Classroom Visits

As the author of Jamie Is Jamie, I would love nothing more than to visit classrooms (in person or via Skype) and share the story with young children.

I am also available to speak with older students about writing/publishing, how to find their voice and be confident to use it.


Conference Talks, Teacher Training, Professional Development Workshops

Over the years, I have had the honor of speaking at various educator conferences and providing professional development workshops on the following topics:

  • Project based teaching
  • Teaching Writing
  • Teaching Essay Writing
  • Fostering Creativity in the Classroom


In addition, I am now available to speak on the following:

  • Changing the Message: Understanding how schools teach gender
  • Educating Intellectual Students in the Age of Standardized Testing
  • Interdisciplinary Planning/ Curriculum Design


Parenting and Homeschool Groups

I also speak with parenting/ homeschooling communities on a variety of topics including:

  • How We Teach our Children Gender
  • How to Support Children through Play
  • Identifying Teachable Moments
  • Raising Intellectual Children
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Homeschooling



Please contact me to schedule a speaking event and/or for more information regarding fees. There are a limited number of low/no cost school visits available each year.

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Afsaneh spoke to our class of 6th graders via Skype because they are writing their own short narratives. She drew clear parallels from their work to her own, discussing the writing and publishing process in detail. She sent the clear message that writing is a craft to be honed. Afsaneh helped build struggling writers’ confidence and confident writers’ ability to make tough revisions. Her tone and message were so positive for young people.

Dena Kernish Redmond Middle School Redmond, WA July 3, 2018

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It was a pleasure to have Afsaneh speak to my 7th and 8th-grade students about the writing, editing process, and publishing process.  Students thoroughly enjoyed the book "Jamie is Jamie" and the opportunity to listen to Afsaneh talk about how the story came to be.  Afsaneh shared with students how to develop ideas for writing, what it is like to work with an editor and publication company, and also the importance of revision.  Students not only experienced the empowering lesson to keep trying in their own writing but also experienced the lesson that they should always be true to themselves.  Talking with Afsaneh has completely been a valuable experience for my middle school students.

Jocelyn Ewald Bingham Middle School MO July 3, 2018