Choose the presentation your group would most enjoy. All are about 45 minutes long, not including question-and-answer time, and are illustrated with PowerPoint slides. Contact Kate for availability and other details.
Six Degrees of Abraham Lincoln
Learn fascinating tidbits of history as while learning of oddball connections to the sixteenth President in northern Illinois. For junior high school students and up.
Searching for Settlers
When we think of pioneers, most of us picture a family traveling by covered wagon. But some of our earliest settlers arrived in Chicago via schooner across the Great Lakes. Learn about some of our area's first non-native residents.
Your Business Book: Why You Want One and How You Get It Done
Being the author of your own book is better than any business card or flyer for your marketing. This overview provides tips on where to get content, how to produce a book and what to do with it afterwards.
Bringing History to Life
Dive into the research that went into the creative non-fiction story of "Ruth by Lake and Prairie" and pick up tips for writing your own historical tales or memors. For junior high school students and up.
Ink Dancing: The Choreography of Creative Writing
Kids gather ideas for their own projects through the author's exploration of the creative writing process. For third to fifth grade students.
The Haunted Classroom
A flexible program combining varied educational goals such as narrative writing, research and presentation skills with history, geography and other subjects, creating a ghost story as a final project. Kate’s visits range from a simple read-aloud to an author-in-residence presence.
A "Career Day" type of presentation is also available, with or without PowerPoint slides, that can be modified to fit your time frame.