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Annie Boochever is available for author presentations, school visits, Skype visits, creative writing and reader’s theater workshops.

School Visits, Teacher In-Service, Author Presentations

One of the perks of being a teacher is interacting with young people of all ages. Now that I have retired, I look forward to the chance to visit schools and work directly with students. Having taught music, library, English, and creative writing, I am very comfortable in the classroom. I offer the following programs individually or in combination and would be happy to talk about any special request you may have.

Please e-mail me and let me know what you are looking for and what dates you have in mind.  I will get back to you promptly.

Creative Writing

Studying creative writing is a valuable activity. It not only improves writing skills, but provides a safe vehicle for self-expression and for tapping one’s imagination. I am available to teach creative writing workshops with the assistance of one classroom teacher per classroom. Sessions for younger students run 45 minutes  and for older students, one hour. If there is a particular skill your class needs extra help with, please let me know, and I will tailor the session to that special need.

Reader’s Theater

Reader’s Theaters are great fun and effective teaching tools. Choose from any of the Reader’s Theaters in Our Ancestor’s Stories: Reader’s Theater Adaptations from the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. Sessions can be either a one – two hour teacher in-service that includes a quick overview of how the process works and a mini-performance, or we can schedule a multi-day residency where I work with a teacher in the classroom to prepare students for a full-scale performance. If you think you may be interested, let’s talk about what would work best for you.

Bristol Bay Summer Presentations

I usually begin with a reading from the book and a discussion of the issues it raises, divorce, family, building confidence, living in remote Alaska, and working the kinds of hard, physical jobs that are common there. The discussion expands to what it means to be an artist and, depending on the teacher’s preference, to some of the difficult questions raised by the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay. The session also includes a slide show of Bristol Bay and surrounding areas, the story of the true-life adventures that led me to write Bristol Bay Summer, and examples of the writing process. Sessions run approximately 45 – 60 minutes. (Limit 3 per day.)

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Fee Schedule

$250 per 50-minute session, minimum three sessions

Transportation and lodging are extra. I understand traveling to and from Alaska is expensive. I am happy to try to help you coordinate booking with other nearby schools to offset travel expenses.

Whether you are signed-up for a free, or paid visit, here is a list of things to do to prepare with your students:

  • Make the book available to each student and be sure they have all read it before the visit.
  • Try out the Skype connection before the visit. The author won’t always be available for this, but practicing with Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, or other connection methods is a good idea.
  • Share procedures with students in advance. Remind students to show active listening skills while the author is speaking and give them directions for where to stand and how to look into the webcam when they ask a question.

Skype Author Visits

There’s nothing like a visit with an author to inspire students to read and write more. When actual in-person visits aren’t possible, please consider a Skype visit. Since there is only one of me, and to make the most of your time and mine, please look over the following information about Skype visits.

I offer one free 15-minute Skype visits per public school. The only requirement for these is that every student is able to read the book requested and make up a list of questions in advance. I schedule these on a space-available basis. The Skype visit will include a discussion of questions by your students.

If you prefer a more personal visit, I offer 40-45 minute Skype visits for $150.00. These include a 20-minute discussion of the book and my writing process and the remainder of the time is reserved for questions and answers.

Make sure you have a Skype account set up prior to scheduling a Skype visit. If you do not have a username yet please go to the Skype website, sign up.

Include a phone number that is with you and turned on at the time of our chat. It can be a classroom or cell phone number. It’s the number I’ll call if we have any technical difficulties.

Before I can confirm a date with you, please answer the questions and submit the form below:

Skype Meeting Request Form

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Creative Writing

Studying creative writing is a valuable activity. It not only improves writing skills, but provides a safe vehicle for self-expression and for tapping one’s imagination. I am available to teach creative writing workshops with the assistance of one classroom teacher per classroom. Sessions for younger students run 45 minutes and for older students, one hour. If there is a particular skill your class needs extra help with, please let me know, and I will tailor the session to that special need.

Reader’s Theater

Reader’s Theaters are great fun and effective teaching tools. Choose from any of the Reader’s Theaters in Our Ancestor’s Stories: Reader’s Theater Adaptations from the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. Sessions can be either a one – two hour teacher in-service that includes a quick overview of how the process works and a mini-performance, or we can schedule a multi-day residency where I work with a teacher in the classroom to prepare students for a full-scale performance. If you think you may be interested, let’s talk about what would work best for you.

Bristol Bay Summer Presentations

I usually begin with a reading from the book and a discussion of the issues it raises, divorce, family, building confidence, living in remote Alaska, and working the kinds of hard, physical jobs that are common there. The discussion expands to what it means to be an artist and, depending on the teacher’s preference, to some of the difficult questions raised by the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay. The session also includes a slide show of Bristol Bay and surrounding areas, the story of the true-life adventures that led me to write Bristol Bay Summer, and examples of the writing process. Sessions run approximately 45 – 60 minutes. (Limit 3 per day.)

Presentation Fee Schedule

$250 per 50-minute  session, minimum three sessions

Transportation and lodging are extra. I understand traveling to and from Alaska is expensive. I am happy to try to help you coordinate booking with other nearby schools to offset travel expenses.

“The students at Reed Intermediate School were captivated by author, Ann Boochever, as she delivered a well crafted, age appropriate, beautifully depicted description of her one of a kind, ground breaking book, “Bristol Bay Summer.” She delighted students with fascinating stories and color slides that tied into the writing of the book. She dramatically read excerpts that inspired students to ask many thought provoking questions. The staff and students are still reflecting on the memorable and magical presentation that left everyone yearning to read this exciting new book!”

— Michelle Tanenbaum, Music teacher, John Reed Intermediate School, Newtown, Connecticut

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