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
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
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.
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