Author talks are a staple at professional reading and library conferences such as the California Reading Association conference coming up this weekend in Riverside, California or the California School Library Association conference in Sacramento in November. I did a quick survey at a board meeting of the Ventura County Reading Association, asking teachers, “What do you want to hear when you attend an author presentation?” Here’s their list: (in no particular order):
- Synopses of the author’s books
- The author’s writing process
- How they got started (and what they were before they became authors)
- Inside stories about specific books
- Rough drafts
- Author/illustrator relationship
- Anything fun we can share with our students when we tell them we met a real live author!
When you craft your next author talk, keep these topics in mind if you want to be a hit with the teachers or librarians in your audience.