Author Presentations & Workshops

Author M.L. Tarpley offers both in-person and virtual visits to schools, libraries, book clubs, and other events including book signings. She offers a variety of presentations and workshops.

Check out her list of presentations below!

Custom packages can be arranged if needed. For more information including pricing and availability, send an email here

In-Person Visits

M.L. Tarpley is currently scheduling in-person author visits for the 2022-2023 school year, Summer 2023, and beyond. If interested in a visit, send inquiries here.

Virtual School Visits

Virtual visits include a one-on-one presentation with a single classroom or up to six classrooms simultaneously (of the same grade or neighboring grades).

Each class will submit questions ahead of time, and several questions per class will be answered during the Q&A session.

For other virtual visit requests, send inquiries here.

 

 

“I loved the way that M.L. Tarpley captured the attention of the audience throughout her performance. I also appreciated the fact that at the end of her presentation she did a book signing and took time to encourage the children individually.”Donna Estis, children’s program leader and librarian at the LaSalle Parish Library in Jena, LA

 

“M.L. Tarpley’s writing workshop provided an unforgettable experience for our kids to spend quality time in small groups with a real author and offered valuable tools for them to succeed in both school and life. Great experience all around. Highly recommended!”Donna Lindsey, director at the Centennial Cultural Center in Olla, LA

Think Like an Author Interactive Show

Recommended Audience: ALL AGES

*Ideal for the Summer Reading Program at libraries (incorporates annual theme – 2022: Oceans of Possibilities / 2023: All Together Now)

Time Limit: 45-60 minutes

Number of Attendees: For groups of any size

Overview: In this interactive presentation, kids are asked to think like an author and write their own story LIVE! Some will even star in it! This engaging show will bring smiles and laughter to children and adults alike while they also learn about creative writing, story ideas, using their imagination & more.

The author will do a book signing after the show, and if time permits, the presentation will conclude with a brief Q&A.

 

Young Writer's Workshop

 

Recommended Audience: 2nd to 7th grades

Time Limit: 60-90 minutes (also offer half-day or multi-day workshops by request)

Number of Attendees: For smaller groups (up to approximately 30)

Virtual – Up to six classes simultaneously

Overview: In this writing workshop, Author M.L. Tarpley will walk kids through her Young Writer’s Kit. She developed the book to help kids who want to learn the basics of creative writing including a look at genre, a brainstorming session, a writing prompt exercise, and more. The presentation will conclude with a brief Q&A.

The Spark of a Story - Traveling through the Writing Process

 

Recommended Audience: 2nd to 7th grades

Time Limit: 45-60 minutes

Number of Attendees: For medium-size groups (up to approximately 50)

Virtual – Up to six classes simultaneously

Overview: In this writing presentation, Author M.L. Tarpley will walk through her writing process from idea to final draft as well as share insight into the publishing process including book cover design, formatting, marketing, and more. The presentation will conclude with a brief Q&A.

A Look Inside the Book - Maylie and the Maze

 

Recommended Audience: 2nd to 5th

Time Limit: 45-60 minutes

Number of Attendees: For groups of any size

Virtual – Up to six classes simultaneously

Overview: In this look inside the book presentation, Author M.L. Tarpley will share the story behind Maylie and the Maze, the exciting first book in the Tales of a Travel Girl series along with classic literature, world geography, and the writing process. The presentation will conclude with a brief Q&A. (Recommended for those who have read the book but not required.)

What's the Story? - Think Like a Journalist

 

*COMING SOON*

Overview: Drawing from more than a decade of experience as a journalist, Author M.L. Tarpley will break down what a journalist does and teach participants how to conduct an interview, write a news story, and how being a journalist has helped her transition into becoming an author. The presentation will conclude with a brief Q&A.

 

Where Words and Pictures Meet - a Workshop with an Author & an Illustrator

 

*COMING SOON*

Overview: In this writing and drawing workshop, Author M.L. Tarpley and Illustrator Monica Bruenjes will walk participants through the process of writing and illustrating a book. The presentation will conclude with a brief Q&A. (Offered virtual or dual in-person/virtual.)