Conference Presentations


I have spoken to students, parents, teachers, librarians, educators, and other adults at many conferences and workshops over the years. Here are a few where I have spoken:


Recent Presentations

December 2016:

December 10: "The Prisoners of Breendonk: Why and How an American Author Wrote a Book about a Belgian Concentration Camp" at Fort Breendonk, Willebroek, Belgium.

March 2015:

March 2. "The Prisoners of Breendonk" at the Carolyn & Herb Nathan Educators’ Conference on the Holocaust, Bureau of Jewish Education 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ.

March 14. "Workshop: Documenting the Holocaust - Researching & Photographing a Concentration Camp" and "Personal Histories from a Belgian Concentration Camp" at the Tucson (AZ) Festival of Books. With Belgian photographer Leon Nolis

May 2014:

Pima Community College Writers' Workshop, Tucson, Arizona: "Researching and Writing Nonfiction for Young Readers" and "Exploring Personal Motivation in Researching and Writing Nonfiction."

Student evaluations from the workshop:

 "I really enjoyed his insights about nonfiction and researching his books. I found him to be very honest and open as a writer, and I enjoyed his thoughts on the panel."

" I attended both of his workshops and loved them. He’s a great speaker and fascinating writing career and I appreciated how much of his personal experience he shared."

"On the manuscript conference: He was pleasant, positive, and very informative about what I could do to be a better writer. Thank you."

"Enjoyable, educational, helpful.... Caring instructor.... I found the inclusion of a PowerPoint very helpful. Fascinating guy...! So down to earth and great idea person.... Excellent rapport for the manuscript consultation. Kind and helpful comments both written and in person. A great match for me.... Interesting and very accessible. Nice to have someone who does different kinds of writing..."

March 2013:

Tucson (AZ) Festival of Books: "Researching the Past to Understand the Present," a panel with James M. Deem, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, and Monika Schroeder

November 2012: 

National Council of Teachers of English annual conference, Las Vegas, NV: "Connecting Authors with Students: Bringing Dreams to Fruition and Igniting the Creative Process," a panel with Georgia Bragg, James M. Deem, Doreen Rappaport, and Richard Bernstein

October 2012: 

South Dakota Library Association annual conference, Huron, SD:  "Discovering the Forgotten People of North America" (Presentation) and "Beneath the Glaciers: The Real Adventures in Researching Bodies from the Ice" (Luncheon Speech)

March 2012:

Tucson (AZ) Festival of Books: "Confronting Difficult Life Events Through Story," a panel with James M. Deem, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Ruta Sepetys (summary of session)


National Conferences

American Library Association annual conference

International Reading Association annual conference

National Council of Teachers of English annual conference


State Conferences

Arizona Reading Association annual conference

Arizona Library Association annual conference

Keystone State (PA) Reading Association's annual conference

New Jersey Reading Association annual conference

New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers

Silver State (NV) Reading Association annual conference

South Dakota Library Association annual conference


     Local Events

Brevard County (FL) School Board's Annual Young Authors' conference

Central East Region School District annual conference , Philadelphia

Literacy Carousel, Garden City (KS) Public Schools

Mid-Hudson Parents as Reading Partners, Poughkeepsie (NY)

Nassau (NY) Reading Council

New York Metropolitan Association of Developmental Educators annual conference

New York Public Library’s annual Bookfest

Paradise Valley (AZ) Reading Council

Tucson (AZ) Area Literacy Coalition annual conference

Tucson (AZ) Festival of Books

Young Readers and Writers Conference, University of Bridgeport (CT)