Saturday, February 22, 2020

Teen Skype Visits with an Author - Holly Schindler

Since my writing schedule keeps me from doing much traveling, my author visits have primarily been Skypes. This is true of all reading levels--I've Skyped with elementary schools, high schools, book clubs, bookstores, libraries, and even a few senior centers!

For teens, my Skypes can always be tailored to fit your current needs. I usually have a back-and-forth via email with teachers, in order to find out what's been going on their classroom or writing group, etc. Are you involved in a fiction writing course? Poetry? Are you trying to encourage your writers to submit their work? Are you trying to convince them of the merits of revision?

My Skypes have been writing-centered or business-centered. I've guided teen authors through the process of submission. I've answered questions about what it's like to be a full-time author.

I've also shared screenshots of ongoing projects, to show young authors how I create gloriously messy first drafts without losing track of where that project is going. I've shown students how I approach a revision.

But while I do come to my Skypes prepared to discuss certain topics, I also encourage teens to veer off-topic. Once the conversation gets going, I'm never exactly sure where it will wind up--but those are by far my favorite visits!

Are you a high school teacher? Librarian? Do you have a teen writing group or book club? I'd love to Skype with your group. Feel free to contact me at: hollyschindlerbooks (at) gmail (dot) com.


  1. Had to laugh a the Skype chats veering off topic. Those teen ones always seem to. I remember a few years chatting with some teens in California, and somehow the topic of my wedding came up. Note: I was not engaged and have never been married, but somehow that's what they wanted to talk about, and wanted to know if I could invite them when I did finally get married!

    1. That's hilarious! Back when I was teaching music, my teen piano students had a tendency to veer off-topic, too!