How to Coordinate Virtual Author Visits

By Jason DeHart 
edutopia.org
5 min



Interacting with the author of a book they’ve read is a powerful way to engage students and gives them deep insight into the writing process.


As a young writer wannabe growing up in rural West Virginia, I never imagined the possibilities for connecting with authors that have been made possible by videoconferencing platforms. I never even imagined that authors would be interested in engaging with me—but I’ve seen firsthand the enthusiasm that writers have for school audiences. At this point, I’ve helped facilitate about 10 virtual visits for authors with K–6 students online, as well as an online author visit with one of my undergraduate classes. 

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