Please Note: Any program can be tailored in terms of length or content to meet the needs of a specific class or group. Don’t be shy, just ask. 🙂
60 minute presentation
Reaching out to Reluctant Readers
Gives information on why middle and high school kids become reluctant readers and strategies for bringing them back to a love of books. Sample Reluctant Reader presentation Previously presented at:
American Library Association winter conference in 2013
Illinois Reading Council in March 2014
Ohio Educational Library Media Association 2013
Enhancing multi-cultural collections
This workshop will provide resources for enhancing a school, library or private book collections to anyone interested in adding more diversity to their current collection.
Sample Multi-Cultural Presentation. This workshop has previously been presented at:
Virginia Hamilton Conference on Diversity in Children’s Literature in 2013
Indiana Library Federation 2013
Ohio Educational Library Media Association 2013
Empowering The Voice of the Black Male in Children’s Literature
This is a workshop and inter-active discussion on reasons why more children’s and young adult books by and about black males are needed and ways to encourage the development and discovery of these books. Sample Empowering Presentation.
Previously presented at:
Virginia Hamilton Conference on Diversity in Children’s Literature in April 2013
Connecticut Library Association April 2014
National Conference of African American Librarians August 2013
Ohio Educational Library Media Association – scheduled for October 2014
Getting In Print
55 minute presentation and Q&A session for grades 8-12 and adults
Print, eBook, audio books, and enhanced eBooks
The role of the agent, editor, distributor, marketing, reader and ‘street team’
The enhanced role of readers
Why most authors still need day jobs
Beginnings, Middles and Ends – Writing tips to improve your fiction
55 minute presentation and Q&A session for grades 5-12
An interactive discussion and workshop on novel writing that covers topics such as:
Crafting strong openings
Creating memorable characters
The role of Action (not Activity)
Endings that will have readers coming back for more
Editing & Revision – yes, you do have to
Adding The Spice of Diversity to Your Writing
60 minute presentation and Q&A session for grades 8-12 and adults
An interactive discussion and hands-on workshop on diversity in fiction:
Do’s and Don’ts for crafting multi-cultural characters.
Religion and cultural issues
Respecting your reader
The REAL truth about ‘write what you know’ (a. k. a. Research!!)
Voice and the use/misuse of dialect
“Ripped from the headlines” or how make real life meet fiction
40 minute presentation/workshop for grades 8-12 and adult
What makes realistic fiction “real”? Students see how to use the life around them to develop characters and story ideas. This will use excerpts, themes, and outlines from fiction and memoir to showcase examples of ‘the lie that tells the truth’ Students will brainstorm some story ideas of their own.
Topic Discussions involving discussion and Q&A session
For (grades 6 thru 12)
Domestic violence issues – This discussion will center around the impact of domestic violence and abuse. This story uses the book PULL, and covers the impact of domestic violence on family members and deals with guilt and self-esteem issues that are often the result for young people watching parents caught up in the cycle.
Substance abuse – This discussion highlights the all-to-real allure of alcohol, drugs, gangs and other problem influences. Using BEING GOD as an inspiration and example, this will include resources students can use to help themselves and people they may know escape the trap. (Hopefully with less problems than the protagonist had to endure 🙂
LGBT issues -This discussion talks about how kids can feel different, or outcast, and ways of dealing with those feelings, using the story behind MINORITY OF ONE.
Based on teacher and class needs, this will focus on a selection of recent books designed around a specific interest. This includes coming-of-age, multicultural books, books designed to attract reluctant readers, etc. My books may be included in the discussion.
Single 1 hour session – $150.00 plus travel expenses.(reduced price available for for visits to Chicago Public Schools and locations Chicago libraries. Contact the author for details)
Half day (2 sessions back to back) – $250.00 plus travel expenses.
Full day (up to 4 sessions) – $400.00 plus travel expenses.
May require an overnight stay. Ground transportation assistance to and from the school/event is greatly appreciated but not required.
Half hour Skype Classroom visit Q/A sessions – free
Longer sessions are available on any subject on a negotiated scale.
Click here for more information from the SCBWI Speakers site on the author.
Please note: Free visits are available to Chicago Public Schools.
Contact me to schedule a visit or to discuss your needs and price range. Something can always be negotiated.
Author B. A. Binns has appeared at ALA, the Illinois Reading Council, Indiana Library Federation, Connecticut Library Association and the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, as well as numerous schools and libraries spreading the message about transforming reluctant readers into eager readers, diversity in books and spreading the reading message to students.
NOTE: In-person sessions and Skype visits may not be reproduced, taped, or recorded.