Award-winning Random House author Shelley Pearsall has worked with more than 200,000 students in a dozen states. A high-energy presenter and former teacher, Shelley brings the creative process to life for all ages through her memorable visuals, stories, humor, and audience interaction.




Shelley has assembly programs for grades K-8 and writing workshops for grades 4-8. All programs are interactive and offer great curriculum connections!


A full-day visit includes four program sessions selected from the list below. Most schools choose to do three assemblies and one small group program for their full-day schedule.


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Full day: $1500, plus travel beyond northern Ohio



Be a Writing Kid  Assembly

Grades K-3/up to 175 students per assembly

In this interactive presentation, Shelley shares how she started writing stories at age 6. Program shows how to find ideas, use descriptive words, and look for details.



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Facts, Fiction, & Fun Assembly

Grades 4-8/up to 300 students 

This fast-paced assembly includes real examples of the unique ideas, brainstorming, research, and revision behind Shelley’s books, including the unforgettable “tower” of rough drafts. Perfect for Right-to-Read Week and Battle of the Books.




Writing LIVE! Assembly

Grades 4-6/150 students with teachers

Bring paper and pens to this one-of-a-kind assembly where everyone writes (really!). Shelley will lead the audience through a variety of exercises in brainstorming, creative thinking, descriptive language, and using a writer’s “vision.”  NEW


“Shoes” Small Group Writing Workshop

Grades 4-8/30 students (mixed grade levels okay)

How do authors create memorable characters? Find out using real shoes for inspiration. Program focuses on brainstorming and characterization. Shoes provided.


Q&A Lunch with the Author

Small Group Program All Grades

Two 30 minute lunches/up to 25 per group

A great chance for a small group to have Q&A time with Shelley. Use for Power of the Pen, essay contest winners, or selected participants.

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“Shelley does an exceptional job of taking students through the creative process…even students who have not necessarily been into writing have been inspired by her…it is amazing what the kids produce as a result of her input, guidance and expertise.”

                                          -Mariemont (OH) Schools

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Shelley loves to visit libraries. She offers Skype sessions for book and writing clubs, as well as family programs featuring hands-on activities. Her books connect well with Makerspace and STEM. Email for program fees and scheduling.


Looking for a virtual author visit? Skype sessions are available for classrooms, book clubs, and library groups.

40-minute session. $150

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It was my favorite assembly ever.  -Hayley, 2017

“You inspired a lot of people to become an author and to like research.”          -Jordan, 5th grade


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Looking to give your 5th-8th grade students a more in-depth writing experience? Shelley offers several popular, classroom-centered workshops where students use primary sources to write fiction.


Students learn to use a variety of primary sources such as vintage cookbooks, newspapers, census records, advertisements, sheet music, and photographs — and how to weave them into fiction. All primary source materials and writing prompts are provided.


Workshops range from one to two hours, and they are designed for a maximum of 48 students — or two combined classrooms. Great connections with many state standards in Social Studies and Language Arts. Contact Shelley if you would like specific details.