One of my favorite things to do is sharing my books and experiences as a writer with audiences of all ages and sizes, from pre-schoolers to seniors, and groups of 10 people to over 300! Examples of presentations I offer include:
- Using my Muslim-themed picture books to explain Islamic culture, traditions and the Ramadan and Eid celebrations, including a “show and tell” of artifacts. For upper elementary students, I introduce concepts like the lunar cycle, fasting, and Islamic calendar. Ideal for grades k-6.
- Sharing my novel AMINA’S VOICE, including the writing process, how I developed the characters and themes, and my inspirations and goals for the book with a focus on building compassion and tolerance. Ideal for grades 3-8.
- Adventures in writing! How to use research to inform writing and as a launch point for creativity. A step-by-step explanation of how I constructed my choose-your-own adventure novels. Ideal for grades 4-6.
- Bringing your culture into your writing. Speaking about my journey as a writer, my experience writing as Pakistani American Muslim, and the need for diverse stories. Challenging students to brainstorm their own personal narratives. Ideal for grades 4-8.
I've also led writing workshops, given lectures and keynote address, and held a number of community story time and meet the author events. Please get in touch with me using the form below to see how we can design a visit or event that fits your school's or group's needs.