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Talking about old-school writing tools, like my trusty journals. (I don't think there will ever be a flattering "in action" shot. I am okay with this.)

Students look over my editorial notes during the "Revisiting Revision" workshop.


What Teachers and Librarians Say About My Visits:

"Not every author knows how to work with a group of students--Erin Hagar does! She was great at getting and keeping my kids engaged--from the youngest to the oldest. You could have lit the school with the energy that was pouring out of those kids while they completed their 'design challenge.'"

--John Scott, Librarian, Friends School of Baltimore


"Ms. Hagar made great use of the time, incorporating engaging, hands-on activities in addition to a question and answer session."

--Katie Schmidt, Rodgers Forge 5th grade teacher

"Erin Hagar's visit was a success across all grade levels! The afternoon workshops for our 5th graders were geared toward our curriculum and directly tied to what we were doing in our ELA classrooms. It's not easy to find an author that connects with primary and intermediate grades, but we did with Erin."

-- Tricia Lige, Librarian, Riderwood Elementary

School Visits

I love visiting schools and sharing my passion for reading, writing, and research with young people. A sample day is outlined below, but contact me and I will work with teachers and librarians to meet your school's needs.


Primary Assembly: In this interactive session, we explore the different ways stories are made, how a story journeys from an idea to a book, and what an author's life really looks like. (K-2, 30-40 minutes, including a Q and A session with questions pre-selected by teachers.) 


Intermediate Assembly: This session also explores the process of creating stories that turn into books, with an emphasis on research and revision. (60 minutes, including Q and A)


Lunch: A chance to connect with a small group of 5-10 students and/or teachers.


In the afternoon, teachers in grades 3-5 will have their choice of any combination of the following sessions that total a time of two hours.


Classroom Visits: Thirty-minute sessions with up to two classes per session. During these informal sessions, I can expand on topics presented during the assembly, conduct a cozier Q and A, read a few selections from my books and facilitate a discussion, anything your students would like.


Writing Workshops: Sixty minutes each, up to two classes at a time.


  • Revisiting Revision: So often, we think of revision as correcting our misspellings and fixing our punctuation. But what does revision really look like? In this session, students will look at my editor's comments on my own writing to identify the many things that are explored and debated during the revision process.


  • Using Fiction Techniques to Spice Up Non-Fiction Writing:  Students will brainstorm the literary techniques that keep us turning the pages in works of fiction, and then apply those techniques to their own non-fiction writing. Emphasis on research, using primary sources, and revision.


  • Discovering Our Inner Scientist: What can stories about cooking, toys, and war service teach us about our own scientific natures? This workshop will ask students to free-write about their perceptions of science and scientists, and to explore times they have acted like a scientist, perhaps without even knowing it. We'll also talk about the ways that scientists (and writers!) succeed only because of their failures.



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