Author Visits

I offer both Skype and in-person sessions for schools, libraries, and community groups.

My current rates, through June 2020, are as follows:

School Visits

Full-day (three presentations, plus an author lunch bunch and book signing):

  • Super Local (within 20 miles of Leesburg, VA): $700 (travel included)
  • Local (within 50 miles of Leesburg, VA): $800 (travel included)
  • Outside local area (more than 50 miles from Leesburg, VA: $1000 PLUS travel expenses. (Schools are encouraged to book visits together in order to share expenses.)

Half-day (two consecutive presentations):

  • Super Local (within 20 miles of Leesburg, VA): $450

Virtual Author Visit via Skype

  • 15 min. (Read Aloud plus Q&A): FREE

Library or Community Programs

One-hour presentation:

  • Super Local (within 20 miles of Leesburg, VA): $300

Contact me for more information at laura (at) laurarenauld (dot) com.



A Writer’s Journey (Grades K-1: 30 min. Grades 2-5: 45 min.)

When you go on a roadtrip, you need to be prepared: map your route, research your destination, pack your suitcase…. A writer’s journey is very similar. From ideas and story maps to drafts and revision, let’s take a trip!

Laura uses her background as an elementary teacher to highlight the writing process in her engaging and interactive presentation, complete with suitcase!


From Idea to Shelf: How a Picture Book Gets Made (Grades 2-5: 45 min.)

Although a writer spends a lot of time alone at her desk, it takes a whole team of people and multiple steps to bring a picture book into the world. What goes into writing the text? Who else is involved in the publishing process? Learn about all the players: author, critique partner, illustrator, agent, publisher, editor, copyeditor, reviewer, bookseller, and YOU, the reader! 


“I loved the journey of writing you presented to the students. They were able to see that writing is a process.” – Elementary Reading Specialist

“Laura Renauld visited our First Grade classroom and did an excellent job making her book interactive! She used interesting voices, and the message of the book is about the sweet treat that friendship is. She had neat visuals in her suitcase of writing tools!” – First Grade Teacher

“Wonderful author visit! Laura did a wonderful job relating to our students as writers! She kept them engaged in the presentation, especially since it tied in with the Writing Workshop so well.” – Elementary Reading Specialist