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school visits

Barbara is offering virtual visits only for the 2021-2022 school year.

As a children’s author, Barbara loves meeting the children she writes for and sharing some of her experiences and expertise with them. Children love to meet authors and Barbara loves to meet readers!

When it is safe to do so, Barbara will resume her in-person school visits.
For a glance at what those look like, please see below.

Barbara O'Connor and writing workshop

Barbara can present to small groups as well as large assemblies. Her presentation is most suitable for grades three through six and includes the following:

  • Visuals of some of her childhood writing
  • The inspiration behind each of her books
  • How authors use real life events in fiction stories
  • The importance of revisions (including samples of her manuscripts marked for revision by her editor)
  • Her all-time favorite, sure-fire writing technique with plenty of student involvement
  • Ten to fifteen minutes of Q&A with students
  • Worksheets for teachers to use for following-up in classroom.

Barbara also does writing workshops for small groups. (Contact Barbara for information)

Barbara O'Connor in the classroom   Barbara O'Connor in the classroom
Barbara O'Connor presenting to students   Students reading How to Steal a Dog

What Others Have Said About Barbara’s Visit

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Writing Workshop
(Note: workshops require classroom-sized groups and a minimum of two days.)

Announce the Visit:
Here are some materials to help you promote Barbara’s visit to your school, parents,
and local media.

Color Poster to Announce Barbara's Visit (PDF)

Press Kit

Press Release (MS Word document)

Barbara O'Connor with students

Barbara O'Connor with students

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