School Visits

Motivating reluctant readers?
Trying to inspire your writers?
Looking to engage the boys, but not lose the girls?

I can help. Not only can I connect with young readers, but I can help inspire them to become better writers.  Through presentations that explore what it takes to develop an idea into a published book, I help students understand that you don’t have to be a writer to write. Being creative isn’t something that only artists do, it’s something that everyone can do. If they try.  During visits I also explain how I overcame rejection and false starts to finally create a successful book series, The Ballpark Mysteries!

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Request information/sign up for an author visit. Simply fill out your contact info and let me know what dates you are thinking about and I’ll get back to you to coordinate a visit.

I’m happy to customize my presentation for your specific requirements, but my standard presentation for elementary school visits covers a range of topics, including: how children can become writers, specific techniques I use to write the Ballpark Mysteries (setting, character, plot, suspense, etc.), the writing and editing process (with examples of what my editor at Random House does to my stories!), and what it takes to be a successful author. Generally we leave time for plenty of Q&A.

My presentations are best for grades 1-5, but I can also talk about being a writer, the publishing process, and writing and editing to older grades as well.

Free Author Visits
Note: I *very* occasionally do free in-person author visits when my schedule allows. Add your name to my free author visit list for a chance at a free author visit. Please note, that such visits only happen occasionally, so it’s best to purchase a visit if you really want one.

Fees & Expenses
Author visit fees are usually determined by the number of presentations:
– 2 presentations – $850
– 3 presentations – $1,200
– 4 presentations – $1,400

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School Visit BONUS PACKS! (add on as many as you want)
– For $50 more, add on a complete set of signed Ballpark Mysteries books. (almost 25% off retail price)
– For $65 more, a complete set of Ballpark Mysteries+the MVP series+Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse. (almost 25% off retail price)
– For $250 receive personalized feedback for up to ten student’s work (up to ten pages of writing)

Travel fees may apply for schools beyond a 1-hour drive from Boston or for single presentations. School visits requiring an overnight stay or long distance travel may require additional fees. Travel expenses (either round-trip mileage or airfare) are the responsibility of the school. I am happy to work with schools that have financial limitations, please contact me for special situations or other visit configurations.

Book Sales
I am happy to bring books to sell or to help you make arrangements with Random House or local bookstores for book sales.  Children who are not able to purchase a signed book, are given a signed bookmark.

“…was an incredible opportunity for our young readers and writers…David kept the children entertained, engaged, and yearning to read more of the book in the hour he spent with the students…It was an enjoyable presentation and the students left knowing the writing process was not just something done in the classroom. David’s interaction with the students was warm and welcoming-this was an enjoyable afternoon for all! Thank you.” –Alison Salerno, 4th grade teacher, Boxford Public Schools, Massachusetts

“David Kelly’s discussion regarding what it takes to become an author and to publish a book was eye-opening for the students and allowed them a first-hand tie-in with the curriculum they are taught in their writing classes.” –Boxford Public Schools, Massachusetts

Past School Visits
• Hebron Elementary, Hebron, Connecticut
• American Heritage and American Academy, Plantation, Florida
• Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Palo Alto, California
• Plummer-Motz Elementary, Falmouth, Maine
• Colt Andrews Elementary School, Bristol, Rhode Island
• St. Davids, New York, New York
• Franklin Elementary, Newton, Massachusetts

David A. Kelly
Phone: 617-969-6886
Fax: 617-969-8881
Contact David A. Kelly