Author visits

Most of my adult life I have taught children in one capacity or another, from learning how to ride a horse, acting onstage, or creating an original story and turning it into a play. Teaching kids and working with adult writers at conferences are some of the things I love to do the most. This is reflected in my programs which are energetic and interactive, and will light up the creativity in even the most reluctant students. Using my theatre background, I have everyone up on their feet engaging in activities that make them think about writing in a whole new way. My programs include:

* Overcoming the Odds to Reach the Moon, the Stars and the Universe Beyond

* Captivating Faces and Finding Your Characters;

* Breathing Life into Your Setting;

* Reader’s Theatre;

* Revision Fun and Sculpting with PlayDo;

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“Every day, students have mentioned something from your presentation that has impacted them. Even the teachers have been pulling highlights. It was so powerful!” Julia Tyser, Beitel Elementary School

“Nanci has a wonderful rapport with children. She was engaging, entertaining, knowledgable, and had the room completely under control at all times. I’ve had glowing reports from students and teachers alike.” Twila Pilcher CLSS, Hulett School Librarian

"Nanci Turner Steveson presents a fabulous writing workshop. She connects with students immediately, engages them with movement and dance, and shares her own writing experience in a way that children can understand. After Nanci's workshop, my students were excited about writing and better understood how authors get ideas and develop meaningful stories and characters." - Kathy Bjornstead, Sundance Elementary School Librarian

Presentations include a Q&A at the end where no question is a silly question, plus a professional discussion guide which follows Common Core State Standards for English Language (see below).

It is always my goal to be completely open and honest with anyone I teach, and I encourage questions about the themes in my books. Some of these themes I have personal experience with, but those I do not I hope to encourage kids to explore and understand so they can take an active part in helping build a world with more empathy. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about how I can make your students excited to read and write their own stories. Contact Me Here

DOWNLOADABLE DISCUSSION GUIDES for Swing Sideways and Georgia Rules


Georgia Rules Discussion Guide Final 5.11.17.pdf

Sundance Times Article


  • Within 60 miles of Jackson, WY ~ $450/day up to three 1-hour presentations plus lunch with the author and book signing

  • Wyoming and Eastern Idaho ~ $800/day (plus travel) up to three 1-hour presentations plus lunch with the author and book signing (discounts given for schools who book multiple days together within the same district) * Please note, these visits are only available from April 1st to November 1st due to travel-by-car restraints. See Skype offer below

  • Outside Wyoming ~ $950/day (plus travel) up to three 1-hour presentations plus lunch with the author and book signing (discounts given for schools who book multiple days together within the same district)

  • Title I schools please contact me for special rates

  • Skype or Zoom visits ~ $175 for a half day (3 hours), multiple classes; or FREE 20 minute Q&A Skype visits for classes who have read one of my books

Contact me anytime to discuss your school’s needs to customize the perfect author visit: Contact Nanci

Creative ways to fund bringing an author to your school:

* Combine visits with another close by school.

* Crowdfunding is a popular way to raise money through organizations such as I give monthly to this for teachers who want to raise money for books and author visits to enhance their students experience.

* Most states have artist grants available. Check with your state library and speak to whomever is the school library consultant. 

* Buy copies of an author's books in bulk and sell before or during the visit and use the profits to fund the visit.

* Local public libraries often have funding available to bring in authors for local schools.