Presentation Topics

From Brain to Bookshelf. A motivational, interactive, multimedia presentation detailing how I went from writing poems on napkins at nine years old, to writing novels for one of the world’s most prestigious publishing houses. I will share where I find inspiration, the biggest stumbling blocks for writers of all ages, and humorous stories of the writing life.

Stealing From Goldilocks. No fairy tale is safe from an author in search of a universal classic to spin into a new tale. Explore well-known examples of this “stealing,” and the ways in which an old story can be completely remade.

Snowflake Characters. A humorous, intensely hands-on workshop for 1-6 grades, using the snowflake or spider method to create a character and explore how plot flows from character. (Best for groups of under 30 writers, but can be a large-group exercise.)

Note: Many of the presentations require access to a PowerPoint capable projector and screen.

Author Visits

I love to visit with readers and writers of all ages. In my previous careers, I have given formal and informal presentations to groups of children – from a few to hundreds at a time – and to adults as well.  I am available to speak and teach workshops at elementary and middle schools, libraries, stores, festivals, and conferences.

If you are interested in booking me for an event, a Skype visit, or have an idea for a topic not listed on the left, I’d love to discuss it! Please use my contact form to inquire about rates and availability.

Interested in a free 20 minute Skype visit? A limited number are available each year. If your book club/class has finished one of my books, and would like to discuss it, use my contact form to inquire.

Hear Nikki read a few pages from The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy:

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