School Visits


Host one of Lindsey’s forensic science programs and receive 10 FREE hardcover copies of Fuzzy Forensics for your classroom or library! Book now to secure your preferred date.


Science Programs

Laura and the Locusts

Grade K-3

In 1875, a swarm of Rocky Mountain locusts destroyed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family farm. This presentation integrates Laura’s descriptions of the swarm (On the Banks of Plum Creek) with the newest scientific information on Locust Migration. Prepare to be fascinated and creeped out all at once!

Curriculum Connections: extinction, life cycles

Duration: 45 minutes

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides, speakers for video

Decoding Domestication

Grade 4-6

Ever wonder where domestic animals came from? Why they look the way they look and act the way they do? Learn about a remarkable experiment that decoded domestication. Based on Lindsey’s book Fox Talk, this program includes video of experimentally domesticated foxes and answers the eternal question, “What does the fox say?”

Curriculum Connections: Grade 4 Habitat Unit, Grade 6 Diversity of Life Unit, scientific method

Duration: 1 hour

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides, speakers for video.

Forensic Science: Digging Into DNA

Grade 7-10

Inspired by Lindsey’s 2014 Lane Anderson Award-winning book Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild, this presentation explores the way scientists use DNA to solve crimes against both people and wildlife. Includes a signature “myth busting” section on TV forensics and plenty of time for questions.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 9 Biology/Genetics Unit

Duration: 1 hour

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides

Forensic Science: Finding A Match

Grade 7-10

A variation on Digging Into DNA, this program covers the history and science of fingerprinting – both traditional and DNA varieties. It also includes two hands-on experiments with extensions for later home or classroom use.

Lindsey provides most supplies for the experiments, but requests that schools supply mugs, paintbrushes, kettles, and newspaper.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 9 Biology/Genetics Unit

Duration: 2 hours

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides


Writing Workshops

Writing Down the Feels

Grade 7-12

Why do we forget some stories, while others stay with us for years? Be they nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, stories with staying power are the ones that make us feel. This workshop explores the connections between language and emotions, teaching writers how to manipulate their reader’s response. Students will harness the emotional resonance of vivid words and figures of speech, bringing their descriptions to life. Then, they’ll explore techniques for revealing a character’s emotions, from the inside and out.

In the two-day version, students will apply what they’ve learned in creating a new piece of writing. Readers will laugh, cry, and remember their words forever.

Maximum Group Size: 30

Duration: Full-day or two-day workshop

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides. Whiteboard, chalkboard, or flip chart.

A Supernatural Guide to Character Building

Grade 9-12

Readers don’t care what happens next unless they care about who it’s happening to. As writers, how do we create characters readers love… or love to hate? In this workshop, students will learn about the connection between character and plot, and why it matters. We’ll use examples from the hit TV show “Supernatural” to explore backstory, inciting incident, and character arc. Students will practice matching characters to plots, and experiment with tools for creating–and revealing–personalities.

Maximum Group Size: 30

Duration: 2-hour workshop

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides. Whiteboard, chalkboard, or flip chart.

Five Steps to an Awesome Essay

Grade 10-12

An academic writing workshop for high school students. Practical tips for tackling essays of all kinds: thinking about purpose and audience; the difference between topic and thesis; writing the first draft (and why you should never submit it); revision strategies; and acing essay exams.

Maximum Group Size: 30

Duration: 1-hour information session

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides.

Down the Rabbit Hole: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Research

Grade 10-12, Adults

Need to find the facts, but have no idea where to start? Drowning in information, but don’t know how to stop looking? This workshop will streamline your search for sources and teach you how to critically evaluate them. You’ll also learn how to tell when it’s time to stop researching and start putting it all together!

Maximum Group Size: 30

Duration: 1-hour information session

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides.


Important Info

Programs can be adapted for small groups or school assemblies. Maximum group size for experiments is 35.

Skype visits are available for remote and distant locations. Contact Lindsey for details.

Speaking Fees

$300 for 1 hour
$500 for 2 hours
Contact Lindsey for full day pricing (4 hours)

Travel and/or accommodation fees may also apply. Discounts may be available for multiple bookings in the same geographic area.

How to Book

In Ontario: Request Lindsey through Authors’ Booking Service. As a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, her visits are eligible for funding through the Ontario Writers in the Schools Program and the National Public Readings Programs.

Elsewhere: Contact Lindsey to discuss dates and pricing.