questions in advance.
- A room full of enthusiastic children: Children will enjoy a virtual visit much more if they are already familiar with my book and are anticipating the visit. Arrange for the library service to provide you with copies before the visit – or you might even buy a few. Set up a book display in your classroom. Feature the visit as an upcoming event in school newsletters and include the address of my web site.
Book sales are not a requirement of me virtually visiting your school. If you would like to order copies of my books from a bookshop then here is an order form for you to use. I’m happy to send out signed bookplates for any books purchased in this way.
Visits need to be booked at least 24 hours in advance. I offer one free virtual visit on Wednesdays and Thursdays. That gives you two opportunities a week to find a slot that suits you.
I accept repeat bookings but individual schools are limited to one visit per year. If you would like me to return to your school more frequently or would like me to spend longer with your school then feel free to contact me regarding a paid virtual visit or a paid visit from me in person.
I reserve the right to cancel a booking in case of illness or to accommodate work commitments. In such cases I’ll endeavor to give schools notice at the earliest opportunity and offer to reschedule at another date.
Please fill in this booking form.