I enjoy talking about my writing with folks of all ages, and showing them pictures. I've presented programs to more than 100 groups -- book talks, writing workshops, and slide shows. My audiences have included schools (elementary through high school), libraries, museums, historical societies, retirement communities, senior citizen groups, colleges, and community service clubs and scout troops.

     Here are a few of the great engagements I have had.
Kane Lodge, March 2010 In 2010, I launched Captain Mac at the Kane Masonic Lodge, New York City (where Mac had been a member!)
Here I am with Kane Lodge Master, Barry Scott, and Carl Cowan -- and the lodge polar bear!
I talked about icebergs with a second-grade class in Maine. Their teacher had read Captain Mac to them.  Talking with students
Mary speaks at maritime museum One of my museum talks was at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine.

        I've had several book signings and presented programs at Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine


I've enjoyed sailing aboard schooner Bowdoin with Captain Eric Jergenson and Maine Maritime Academy alumni, Penobscot Bay, Maine


Author sailing with Captain Eric Jergenson and ME Maritime alumni
Mary speaking at Maine Library Association I presented a program for a Maine Library Association annual conference, Rockland, Maine
Islesboro (ME) School, grades 5-8. I had to take the ferry to get to school! Mary waiting for the ferry 5th-6th grade class at Islesboro School

Bates Logo
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, my Alma Mater.
Mary Speaking at Bates College
My lecture at Westbrook (ME)Historical Society. I've addressed several historical societies. This one was in Westbrook, Maine, the city where I grew up.

At an elementary school in New Hampshire, I talked with the 3rd grade class, shared my writing process with 4th graders,
The 5th-grade class
and led a writing exercise with 5th graders.
Talking with families about logging in New England Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Grand Lake Stream, Maine.
Families enjoyed logging and forestry history and activities, based on my book, Timberrr....

In 2014, the annual conference of the Biographers International Organization was held at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. I was a panelist for a discussion about writing young adult biographies. Panel for writing young adult biographies  

Showing slides at Midcoast Maine Senior College Members of senior colleges enjoy my presentations. Addressing the group at Midcoast Maine Senior College

One of the many libraries where I've shown slide presentations and led discussions.
Showing slides at North Gorham Library

Receiving the award New England SCBWI Conference, Springfield, MA, April, 2015. I received the Marguerite W. Davol Critique Scholarship Award for my picture book manuscript, "Little Brown Thrush."


I often speak to community groups about researching and writing for young readers.This event was in Livermore Falls, Maine.
Livermore Falls, Maine, Women's Club

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