Sharing the love of reading and the joy of writing.
Margi would love to visit your school or library, speak at your conference, or conduct a writing workshop or residency.
Below are few things to get you started. To schedule a visit, contact Margi >
Margi’s interactive presentations are 40-50 minutes for grades 4-8 and 30 minutes for K-2. She’s happy to speak with large or small groups, classrooms or auditorium assemblies, up to three presentations per day. Download Margi’s school visit kit >
Workshops & More
For writing workshops and residencies, or for conference and other speaking engagements, please contact Margi with the specific details about your event and participants.
Margi’s presentations are in PowerPoint and require a screen and a projector to share with groups. A microphone or PA is really useful for groups of over 70 people especially when the acoustics are poor.
Though not required, Margi encourages book sales before her visit. She will happily sign and personalize books while at your school.
Examples of Recent Presentations
Below are two of Margi’s most popular presentations. For a more complete list of past presentations or to inquire about a custom presentation for your school or group, please contact Margi >
How a Book Comes to Be
Focusing on picture books, Margi discusses how a book comes to be, from germ of an idea to finished book and all the steps in between. This 30-40 minute presentation may include a brainstorming session, questions, answers, giant pine cones, thunderstorms, and her dog’s top ten reading and writing tips.
Grades 4 - Adult
Fortune & Misfortune: The Comical-Tragical Story of Life and Writing
In writing as in life, the road is a bumpy one, and the lessons are the same: the value of setbacks, the importance of resilience, and the power of revision, revision, revision. This interactive presentation includes tales of the real people and places that inspired Margi’s novels, lots of questions, lots of answers, and may or may not take place inside a whale. A writing component can be included for smaller groups.
(We know it’s not very Minnesotan to brag about yourself.)
I really enjoyed listening to the stuff that you said. — Marlee, 4th grade
You are an awesome storyteller. —Jason , 4th grade
I think the most impact that you made on me is that you never give up on fixing all the writing mistakes you made. And that your ruft draft pile is AMAZING! — Sophia
Thank you for inspiring me to write and work hard. — Lilly
You should come again for younger grades, because we went wild about you coming. — Mela
Thank you for taking so much of your time and sacrificing it. — Max
You inspired me to write my own book. — Takarah
Your books are awesome and your speech was pretty cool. — Riley
Now I like to read because of you. — Trey, 6th grade
I aspire to be like you. — Stefani
I appreciate you coming to show us what it is like to be a writer. Now I know what I want to be when I grow up, a writer. —Hannah
You teached us so much about your books. It was awesome. –Eva
Thank you for writing the amazing books that led you to our school. I loved the way you talked about Manjiro and how you found him. — Emma
Your dog has good advice. — Celia
From Library and workshop Participants
She was a blast! Loved her range of topics — from writing to presenting — very inspiring for a "wannabe" writer.
She was a joy to listen to!
Engaging and lighthearted.
She was wonderful!
She was knowledgeable and made us feel comfortable in learning all about HER as a person and an author!
Fun to listen to. Had great ideas and information.
She delivered way beyond my expectations!
She was just delightful. I could easily spend days listening to her.
She was truly phenomenal!!!!!!