Contact Information for Donna Jo Napoli

School Visits:

Donna Jo Napoli is happy to make school visits, for K-12. Her preference is to give a talk to the entire school at a morning assembly of 45 to 60 minutes. Then she will go from group to group, either talking or doing writing exercises. The groups can be classes (and she puts no limits on the size of the class) or can be groups chosen by the teachers or groups of children who volunteer. The writing exercises vary according to the age of the child. With K-1, for example, she might talk about how to critique a story and tell it cleanly. For 2-3, she might do an exercise on emotions in story-telling that involves using magazines (any magazines you have on hand). For 4-5, she might do an exercise on how to start a story. For 6-7, she could deal with the elements of character, setting, and plot. And for 8-12, she might work on rhythm in dialogue. She also has a workshop on poetry and using the senses that can be done with almost any age. (Any of these topics might change at any time, but this gives you an idea of the range.)

She comes for a full day only. However, if two schools want to split her, she is willing to go to one for half the day and to the other for the other half. She will stay for signings and book fairs in the evening at no additional cost. If she has to travel by plane or train, she comes for a minimum of two full days only.

To arrange for school visits or signings:

  • call (610) 328-8422
  • or write Dept of Linguistics, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 19081
  • or fax (610) 690-6846
  • or e-mail Donna Jo

To order books for signings through one source:

To order books for signings from each publisher:

  • Clarion:
  • Dial or Dutton: School visits: Store visits:
  • Greenwillow:
  • Harcourt:
  • Holt:
  • Hyperion:
  • Mondo:
  • Random House:
  • Scholastic:
  • Simon&Schuster:



Donna Jo Napoli accepts invitations to give presentations on all areas of writing for children, to any relevant group, including teachers, librarians, writers, and educators of all sorts. She will design her talk to be relevant to the group's interests. She has a particular interest in meeting challenges of literacy, including math and science literacy, and the needs of Deaf people. e-mail Donna Jo.


Writing Workshops:

Donna Jo Napoli will give writing workshops to groups of writers. The group must consist of at least ten people. If the group is local to the Philadelphia area, the workshop will run from 9am to 4pm with an hour break for lunch. If the group requires that she travel, the workshop must run for at least two days. She runs several different sorts of workshops. For details, e-mail Donna Jo.