Events

Sucheta is passionate about educating young readers about the world and sharing her own personal stories from her travels. Invite her to classrooms, libraries and bookstores for writing workshops, story time and book signings. Sucheta has inspired kids ages K-12, college students and adults to write, travel and give back to the community.

Additionally, Sucheta has given keynote addresses and motivational speeches at conferences, graduation ceremonies, corporate lunch and learn programs, awards receptions, leadership groups, food festivals, cooking expos, travel shows, study abroad programs and more. She has spoken in Italy, South Korea, India and across the US.

Upcoming events…

Aug 12 10am – Story time at Hills & Hamlets Bookshop, Serenbe Farms.

Aug 19 2-4pm – Book signing at Posman Books, Atlanta.

Past Appearances:

Barnes & Noble Booksellers (NY, GA), Brandon Hall (Sandy Springs, GA), Buckhead Library (Atlanta, GA), Gwinnett Literacy Institute (Buford, GA), Ivy Creek Elementary (Buford, GA), Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA), New York Times Travel Show (New York City, NY), New York Travel Festival (New York City, NY), Rotary Club (Marietta, GA), Teasley Elementary School (Smyrna, GA).

Testimonial:

“Sucheta Rawal was our guest author for this year’s Mill Creek Cluster Student Literacy Institute, and she did an amazing job! She promoted a true love for literacy with our students while explaining how she travels to incredible countries to get her ideas! She walked our eager students, grades 1-8, through the writing process, and did a fabulous job breaking it down for each grade-specific group. The students LOVED hearing about Beato’s adventures! She is an excellent speaker, and we’re thankful she was able to share her experiences with us this year!” ~ Samantha Carr, Director

Sample Visits for K-7:

15 mins – Skype video call for classrooms and book clubs. Meet the author and ask your questions about the books. Many schools are using my books as part of their curriculum and this is a great opportunity to hear the story behind the story.

30 minutes – Book reading of one of my books: Beato Goes to Greenland, Beato Goes to Israel, or Beato Goes to Indonesia. I talk about how I got inspired to write books, and show photos of the main character (my real-life cat, Beato), other characters (Ruso the dog), and illustrations from the book (which are based on my own travels). Kids get excited to see the parallels between Beato and myself, as we ride a chopper and see a humpback whale.

45 mins – With younger kids, I also talk about different aspects of a book, introducing them to what is an author and illustrator, genre, cover, publisher, etc.

1 hour – In addition to above, I walk them through the writing and illustration process – how to expand on an idea, create characters, use imagination vs. real life situations, work with an editor, create manuscript, approach publisher, market their books.

2 hours – Above plus writing workshops where we develop stories together. Class may be divided into authors and illustrators to work on a story concept as a group or individually.

Download information packet & FAQ’s for school visits.

High School and College Students:I generally give 45-minutes presentation about my life – growing up in India, college life in Atlanta, and finding my passion for writing, traveling and entrepreneurship. Broadly, I speak about my career as a food and travel writer (traveling to 70+ countries), nonprofit organization, Go Eat Give (which raises diversity awareness) and my books, Beato Goes To (that teach kids about travel and culture). I inspire students to identify and pursue their passion, even if it means carving out a niche career.

Parents and Teachers: I have offered several workshops on how to raise kids in a diverse environment. Discussions include cultural sensitivity, resources available in the community, cheap travel abroad opportunities, and fun ways to teach kids about the world. I have hosted numerous cultural events, taken people on volunteer abroad tours, and worked with consulates and tourism departments from all around the world. My sessions have been highlighted by The Huffington Post and The Atlantic Institute.

Visit Sucheta’s website for more information about her speaking engagements, and view her speaker profile on SCBWI website.