One of my most favorite parts of being an author is having the chance to get out from behind my computer and speak to students about books, and writing, and chasing their dreams. That’s probably due to the English teacher in me--old habits die hard! I am more than happy to speak to large groups, small groups, book clubs, you name it.
Presentations typically run between 45min to an hour, and in that time, I discuss my background, how I became a writer, what the writing process looks like, the importance of having a goal, perseverance, and dreaming big. I make sure to leave plenty of time for questions, because there are always LOTS!
Full Day Visit (8 Hours)
Includes up to 5 presentations, as well as lunch with students and/or staff, or a meeting with a smaller group, such as a book club.
$1,500.00 plus travel and lodge if necessary
Half Day Visit (4 Hours)
Includes up to 3 presentations as well as lunch with students and/or staff, or a meeting with a smaller group such as a book club.
$1,000.00 plus travel and lodge if necessary
Skype Sessions (Approx. 1 Hour)
$150.00 per session
Jessi Kirby, author of Things We Know By Heart, one of this year's YABA nominees, recently visited our school and was WONDERFUL. She had 3 sessions with 3-4 classes in each session and was willing to speak to individual students during our lunch break. Although she did speak about the writing process, the primary focus of her presentation was on achieving goals, in spite of obstacles. In each session, she charmed all of the students with her vibrant and authentic personality. Students were very engaged during the Q/A session. (We had basic as well as advanced English students.) Even the self-proclaimed non-readers enjoyed hearing about her "failures" on the way to success.
This was one of the most positive author visits I have attended. Invited board members, district personnel, administrators, and teachers were all very complimentary! It was very easy to work with Jessi, and her prices are reasonable. I recommend her highly!!
-Janet Boltjes, Librarian, Lexington High School
Jessi Kirby is an amazing presenter! Teachers and students alike will be captivated by her writing process and passion!
-Erica Bissell, Ed.D. Coordinator of Reading and Language Arts, Lexington School District One
Jessi's message of following dreams and perseverance was inspiring not only to student writers, but all students. Her passion and enthusiasm was infectious.
-Stephanie Burgess, Assistant Principal
Jessi is engaging and inspiring. She gave my students an inside look at the career of a novelist and reminded us all that our dreams are worth the hours of hard work it takes to make them come true.
-Natalie Kaspar, English Department Head, Temecula Preparatory
To contact Jessi for a school visit or Skype session please email with approximate date, school site, and type of visit you are interested in.