I love vis­it­ing schools and libraries in per­son and vir­tu­al­ly. I also love speak­ing and pre­sent­ing at con­fer­ences, fes­ti­vals, and oth­er pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment events.

School and Libraries

Group Presentations

Using a Pow­er­Point slide pro­gram, I offer a look behind the scenes of cre­at­ing a book from ini­tial spark to final pub­lished work. Pro­grams may focus on one or more of my books, depend­ing on the age and inter­ests of the audience.

My pro­grams are inter­ac­tive and designed to nur­ture a love of read­ing and telling sto­ries. We talk about where writ­ers get ideas, how writ­ers turn ideas into sto­ries, what it’s like to work with an edi­tor and how pic­ture books are created.

With stu­dents in grades two and up, we often talk about what you need to tell a sto­ry. We look at ele­ments of sto­ry­telling such as char­ac­ter, set­ting and dia­logue. With old­er stu­dents, I often talk about the use of fig­u­ra­tive lan­guage. We may look at exam­ples of metaphor, sim­i­le, per­son­i­fi­ca­tion and oth­er lit­er­ary devices.


I love speak­ing and pre­sent­ing at con­fer­ences, fes­ti­vals and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment events. I have deliv­ered keynote speech­es at a num­ber of con­fer­ences for teach­ers, librar­i­ans and writers. 

Online Visits

I have con­duct­ed many vir­tu­al vis­its with stu­dents in the U.S., Eng­land, Ire­land, India, Kenya, Pana­ma, Brazil, Cana­da and Spain. I offer a lim­it­ed num­ber of free half-hour vir­tu­al vis­its dur­ing the school year. Click on the Con­tact link for more infor­ma­tion about how to sched­ule a vir­tu­al visit.

Book Sales

Click on this link for infor­ma­tion on how to order books at a 40% dis­count in con­nec­tion with a vis­it to your school or library.

Sarah Sullivan
Sarah Sul­li­van (pho­to cred­it: Corey Miller)

Con­tact Sarah for details or to arrange a vis­it or presentation.

Order Books at a 40% dis­count for your school or library visit.

Refer to my Appear­ance Sched­ule for dates I already have booked.


“We had a won­der­ful time and will be able to use this expe­ri­ence to ben­e­fit the stu­dents all year. We appre­ci­ate all that you did to rein­force research, writ­ing, and read­ing!” (Lara Samuels, MLS, NBCT, School Librar­i­an, Cool Spring Ele­men­tary, Mechan­icsville, VA)

“Thank you again for being our Keynote Speak­er. … You received rave reviews on the eval­u­a­tions.” (Patrice Lam­bus­ta, Librar­i­an, Writ­ing Lead, VAASL York Region­al Direc­tor, Pas­sage Mid­dle School, New­port News, VA)

“I so appre­ci­ate the time you spent with my class. It was such a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence, and I have shared you with many col­leagues.” (Traci Salari, Fifth Grade Teacher, The Bolles School, Jack­sonville, FL)

Sarah Sullivan reading Passing the Music Down

“On behalf of the admin­is­tra­tion, teach­ers, staff, and students,I want to per­son­al­ly send you a spe­cial thanks for the skype vis­it on last Tues­day. This was an awe­some expe­ri­ence for our stu­dents and I have received noth­ing but great com­pli­ments about this expe­ri­ence. I’m sure it inspired many of our stu­dents to one day become authors and it cer­tain­ly inspired me. Again thank you for tak­ing out the time to share your great work with our school.” (Cyn­thia Jef­fress, Media Spe­cial­ist, Mar­tinsville Mid­dle School)