Varian loves talking to kids, teens and adults about reading and writing, and about his passion for children’s and young adult literature. He is available for school and library visits, workshops, panels, and keynote addresses, with each presentation tailored to fit the needs of the audience.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Varian’s typical full-day visit includes up to three (3) 45-to-60 minute presentations per day, along with lunch with a small group of students if the school would like to organize it. (Depending on the schedule, Varian may be able to schedule a fourth visit per day.) He is happy to share visits between schools.
- Varian’s school presentations are best suited for mid-elementary through early high school. Much of Varian’s presentation centers on his life as an engineer and an author. He also teaches writing workshops for all ages (including adults and other writers).
- Varian is happy to develop keynote addresses for any audience. He has previously delivered keynote speeches at events including SCBWI Summer Conference, Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature Conference, Kalamazoo Public Library Youth Literature Seminar, Wisconsin Educational Media Conference, and TweensRead Festival.
- Varian has found that the most rewarding school visits are those in which the students are familiar with his work. He highly suggests that teachers and librarians make copies of his novels or short stories available to students prior to the presentation.