SCHOOL & LIBRARY VISITS
Now booking for the Fall 2017 / Spring 2018 School Year
I love meeting young students and inspiring them to read, write, and embrace their differences. My presentations and workshops are suitable for grades 4th-8th. Please note: Currently, I am able to do in-person visits in Washington County (UT) and Iron County (UT) only. All others must be through Skype.
20-30 MIN. Q&A SKYPE SESSION:
I offer a limited number of FREE 20-30 min. Q&A sessions via Skype for classes/book clubs/groups who have read FORGET ME NOT.
30 MIN. IN PERSON Q&A:
I offer a limited number of FREE 30 min. Q&A sessions for classes/book clubs/groups in Washington County (UT) who have read FORGET ME NOT.
40-50 min. (Works great with groups of 50-500 kids)
BECOMING A PUBLISHED AUTHOR:
This presentation chronicles my journey to becoming a published author—from writing poetry in the aspen tree in my backyard at age ten, to selling a novel to a major New York publisher (and the 326 rejections in between). No matter what they may be… never give up on your dreams!
EMBRACE WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT:
Calli June, the main character in FORGET ME NOT, feels different because of her Tourette syndrome. Using audience participation, this presentation allows students to not only experience a bit of TS and OCD—like Calli has—but learn how they can embrace what makes each of them unique.
40-50 min. (Works best with single classes or smaller groups, up to 60 kids)
POET’S PAINT PICTURES WITH WORDS:
Did you know that poets are artists, too? They just use words instead of paint! This hands-on workshop explores the basics of poetry, such as rhythm and meter, figurative language, and poetic techniques. Students will also have a chance to write and share their own poetry. Expect to hear clapping, tapping, and chanting as we learn how to paint pictures with words!
THE PROCESS OF WRITING A STORY:
Good stories don’t usually appear out of thin air… they have to go through a process. In this interactive workshop, I work with students to draft, then revise, then polish their own paragraphs, showing them firsthand the power of revision!
“We were privileged to have Ellie Terry visit our school. She shared fun snippets about her writing life and journey to become a published author. Seeing her file of rejection letters was especially meaningful to the students as it showed a vivid example of determination and grit. My favorite part of the presentation was the interactive activity that Ellie did with the students as she worked with them on revision. This is a difficult skill for students to embrace. Seeing the same page of her book, Forget Me Not, revised multiple times was powerful. It was an awesome educational experience for my students.” — Jennifer Wallace, 7th Grade Language Arts, Lava Ridge Intermediate School
“Ellie Terry’s book Forget Me Not resonated with many of my students. It was a delight to have her come to our school. Her presentation allowed students to see how essential it is to persevere in order to accomplish one’s dreams. Her story inspired them to do difficult things!” — Heather Gonzalez, 8th Grade Language Arts, Canyon View Middle School
“We were lucky enough to Skype with Ellie Terry! The kids absolutely loved her!” — Brooke Williams, Librarian, Ute V. Perkins Elementary School
“It was great having Ellie here to do a workshop in our library. Since children are such visual learners, it was especially nice that she not only explained, but SHOWED them each step in the creative process by sculpting a flower out of play-doh on the spot. — Aimee Potts, Librarian Assistant, Moapa Valley Library
“Ellie Terry is a great speaker and the children enjoyed her Tourette’s and OCD demonstrations. I highly recommend her presentation of Embrace What Makes you Different.” — Suzanne Ford, Children’s Librarian, Santa Clara Branch/Washington County Library System
FREE Q&A Session (20 min)
$75 per Presentation ( up to 50 min)
$75 per Workshop (up to 50 min)
IN PERSON VISITS
FREE 30 min Q&A (Washington County)
$100 per Presentation / Workshop (up to 50 min. Washington County)
$150 per Presentation / Workshop (up to 50 min. Iron County)