Author Visits

Expand Creative Thinking Throughout Your School Community

For thirty years, Jeff was a public school art teacher instructing students from kindergarten to college age. For the past twelve years he has been involved with schools across the Midwest, conducting Author's Day visits and young writers and illustrators programs. He has visited over 100 schools to date, ranging from elementary level to adult writing and illustrating workshops. Jeff can build a customized program or workshop around your needs. Following are some examples:

  • Author's Visit / Book Read

  • Visual Storytelling - creating a story with pictures

  • The Heart and Art of Writing

  • How to Generate Ideas for a Book / How to Get Published

  • Artist in Residence Workshops

  • Watercolor Painting For Young Artists

  • Building a children's book prototype

Jeff shares his experiences from developing the idea of a book, through to the proofs, mockup and published copy of a children's book. Jeff encourages students to take their own ideas and create simple, imaginative stories. Jeff typically plans three sessions: the first focuses on his background and experiences, with the goal of students starting to develop their own idea for a story. The second session is an exploration and development of a short story by the students. In the third session, Jeff guides the students in illustrating their story with watercolors, and explores various watercolor techniques.


Jeff Hagen describes his writing experience:

I wrote travel and human interest features for various American newspapers ro over 28 years (Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, Minneapolis Star, St. Paul Pioneer Press/Dispatch, Detroit news, The Oregonian, Duluth Times Tribune and others). I have written and illustrated stories for Outside Magazine, Lake Superior Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, Wisconsin Trails, New China and Cricket Magazines.


Hiawatha Passing was selected by Scott Foresman to be one of 36 historically significant stories to be included in their Read Aloud Anthology. My creative work has appeared in Europe and Asia. I wrote a story that appeared in "The Beijing Review" in China. I am a frequent guest on regional NPR radio talk shows and have appeared on TV's "Food Channel". My children's book was one of the featured books for young readers on ABC televisions "Good Morning America.

"After listening in rapt attention to his reading of "Hiawatha Passing", the questions asked by my students were some of the most reflective that I have heard. Most amazingly, his mood setting of quiet, peaceful reflection followed us back to our classroom where we continued to discuss the development of an author's story and how each student has their own story to tell."

Jeffrey Treul

Elementary Teacher, Cumberland Elementary School

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin


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