My presentations are set up in a flexible format and
depend on the needs and interests of the school, library or organization
for whom I am presenting.
Because a number of my books are based on my travels in Africa
and Haiti, I can speak about these cultures and my adventures
in these countries as they relate to my books. I can show slides
that relate to my books and my presentations include anecdotes
about my books, writing in general and my experiences abroad.
Presentations generally take between 30 and 45 minutes depending
on the age level of the audience and can be tailored for all
grade levels—kindergarten through high school. My books
are most suitable for elementary school and middle school
aged children. I can design a program for small groups as
well as for full school assemblies. I include a question and
answer period and am happy to autograph books. I also do writing
workshops for small groups of up to 30 students.
Please contact me to discuss fees
for your specific request or to arrange a visit.
"I really liked the program. Especially the
Galimotos. The story tells how the children gather supplies to
make the toys they play with. I might try making a galimoto myself
if I can. They are really cool with the way the legs on the people
worked on the bicycles and other galimotos. I like seeing the
people’s pictures that the author met when she was there." —Elementary
school student, Pittsburgh, PA
"The students in my class soaked up Karen’s advice
telling”, great first sentences, and the importance of
keeping a writer’s notebook. The students were mesmerized
by her visit. One student became so
attached to his writer’s notebook that he carried it with
great pride everywhere he went." —Elementary school
"Karen Williams took her world experience and demonstrated to
that good writers have to write from what they know. The students
deeply about their own experience in creating stories. Whether
it was the
tale of a boys experience with his football friends or another’s
deep involvement with early American reenactments, their stories
reflected the information Karen shared." —Elementary
How, when and why I became a writer.
My life as a writer.
How to write a book— from idea to
What I Offer
Writing workshops for all ages, slides and power point presentations.
Sample manuscripts and books in progress. My collection of galimotos
and other artifacts from Africa and Haiti that relate to my books.
I tell stories to engage the audience and use them as examples
of what inspired me to become a writer. The Bear in
the Bottom of the Bed is a popular example.
What I Require
When asked to project digital photos, I will need a computer
with Powerpoint and a projection system connected to it. In addition,
2 large tables or equivalent space for display, and a microphone
for large groups are necessary.
Shorter programs in the evening or for special events are negotiable.
I am happy to split a day between schools or to schedule several
appearances in an area to help defray the costs.
Books for autographing can be purchased from the publishers for
up to 40% discount. Selling these books to students for full or
discounted cost can be a fundraiser to help pay for the fees of