Let award-winning author Jennifer Swanson engage and inspire your students. She’ll help them to become creative writers, independent thinkers, and will encourage their imaginations to SOAR WITH SCIENCE through her interactive programs. All programs can be tailored to fit audience level..

All visits are correlated to Florida State Sunshine Standards, Common Core, and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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In Person and Virtual – scroll down for programs for younger audiences.

Digging Deep into Research

Grades 3-8, 40 min, serves up to 100 students
Robots, Brains, and Nanotech…oh my! Discover the secrets of how a nonfiction author chooses interesting and unique topics and fun facts that make you go “Hmmmm….”. Students will help come up with interesting and unique titles, subjects, and put them to the test with a vote. Keys tips for research and revising are all covered in this instructive and enlightening program. Lots of examples and interactive questions for students.

Fact or Fiction?

Grades 2 and up 40-45 minutes, serves up to 150 students
Think you know the facts? Think again. Sometimes what you think you know and what is actually true are two very different things. In this interactive presentation, students will be challenged to discover true facts vs. fiction and learn how important research is to a nonfiction author. Includes 5 steps to making your writing sparkle regardless of what which genre you write and examples of actual application in a nonfiction book!

Do YOU have what it takes to be a HUMAN Crash-test Dummy?

Grades 1-8, 40 min, serves up to 150 students
Based on my award-winning Save the Crash-test Dummies book, this program introduces students to STEM, specifically engineering principles and history as they learn about the ways in which cars are made safer. STEM/STEAM tie-ins to history, engineering, as well as ELA as we talk about how best to present this information to others. Very interactive and TONS of fun!

Astronaut or Aquanaut?

Grades 2-5, 40-45 min, serves up to 150 students
Why do we explore? And which is better, space or under the sea? Let’s debate. With interactive questions and lots of pictures, students will compare and contrast the benefits of each extreme environment. Then we’ll put that knowledge to the test with a debate! This exciting program will spark their imagination to have them soaring into space or diving deep into the ocean of exploration and writing.

Brain Games!

Grades 2-8 45 minutes, serves up to 150+ students
This exciting, interactive program focuses on what makes you YOU- your brain! Uses examples and activities from the award-winning book and TV show help students understand the supercomputer housed inside their head.


Writers’ Workshop

Grades 4- 8, No more than 50 students
Small groups of students join me for an in-depth look at writing, focusing on point of view, setting, voice and choosing a topic. ***Workshops for Teachers/Educators are available upon request.

The Science of Revision

Grades 3 and up , No more than 50 students
Deep dive into a manuscript and see what really happens when an author starts writing. Follow the path of the seemingly endless edits, and learn how writing it “wrong” is actually a good thing. Research tips, Selection of topics, Voice, and language all covered in this interactive talk.


Pre-K to Grade 1 Programs

Astronaut or Aquanaut?

25 min, serves up to 90 students
This version of the Astronaut or Aquanaut presentation is geared especially for the younger crowd. Through interactive participation they will learn what astronauts and aquanauts do. Vivid pictures. Lots of movement, and emphasis on reading involved in this fun activity. Kids will leave wanting to be a great explorer!!

The Science All Around You

25 min, serves up to 90 students
How does a science writer think? Let’s find out! Students will take a nature walk with your mind. With vivid pictures, students will learn to dissect images and see how authors get ideas for books just by walking around and noticing things. Includes talk about notebooks and tips for active, exciting writing.

What Does an Author Do?

30 mins
Using great examples from popular books, students will learn the difference between fiction and nonfiction. They will peek inside the mind of an author and see how they come up with ideas. Then, in an interactive twist, students will come up with ideas of their own.



Virtual School Visits

One 30-45  minute presentation for grades 1 – 8 : $200

Full Day (up to three presentations) : $575

Free 15-minute Q and A (ONE per school)

For homeschool or family-style virtual visits (multiple families are welcome): $200/hour


In Person School Visit

For more information and to book a school visit NOW please fill out the form to the right or contact Jennifer Swanson VIA email

Feel free to coordinate with other schools in your area, as I will be glad to pro-rate travel expenses if an Author Visit is scheduled in the same area within the same week.

Half-day visit (within 50 miles of Jacksonville, FL ONLY) — 2 presentations-  $600
Full-day visit Up to 3 presentations maximum– $1350  plus travel