Presentations, Programs & Workshops
INVITE Frané to speak at your Festival, School or Library. You can enquire about Frané's availability and speaker's fees by contacting Frané's booking agent.
Frané is a dynamic presenter and shares with students of all ages the process of writing and illustrating picture books. Her optimism, humor and touch for detail in the wealth of stories she has to tell, is sure to hold any audience captive.
She offers a selection of challenging, engaging workshops for primary, high school and adults that can be tailored to your students' needs. Her workshops are pitched to the age group, ability level, and area of interest of the participants.
Students become involved in the whole process of writing and illustrating books from the development of an idea through to the finished product. She shows that books have their beginnings in the imagination and aim at getting students to draw on their resources to start working from roughs and drafts through to a piece of creative writing, illustration, and book creation.
This is a rare opportunity to meet and work with an award winning childrens' book author/illustrator. It is sure to be a memorable experience that students will cherish for the rest of their lives. Suddenly, the process of book making is no longer a mystery but an achievable and enjoyable goal.
Sessions can be arranged to best fit your school timetable, however the most popular arrangements are:
Meet the Author/Illustrator
Three sessions per day, 3 X 1 hour sessions with Q & A. She will cover the process of making a book and will tailor it to the age and ability level of each class. She will discuss where ideas come from, the various components of research, and the necessity of preliminary sketches. She will show different design layouts, discuss practical ideas and materials that could be used both at school and at home to create picture books.
Make Your Own Storybook
Two x 2-hour sessions per day with a maximum of 1 class per session. The students will individually design a spread for a class book or commence working on individual books. The students will work from roughs, drafts and page plans.
Three to five days
Teacher Professional Development Workshops
Additional evening programs and teacher professional development workshops are available and may be negotiated separately.
Make Your Own Picture Book: Professional Development for Teachers
This workshop will instruct teachers on how to assist their students in making their own picture books. Frané will go through practical activities such as: Getting ideas, editing, book covers, page design, page plans, terminology, dummy books, illustration techniques and materials.
Equipment Needs and Room Setup
- Data projector and power board
- Microphone if over 80 students at a session
- White board
- Workshops – Materials required. Please contact me
Frané's knowledge, style, and genuine love for children were apparent in everything she did. Her flexibility and warmth were very much appreciated by our entire staff. - Bangkok International School, Thailand.
Frané's warmth, enthusiasm, and special connection with young people was apparent on every occasion. - Jakarta International School, Indonesia.
Frané has been associated with the Fremantle Childrens' Literature Centre for the past fifteen years providing eight outstanding exhibitions of her award winning picture books and undertaking numerous residencies at the Centre, throughout rural West Australia, and Internationally. Her wide range of workshops are well structured and very practical as well as creative and entertaining. Students and teachers alike respond to her warmth and professionalism. - Lesley Reece, Director, Fremantle Children¹s Literature Centre, Australia.
Suddenly, the process of book making is no longer a mystery but an achievable and enjoyable goal. - Gidgegannup Primary School, Australia.
Frané's approach to the children and the workshop content was well developed and age appropriate. The teachers found it a rare opportunity to work with a professional author, develop their own skills and repertoire of strategies to teaching the writing/illustrating process. - Paraburdoo District High School, Australia.
I want to thank you for a wonderful visit to the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. It was such a pleasure to meet you and to listen to your presentation. You made a great connection to our second graders, and inspired them to create their own picture books, which, when complete will be housed in our library. Thanks again, and please let us know when you will be here again. We would love another chance to have you present to our students. - Beryl Bresgi, Solomon Schechter Day School, New Milford New Jersey.
Thanks a million for all your efforts at our school last week. All the children really enjoyed the experience and they can't stop talking about you. We are thrilled with the outcomes for the week. To meet and interact with a real author and illustrator has made a significant contribution to literacy outcomes in our school. The way you took the challenges in your stride and worked so hard is a credit to your professionalism. We have really enjoyed reading and interacting with your books this year. You were great company and we hope to work with you again some day. - Jamie and Paula Sgherza, Wanalirri School, Gibb River, Australia.
I cannot tell you the level of enthusiasm here at Moriah as a result of your visit! The children SO enjoyed meeting you and hearing your saga of being an author and illustrator, and living in and traveling to faraway places to do your research. (My first two classes this morning begged for your books). We will always cherish and remember your visit here. - Shelly Feit –Teacher/Librarian, Moriah School of Englewood, New Jersey USA.
Thank you for the exceptional quality, warmth, and professionalism that you showed to our students, staff, and myself during your visit. The children were captivated by your appearances and your books have become the most sought out titles in our library....as they should be! Thank you for being so flexible and generous with your time. I have no doubt that you have ignited our students' imaginations and opened them up to writing, illustrating, and literature. It was a joy to work with someone who is so passionate about their work! - Dominick Martiniello, Richard Connor Elementary, Suffern, New York USA.