Wendi is delighted to do an author visit at your school, present a story hour at your library, participate in a book festival or any other literary event. If you would like to book a visit with Wendi, email wendisilvano@gmail.com and put “Author Appearance” in the message line.

Wendi is a former teacher whose engaging presentations include songs with crazy hats, the reading of some of her books and fun audience participation. They are geared to a variety of grade levels and include such topics as how everyone has stories to tell, how Wendi gets her story ideas and the process of writing a picture book from idea… through many revisions… to publication. Presentations range from 30-60 minutes with Q & A. Wendi is more than happy to tailor her presentations to your needs.

2022 Speaking Fees:

In Mesa County, Colorado
One presentation: $150
Half-day (2 presentations): $250
Full day (4-5 presentations):  $500

Colorado (outside Mesa County) and Utah
Full day (4-5 presentations): $600
*plus mileage (and lodging if necessary)

Out-of-state visits
Full-day (4-5 presentations): $700
*plus travel expenses: airfare, hotel, meals

Zoom Visit (30 minutes): $100

Wendi also loves to present to teachers and children’s authors (and aspiring authors). CONTACT HER to discuss fees.
Presentations for Teachers:
Tapping Into Their Tales (Using mentor texts to teach writing skills)
Presentations for Authors:
Word Wizardy
Leaving Room for the Art
Layering in Layers in Picture Books
Crafting Compelling Characters
Picture Book Revision: 50 questions to ask yourself


“It was so great to have you visit. My kids are finding stories everywhere to write. They asked collectively if they could have time to just write stories. They are so much more interested in writing now! Thanks to you!”

Cathy Mlodzik- Freedom Elementary, Colorado Springs, 2018

“Wendi’s presentation on adding layers to picture books was insightful and engaging. Her breakdown of what makes a picture book successful was incredibly helpful. I appreciated her use of sample books, and her wonderful handout that detailed each of the elements she talked about. I would love to hear her speak again!”
Gina Ricks (attendee at SCBWI writer’s conference in Rexburg, Idaho)

“Wendi presented three programs for preschool-third grad at St. Anne’s Episcopal School (Denver) as part of our Book Fair. She was a pleasure to work with, flexible and considerate of our requests for the day. As a former teacher, Wendi knows how to engage her audience. She included visuals, props and participation in the presentations. The content of each program was targeted to the age group. After a full day at school, Wendi signed books at Barnes & Noble for four hours! We enjoyed our day with Wendi and look forward to the next Turkey adventure!”
Terry DiNicola, Librarian