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 >


For Schools

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.


In-Person or Online

Margi offers free 20 minute Skype sessions for classes or schools that have read or are reading one of her books. Download Margi’s Skype FAQ for more information or contact Margi to schedule a session.


Tech support

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.


book sales

Though not required, Margi encourages book sales before her visit. She will happily sign and personalize books while at your school.


Author Fees

Every school visit and event is unique. Please contact Margi for more information about speaking fees and additional resources she can provide to help make your event a success.

“Your presentation was wonderful . . . we all enjoyed and learned from it . . . especially how you talked about the impact reading can have on your life and how it can inspire new ideas.”
— Gretchen Rusch, J.W. Smith, Bemidji, MN


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 >


Grades K-3

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.

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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.

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More praise

(We know it’s not very Minnesotan to brag about yourself.)

From Teachers

Margi was wonderfully engaging during our Skype visit! My 4th grade students were thrilled . . . Margi shared insights into her writing process and discussed the complex process of research when writing historical fiction. I highly recommend a Skype visit with Margi!
— Joan Young, 4th Grade Teacher, Menlo Park, CA
We are still savoring your visit with us here at Deerwood Elementary! We use your writing tips and insights on a regular basis!
— Lynn McGrane, Deerwood Elementary
Please accept our sincere thanks for meeting with Ranney’s sixth graders today, Mrs. Preus. You are so patient with the kids and they were certainly informed and entertained.
— Loren Gormly, Ranney Middle School
Margi Preus was a joy to work with. She was professional, prepared for anything, and she had great rapport with students of all ages.
— Steven Ketcham, W. Bloomfield, MI schools
Your presentation was engaging and your separate conversations with each group of students had real impact.
— Dianne Spence, Bluff View Elementary

From Students

Thank you for skypeing with us. You are the best author I meet or the only one.
— Angel, 5th grade
  • 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

Margi Preus is a wonderful speaker. She’s funny, interesting, and very engaging. 100% of respondents said they enjoyed the event. We would absolutely have Margi speak again at our library.
— Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library
  • 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!!!!!!

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