Presentations, Workshops and School Visits
Sheri is available to give presentations on writing to both children and adults in settings such as classrooms, SCBWI events and writing/arts retreats. As an agent, she is available to participate on panels as well as critique and review manuscripts. To find out about her availability, pricing and to book her, please contact, Sheri@willowwords.agency.
I’ve been a teacher at some capacity all of my adult life. With a Masters in Curriculum and Education and a BA in Education, I am at home in the classroom or with groups of adults wanting to learn. I’m a published book author. I’ve sold work to newspapers, magazines, and publishing houses, have published in a variety of genres including children’s, young adult and adults. I am the founder and literary agent with Willow Words Literary Agency. I have also founded a non-profit academy in the arts, where I have directed musicals for close to two decades. I tend to integrate drama related activities into my presentations to keep kids interested and engaged. (Sometimes, I even bring it into my adult workshops!)
In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, nature, kayaking, painting, creating jewelry, teaching yoga and being a mom. I am passionate about fostering creativity and inspiring young writers. For more information, visit www.willowwords.agency.
Menu of Presentations/Workshops:
1.) I’m Going on a Wonder Full Writing Adventure!
…and I’m Packing a…
Survival tools for every young author’s adventure box
In an interactive approach, students will be introduced to “survival tools” that will help them on their adventure to becoming inspired writers! Author, literary agent, founder and director of a children’s theatre academy, and former classroom teacher, Sheri Bestor- will support the writing process by engaging students in creative drama and creative ways of thinking that prove how adventures in writing can be fun. Sheri will share with students her own adventures when writing her recently released book, “Good Trick Walking Stick.”
Target Grades: 2-5th. This program, more effective for individual classrooms vs. an all school assembly, is written for groups of 30 students or less per session. (If this does not fit your current student body needs, please contact me for other options.)
- Title: Posing as an Author-the Yoga of Writing (workshop structured after the book with the same title, written by Sheri Bestor)
Description: The idea of writing a book to be published can be daunting, and many talented writers never accomplish their goals simply because they don’t have the practical tools needed to carry through and stay focused. Being an author takes strength, balance and flexibility-not unlike the benefits derived from a yoga practice, an ancient and proven method of, in part, accessing creativity and becoming centered and focused. This workshop will give writers insider strategies on developing a yogic-writing “practice,” with concepts derived from yoga to unleash creativity and transform the words and stories hidden deep within onto paper and into published form. For more information on the specific topics covered within the workshop, inquire with Sheri.
- Target Audience: This workshop works well with both adults and children. When presented in a school setting to students, it is geared for grades 2nd -high school and the yoga component helps kids to use movement as a way to become more creative, imaginative writers. Students will participate in writing activities and gain valuable tools to help them achieve success as a writer and student.
When presented to adults, it works well as a breakout session at SCBWI events or at writing/yoga retreats. Option available as a two part session which includes a yoga class structured after the workshop and designed to foster creativity.
3. Title: Non-Fiction Fun
Description: Research can be fun? Learn how to make non-fiction writing an exciting adventure as students journey with author/agent Sheri on this hike through the wilderness of facts. Students will learn how to discover facts and weave them into their writing. In line with common Core Standards.
Target Audience: This workshop works well with students grades 2nd -8th.
4.Title: I want to become an author!
Description: An honest yet inspiring inside glimpse of the life of an author, from applying what you learn in school all the way to publication and beyond! Insights from the published author, teacher and agent, Mrs. Bestor will help you understand what it takes, and inspire you to keep writing. Sheri will use her most recently published book as an example of the path from idea to publishing.
Target Audience: This workshop works well with first through 8th grades, yet can be adapted for high school and adults. Students will leave with a clear understanding of one author’s journey, with stories about other authors, while having the opportunity to explore their own interests in writing during the workshop.
- Title: Agent InputDescriptions: I’m available to serve on panels at SCBWI events, and to give critiques and one on one feedback on manuscripts. I am also available to speak with students about the role of agents.
Target Audience: Adults: SCBWI events or other adult writing gatherings. Students-school settings, career day for high schools, etc.
I am the founder and agent for Willow Words Literary Agency. I am a long time member of SCBWI. I am an author, with work published for children, teens and adults. I have been published in both fiction and non-fiction, both books and magazine articles, with my next book to be released in the spring of 2016. I am a contributor to Yoga International. I have my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a BS in Education and am the Founder of a non-profit arts organization. I am the Owner and Instructor for Balancing Arts Yoga and Well Being Studio, where I practice and teach yoga, somatics, meditation and yoga nidra. In addition to her writing, Sheri’s yoga practice has informed her other creative endeavors, including her painting and jewelry line, “Moon Tide Designs.”
- $500 daily, for up to five interactive individual classroom (of up to 30 students) workshops per day. (No all-school assembly. If you are interested in an all-school assembly, please contact me with your needs.)
- $250 for 1/2 day, which includes two interactive individual classroom (of up to 30 students) workshops per day, and lunch with students.
- Additional travel, lodging and meal expenses not included, and would be applied when necessary.
If you are interested in scheduling Sheri, please send dates and needs and she will respond.
262.719.4633 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mindfulness Journal, Peaces of My Day
Substance Abuse, The Ultimate Teen Guide
On With the Show
How to Organize Your Classroom
Good Trick Walking Stick (to be released in spring of 2016)
Writing also sold to:
Yoga International, Highlights Magazine, Weekly Reader/Read, Story Friends, Family Fun, Various Wisconsin Newspapers and Magazines
“Posing as a Writer,” (article published in Yoga International) and “Posing as an Author” (ms) are what the workshop is structured after.
“Weekly Reader, Read.”
“Highlights Magazine.” and more.
I’ve been a teacher at various capacities for over 35 years for all ages of individuals, from young children through adults. I have earned a teaching certification from UW Madison, and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I have founded an arts school, a yoga studio, and a literary agency, all of which have given me opportunities to teach and/or speak.
Sheri's office at Willow Words Literary Agency is located in the nationally registered historic building of the "Arts Mill" in a loft on the third floor.
For More About Sheri as an Author,
Willow Words was named in honor of the Willow Tree, which is symbolic of inspired imagination. The willow tree is known for its flexibility, being able to bend without snapping. Those who express through writing know that although the challenges may be great, with perseverance and flexibility, we can continue to grow and our writing careers can flourish. An actual live willow tree grows alongside the river just outside of the Willow Words Loft, in the Historic Arts Mill. The Enso symbol, found in the logo, represents the creative process, and refers to the beginning, end and connectedness of all existence. It symbolizes a place of expression where a person is totally present so that pure creativity can arise.