Gillian McDunn loves school visits.
At your school, she will share her writing process, including how to find inspiration and craft memorable characters.
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 virtual visits are available to groups of readers who have read one of Gillian's books. For information and fees for other virtual visits, please contact Gillian.
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
For virtual visits, please contact for pricing.
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