Two years old through Preschool, songs, readings/
book discussions, emphasis on bullying, game or craft for small groups if time allows,
For Pre-K through 1st Grades, readings, more in-depth book discussions, game or craft for small groups if time allows,
Listen to how one quiet child who was a poor reader became to be an award-winning author.
Geared for grades 4 & up, interactive approach to story arcs and what is needed to create a dynamic story.
A Place Where Your Words Become Your World
A week-long summer camp program to inspire future authors to become better writers.
"Maria led my child through the process of capturing pieces of imagination and weaving them together in a way that not only makes sense, but delights and tells a story-complete with a lesson and a moral!"
"We really enjoyed this program , it was very helpful. We look forward to enroll her again in the near future!"
"It's a great opportunity for children to learn how to write a book. We also love your story time!"
"The program was fantastic and the kids learned so much."
"My daughter showed initiation on this writing project and really used her imagination and was forced to finish this assignment in a timely manner(which was good)."
Camper-"I learned a lot!."
How to Publish Your Book Today
Topics covered include: the basic components of self and traditional publishing, the publication process, differences between adult and picture book genres, publishing methods, cost, technical details, marketing tips, editing and a step-by-step plan to publish. This program is for writers, editors, bloggers, journalists, columnists, speakers, business owners, poets and more. 1-2 hour program.
The Author’s Platform Using Social Media
How does one build readership? Learn ways to establish your brand and build your platform using social media. Great for writers and the general public. 1 hour program
"I hope you enjoyed the skype visit as much as we did. The students were happy to hear about your inspiration wall. I heard one mention the wall as they left the library. You were great to entertain your questions."
-Elizabeth Oakes, Bright School, Chattanooga, TN
"Thank you so much for your time and all of your inspiring ideas. After our interview, the kids went to their librarian and were beaming from the experience! They had so much fun filling her in on all of the wisdom you shared with them. You gave us so many tools and ideas to cultivate in class to help them grow them grow as authors. I can’t tell you enough how much the experience meant to us."
-Ms. Bailey, 2nd Grade, Cody Elementary, Iowa
"Our teachers and students loved your visit. You are so down to earth and easy to talk to. Everyone was so comfortable around you. You did such a great job of explaining how to put both their trials and tribulations into their writing."
-Janet Balk, Charlotte Sidway Elementary, Grand Island, NY
"Another year skyping with Maria was a huge success! When she answered the students' questions, she shared thoughtful and important ideas that they took into their own writing. Listening to her read Smelly Cat brought a smile and a giggle to everyone in the room! After skyping with her, our students know they now have a special connection to one of their favorite authors!" -Ms. Bailey, 2nd Grade, Cody Elementar
"Ms. Ashworth visit two of our Goddard Schools located in the Houston area. Her presentations are very interactive and hands on. During her visit the children read the book My Big Tree and they also did a craft. The presentation were adapted to the children's age range. The children and teachers loved the book My Big Tree. The book has cute illustrations and it also helps children with counting, sharing, cooperation, teamwork, and friendship. We definitely will invite Ms. Ashworth to visit our school again" -Michele Vasquez, Goddard School
$150.00 per hour, plus travel expenses if outside the Houston area
Skype sessions available at low cost
****Out-of-state, please inquire with through the contact form.