Sarah Beth Durst

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 sarah@sarahbethdurst.com to arrange an appearance.

Readings/Signings

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.

Standard Presentations

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.

Alternate Talks

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

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.

Book Clubs

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 sarah@sarahbethdurst.com 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.

Honorarium

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 sarah@sarahbethdurst.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!

Testimonials

"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, Northboro, MA

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