Denise Brennan-Nelson

“I never stopped thinking like a child.”
-Albert Einstein

School Visits

Ask Denise about her school visits and you will hear these words: Rewarding, exhilarating, challenging, and fun!

She has visited hundreds of schools and spoken to children of all ages inspiring them with presentations that are interactive, educational, and fun.

She enjoys sharing with students the many interesting aspects of her life as a writer; the creative process, revision, publishing, persevering, and achieving goals and dreams.  And giving students a nudge to pick up a pen, open a book, turn on their imagination to see beyond what they know, has generated some of Denise’s most rewarding and memorable experiences as a writer.  Bringing in an author is an investment that should have long-term benefits.  While it’s important that students and staff enjoy their time with her, Denise strives to give them something to take back to their own lives and their writing.

What I Love About School Visits

  • It’s challenging!  It took me a few years to find the right balance of fun and entertaining; educational and inspirational. (I feel a little bit like a conductor, juggler, stand-up comic, teacher, lion tamer – all rolled into one.)
  • When I can get 150 students at once (sometimes more, sometimes less) to listen with rapt attention it’s extremely rewarding.
  • I can wear colorful, flashy clothes.  Somewhere along the line I realized that bright clothes and sparkly jewelry were more fun to look at then my standard black pants and a jacket.  Maybe it was the “oohs” and “ahhs” from kindergarteners the first time I wore a twirly skirt, or the time I wore leopard print shoes and the children in the front row couldn’t keep their hands off them.  (Eventually, those leopard print shoes were rubbed bare. Really!)
  • I can share my stories with the very audiences I wrote them for.  Nothing’s better than telling a story and being able to hear a pin drop while doing so.
  • Meeting principals, teachers, and media specialists that love what they do.
  • Meeting a few more people that love what they do and also run the school.  Yes, I’m talking about school secretaries and custodians.
  • The opportunity to encourage children to read and write without the eye rolling I get from my own children.
  • Children ask me to sing.  I don’t get asked to sing at home.
  • Getting wonderful thank you notes from students.  (I’m going to wallpaper my office with them someday.)
  • I’ve learned that teaching children how to ask a question is not as easy as one would think.  (And when students raise their hands it doesn’t necessarily mean they have anything to say.)
  • Yummy food! Pizza with the kids, pot luck with the teachers, birthday treats, etc.
  • Hugs.
  • Getting paid.  (I love the hugs but they don’t pay the bills.)

If you would like additional information on Denise’s school visits, including fees and availability, click here.

Ranebowes are RanebowsSimiles are similes.
But I think you are both. I think you are a Ranebowe Smile.–Sent to Denise by a 2nd grader.

[Go Back]

Dream it. Do it
Eat dessert first
From a family of 10
Imagination is key
Journaling helps
Mom of 2
Nourishes Enthusiasm
One of a Kind
Read, Read, Read!
Trust your instincts
Usually right
Voice opinion
What kids say
Xantippe – not!
Zealous singer