Author Visits

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Author Visits

I love teaching. I love talking about story. I love inspiring kids. I love doing school visits.

AUTHOR VISITS

My experience as a comedy improviser makes me especially well-suited for talking to groups.

Below you’ll find details about the presentations and workshops I currently offer.

My recommended school-day schedule consists of one presentation and two workshops with a meet-and-greet autograph/photo session. Additionally, I’d be delighted to deliver a keynote address for festivals or participate in panels. I also do Skype visits, for a modest fee.

Please get in touch with my assistant Melissa Jolly via the contact form below, and let’s have some fun!

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AUTHOR VISITS

My experience as a comedy improviser makes me especially well-suited for talking to groups.

Below you’ll find details about the presentations and workshops I currently offer.

My recommended school-day schedule consists of one presentation and two workshops with a meet-and-greet autograph/photo session. Additionally, I’d be delighted to deliver a keynote address for festivals or participate in panels. I also do Skype visits, for a modest fee.

Please get in touch with my assistant Melissa Jolly via the contact form below, and let’s have some fun!

REQUEST AN APPEARANCE »

PRESENTATIONS

The Shape of Story

During this assembly-worthy overview of the basics of story structure, Emmy uses amusing clips from YouTube to illustrate the most common story problems. Students will take away a tool they can use to diagnose story problems and strengthen their own writing and creative projects. Emmy leaves time at the end for a Q&A.

(This presentation is suited for ages 12 and up and can work as a whole school assembly, as long as you have excellent AV projection capabilities.)

Fighting the Jabberjays

A twenty-minute keynote address for writers and artists that discusses how inner critics, “Jabberjays,” can savage creative people by mimicking the voices of people we love. Using examples from Emmy’s life, and describing the challenges she has faced as an actor and an author, Emmy offers an uplifting talk that will help and inspire. This talk is well suited for writers and artists from all levels — beginner to professional.

(This presentation is best suited for writers and artists ages 16 and up. It does not require any AV equipment beyond a microphone.)

PRESENTATIONS

The Shape of Story

During this assembly-worthy overview of the basics of story structure, Emmy uses amusing clips from YouTube to illustrate the most common story problems. Students will take away a tool they can use to diagnose story problems and strengthen their own writing and creative projects. Emmy leaves time at the end for a Q&A.

(This presentation is suited for ages 12 and up and can work as a whole school assembly, as long as you have excellent AV projection capabilities.)

Fighting the Jabberjays

A twenty-minute keynote address for writers and artists that discusses how inner critics, “Jabberjays,” can savage creative people by mimicking the voices of people we love. Using examples from Emmy’s life, and describing the challenges she has faced as an actor and an author, Emmy offers an uplifting talk that will help and inspire. This talk is well suited for writers and artists from all levels — beginner to professional.

(This presentation is best suited for writers and artists ages 16 and up. It does not require any AV equipment beyond a microphone.)

WORKSHOPS

A Premise is a Promise

In this interactive workshop, Emmy uses examples from popular books, TV, and film to identify the parts of a story and to illustrate why the most memorable premises work so well. A joint brainstorm will take place and Emmy will help the participants to generate premises for projects of their own.

(For 10-20 participants. Requires a digital projector or screen.)

Character Study

Using examples from current pop culture, Emmy leads a discussion about what makes a captivating, unforgettable character. After examining several iconic characters, participants will build their own characters using a series of unique and playful approaches including horoscopes, birth order, and physical stance.

(For 10-20 participants. Requires a digital projector or screen.)

Exclusive Feedback Seminar

Two weeks in advance of the event, you send Emmy up to ten double-spaced pages of writing for up to eight participants. On the day of her visit, Emmy and the group will go over each participant’s work, looking at tone and structure. The pages can be works of short fiction or excerpts from longer works.

(For 8 participants, max.)

FEES & HONORARIUMS

Please contact Emmy’s assistant Melissa Jolly to discuss scheduling, compensation, and expenses.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Emmy spent a day with our school, and, let me tell you, when Emmy does an author visit, she does it right. She was completely at home on stage in front of our middle school student body. Her presentation, laced with hilarious YouTube videos, had our kids riveted. Every video offered a spot-on example of story structure, and I could see the light bulbs going off as Emmy’s concrete illustrations of the abstract concept of plot structure hit home with our students.

Emmy also taught a writing workshop to our senior creative writing classes [in the high school], and the students were in love. Emmy leads a writing workshop that’s fast-paced and physically active, not something you can say about a lot of writing seminars, but a perfect recipe for our teen writers.

Emmy gave us a day that left the students abuzz, invigorated with excitement about telling and reading stories, which is the very best feeling at the end of an author visit.”

— Lynn Paul, Director of Batten Library and Digital Learning, Norfolk Academy

TESTIMONIALS

“Emmy spent a day with our school, and, let me tell you, when Emmy does an author visit, she does it right. She was completely at home on stage in front of our middle school student body. Her presentation, laced with hilarious YouTube videos, had our kids riveted. Every video offered a spot-on example of story structure, and I could see the light bulbs going off as Emmy’s concrete illustrations of the abstract concept of plot structure hit home with our students.

Emmy also taught a writing workshop to our senior creative writing classes [in the high school], and the students were in love. Emmy leads a writing workshop that’s fast-paced and physically active, not something you can say about a lot of writing seminars, but a perfect recipe for our teen writers.

Emmy gave us a day that left the students abuzz, invigorated with excitement about telling and reading stories, which is the very best feeling at the end of an author visit.”

— Lynn Paul, Director of Batten Library and Digital Learning, Norfolk Academy

“Emmy was an ideal featured speaker for Derry Author Festival. Her fun and positive energy put the audience at ease, and her presentations were informative as well as engaging.

One of the attendees commented on how Emmy seemed like an old friend come to visit, while another said she was a ‘breath of fresh air.’”

— Erin Moulton, Derry Author Festival

“George School was proud to welcome alumna Emmy Laybourne ’89 as our Alumni Weekend 2013 keynote speaker. Extraordinarily engaging and dynamic, Emmy delighted students, alumni, and faculty alike when she interspersed her lesson on the importance of story structure with amusing anecdotes from her life.

Later in the day, Emmy hosted a round table for aspiring authors. Her intellectual openness, quick humor, and honest insights made the dialogue a valuable and memorable experience for these serious writers. Fabulous!”

— Karen Suplee Hallowell, Director of Alumni Relations, George School

“George School was proud to welcome alumna Emmy Laybourne ’89 as our Alumni Weekend 2013 keynote speaker. Extraordinarily engaging and dynamic, Emmy delighted students, alumni, and faculty alike when she interspersed her lesson on the importance of story structure with amusing anecdotes from her life.

Later in the day, Emmy hosted a round table for aspiring authors. Her intellectual openness, quick humor, and honest insights made the dialogue a valuable and memorable experience for these serious writers. Fabulous!”

— Karen Suplee Hallowell, Director of Alumni Relations, George School

MORE ABOUT EMMY & HER BOOKS (FOR EDUCATORS)

MONUMENT 14

Emmy’s debut, the young adult novel Monument 14, tells the story of fourteen kids from Monument, CO who are trapped in a superstore while civilization collapses outside the gates, was selected as an NYT editor’s choice. The second book in the trilogy, Sky On Fire, was selected as a YALSA Teen’s Top Ten winner. Of Savage Drift, the third and final novel in the trilogy Common Sense Media said, “Gripping, sad, and occasionally funny, this saga is a cut above the rest.”

This series is wonderful for reluctant readers, especially boys.

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Sweet

SWEET

Emmy’s fourth novel, Sweet, tells the story of a luxury cruise to debut a new diet sweetener that goes terribly wrong when the sweetener turns out to be highly addictive.

Sweet is an exciting, slightly scary book that deals with issues of body image in an unexpected way.

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BERSERKER

Emmy’s most recent book is set in 1883. Berserker is a historical fantasy about Norwegian immigrant teens with ancient Viking superpowers on the run in the American West. It’s cowboys and Vikings. This book is great for fantasy readers and mythology fans. “Berserker combines the magic of Norse mythology with the thrill of the American West with staggering results.”

“Startlingly original, unputdownable, and electrifying.” —Kass Morgan, author of New York Times bestseller The 100

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EMMY’S LAYBOURNE: OFFICIAL BIO

EMMY LAYBOURNE is a Young Adult novelist best known for her Monument 14 series, an internationally best-selling trilogy that has been translated into 9 languages. Her standalone book Sweet won a Junior Library Guild Award, was a YALSA Quick Pick and got a Perfect Ten rating from VOYA. Her latest books, Berserker, and Ransacker tell the story of a family of Norwegian teens with ancient Viking powers and are currently being adapted for television.

Emmy is a former character actress, and is occasionally recognized from her role as Mary Katherine Gallagher’s best friend in the movie “Superstar.” She lives outside New York with her husband, two kids, faithful dog and a flock of seven nifty chickens. Visit her online at www.EmmyLaybourne.com.

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EMMY’S LAYBOURNE: OFFICIAL BIO

EMMY LAYBOURNE is a Young Adult novelist best known for her Monument 14 series, an internationally best-selling trilogy that has been translated into 9 languages. Her standalone book Sweet won a Junior Library Guild Award, was a YALSA Quick Pick and got a Perfect Ten rating from VOYA. Her latest books, Berserker, and Ransacker tell the story of a family of Norwegian teens with ancient Viking powers and are currently being adapted for television.

Emmy is a former character actress, and is occasionally recognized from her role as Mary Katherine Gallagher’s best friend in the movie “Superstar.” She lives outside New York with her husband, two kids, faithful dog and a flock of seven nifty chickens. Visit her online at www.EmmyLaybourne.com.

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice

  • Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

  • Junior Library Guild Award Winner

  • 2013 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers

  • 2013 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee

  • 2013 Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note – Master List

  • 2013 IRA Young Adults’ Choices

  • 2013 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

  • 2013 Sheffield Children’s Book Award Nominee (UK)

  • 2013 Tayshas Reading List

  • 2014 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Winner

  • 2015 Volunteer State Book Award Middle School Nominee

  • 2016 Iowa Teen Award Young Adult Nominee

  • 2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

  • 2016 Lone Star Reading List

  • 2016 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Books

  • 2016-2017 Florida Teens Read Master List

  • 2017-2018 South Carolina Book Award Nominee

  • 2018-2019 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Nominee

All author visits are coordinated by my assistant, Melissa Jolly ([email protected]). She’s SUPER, CRAZY nice. And also very helpful. Please complete the form below and she will be in touch with you shortly!

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