Welcome to the home for Penguin Young Readers Group's author and illustrator appearances. We want to help you to bring great authors to your school or library. Below is a step-by-step guide to a planning your next event!
- Learn the Basics
This overview sheet will give you pointers and information you need to know.
Then look at a sample author schedule for more ideas.
- Choose Your Authors
Click on the Author Appearance Listing button on the right. It can help you narrow your choices down by type of appearance, suitable age level, and author location.
- Request Your Authors
It’s easy! Just access the Author Request Form, fill it out, and send it in.
- Prepare for your Event
Once you have scheduled your event and you have a finalized and signed contract, you’ll need do the following to get ready!: organize transportation, have equipment ready for the presentation, provide a schedule to the author/illustrator, and prepare the payment. You should also have books available to sellwe encourage you to go through a local bookseller, an institutional wholesaler (if you use one), or you may order directly from Penguin.
Best wishes for a successful event!
The Penguin School and Library Marketing Team
GREGORY GALLOWAY has an MFA from the Iowa WriterŐs Workshop. He lives in New Jersey.
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If you are interested in hosting an appearance by Gregory Galloway at your school, library, or conference, please use the online request form, send an email to email@example.com with possible dates, your school name, location, details about the day, and your contact information.
What can a school, library, or conference expect when you are making an appearance? What do you do differently with audiences of varying sizes, ages, and interests?
I have 2 different types of appearances that I do: 1) Q&A discussion about my books and writing in general and 2) creative writing exercises.
Every Q&A discussion I've had has been unique. I believe this has to do with the subject of my books and the way in which they're written, with some ambiguity (some would say a lot), which allows the audience to share theories and explanations, as well as the allusions and references to things outside the books (movies, music, history, other books).
I am a graduate from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and share some of the exercises from my experience in the sessions, which not only gives the students a taste of the workshop experience, but an exercise they can utilize in their own writing.
I prefer to keep group sizes fewer than 30 people, and smaller for the writing exercises. For Q&A sessions, I want students to be familiar with my books and be prepared to ask questions (and they can ask me anything).
What makes your author appearances unique?
I enjoy talking with high school students and have been told frequently that I connect with them. Teachers tell me that they are surprised by which students are engaged during my appearances, and I'm constantly surprised by their questions and insight. A teacher from Georgia wrote to me afterward, "This is an experience my students will take with them forever."
What can schools and libraries do to ensure a successful appearance?
Make sure the students are familiar with my books and ready to talk. This isn't necessary for the writing sessions, which the only preparation is a desire to write for an extended period (usually about 30 minutes per session) and to share the writing with me and others in the session.
Do you enjoy traveling to other parts of the country for appearances?
Do you ever make appearances at more than one school in an area? Could schools and libraries from one area join together to bring you to their institution?
Yes. I've spent multiple days in some areas, visiting numerous schools in a specific district.
What do you hope your audience will come away with from your presentation?
A greater passion and appreciation for writing and reading, and the fact that while I'm the author, I may not be the best authority on my own books, that they, the readers, probably know as much, if not more, about my books than I do.
What was your favorite/most interesting/most memorable appearance experience?
During a writing session I had students collaborate on a piece, with one student adding to the work of another. Unbeknownst to be me, I had paired two students who didn't get along. They worked together, however, and produced a truly amazing, seamless piece of writing, which they both read aloud to the rest of us.
What is the best thing anyone has ever said to you at or after an author appearance?
"Everyone is still talking about your visit," - a week after I'd been to the school.