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.
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 virtual 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 virtual 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.
“Nikki was one of the most amazing authors we’ve ever had at our school! Her sessions were delightful. She was funny, and touching. She snuck in great life lessons, and really, really related to the kids. (She’s a former teacher.) They sat for an hour and when she told them the session was over they were so disappointed. She has many different topics she will talk about, she shared with us her journey to be a published author and how she never gave up her dream to be a writer, just as the children should never give up their dreams. One week later, the children and teachers are still coming up to me to tell me how much they enjoyed her. I invited my book club to eat with her and it was an amazing experience for all of us. The children asked her thoughtful questions about her book and learned so much more about her book and the complexities of the characters and plot.” —Kate Slaten, Brentwood Elementary Librarian
“Nikki Loftin presented a writing workshop for children 3rd grade and up at the Wimberley Village Library. It was fantastic! The children and adults were engaged, inspired and left feeling enthusiastic about writing.” —Monica Rasco, Wimberley Village Library