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Margo Sorenson
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A Milken National Educator Award recipient, Margo Sorenson is happy to speak to young readers, community groups, and educators. She has presented to school children of all ages, to teachers through in-service workshops and graduate studies, and to numerous community and service groups, and is delighted to help with their fund-raising. She enjoys sharing the development of her books, including childhood influences on her writing process, the ways in which she generates story ideas, as well as the plots and characters which make her books appealing to readers, and the importance of revision—sharing her more than 50 pounds of rejection letters! She will tailor talks and workshops on writing specifically for each audience and welcomes pre-presentation input. Margo says it’s fun being “deep cover” for teachers who have objectives they want reinforced for their students!
Tori and the Sleigh of Midnight Blue
Skype visit
Visiting your school virtually
Margo is available to visit your classroom, library, or book club virtually via any platform.

For regular virtual visits longer than 20 minutes, for fees and availability.

  Margo Sorenson working with a classroom
Keolu Elementary School,
Kailua, Hawaii
A full-day school visit includes four one-hour presentations plus autographing. The fee is $1,000, with half-days available. School site visits may be shared. Writers' workshops are $300 per hour; library, community speaking engagements, and classroom visits are $250 for a 45-minute session. You may contact Margo for more information and other available options.
Milken Award 1991

Words from Teachers,
Librarians, and Administrators

"Your books have inspired my students as readers. Your books are fantastic classroom discussion starters and are very thoughtful." —Dave Hart, fifth grade teacher, Cathedral City Elementary School, CA

"Margo Sorenson’s presentation was the perfect front-loading for our young authors who were embarking on their next writing unit of study, realistic fiction. Through her various images in her slideshow, students learned that characters drive stories and the importance of revision, revisiting scenes/chapters until they feel “just right.” She emphasized how writing is more of a marathon than a sprint. Writing success comes with perseverance. After hearing the incredible Margo Sorenson speak, many of my students returned to our classroom inspired and wanting to begin writing stories of their own.” —Kellie Jelic, Fourth Grade Lead Teacher, St. Mary's International Baccalaureate School
“What if magic glasses could allow us to see into each other’s imaginations? What if we watered the seeds of our ideas with curiosity to help them blossom into full-blown stories? Children’s book author and former English teacher, Margo Sorenson shared just how powerful our imaginations can be as she popped in for a virtual author visit this week. Ms. Sorenson encouraged our kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders to wonder ‘What if…’ to help them generate ideas for stories. She also shared that although the writing process may be messy and challenging at times, we all have rich imaginations and the power to create wonderful stories with a little bit of hard work and determination. A great big thank you to Ms. Sorenson for taking time to visit her former students (and JTD employees!) Head of School Rose Helm, School Nurse Kristen Venick, and School Counselor Erika Forsyth and all our Greyhound readers and writers for an informative and inspiring presentation!” —Leigh Roberts, School Librarian, The John Thomas Dye School
"We loved Margo's workshop on writing! She had our staff actively participating and engaging in the writing process. Her activities created an environment where our staff felt safe and motivated to write, and Margo showed us that writing can be fun. We are now ready to share that message with our students. MAHALO, Margo!" —Jan Iwase, Principal, Hale Kula, Wahiawa, HI
"Thank you for the most wonderful morning you spent with our students. Our students are eager to read more of your books. They learned from you the process a writer goes through and we hope to invite you back to spend time working with smaller groups, focusing on the writing process." —Christine Brennan, Asst. Principal, Harry S. Truman Elementary School, La Quinta, CA
“We were so fortunate to have Margo Sorenson; The students in all grades enjoyed her presentations and were so excited to meet the author of books they had been reading!” —Susan Lingner, Library Media Technician, Adobe Bluffs Elementary School
“Our school thoroughly enjoyed the visit by author Margo Sorenson. She did a wonderful job sharing how books are written and published. The kids enjoyed seeing the examples and hearing her stories.  Many of our teachers believe this was the best Author’s Faire we’ve ever had.” —Mark Atkins, Principal, Adobe Bluffs Elementary School
Ladera Ranch Elementary School
Working with students at Ladera Ranch Elementary School
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