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Tracy C. Gold

AUTHOR, EDITOR, TEACHER

School Visits, Signings, and Workshops

I offer virtual and in-person school visits for students from preschool through middle school. PreK through second grade is my sweet spot. Right now I am focusing on virtual school visits and in-person visits within a 2-hour drive of Baltimore, Maryland, but I am open to discussing other possibilities.

My books are a great fit for STEM or STEAM curriculums, because they include scientific information about our ecosystem alongside fun art and rhyme. In my book forthcoming September 5, 2023, “Hide and Seek, Nuts to Eat,” a squirrel hoards snacks for winter and is surprised when a few snacks they left behind turn into beautiful, yummy plants the next year. In “Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat,” bats eat pesky bugs.

For the younger kids, I read my picture books, talk about what it’s like to be an author, and do a fun craft like coloring in and cutting out your own bat on a stick or making a bat fridge magnet.

For older kids, I talk about researching, writing, revising, and publishing, as seen through the lens of my picture books, including “Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat,” published by Sourcebooks eXplore, which was in the Scholastic Book Club catalog in Fall 2021, and “Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby,” published by Familius in April 2021.

I am also happy to customize school visits.

“Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat” is about a bat trick-or-treating and includes fun rhymes and facts about bats. It would be a great book to help your class learn about wildlife and celebrate Halloween, but can also be enjoyed year round. I also sometimes give sneak peeks of my forthcoming books, “Hide and Seek, Nuts to Eat,” about squirrels saving food for winter, and “Call Your Mother,” about all the times you might need to ask your mom for help. We discuss the editing process and what “illustration notes” look like in a manuscript.

I currently offer workshops about creative writing and publishing for any age range, drawing on my experience publishing short stories, essays, and poems, and working for a literary agent. I am happy to create custom workshops. Popular topics include plotting novels, querying agents, submitting short stories and essays to publications, and the revision process. Join my newsletter to be notified when registration for future courses go live.

Please contact me at tracycgold@gmail.com to start planning a workshop or visit!

Student Evaluation Highlights

“Tracy Gold created the perfect atmosphere and sense of community to nurture the class members as writers. The class was incredibly useful, practical, and inspiring.”

“Tracy was an amazing instructor and I looked forward to class every week.”

“Tracy was amazing, would love to have her teach this course again!”

“I just wanted to write a sincere thank you for teaching a fantastic course – online, no less. You were organized, thoughtful, had a good balance of weighing in and stepping back in conversation, shared an abundant amount of resources, and I think what I most appreciated was your honest approach to all things writing-related…I also appreciate the emphasis on the importance of marketing (which I never think about when writing poems), contracting, querying, social media, and the overall publishing landscape for authors.” 

Free Videos and Webinars

I prefer a more interactive format, but here are a few videos and webinars I have recorded!

“5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Writing,” recorded for Authority Magazine

“Professional Editors Fix and Polish Writing Extracts Submitted by Authors,” recorded with Reedsy

“How to Write Multiple POVs the ‘Game of Thrones Way” recorded with Reedsy

(Note, includes examples of violence found in “Game of Thrones,” not for small children)

Select Past Classes

“Writing a Brilliant First Page” Mini Virtual Class with Johns Hopkins Odyssey, April 2021, four sessions on Tuesday nights

“The Basics of Writing Picture Books” via Orange County Library System, Spring 2021

“Writing Your Novel,” 10-week online course, Fall 2020, via Johns Hopkins Odyssey program