Brianna Justice would be so proud! As the alter-ego to my vivacious lead character in President of the Whole Fifth Grade, I am proud to announce that I have been invited to attend the April Is For Authors conference in Palm Beach County beginning Friday, April 26.

If you are a media specialist, Principal or reading coach in the Palm Beach County Florida area and you’re interested in having an author attend, I just might be the woman for the

Since President of the Whole Fifth Grade was selected to the 2012-2013 SSYRA list, I have done numerous school visits. However, prior to becoming an author, I spent almost 20 years in the South Florida area as a newspaper columnist for the Sun-Sentinel. One of the best parts of my job was being able to visit schools and inspire future writers and thinkers.

My presentations are lively and engaging. I use my book and works-in-progress to elicit advice and writing strategy from the children, all the while getting them comfortable with the type of mental planning and practical too gathering necessary for a successful writing project.

Sound cool to you? Then I hope to hear from you soon. Time is marching on and the planning window is dropping on us all.

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