Kids and FlagsI really enjoy sharing my curiosity as well as my love for writing with audiences of all ages. This includes author visits for students as well as professional development trainings and conference workshops for educators. Since 1990, I have had the pleasure of making presentations throughout the United States as well as abroad. I’ll spare you the hyperbolic “What They’re Saying About My Visits” comments that are so common on author/presenters’ sites. Instead, I’ll provide you with the names and contact information for people you can ask about my work. I’d also be happy to send you detailed information about my author visits and professional development trainings and workshops. Please contact me at

Author Visits

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One of the best parts of being an author is sharing my passion for writing. “Real Writing” author visits are based on my experience as an author as well as my strong belief in the importance of writing. My goal in working with students is to engage their curiosity in order to improve writing and reading skills. In planning a visit, I work with teachers to develop presentations that support their work in classrooms. Presentation topics include:

  • Starting with questions
  • The search for ideas
  • How ideas become books
  • How to make weak writing strong
  • How to make strong writing stronger
  • Real-life research
  • The writing life

Professional Development

I love working with K-12 teachers as they develop and enhance writing programs for their students. This professional development can take the form of workshops, conferencing with staff, and classroom experiences during which I share or facilitate the exploration of important writing topics. My presentations are interactive, practical, evidence-based, and they reflect my experience of 25 years as a classroom teacher as well 15 years as a language arts staff development specialist and private consultant. Professional Development“Real Writing” presentations for teachers provide best practices, inspiration, and support for strengthening writing programs. Workshop topics include:

  • Common Core Standards – Addressing the latest national writing standards
  • The Magic of Faction — Making nonfiction an integral part of your classroom
  • Writing Tools for Student Success – Improving student writing skills through process, language, and structure
  • Writing Across the Curriculum – Extending writing instruction into the content areas
  • Six Traits to Writing Success — Using the six traits of effective writing to assist students in improving their writing
  • Writing Assessment – Using writing assessment as a basis for instruction


  1. Gwen Gardner says:

    Hey Mr Young I hope to see you next school year.

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