School Visits



            Welcome to my School Visits page!  I would LOVE to visit your students!   


I love visiting schools as a Michigan author, sharing my love of our state's rich history and addressing the importance and structure of the writing process.

We have fun! 

My presentations are interactive at all levels. The writing process of brainstorming, research, organizing materials, rough draft and final draft is complemented by my books, Lilly's Way, Charlie Boy, Home to Mackinac, Tending Ben's Garden. and What About Lilly? 

Upper grade students become involved in my research for these historical novels, their organization and more. What is the difference between primary and secondary sources? I share my research notebooks, research materials and organization modes.

        Although upper elementary and middle grades are the most appropriate audiences for my books, I can easily                         adapt my presentations to lower grades where we play with creating 'word pictures' and brainstorming.

Students share their writing interests and I share my writing process. I hope to inspire students to understand that however they write is fine! Everyone has different types of inspiration as well. I answer questions and welcome their input. A Michigan History quiz often occurs at the end of the session where students in all grades can test their memory. What is Michigan's state bird? State reptile? What about Michigan's state stone?

Simply sharing my experience becoming a published author should inspire students of all grades to keep writing! If I can make it happen, so can they!! laugh

Presentation Format

  •  I prefer to present in libraries, event rooms, and the like.  I only use a microphone if absolutely necessary as I move about when I present.


  • Staying in one place for my presentations and having the students move instead of me allows me to keep my materials set up. It's a time saver too! Thanks.



  • One hour per presentation up to 4 presentations daily. For lunch, I am happy to dine with students, teachers, or go out on my own, whatever works best for you.

  • I can bring my books for sale upon request. If you would like me to send a book order form in advance of my visit, I am happy to do that as well.

Materials needed

  •     A table large enough to display my 5 books, research materials and basic presentation items. I often bring     

          manuscripts, notebooks and the like to show which complement my presentations.

  •    A large white board or paper pad on an easel works. Technology for larger venues is TBD on an individual basis.


     At this time I do not charge for mileage.

  • Full day presentations- 4 sessions- $500.00 per day.

  • Half day presentations -2 sessions- $300.00 per half day 

  • Should overnight hotel accommodations be required due to traveling distance, (I live in Lansing) I'm fine staying at a Super 8 or the like with the school district responsible for the fees.


 I appreciate payment on the day of presentation by check made out to Kim Cory. I am happy to provide an invoice in advance of the presentation day for your convenience.