Q. What type of presentations do you give?

A. (a) Student presentations: Hands-on, interactive presentations that correlate with my books for students in grades 2 – 8.

(b) Teacher presentations: Teacher/In-service Curriculum Day presentations.

Q. What are the topics/titles of the student presentations?

A. There are 4 presentations that correlate with my books:

Q. What are the highlights of the programs?

A. During the interactive, hands-on presentation the author will:

Q. What themes do your books cover that tie into the classroom curriculum?

A. The following themes are explored in my books: determination, perseverance, geography, relationships, grief, survival skills, fame, moving, ingenuity, problem solving, tolerance, forgiveness, friendships, intergenerational relationships, religious perspectives, law, minority and ethnic relations, pioneers, women’s issues, cowboy life, and slavery.

Q. What is the cost of the school programs?

A. Fees: There is a sliding fee for multiple programs.

Large school assembly: (200 students max)

$500 for the 1st presentation
$400 for the 2nd presentation
$300 for the 3rd presentation
$300 for the 4th presentation

Small individual classroom: (60 students max)

$200 for the 1st presentation
$200 for the 2nd presentation
$175 for the 3rd presentation
$175 for the 4th presentation

Q. What is the length of each presentation?

A.  The following presentations are 1-hour long:

It Happened on the Oregon Trail 
African American Women of the Old West
It Happened on the Underground Railroad
Black Cowboys of the Old West


Q. How many students can be in one presentation?

A. (a) For large school assemblies: maximum of 200 students

(b) For small individual classroom: maximum 60 students

Q. How many presentations can be given in one school visit?

A. Up to four presentations can be given in one school visit. (Please schedule a fifteen-minute break between each session.)

Q. Do you have any longer programs?

A. Yes, I have a program entitled A Child’s Life out West. This 90-minute program is a completely hands-on experience dealing with life out West during the 1840s – 1880s. Students visit ten interactive stations set up in the school gymnasium and participate in activities that allow them to personally experience some aspect of pioneer life: washing clothes the old fashioned way/writing a journal entry with a feather or ink pen/ playing musical instruments and singing patriotic songs/trying on pioneer clothing, etc.

Q. What does the school need to provide for the A Child’s Life out West program?

A. Gymnasium, 10 long lunch tables with seating, TV, 5 rolls of paper towels from janitor’s room to dry hands, 2 sturdy chairs or posts from which to hang clothesline , huge stack of newspapers to absorb dripping water under old- fashioned washing machines, 3 trash bins, 2 extension cords, student scissors, and student nametags.

Q. How many presentations of A Child’s Life out West can be given in one school visit?

A. Up to two presentations can be given in one school day.

Q. How many classes can be in the A Child’s Life out West presentation?

A. A maximum of 60 students

Q. What is the cost of the 90-minute A Child’s Life out West presentation? A. Fee: $300 for each presentation

Q. Do you have any family orientated programs?

A. Yes, the 90-minute program, A Child’s Life out West, can also be done as an evening family/intergenerational literacy program. Fun for all ages from tots - teenagers - grandparents. This exciting hands-on program unites families and promotes literacy!

Q. Do you offer your books for sale when visiting the schools?

A. Yes, students may purchase personally autographed books. As a former teacher and reading specialist my goal is literacy for all students! Additionally, an autographed book dedicated to the students is donated to the school library.

Q. Do you give Teacher In-services & Curriculum Days?

A. Yes, I have 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, or 4-day options available. My conference course entitled “Trailblazers: Reading in Elementary Social Studies” is appropriate for 2nd - 8th grade teachers interested in integrating literacy in their Social Studies curriculum. Check the “Teacher In-services & Curriculum Days” tab for more information.

Q. Who does the school contact to set up an Author Visit or Teacher/In- service Day?

A. Please contact the author directly at: tricia@authortalk.org. Feel free to e-mail any questions.

Q. What equipment does the school provide?

A. I will bring my program on a flash drive to plug into the school’s computer/whiteboard. (I can bring my own laptop and projector, if needed.) The school will need to provide: a large enough room to accommodate the size of the audience, screen or white board for the power point presentation, several wheeled carts to bring items in, 2 large tables to display artifacts, microphone for large rooms, and student nametags.

Q. Do you give school presentations nationally?

A. Yes, I give presentations in North Carolina and I also travel around the country giving presentations to elementary schools.

Q. What costs are schools responsible for out-of-town visits?

A. (a) Presentations within a 120-mile driving radius of Denver, NC: mileage

(b) Presentations 180-240 mile driving radius of Denver, NC: mileage, hotel, meal stipend.

(c) Presentations outside 240-mile radius of Denver, NC: flight, transportation to and from hotel to school, meal stipend.

(If visiting multiple schools in an area the cost of transportation/hotel, etc. can be split making it more cost effective.)