I always enjoy visiting schools and meeting students. I offer a variety of programs and am happy to tailor them to your group’s size, ages, and curriculum needs. Please contact me for questions and availability.
$150 per presentation, Seattle area
$300 a day, Seattle area
$500 a day, outside of Seattle area
In this companion presentation to my award-winning nonfiction archaeology book about Kennewick Man, Mysterious Bones, I share artifacts on loan from the Burke Museum and discuss strategies for presenting controversial issues: the importance of listening, of keeping an open mind, the willingness to change one’s point of view, and the techniques involved in interviewing, gathering original research, writing, revising, and fact checking. Note: The Kennewick Man controversy is about to ignite in the news once again, as the ancient skeleton is scheduled for reburial. Now is an especially good time for students, particularly in the Northwest, to become acquainted with NAGPRA (the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and understand how the federal law protects native people. Discussion guide and classroom activities available.
Grades 4–12 and general audiences
A Spy for George Washington
Based on true incidents and true people of the Revolutionary War, my picture book Redcoats and Petticoats recreates the actions of a patriot spy ring. Set on Long Island, New York, where I grew up, my research included visits on foot and by boat to the story’s locations. This presentation serves as a great tie-in to curriculums on the American Revolution.
A Journey to Arctic Greenland
In this presentation, I show how I used original research such as letters, diaries, and unpublished photos to create both my nonfiction book The Snow Baby and my young adult novel Between Two Worlds. Through examples of my work in various stages of correction, I discuss the writing and editing process. At the same time, participants glimpse the fascinating world of early 20th-century exploration in Arctic Greenland.
Grades 6–12 and general audiences
I was fortunate to attend numerous writing workshops with Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, at an Episcopal convent in New York City from 1989 to 1999. In the spirit of mentorship from Madeleine, Katherine continues the beloved author’s gentle approach to nurturing the individual creative writer’s voice. Participants will be assigned several of Madeleine’s simple writing exercises.
Five or more sessions. Fees negotiable. Grades 6-12, general audiences, and church groups