Each illustrator and writer has a unique working environment. Most of my work, from the generation of ideas to the completion of the final work for a book, takes place at home in my studio.
Doing dramatic storytelling during a school visit
I always enjoy sharing my idea journals and sketch books with my audiences. I use my sketches to scaffold the processes of illustration and writing. Creating books can be tricky but I’ve found that the frustrations affiliated with authorship can be overcome by having a number of strategies in place.
Acting out a favorite scene from my book, Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!
When visiting Kindergarten students, I draw more, read a number of books and spend less time talking in detail about the process of making books (please let me know if your school has morning and afternoon Kindergarten sessions).
With older students and adult audiences I go into a lot more detail about the processes of writing and revising and working with an editor and art director.
Signing and personalizing my books
Typically I schedule three presentations a day with each being about 45 minutes in length. I suggest allowing at least 15 minutes between sessions so that people can come and go and I can reorganize my materials for the following session.
Equipment Needs & Setting
My projector can be placed on a table with the screen set a couple of feet behind the table
I bring my own equipment because I am familiar with it. I have an iPad, an Epson short-throw projector, a Bose Acoustic Wave Sound System and a wireless headset microphone.
I ask that my hosts provide a room that can be easily darkened as my projected images will show up better. I will also need a slide screen (9’x6’ is ideal) OR a whiteboard with a matte surface. Projecting images on painted walls and cinderblock is NOT effective.
I’ll need a place for my equipment, books and process materials so setting up three tables side-by-side works best.
My Honorarium & Expenses
Audience: All ages (PreK – Adult)
Group Size: 150-200 maximum per session
Sessions: up to three 45-minute presentations
Cost: $1600/day + travel, lodging and meal expenses
Cost is reduced to $1350/day + expenses if two or more consecutive days are booked
It’s a deal!
MY VISITS AVERAGE UNDER $3.00 PER PERSON WHICH IS A LOT LESS THAN A MOVIE TICKET
“Will has an ability to connect with any age group and clearly explain his craft.” -Therese Ehrnschwender, Fayette County Board of Education, WV
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