Visit with
Author and Illustrator
Laurie Smollett Kutscera!



School Visits- Virtual and In House

Perfect for kindergarten, and elementary grades 1-2:
Classroom or library
Small and medium groups

As an author illustrator, I love to share my creative process with young readers. Maya’s Treasure is an empowering story that offers many creative opportunities for students and teachers.

Activities can include the writing process and where ideas come from, to drawing characters, to creative problem solving and recycling projects.

Virtual Visits $125.
These are most popular at the moment.
I will read Maya’s Treasure aloud and have a Q&A with the students. Questions are best prepared prior to the Zoom meeting.

In house visits for K-2nd grade $250:
I will read Maya’s Treasure aloud and explain the process of how a book is made including:
What makes a good story: beginning, middle and end
Where ideas come from
The writing process: re-writing and editing.
character development both voice and visually
Illustration process- show early thumbnails
Sketches for book
Showing a dummy book
Finding a model- Have students experience posing for an illustrator
Doing a live digital drawing-and draw along activities

Hands-on projects can include:
Shells can be glued to boxes, or glued or string to twine.
Create a shell necklace, or a group wind chime.
Can you think of other recycled projects we can make?

Supplemental material
Coloring pages- downloadable pdf
Book sales would add to the experience. Once books are ordered and received I will sign them as part of the visit.

Personalized programs available upon request.

For More information, please feel free to email me at