School Visit Presentations:


1.A Trip to the Okefenokee Swamp: An Author’s Journey into Historical Fiction. 

This program is full of history and adventure and allows students a peek into the past. As I share details of my research for writing Elsie Mae Has Something to Say, I take students deep into the mysteries of the Okefenokee Swamp to show how authors gather information to create authentic characters and an historically accurate plot. Students will see how they too could gather information to use in their own writing.

2.Be Just Like You. 

Using themes from Just Like Me, This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, and Always, Abigail, in this presentation I show students the importance of accepting themselves and finding their place in the world. In order to inspire students to follow their own dreams, I share my journey as an author and talk about what I've learned as a writer. Students gain an understanding of the writing process as well as a deeper respect for the power of words.

3. Ratchet Up Your Writing:  Some Assembly Required. 

Want to learn how something works? Take it apart, study it, and put it back together again. In this presentation, using a small engine as a metaphor, I teach students about writing.

  • First, I demonstrate how to take apart a small engine.
  • Then, I show students how it works.
  • Finally, I put it back together again.

My demonstration gives students a tangible example of “process.”  I use this example to show them how the same process can be applied to their own writing. 
I’m more than an author talking about my path to publication.  I’m a teacher giving students a better understanding of the writing process in order to enable them to become better writers and better readers. 


School Visit Speaker Fees:

  • Half-Day Visit (2 presentations): $600
  • Full-Day Visit (4 presentations): $1,000
  • Additional travel costs may apply
  • 25-150 students per presentation recommended

If you’d like more information about setting up an author visit, please contact me at nancyjcavanaugh@yahoo.com OR nancyjcavanaughauthorassistant@gmail.com. Click here for information about setting up a Virtual Visit.



Here's what some students have to say after a visit from Nancy J. Cavanaugh:


"Thank you for teaching us about engines and how to be an author."
— Julia

"Thank you for coming to our school and helping us become better authors . . . "
— Brianna

"Thank you again for coming and teaching us about your book, engines, and writing."
— Students from Ada Michigan



Here's what a librarian has to say after a visit from Nancy J. Cavanaugh:


"I love your interesting comparison of engine parts to writing elements. It's genius! It also complements the Ratchet theme."
— Diane



Here's what teachers and students are saying about THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO RATCHET:


"I'm a fifth grade language arts teacher and discovered your book one day while browsing at Barnes and Noble. I bought a copy of your book and devoured it that weekend, and I couldn't wait to bring it to school for a book talk. Never got to the book talk – kids spotted it on my desk and immediately were clamoring to read it – we even had a Ratchet list going!"


"I am reading This Journal Belongs to Ratchet for the seventh time in three months. I absolutely love it!"



Curriculum Extensions


Curriculum Guides


Free Educator Guides available for ELSIE MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY, JUST LIKE ME, THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO RATCHET & ALWAYS, ABIGAIL.

 

Conferences and Teacher Training by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

  • Hook Them & They’re Hooked:  inspires educators and library media specialists to help young people find the fun and enjoyment in literature.

  • Lead with Literature:  offers examples and ideas for using quality literature to teach the common core standards in reading, writing, and literature.

 

Keynote Speeches by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

  • Books:The Seeds that Make Us Grow – A presentation in which I discuss how the books we read lay the foundation for us to become who we all grow up to be.

 

Writing Workshops by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

  • For Young Writers:  Ratchet Up Your Writing:  A Writer’s Workshop – Young writers will learn and practice several forms of writing such as poetry, essays, memos, and journal entries using examples from This Journal Belongs to Ratchet.

  • For Adult Writers:  Craft & Creativity –  A one-day writing workshop for you and several writing friends focusing on strategies that will make your writing stronger and help you discover ways to live more like the writer you’ve always wanted to be.


Order Books

ELSIE MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY is available at B&NBAM, & Amazon, !ndigo.

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JUST LIKE ME is available at B&NBAM, & Amazon, !ndigo. Also available as an Audio Book.

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THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO RATCHET is available at B&NBAM, & Amazon, iBooks, !ndigo.

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ALWAYS, ABIGAIL is available at B&NBAM, & Amazon, iBooks, !ndigo.

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