Sara and Michael

Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger

Outspoken Literacy Consultants

Author/Educators Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger visit schools worldwide providing author visits, professional development and classroom workshops in writing, comprehension strategies, and public speaking for students K-12.

High-energy performance poets, Sara and Michael are frequent presenters at schools and conferences in the United States and over 35 countries. They provide lively, interactive assemblies, spirited classroom experiences, and engaging PD.

“We can show you writing engagement strategies that will help make your students’ learning more visible.” – Michael Salinger

“Our collaborative snapshot writing lessons help kids question, synthesize, summarize and evidence their learning.” – Sara Holbrook

All kids, all subject areas.

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creativity . collaboration . engagement .

Our Writing Strategies

foster engagement • build literacy skills • expand vocabulary • deepen understanding • encourage close reading • make learning visible

Our Public Speaking Strategies

scaffold public speaking • build confidence • create community • combat stage fright • encourage collaboration • support risk taking • make learning visible

Our Team

We are sought-out award-winning performers and authors of many books for children – both story and textbooks. We captivate students – and educators!

October 14, 2016

McKinley Elementary School

And away we go! Sara and I start another school year and we couldn’t have asked for a better kick off than McKinley Elementary in Elyria, Ohio! Not only do we get to begin our season in our home State which has become too rare an occurrence for us (hint hint Ohio schools – we […]

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October 12, 2016

Here we go again!

Sara and my school year kicks off for earnest tomorrow with a visit to McKinley Elementary School in Elyria Ohio. This is on the heels of our visit to Bellingham Washington – just North of Seattle – and our presenting at and attending of Western Washington University and Pomelo Books amazing Poetry Camp. Shout out […]

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August 25, 2016

The Poetry of Hope

  Visiting family in Virginia and the lead story on the D.C. noon news is that 8 people die per day in OH from opioid overdoses, more than 3000 this year. Watched my home state fall in line with other troubled places in the world, Italy, Syria, Nigeria, and . . . Ohio. Just finished […]

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July 6-8, 2016

SDE - Reading, Writing, Math and More - Chicago, IL

July 18-20, 2016

Judson University - Elgin, IL

July 31-August 3, 2016

Doctoral Student's Writers' Retreat - Judson University - Bellaire, MI

August 12, 2016

Region 10 Education Service Center, Richardson, TX

October 13, 2016

McKinley Elementary - Elyria, Ohio

October 22-23, 2016

Keystone State Reading - Seven Springs, PA

November 7-11, 2016

Graded The American School of São Paulo - Sao Paula, Brazil

November 17-20, 2016

NCTE - Atlanta, GA

January 16-20, 2017

International School of Tanganyika - Tanzania,

January 23-27, 2017

International Community School of Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

January 30-February 3, 2017

International School of Kenya - Nairobi, Kenya

February 16-18, 2017

Write to Learn conference - Osage Beach, MO

February 27-March 25, 2017

Shanghai American School - Shanghai, China


“Sara and Michael bring infectious energy and joy leavened with deep knowledge of best practices in literacy to their work with children and teachers.” Ellin Keene – Author of Mosaic of Thought and The Teacher You Want to Be
“Sara and Michael bring magic, and a contagious love of words to both students and teachers alike!” Georgia Heard - Author of Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School More testimonials...