Presentations for Adults

Dori Hillestad Butler3Five Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Writing:

Dori talks about how she became an author, the stories behind a couple of her books, her writing/revision process, what it was like to win the Edgar award, what it was like to face a public challenge to one of her books. (60 minutes. High School/College/Adult. Any size group. Appropriate for SCBWI and other writer’s conferences, colleges and universities, and library groups.)

Writing Mysteries for Kids:

Begins with an overview of the history of the children’s mystery genre and how mysteries vary for different age groups, then moves into the elements of mystery fiction and how mystery authors craft their stories. Also includes discussion of how much is too much violence in a children’s mystery and censorship. (60 minutes. Adult. Any size group. Appropriate for SCBWI and other writer’s conferences, colleges and universities, 320871_10151562252452445_790661887_nand library groups.)

Creating Series for Kids:

Begins with an overview of the history of kids’ series books, why series appeal to kids, then moves into a nuts and bolts discussion on how to create a successful children’s series. Dori also talks about working with book packagers vs. traditional publishers. (60 minutes. Adult. Any size group. Appropriate for SCBWI and other writer’s conferences, colleges and universities, and library groups.)

Oh no! My Book Has Been Challenged. Now what?

Most book challenges are done quietly. Often the author doesn’t even know her book has been challenged. But sometimes the author does know. And sometimes the challenge becomes very public. Dori appeared on Fox TV’s Fox and Friends with a babysitter who challenged her My Mom’s Having a Baby. This book continues to face challenges all over the country and has risen as high as #4 on ALA’s list of most challenged books. Dori discusses her experience and offers suggestions for how to deal with the fact that not everybody likes your book, what you can do if your book is ever challenged, how to work with your publisher to support the library or school where your book was challenged, what your responsibilities are as an author, how to deal with nasty e-mails and unwanted media attention, and how to be professional and approach the situation with grace. (60 minutes. Adult. Any size group. Appropriate for SCBWI and other writer’s conferences, colleges and universities, and library groups.)

 

What People Say:

"Dori Butler's enlightening keynote address earned a standing ovation from a room full of Youth Librarians.  The passion Dori has for her young readers is impressive.  Children, Tweens, and Teens need to discover this author's award-winning books if they haven't already. –Debbie Wagenbach, Youth Services Librarian

Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Medema