Author: Washington, DC
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Website: www.carolinehickey.com

Books: Cassie Was Here (ages 9-12) and Isabelle’s Boyfriend (ages 11-14) are both contemporary coming-of-age fiction set in the MD/DC area. Teacher’s guides and book club guides are available for these books online at http://www.carolinehickey.com. Caroline also writes pseudonymously for the popular Sew Zoey series (about a 12-year-old designer and fashion blogger) and the In Due Times series (about middle schoolers who time travel through a book in their library), which are both for kids ages 8-12.
Fee: Fee varies based on location, number of presentations requested, and whether or not books are sold at the event. Please email me for specifics at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Availability: School visits, book clubs, writing workshops, library talks, etc. Best for ages 8+.  Also available to speak to groups of aspiring adult writers about the writing and business of children’s books.
Features: Caroline loves meeting with students to talk about writing, reading and publishing. She’s a high-energy speaker, and does PowerPoint presentations as well as more casual book talks and writing workshops.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City, and is an active speaker at regional conferences and book festivals. She's currently an adjunct professor in the graduate writing program at McDaniel College.

Some popular presentations include:

How Books Become Books (and Authors Become Authors!)
A behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating a children's book as well as a discussion of how many authors get their start and achieve their dream of publishing. This talk gives students a "day-in-the-life" look at what it's like to be an author.

Foolproof Story Starters (a workshop)
Students are led through several writing exercises designed to get the imaginative juices flowing. Using “story starter” building blocks, each participant will write their own short story. Workshop includes take-home ideas for overcoming writer's block.

Ten Tips for Getting Published
How does one go from being just a writer to being a published writer? Join me for the lowdown on how to take YOUR writing to the next level, be it fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, novels or magazine writing. I'll discuss how to live "a writer's life" and, in turn, how to make your publishing dreams come true.

The ABCs of Writing for Children
An information-packed overview of the world of children’s book publishing. From the basics of age-range requirements to the subtleties of manuscript submission, this 90-minute session will prepare you to finally write that book and make your dream a reality.

Awards: Isabelle’s Boyfriend, Starred review, VOYA

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