Elissa’s books have been described as hilarious, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, and her presentations strike the same balance between kid appeal, excitement, and substance. Her youth, energy, and dynamism get students fired up about reading and writing. And let’s face it, everything’s better with some healthy competition – and prizes!
“You inspired me to try writing a book.”
– JACK C., fourth grader
“You turned my son into a reader. Thank you!”
– Mom of fouth grader, Tujunga, CA
Elissa hosts a Jeopardy game for your class or school, complete with dollar-bill bookmarks and a prize for the winner. (It’s not a new bike, but you’d think it was with how excited the kids get!) With categories and clues about the writing process, the publishing process, the life of the writer, and two to Name that Book, this presentation provides a load of information and inspiration – all in an interactive, fun format.
The full game – plus Q&A – takes about an hour, but it can be adapted to fit any amount of time. Alex Tribeck’s appearance is not guaranteed.
Elissa has taught creating writing to children, college students, and adults. She can tailor a workshop to fit your needs – infectious enthusiasm included.
Potential Topics for Kids:
Starting Stories, In Your Character’s Socks, The Great Climax Challenge
Potential Topics for Adults:
Writing for the Current Children’s Market, Focus on Middle Grade Fiction
Nerd Camp Color War
Reading Nerd Camp or Nerd Camp 2.0? Celebrate learning by having Elissa host a Color War for your class or school! Teams compete in physical and intellectual challenges, including a scavenger hunt, logic puzzles, Jeopardy, an obstacle course, and a nerdalicious sing-off. There’s nothing like friendly competition and team spirit to get kids fired up about reading!
Color War can last anywhere from an hour to a whole week. Elissa can host for a shorter event, or she can visit in person or virtually to kick it off!
“Truly a delight to have. The teachers all raved about the quality of the presentations.”
–Amy W., Library and Media Specialist
“It was a great time coming to your assembly. I loved the fun game of Jeopardy.”
– Emily H., fifth grader
“Very sincere thanks for visiting our school. When I hear someone giggle during free reading time, it’s usually one of your books. You were our first author visit since I’ve been teaching here, and I am so thankful to you. You made a BIG impact on our students.”
– Jan T., fouth grade teacher
“I used to not read, but now I really want to read your books.”
– Madelyn G., fourth grader
“You’re an inspiration to me. You showed me to persevere even if people tell you that you can’t do it. It’s very easy to forget about things like that, but now when I’m having a hard time doing things, I’ll instantly think of you, because 2 years on one book!”
– Serene C., fifth grader
“The Jeopardy game took the boys through the entire publishing process. It was creative and engaging. Our boys ate it up.”
– Terri F., Librarian
“Thank you so much for the best performance ever. You inspired me to write a short story of my own and my parents loved it. Than you so so so much.”
– Autumn H., fifth grader