Author Website: www.mikeartell.com
I've written/illustrated more than 35 books for kids, parents and teachers and I used to host my own television cartooning show. I specialize in non-fiction (mostly science) and humor (jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, word play, cartooning, etc.). I've also done quite a few picture books.
Want to actually see what I do when I Skype? Check out this short video of me Skype-ing with a classroom full of kids:Presentations:
In addition to my Skype visits, each year I personally visit dozens of schools where I share my techniques for thinking, writing and drawing more creatively. My emphasis is on HUMOR and I always include step-by-step cartooning instructions in my presentations. Check out my web site for free cartooning lessons and a free download of me reading my award-winning children's book, PETITE ROUGE - A CAJUN RED RIDING HOOD.
I also speak at a number of educational, healthcare and business association conferences each year where I share my belief that humor is vital to everyone's personal as well as professional success.
Audiences: Typically, I speak to K - 5 audiences but over the last 20 years I've done many, many middle school, jr. high and even high school presentations. My web site has a description of what I do with each group. I also do quite a few teacher in-service writing workshops. I've personally helped more than 3,500 kids write and illustrate their own original picture books and I've got lots of techniques teachers can use to help their reluctant writers. My most popular workshop is titled: REACHING THE RELUCTANT WRITER - WITH HUMOR! Let me know if you're interested and we can do a teacher in-service Skype! Fun!
Available Times: If I'm not traveling to a school or conference presentation, I'm working in my home office. I'm available for Skype-ing anytime I'm home. Let me know what time is convenient for you. And if you're going to record our Skype session, please let me know in advance.
No Cost Meet the Author Visit: 10 minutes
In-Depth Visit Length: 45 minuntes
In-Depth Visit Cost: $250 - My in-person school visits are $1500 for three presentations plus travel, lodging and meals so if you're on a tight budget a Skype visit is a great way to go. If you're interested in making some of my books available to your students, I can send you some selected titles, you can take orders and then email me the titles and to whom the books are to be signed. I'll sign them here and mail them to your school. And you get to keep the sample books as my gift. Cool! Kids, parents and teachers LOVE autographed and personalized books!
Prerequisites: Kids will need paper and pencil during my Skype visit because after I share my books and answer questions, we'll do some cartooning!
Contact Information: You can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone toll-free 877 407-9730 or in the New Orleans area 985 875-9413.
Affiliations: I am a member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.