How to Book Your First School Speaking Gig

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Molly Fennig

About the Course

Speaking at schools can be a great marketing strategy for YA and children's book authors, but knowing how to start can be overwhelming. In this course you will 1) develop a plan for contacting schools, including email templates, 2) determine the nature of your talk, based on your strengths and book genre(s), and 3) develop a preliminary lecture.

Your Instructor

Molly Fennig

Molly Fennig

Molly Fennig is a Minnesota native who has published in The Blue Route Literary Magazine, The Blue Nib, other literary presses, two short story anthologies, and multiple scientific journals.

Molly is pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology at Washington University in St. Louis with a specialization in eating disorders. Her YA novel on the subject, Starvation, has won three awards. She has also partnered with St. Louis Public Schools to give talks on student mental health.

Outside of her passion for writing and mental health, Molly enjoys eating large quantities of chocolate and spending time with her mini goldendoodle, Peach.

Course Contents

Chapter 1: Let's Get Started
Chapter 2: School Contact
Chapter 3: Your Topic and Building Your Talk
Chapter 4: Confidence and Speaking Anxiety
Chapter 5: Tips, Tricks, and Wrapping Up

Downloads Include:
Determine Your Talk Worksheet
School Visit Brainstorm Worksheet
School Visit Email Template