Dandi entertains with lively, funny-but-true stories for every age group, weaving in deep truths about writing and inspiring students to read, read, read. Besides Q and A, smaller groups can dig into the writing process. (Teachers are encouraged to read Larger-Than-Life Lara to all classes.) These visits cost $1200, plus expenses (hotel and travel). (Discount for school pre-sales of over 100 copies of Larger-Than-Life Lara)
Primary & Elementary
Picture books about hobos, legends, animals, school, baseball, and more.
Middle & High School
Focus on the power of STORY and share Insider Writing Tips–The Silence of Murder (Edgar Award winner), The Secrets of Tree Taylor, With Love Wherever You Are (True story based on the author’s parents, Army nurse and Army Dr. in WWII), My Boyfriends’ Dogs (now a Hallmark movie), and Larger-Than-Life Lara.
A special LARA program that encourages discussion about writing and about bullying: “Everything your students need to know about writing . . . and kindness.” Based off: Larger-Than-Life Lara.
“Laney is an engaging narrator. Particularly delightful is the way in which she tells the story. Each chapter has a title that is related to the narrative, such as Rising Action, Suspense, Dialogue, etc. … Her explanation of how to write a book is just as interesting as the events that she’s describing. Best of all, none of this detracts from the novel’s emotional core. Thoroughly enjoyable and unexpectedly wry, this book is as intelligent as it is succinct.” Elizabeth Bird, NY Public Library, in School Library Journal
If you are interested in hosting a school visit, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.