In this uncertain time, I will still be offering in-person school visits, but also Skype or zoom sessions! My goal is to turn kids into life long readers by introducing them to fantasy and adventurous stories, just like my mom did when I was a kid. And my presentations are educational! Cryptozoology, or the study of animals that might exist like Bigfoot, acts as a ‘gateway science’ in getting kids interested in other life sciences. And discussing beasts like the Yeti and the Snallygaster introduces young readers to the exciting world of myths, legends and folktales. Science and the joy of reading, all wrapped up in one super fun presentation!
Rates are $150/one-hour for a zoom or in-person visit. Max of 3 presentations per in-person school visit. Includes presentation on cryptozoology and writing, followed by Q & A.
I always offer *free* twenty-minute Skype sessions where I will talk a bit about my books, cryptozoology, and answer questions about Bigfoot and writing!
And don’t forget to download my FREE event kit here that fulfills Next Generation Science Standards by studying legendary animals like the Ugly Merman!
“Lija Fisher had a wonderful and engaging presentation to kids this morning about her book CRYPTID CATCHER. She talked about mythological creatures from around the world, the scientific process, and the extinction of species. She had drawings, stories, and showed Big Foot’s feet. The kids are so excited to read her book!” – Susie S., Elementary School Media Specialist
“Lija had a wonderful presentation when she attended our school. Right away Lija grabbed the students attention with her wonderful story telling and explanation of her book. Our students found her personable and they connected with her right away. Every student in the room felt as if she was talking directly to them. Her book is perfect for intermediate students and we can’t wait to have Lija back when her next book is published!!” Nancy W., Elementary School Media Specialist
“It was so cool to hear about Cryptids! I think they are real and I can’t wait to read the book!” – 7th Grader at Ranch View Middle School
2020 Workshops and Events!
February 5th: World Read Aloud Day! I will be offering free, 20 minute Skype sessions to schools where we’ll read and explore the world of cryptozoology! UPDATE: I HAD A WONDERFUL TIME SKYPING WITH TEN SCHOOLS IN 3 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES! I offer free Skype sessions year round to schools and libraries so please reach out!
February 7th: CCIRA Conference – Denver, CO. I will be on a panel with local authors at 4:30pm, right before the keynote speech by the amazing John Schu!
February 18th: THE CRYPTID KEEPER is a longlist nominee for the Reading the West book awards! Click here to see all the other wonderful stories and authors nominated!
March 15th: THE CRYPTID KEEPER is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award! Such an honor to be mentioned amongst this group of authors. Read about the nominated books here!
March 21st: CANCELED 11:30-12:30: Book Signing at Next Page Books and Nosh in Frisco CO!
April 4th: CANCELED 90 Second Newbery Film Festival
April 17th: Zoom writing workshop for kids ages 8-12 exploring the world of cryptids! Info through Boulder Writing Studio here!
April 25th: CANCELED Denver Children’s Festival of Stories
May 30th: 4-6pm MST. The Colorado Book awards will be holding their awards ceremony on Facebook Live! I’m honored that THE CRYPTID KEEPER is a finalist in the juvenile literature category. Info here!
June 1st: 4:30-5:30pm MST: Faculty Reading through Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop as part of LitFest! Info here!
July 16th: Virtual NerdCampPA. If you’re an educator, please join us! I’ll be on a panel speaking about why spooky stories are spectacular for kids! Info on how to register here!
July 18th: Sasquatch Outpost, Bailey CO. I’ll be back at my favorite Bigfoot museum signing copies of my books! Info here!
September 13th: Inkberry Books, Niwot CO, 2:30pm. I’ll be doing a book signing and speaking a bit about cryptozoology! The weather is still nice so I’ll be outside with masks on for the safety of all! Info here!
September 23rd: Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 10am. I’ll be teaching a zoom writing workshop on how to find the ‘event’ of each scene. Make the task of writing easier through clarity of storytelling! Info here.
October 16th-17th: Texas Bigfoot Conference, Jefferson, TX. I’m thrilled to be a featured speaker at my first Bigfoot conference!
November 7th: It’s an all day book-a-palooza! Join Second Star and the SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter to celebrate the unsung book birthdays of 2020! I’ll be on a panel at 11:45 with some other wonderful authors! Info here!
November 27-29: CANCELED Denver Pop Culture Con. Oof, this makes me sad!
December 8th, 6:30-7:20pm: Lighthouse Writers Workshop, The Basics of the Adventure Novel zoom class! Adventure stories are an enduring genre…they encompass heroic deeds, loyal friends, fear, joy and the desire to triumph over the most impossible of obstacles. Many elements of adventure novels can be applied to even the most literary of works, because isn’t every story just one big adventure? Pop into this workshop to learn the basics of how to write an adventure novel, and apply the tools to other genres you’re exploring! Register here!