"My guiding principle is that every child has in him or her the wish to grow and the ability to express things that matter."


Robert Burleigh has published more than 40 books for children. During the past two decades, he has spoken to and worked with educators, writers, and students of all ages. His work has received many awards, including most recently the Prairie State Award from the Illinois Reading Council, naming him the Illinois Children’s Book Writer of the Year for 2011.


Robert Burleigh is happy to vary his presentation to fit the needs of any group, school, or class. Some topics include:

Discussion of his own writing career

Discussion of the writing process, including getting ideas, research, beginning to write, rewriting, and completing the project

Step-by-step overview of the publication process

Student writing workshop

Feedback and critique of student writing


Robert Burleigh is available to meet with school classes and other groups via SKYPE. SKYPE presentations feature a combination of PowerPoint presentations, person to person/class discussions, and question-and-answer sessions. A great new way to meet the author! Contact Robert by e-mail or phone for fees and more information.

Special Writing Workshop: The Idea Book Project

For the past 15 years, Robert Burleigh has visited schools and engaged students on a wide range of writing topics. His presentations have thrilled students and teachers alike and generated excitement about books and writing.

Now Robert Burleigh, along with his wife, writer and artist Jenny Roberts, is drawing on these experiences to offer hands-on presentations, "Write On!" which takes the writing process a step further. The presenters use guided writing exercises to help students generate their own personal "Idea Books."

For more information on this special presentation, please download the flyer (in PDF file format).


Per day :

$1400, plus travel expenses, for school visit - Maximum of four 45-minute presentations

Per speaking engagement:

$900, plus travel expenses

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