For visits to schools and libraries

In and around the Seattle area, Martha visits elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. She's happy to tailor a presentation to your students. All of her presentations include games, giveaways, and lots of laughter. 

  • A full-day visit is $1,200. Four presentations fit into this schedule.
  • For visits where travel is required, the same fees plus travel expenses apply.

Martha can arrange to have books available at a discount through Scholastic, or via a local store. 

Martha also enjoys teaching writing to adults, and loves showing teachers new ways to make writing fun for kids (and connect it to the Common Core). Martha used to be a teacher, and her students have published in The New York Times, on MSN, in the Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere.

She also likes giving teachers the inside scoop on how they can get their own writing published, and has taught writing for adults in the continuing education program at the University of Washington, as a guest lecturer at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and as a mentor through the Virginia G. Piper Center of Creative Writing in Arizona.

She's in demand at conferences, and has spoken at the National Council of Teachers of English, at the national Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators conference in Los Angeles, at local writer's conferences in the northwest, and in graduate programs for writers. 

Martha also offers Skype visits. Her rates: 15 minutes for free, $100 for 30 minutes, or $200 for an hour. For more about those (and for other authors who provide similar visits), please check out Online Author Visits. Or you can always contact Martha directly.

I had the pleasure of sitting in your 500-word class—great information! Thank you. Best session I attended. Not only are you very funny, but you engaged us. Thank you, again!
— Conference attendee
I had one parent tell me her son couldn’t stop talking about you over dinner last night.
— School librarian in NYC
Wow! Thank you for a terrific presentation. The kids loved every minute, and we can’t wait to have you back.
— Middle school librarian, Seattle