I'd love to visit your school or library! My engaging presentations offer a balance of education, entertainment and inspiration, taking the audience on a behind-the-scenes journey of making my books. Together, we unpack my “story suitcase”, revealing creative tools that help me write, illustrate and collect ideas. I touch on topics like art, writing, poetry, nature, observation, imagination, and stick-to-it-ive-ness, eventually sharing my secret of what truly makes a story sparkle. I can mix and match topics to best suit your needs and can also offer a story time, Q & A, autographed books, activity guides and more.

Looking for something special, like a workshop, evening event, Skype visit or adult lecture? Let’s chat!


"You were a delight! We were all impressed by your presentation. It was spot-on for the age level—engaging and informative. You gave our students the tools to go out and start creating their own stories...Thank you for being so professional and well prepared. I would recommend you as a visiting author to any elementary school!

–Sue Swain, PTO Right to Read Week Coordinator, Evamere Elementary, Hudson, OH

“Betsy is an approachable and enthusiastic author and illustrator and this affability is evident in the classroom. Her connection with my students was electric and her presentation was both educational and entertaining. Her use of technology to show how illustrations grow from sketch to reality was inspiring and I look forward to having her in my classroom again in the future!” 

–Matthew Stensrud, General Music Teacher, Annandale Terrace Elementary School,
Fairfax County Public Schools, Washington D.C. Metro Area

“Your presentation of the writing process was entertaining, enlightening, and informative. You kept the kids captivated with your slide show, props, and stories. It was great to see how you incorporate your family life, and personal experiences into your writing and art work. You also gave me some inspiration for future art projects with my students.”

—Teri Loeffler, Art Specialist, Maumee City Schools, Toledo, OH