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 a variety of assembly programs and writing workshops designed for grades 4-8*. All programs are interactive and offer many curriculum connections, including STEM, STEAM, and MakerSpace.


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 such as a Q&A lunch or writing workshop for their full day schedule.


*primary grades program (K-3) available on request.





Available upon request.





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One School, One Book Assembly

Grades 4-8/assembly audience

Reading one of Shelley’s books as a school-wide choice? Go behind-the-scenes of your featured book to see exactly what went into the story: the inspiration, the rejections (at age 13), the office, the research and brainstorming, and yes…the “tower” of rough drafts.



Book Speak!  General Assembly

Grades 4-8/assembly audience 

This fast-paced, visual assembly for general audiences focuses on creativity and resilience.  It includes the writing process behind several of Shelley’s books, including the unforgettable “tower” of rough drafts and Shelley’s early publication attempts at age 13. Perfect for Right-to-Read Week and Battle of the Books.



Writing LIVE! Writing Assembly

Grades 4-6/120 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 Small Group Lunch with the Author

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

Scheduling for the 2017-18 school year is closed. Now scheduling Author Visits for October 2018 – May 2019.


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Shelley loves to visit libraries. She offers Skype sessions for book 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? Cost varies by group size and length of visit.


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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


Using Primary Sources to Write Fiction

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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.