NOTABLE PRESENTATIONS & INTERVIEWS
Presenter at CSLA 2019
“I sat in your panel at CSLA (California School Library Association)!...I just wanted to share that I finished your book last night and I loved it and your style. Loved your unique storyline, spotlight on the south and history, lyrical/third person style and challenging vocabulary that will help stretch our kiddos (as the district librarian I ordered copies for all 9 sites!).” -Jamie, District Librarian
“I just want to tell you how much I LOVED your book. I brought it with me on my trip to Iceland and finished it in hours. I could not put it down.” -J. Baxter, School Librarian
Presenter on two panels at NCTE 2019
Each November thousands of literacy educators from across the country make the journey to a Convention that inspires their practice and rejuvenates their profession. They leave with strong strategies and best practices for teaching literacy, language, and composition. They learn new ideas for delivering instruction that engages students and addresses the most pressing needs within the school and district. Join us to find new teaching allies, new connections with luminaries and authors, and enough new books to fill entire shelves in classroom libraries. (From the NCTE website.)
The WRiters GROTTO PODCAST
Episode 77: Victoria Piontek On Writing for Young Adults
Victoria Piontek’s literary journey has taken her all over the U.S., but when it came time for this author and literary associate to publish her first book, she chose to return to the verdant lushness of her Florida birthplace. This week, Piontek joins the GrottoPod to talk about the Southern Gothic overtones of her haunting middle-grade story The Spirit of Cattail County. She also discusses the challenges of juggling writing, working a day job and raising a family, and helps Larry and BQ define “Y.A.” and “library chic.”
Listen to the full podcast here.
PINE READS REVIEW Interview
Pine Reads Review is an online children’s and young adult literature publication run by University of Arizona undergraduates in Tucson, Arizona. We are committed to showcasing a combination of debut, diverse and established authors.
View the full interview here.
Guest host of #MGBookChat: A weekly twitter chat that allows teachers, authors, parents and anyone interested in middle grade literature to discuss books and best practices for inspiring kids to love reading and writing.
#KidsNeedMentors helps foster relationships between creators (authors/illustrators) and classrooms. It can take a village to help students develop a love of reading and writing, and creators and educators team up to make this happen. I participated in 2018-2019 school year as a mentor for 2 teachers and plan continue participating in the future.
FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES Interview
From the Mixed-Up Files … of Middle-Grade Authors is a team of writers and readers of middle-grade books, and our goal is to celebrate and generate enthusiasm about books for 8-12 year olds.
View the full Interview with Author Victoria Piontek
SPOOKY MIDDLE GRADE
I am a founding member of Spooky Middle Grade. Spooky Middle Grade connects with students, teachers, and librarians all over the country to talk about writing and books. Through virtual Skype visits, the authors have been able to talk to hundreds of young readers to share a passion for reading and writing. To date we have done over 100 school visits and counting!
I regularly visits schools to talk about The Spirit of Cattail County, the writing process, my love of books, and my journey to become an author. To schedule a school visit contact me here.