There's nothing quite as exhilarating for me as the end of a successful school visit. To know, after my weeks of preparation and practice, that it was all worth it. This knowledge comes from the faces of the children I've "reached," discovering that some of them already love to write, and recognizing the hunger in them to learn how they might develop this gift.
I was very fortunate this past week to speak to two classes of Grade 5 students. They were a terrific audience--receptive and eager. I'm convinced the reason for this was their teachers.
The teachers had made their students aware of the writer they were going to meet. One class had been visiting my website to learn about me; in the other, the teacher was reading my last book to the class. It is indeed true that the more the students know about the author beforehand, the more they will learn from the visit. Thank you, ladies!