Jen Funk Weber Author Visits with Linda Stanek


For Ohio Schools in May 2017

Alaska vs Ohio
Reading, Writing, and Idea Generation

Jen Funk Weber and Linda Stanek school visit teacher testimonialOhio author, Linda Stanek, and I offer science- and literacy-based programs showcasing the differences between Alaska and Ohio and how we work as authors. These programs support curriculum standards, CCSS, and the New Generation Science Standards, while exciting students about reading, writing, publishing, and science.


Choose between these options for your Author Event.

2016-17 joint-author visits in Ohio

Gold Program

Two authors, One Day in May $1200 plus expenses

  • Whole-school assembly: A Writer in Alaska We’ll compare Alaska to Ohio, touching on geography, climate, wildlife and more. We’ll read Been There, Done That: Reading Animal Signs together and discover how real-life experiences became a picture book text.
How big is a moose?

Just how big is a moose? Students become a moose to demonstrate just how big they are. Moose performance art!

  • Nuts and Bolts of Writing assemblies These two assemblies are leveled for grades K–2 and 3–5. Discover how books are made and how writers write. We emphasize hard work, persistence, embracing constructive criticism, and recognizing each student’s unique gifts. We challenge students to be readers, writers, and thinkers. The K–2 program focuses on beginnings, middles, and ends while the 3–5 program focuses on revision. ~ details here
  • Workshops (up to 4):
  • Jen Funk Weber and Linda Stanek school visit teacher testimonial

    • Idea Generation: We tackle the biggest writing hurdle kids face, arming students with dozens of ideas for future assignments as well as techniques for coming up with more ideas on their own.
    • Multi-grade Writing Exercise: Older students partner with younger students to think outside the box and create a short work of fiction.
    • Kindergarten Mentor Writing: Linda reads her book, The Pig and Miss Prudence, with help from the kids utilizing props, then leads a group writing project.
      40 minutes ~ Pre-k and k ~ details here
Once Upon a Savanna

Once Upon a Savanna

Platinum Program

Jen Funk Weber and Linda Stanek school visit teacher testimonial
Two authors, two days. This program includes everything in the Gold program plus up to 12 workshops allowing more students to get a hands-on writing experience with the authors. ~ $2000 plus expenses

See sample schedules.


Animal tracks and reports

Animal tracks and reports

Amazing Add-Ons:

Expand the learning and the fun with these exciting events. You can add one or more of the following to any program.

Amazing Add-On 1:

An After-School Teacher In-Service to be trained in idea generation methods that not only keep us constantly writing, but will teach you to train your students to generate ideas too!

Amazing Add-On 2:

An Evening Family Event: Winter in Alaska! Alaska is a popular tourist destination. Remote lodges provide hunting, fishing, and sightseeing services. But the vast majority of people want to visit Alaska in the summer, so lodges close during the long winter. Windows are boarded up, water pipes drained, and generators shut off. Guides, cooks, and service staff leave. All that remains at these remote lodges is, perhaps, a caretaker or two.

Jen Funk Weber (along with husband Mike) spent ten years as winter caretakers for remote lodges in Alaska. They shoveled roofs and airplane wings, kept animals out of buildings, and re-stocked wood sheds. Perhaps the biggest job, however, was just taking care of themselves: living without electricity, running water, telephones, neighbors, easy access to medical care, or sources of entertainment.

Come see what few visitors to Alaska ever see: Winter in Alaska. ~ 60 minutes, $200

Amazing Add-On 3:

Bring the Animals! Add a day-time visit with Columbus Zoo and Aquarium animals for only $200 inside Franklin or Union Counties, or $300 all other Ohio counties, for a truly unique and educational visit! See their flyer here: Columbus-Zoo-flyer ~ 30 minutes

Northern lights and totem poles

Northern lights and totem poles

Schedule a Visit

To schedule a visit, use the contact form on this site, or email jen {AT} funkandweber {DOT} com. Please write Author Visit in the subject line along with the name of your school. For example: “Author Visit, Gables Elementary.”

Plaster cast from a wolf track

Students identify a plaster cast from a wolf track

Wildlife on wood block art

Wildlife on wood block art

Alaska animal reports, third grade

Alaska animal reports, third grade