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School Visits & Youth Workshops


From Scare A Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin, Illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

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School Visits

Kathy-jo Wargin has been visiting schools for more than two decades. In every presentation, she offers the in-depth but age-appropriate writing, editing, and publishing experience that comes along with a career consisting of more than 55 published books. She offers large-group presentations and writing workshop formats for all grade levels as well as small, in-service workshops for educators. 

Price: Please inquire.  


Programs can be customized to include the goals and benchmarks that are important within each student body. As we all know, this varies from one school to another. Kathy-jo Wargin is able to customize her programs so they include critical touchpoints that help educators bring the main ideas from the program back into their classroom practice.

General Program:

The Life of an Author / includes background, ideas on how to foster creativity, as well as the process of writing a book from the sloppy copy to the finished product.

I believe that school programs should be personal and fun! How a young student feels at the end of an author visit can impact how they feel about writing throughout life. I want students to discover the joy and energy that exists in the creative process, and to be excited about sharing their own stories. I want them to know their stories matter, and that the world is waiting to hear them.
— Kathy-jo Wargin

Skype Visits


For more than two decades, I’ve enjoyed visiting schools throughout the country. I’ve met terrific students and teachers, and will continue to offer in-person programs to educational institutions. However, an increasing number of schools now request Skype Visits, and I believe technology is an important and central part of a student’s whole academic experience. Therefore, I’m thrilled to be able to bind the benefits of an educational program with today’s dynamic learning environment by delivering quality engagement in a smaller, more personal visit. In this way, Skype Visits allow the opportunity for meaningful discussions and learning with students.




Skype Visits are available for elementary, middle and high school grade levels as well as university programs and community programs. Kathy-jo can design a program that specifically speaks to your goals.

Correlated Study

Single classrooms can independently schedule Skype Visits to correlate with a unit of study,  particular book, theme, writing trait or other creative educational goal. Skype Visits are also available for secondary schools, universities, libraries, associations, clubs and more.


Once your Skype Visits are booked, you will receive Kathy-jo Wargin's Skype number and directions for connection as well as a few strategies for making the most out of your Skype Visit.



Seeds, Sprouts, & Blossoms: Growing a Garden of Writers.

Join Kathy-jo Wargin as she simplifies the creative writing process for students in this exciting, colorful and productive program. As the name conveys, creative writing is an organic, natural process that requires layers of planning, preparation, nurturing, caretaking, and most of all - love. The program is available for several different venues:

Writer's Workshop in the Classroom.

This program works very well in a classroom environment for all grade levels. Kathy-jo Wargin is able to differentiate the concepts so they are appropriate for each age-group from early elementary through university.

For Educators as an In-Service to implement the concepts into their own writing program.

Kathy-jo Wargin offers an Educator version of this workshop so teachers may implement Seeds, Sprouts, & Blossoms into their year-long writing program.

For corporations or institutions seeking to encourage employees self-identifying as "nonwriters" to become better written communicators, or to encourage natural writers to take their writing to the next level.

The program helps adults who self-identify as non-writers to connect with their natural ability to write and communicate more efficiently and organically within their professional capacity. It also serves as a team-building activity and a program that encourages participants to improve their written communication skills for professional growth or personal enrichment.



To schedule an author visit, please use email or phone.

Telephone: 1-507-513-4188