Meet Claire (for groups of any size, grades 4 – 12) – A general presentation in which I talk about how I started writing, share my stack of rejection letters (as well as the first books I wrote in elementary school), and touch upon the importance of daydreaming and music in my writing process.
Finding Inspiration (best for smaller groups, grades 4 – 12) – An interactive presentation in which I talk about the use of daydreaming, music, and images in my writing process, and how important it is to set aside time to let our minds wander ungoverned. Students will listen to music clips, sort through digital images, and write stories based upon them.
Getting To Know You (best for smaller groups, grades 4 – 12) – An interactive presentation about building characters, ideal for writing groups/students interested in writing. Using fun exercises and activities, I take students through the process of building memorable, dynamic characters. We analyze characters with whom they’re already familiar (for example, Harry Potter) and then create our own.
A Whole New World (best for smaller groups, grades 4 – 12) – An interactive presentation about world building, ideal for writing groups/students interested in writing. Using fun exercises and activities, I take students through the process of building fictional worlds—whether those worlds are realistic or fantastical. We analyze a world with which they’re already familiar (like the world of Harry Potter) and then create our own.
Revise, Rewrite, Rinse, Repeat (best for smaller groups, grades 6 – 12) – An interactive, technical presentation about revising, ideal for writing groups/English classes. I show students my editorial letters for each of my books and take them through the process of revising a piece of writing. I talk to them about story structure and also share general revision tips such as tightening language, eliminating crutch words/phrases, and the importance of peer review.
Finding Your Voice (best for smaller groups, grades 6 – 12) – An interactive presentation about voice, language, and writing style, ideal for writing groups/students interested in writing. I will talk about the importance of word choice when writing, how it determines a story’s tone and atmosphere, and how it can tell us important things about the story, the characters, the author, and historical context. As a group, we will analyze excerpts from Claire’s books. Then, working from a prompt and a word bank of suggestions, students will pick unusual narrative voices with which to write their own stories.
Dare to Dream (best for high school and college groups of any size) – This motivational presentation focuses on life beyond high school and the college experience. I talk about changing my major and my career path halfway through college, how hard that was, and how it was ultimately so rewarding. I talk to the students about following their dreams and not being afraid to explore different possibilities.
If you would like me to speak to your students about a particular topic that you do not see listed here, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I am always open to developing a presentation curated to your group’s specific needs. Please fill out this form, and include in your message your name, the name of your school/library, the number of students I will be speaking to, the students’ ages, the presentation topic, and what dates you have in mind for a visit.
Tuesday April 25, 6pm
Edgars Week Kick-Off Party
The Mysterious Bookshop
New York, NY
Wednesday April 26, 1-1:50pm
Edgar Awards Symposium
panel with Brent Hartinger, April Henry, Sarah Lariviere, James Ponti, Billy Taylor, and Susan Vaught
Grand Hyatt Hotel – Mezzanine Level – Regency Room
New York, NY
Wednesday April 26, 6-8pm
“Meet the 2017 Edgar Award Nominees!”
special signing and panel
w/authors Ally Condie, Sarah Lariviere, James Ponti, Susan Vaught, Brent Hartinger, April Henry, Justine Larbalestier, and Billy Taylor
Books of Wonder
New York, NY
“I felt myself instantly relax the moment Ms. Legrand began her presentation—such were her charms and capabilities as a performer. Most notably, our students remained mesmerized for a full 45 minutes. The plots of her books, not to mention the story of her journey from musician to writer, captivated the kids and adults in the room.” – Natasha Goldberg, Middle School Librarian, The Chapin School (New York City, NY)
“The copies of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls literally flew off the library shelves after the members of our middle school Literacy Ambassadors group Skyped with Claire. Her enthusiasm for reading, brilliant sense of humor, and genuine affection for the art of writing has our students counting the days until the release of her next book!” – Dana Thomas, Library Media Specialist, Cypress Lakes Middle School (Ft. Meyers, FL)
I also offer free 30-minute Skype Q&A visits for your classroom or book club. These Skype visits are ideal for smaller groups who have read at least one of my books and have prepared questions ahead of time with their instructor.
Please fill out this form to discuss scheduling.
I am also available to work with adult writers. Any of the workshops listed above can be modified for adults. I can also speak on using social media to connect with other writers and learn about the industry, how to write query letters when seeking an agent, and the differences between writing middle grade versus young adult fiction.
I am also happy to present, moderate, or sit on panels at conferences and festivals. Please contact me to discuss any of the above. If you have an idea for a workshop that I have not addressed here, don’t hesitate to let me know! I am open to developing presentations that accommodate your group’s specific needs.