school & CONFERENCE visits

Choose from several presentations or have something created to fit your school or organization’s needs.


Students will learn how to get to know their characters and make them come to life on paper. Presentation will include a fun and interactive group writing exercise  as well as an eye-catching Prezi slide show!

Presentation 2: CREATE YOUR OWN WORLD!
This presentation is geared to teach kids how to create their own special world where they get to make the rules! Is your perfect world under the ground like the world of my rats? Is it up in the sky, under water–on the moon? This will include a group writing exercise (each breakout group is assigned a unique location) and Q&A.

Presentation 3: TEACHER’S  CHOICE!
What are you teaching in class? What are your students most interested in?  What kind of books are trending in your school? Send me some details and we can work together on a presentation that will be most valuable to you and your curriculum. 


Presentation 1:  THE NOT SO SCARY QUERY
This is a full query letter breakdown. Get that agent to ask for more! Figure out how to make your query letter effective and what might be missing from it. Writers are encouraged to bring their query letters for critique. Learn how to deal with rejection and use it to your advantage. 

Presentation 2: WHY NOT YOU? 
Hear my road to publishing story and realize you can do it! I entered the publishing world knowing nothing. I wrote what I loved on a dare and it paid off! My road to landing my agent was a wild one, but when all was said and done my dream came true! We’ll discuss the Agent/Writer relationship, the process of working with a professional editor and doing your part to make your debut successful.

Presentation 3:  GET NOTICED!
You can have a genius plot-line, but if your characters don’t stand out, neither will your story. We’ll discuss character building and how to create multi-layered characters. Writing exercise–how to make an intriguing character simply by answering some simple questions.

MSJH, Mahomet, IL

Looking for a different sort of presentation or just not sure where to start? Drop a line of what you think might interest your students or writers’ group and I can tailor a visit to meet your needs. Presentations last approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Honorariums for 2018 - 2019

Chicago Area School Visits: One presentation: $400 .Two presentations: $700. Three – four presentations/full-day visit: $900. Honorariums may be shared among schools for visits performed on the same day.

Out-of-town visits accessible by car (drive from 2-3 hrs): $1100 per day. Honorariums may be shared among schools for visits performed on the same day or sequential days.

Out-of-town visits requiring air travel/overnight stay: $1100 per day (in addition to hotel/airfare). Honorariums may be shared among schools for visits performed on the same day or sequential days.

Depending on need, above rates are negotiable. 

Virtual Visits via Skype: A virtual visit is $150 for each session, $225 for 2 sessions in one day. Please make sure your organization has the proper equipment for a Skype visit before booking.

For  international visits, please email with details. 

Interested in a school visit? Find out how you can bring Hilary to your school? 

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