Arranging an Appearance
Thank you for your interest in having
me visit your school, library, bookstore, conference, convention, etc.
I am happy to work with you to tailor a visit that fits your needs.
I am available for book signings,
readings, presentations, panel discussions, and writing workshops, and to participate in book club
discussions. I am also available for virtual visits. Please contact me at
email@example.com to arrange an appearance.
I am happy to do book signings either with or without a reading. Readings can be 10, 20, 40, or 60 minutes,
can be from Journey Across the Hidden Islands, The Queen of Blood, The Girl Who Could Not Dream, Chasing Power,
The Lost, Conjured, Vessel,
Drink, Slay, Love, Enchanted Ivy, Ice, Into the Wild, and/or
Out of the Wild, and can include a question and answer period.
My standard presentation includes an in-depth discussion of the writing process with an emphasis on how to write fantasy.
It is 45-60 minutes and is suitable for any size group. For larger groups, please allow additional time for book signing. Powerpoint presentation optional.
I am also happy to focus my talk around specific writing topics, such as:
- The Fantasy Genre
- YA and Children's Literature
- The Joy of Revising
- Creating Characters
- Growing an Idea into a Story
Depending on audience size, these talks can also include brief joint writing exercises.
Writing workshops are suitable for
small groups who have either read my books or attended my presentation. Workshops consist
of a discussion of a specific topic (such as how to develop characters), a writing activity (either
solo or group) focused on the topic, and sharing of the results of the writing activity. Depending on
the workshop length, they can include a reading and a question & answer period,
as well as a book signing.
Also, please feel free to use any of my Lesson
Plans in your own writing workshops.
I would be happy to discuss my books with your book club. If an in-person visit isn't
possible, I am willing to participate via phone or Skype.
Conferences, Conventions, Etc.
I frequently appear on panels and do
readings at conferences and conventions. If you are interested in having me be a program participant,
please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the
dates and location of your event. It is helpful if you also include a website with further
information about your organization or event.
Fees vary depending on location,
duration, and audience. I also typically ask for travel expenses in addition to the honorarium.
To Arrange a Visit
If you are interested in arranging a
visit, please email me at email@example.com and let me know what you are looking for and the prospective dates you have in mind.
I will get back to you as quickly as possible with availability, fees, and book ordering information.
When selecting dates, I recommend
looking at my Appearances schedule to see if I already have plans to be
in your area. Also, if the event is a full day, I would appreciate it if you would plan to arrange
for lunch. :)
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, Northboro, 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,