Gillian McDunn loves visiting schools.

At your school, she will share her writing process, the way she crafts memorable characters, and how her love for the North Carolina coast inspired her book’s setting.

Presentations are warm, informative, and story-based. Designed for audiences ages 8-13/grades 3-8. All sessions allow for Q&A time.

Assembly: From Idea to the Page

Gillian explains how she gets her ideas, how she plans her stories, and why revision is magic.

Audience size: Assembly or classroom-size group

45 minutes

Writing Workshops

Students explore the craft of writing in the following hands-on writing workshops:

  • Characters Count: Steps to Crafting

  • Making a Memorable Setting

  • Fantastic First Lines

Audience size: Maximum 35 students

50 minutes

Custom Event

Have something else in mind, such as a school book fair, career exploration, or Read Across America Day? Please contact Gillian to discuss further.


For schools who want to dig deep with writing, a limited number of 3-5 day author-in-residence visits are available each school year. Please contact Gillian for more information.

Skype Visits

Each year, a limited number of free, 15-minute Skype visits are available to groups of readers who have read one of Gillian's books. Please contact Gillian for more information.



Pricing is a flat-fee structure and includes all travel expenses.

Full-day visits include up to three assemblies or workshops, plus a brown bag author lunch. All travel expenses including lodging, meals, mileage, and airfare are

Within 90 miles of 27519 - $1595

91-200 miles of 27519 - $1795

200+ miles (but still in continental USA) - $2295

Two schools may share a full-day visit, please contact for details.

Local schools (within 45 miles of 27519)

A single presentation (assembly, workshop, or author lunch) - $595

I’ve been to a lot of author talks, but Gillian McDunn’s was my favorite ever.

—Sixth grade student

Davis Drive Middle School, Cary, NC

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