Sarah Beth Durst

Arranging an Appearance

I love talking with students and readers about writing! If you're interested in having me visit your school or library, I'd be happy to work with you to tailor an event that fits your needs. Please contact me at to arrange an appearance.

I offer school visits for grades 3 to 12. I am also available for virtual visits with schools, libraries, and book clubs.

In my presentation, I discuss my path to becoming a writer and my writing process, with an emphasis on how to write imaginative fiction and the joys of revision.

For grades 3-5, my talk focuses on my recent middle-grade books (The Stone Girl's Story, Journey Across the Hidden Islands, and The Girl Who Could Not Dream). For grades 6-8, I discuss a mix of my MG and YA titles. For grades 9-12, I center my presentation on my teen and YA-crossover novels (The Deepest Blue, The Queens of Renthia series, Drink Slay Love, Fire and Heist, etc.).

Fees vary depending upon location and duration.

Books for the event can be ordered directly from the publisher at a 40% discount. Orders should be placed 6-8 weeks in advance of the event. Local bookstores are also often happy to work with you to arrange book sales before and at the event.

I look forward to hearing from you and (hopefully) meeting you!

"Sarah Beth Durst did a wonderful job with the kids, never losing the positive message about her book, and about kids' potential. Besides writing, she has a real talent for connecting with kids!" -- Patricia Montimurro, Principal, Robert E. Melican Middle School, Northborough, MA

"Our guest speaker, Sarah Beth Durst, was delightful -- not only did she manage to capture the imagination of the audience, but she also threw in practical tips for aspiring writers... Her delightful presentation had many in the audience shaking their heads in agreement and at other times flat out laughing." -- Science Fiction Society of Northern New Jersey

"The children fell in love with Ms. Durst from the moment she spoke to them, and they were hooked until it was time for her to go. She addressed them in a very gentle but 'in control' matter and her love for reading and writing shined through." -- Caroyln Berfas, 5th Grade Teacher, Village School, Syosset, NY

"Sarah Beth Durst captivated students and teachers alike with her presentation. In a thoroughly engaging and interactive way, she spoke about the writing process, from the bubble of an initial idea to the exhilaration of seeing her book in print. Students were in awe of Sarah's description of the revision process (Sarah's favorite part), hardly believing that from first draft to final manuscript involved thirty versions!! Sarah's school visits were a resounding success; she is both charming and professional -- a dream to work with, like a fairy tale come true." -- Nancy Riemer Kellner, Library Teacher, Peaslee Elementary School, Northborough, MA

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