Preparing for the 1918 flu pandemic, Grossmont HS, CA
(May 2013)
Cat Winters is a multi-award-winning, critically acclaimed historical novelist and picture book author based out of Portland, Oregon. She has spoken at high schools, middle schools, libraries, and writing festivals across the U.S. and has taught workshops for children, teens, and adults.

Sample Presentations:

NEW! Lights, Camera, Scissors, Action!
Using her 2023 picture book, Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation, illustrated by Matt Schu, Cat will introduce students to animator/inventor Lotte Reiniger and show how to create silhouette characters and stop-motion animations. The program combines STEM, art, and history.

Strange, Dark, & Haunting History
Winters explains how she uses little-known and overlooked moments in history to create her novels and describes her process of turning historical research into stories. She encourages students to explore the history of their own communities and families to discover how their lives have been shaped by the past.

Bringing Edgar Allan Poe to Life
Winters discusses The Raven’s Tale, her 2019 novel about the teenage years of Edgar Allan Poe. She shares her process of crafting a novel about a real-life historical figure, talks about readers’ continued fascination with Poe and his works, chats with students about private vs. public personas, and, if time permits, leads a short group writing session that celebrates Poe’s love of language and emotion.

The Power of Perseverance
Winters describes her long journey to publication, discusses what it takes to become an author, and shows that no matter what your goals are in life, hard work, determination, and patience are necessary ingredients for success.

Write Fearlessly!
Winters takes her “Power of Perseverance” presentation and caters it specifically to young writing students. Students will learn about the first steps writers need to take when seeking publication, receive tips about overcoming self-doubt, and discover opportunities available for writers in their teens.

Cat Winters is currently booking virtual and in-person visits for the 2023-24 school year. 

To book Cat for a school visit or other speaking engagement, please contact Lisa Nadel at Lonni Lane Marketing:

Note: Cat is unavailable to attend any events where the hosting organization or the event's location discriminates against books by and/or about marginalized or underrepresented people. She supports equity and inclusion. 

“It was a pleasure to host Cat Winters at Manchester Township High School where she addressed our faculty and student body in two 50 minute presentations through PowerPoint slides and a lecture about her thoroughly researched novels.”
—Marjon Weber, Manchester Township High School, NJ

“Cat came prepared to give our teens real hands-on training in crafting stories. She gave them writing exercises, shared her experience, and provided our teen authors useful feedback. The teens who attended her workshop came away with good ideas and another tool or two in their writers' toolbox.”
—Linda Landi, Senior Collection Development Librarian, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries, Vancouver, WA

Related teaching guides:
The Raven's Tale
The Cure for Dreaming

Cat Winters can also be booked for library talks, conference and festival speeches and panels, keynote speeches, and a limited number of writing workshops. Please contact Lisa Nadel at Lonni Lane Marketing for inquiries about appearances. Travel and hotel fees will apply for any event outside the Portland Metro Area.

Manchester Township High School, Manchester Township, NJ

Remington Traditional School, Maryland Heights, Missouri

San Diego High School, California.

Manchester Township High School, New Jersey.

Oregon Writing Festival, Portland, Oregon.

Grossmont High School, San Diego, California.

Manchester PTA Newsletter, Manchester Township, NJ.