"My son came home full of enthusiasm about building a solar oven in class," this Mom of a Cape Elizabeth, Maine 6th grader said, paused, then confided, "He does not enthuse about much."


PICTORIAL MOMENTS FROM MY WRITER-IN-RESIDENCY AT CORNISH ELEMENTARY, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Individual Attention

In-depth with the serious writers of grades 5-6.

Copper Kitty tells his story to the kindergartners.

Testimonial
Dear Jessie and Michael,
We enjoyed your visit so much! It was such a treat to have both of you. I liked the contrast in your writing styles and how you work. During this week since your visit, I've had a conversation (I like the way you framed your visit!) with each class about your talk and had them write reflections on what they learned about writing and how they see themselves as writers and readers. Their responses made it clear that having an author visit definitely has a big impact on them. Your conversational style gave them an opportunity to actually talk to you. It also influenced my lessons that followed."
Fleming School, Essex Jct., Vt.

Workshops & Fees
Michael J. Daley
367 Lettieri Road
Putney, VT 05346
(802) 387-2601
mjdaley@sover.net

The solar home Jessie and I built ourselves in 1984!

Michael is available to give a wide-range of presentations for schools, libraries, conferences, and camps. A selection of his programs follows, but he is always open to customizing his presentation to your needs.

He has done in-residency writing workshops for non-fiction and science- fiction topics. He has eight years experience as a writing mentor for students.

Michael's fees are:

In the state of Vermont and within 100 miles of Westminster, VT: day fee of $600 for three one-hour presentations plus mileage.

Outside of this area: A higher fee including travel, lodging, and expenses is required but is negotiable depending on the venue.

Note that a discounted fee applies if both myself and my wife, Jessie Haas, are booked together.


LET IMAGINATION TAKE
YOU TO THE STARS!


Write what you know, goes the advice---but a genetically engineered rat, a space station, a trip to the Moon in a derelict space shuttle; disgruntled robots and whacked-out holo-counselors?

Drawing from his novels, SPACE STATION RAT & SHANGHAIED TO THE MOON, Michael will discuss where he gets his ideas and his writing process. Illustrated with a brief slide show including images of spaceflight, Michael's 5 foot by 5 foot writing tower, and his solar home and laptop.
(middle grades and up)

PIZZA BOX SOLAR OVEN
WITH SOLAR S'MORES!

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The signature project from Michael's solar activity book AT HOME WITH THE SUN. Guided construction of a solar oven and cooking of solar s'mores. Kits provided for each student which they can keep. Includes demonstration of solar models: windmill, car, music box. Basics of solar energy discussed. Non-fiction/activity/craft-early elementary to middle grades.

JOINT PRESENTATIONS
WITH JESSIE HAAS

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HE SAID, SHE SAID
(writing / mentoring / children or adults)
Two authors agree (and disagree) about what works and what doesn't. Techniques and writing tips, Q&A, and a writing tips handout. This workshop will help your students understand that there are many ways to write. Custom designed programs to fit your writing program needs also available. We offer a substantial discount for a joint fee. Contact us for details.

THE HANDMADE HOUSE (all ages)
Michael & Jessie's house is featured in a Department of Energy pamphlet about alternative houses. Slide show and discussion focuses on economic, environmental, and other choices to facilitate the writing life. Q&A.

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Science-Fiction
In this follow-up to Space Station Rat (2005), Jeff and his superintelligent rodent friend, Rat, are still stuck in space. Jeff is looking forward to returning to Earth with Rat, but the adults have more sinister plans for Rat. --- Booklist
Presentation
Details on how to read my 100 watt twitter & about my new solar presentations
SCIENCE FICTION
Stewart dreams of becoming a rocket pilot like his Mom, who died in a terrible space shuttle accident, but his father is absolutely opposed to his dream. And then Stewart meets an old spacer with a very special mission...
Science Fiction
An escaped, genetically engineer rat; a bored, lonely boy; an evil robot meet on a space station. Someones life is in danger!
SOLAR ENERGY ACTIVITIES
Want to cook s'mores using solar energy? Take a bath in sun-heated water? Read Space Station Rat using solar electricity? This is the book for you!