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!

February 6, 2019

Champion Middle School, Champion , Ohio

Sara and I love our visits to Ohio schools. We also love our travels around the country and the world – but our home state is still special to us, and the folks at Champion Middle sure made it easy to love this visit. This was one well prepared school thanks to our main poet […]

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February 3, 2019

Cultural Imprinting, That Governor in VA, the Kid in KY, and Why YA Literature is so Important

It’s not all in our DNA, a lot of who we are as adults comes from the cultural imprint of our families and social supports as we grow up. A lot of my cultural imprinting came from my maternal grandmother, who did the better part of raising me as my mother was an alcoholic and […]

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January 31, 2019

Pre-write to get it right – GO Sheets.

Sara and I are very proud of our new PD book From Striving to Thriving Writers: Strategies That Jump-Start Writing. And, we are more than humbled that one of our biggest influences on our teaching styles, Stephanie Harvey, has made significant contributions to the book. We feel that our philosophies meld nicely. I have attended […]

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April 3-6, 2018

Dostyk American International School - Atyrau - Kazakhstan

May 22, 2018

Berea City Schools, Berea Ohio

June 27-28, 2018

2018 Glazer and Lorton Writing Institute , Miami, FL

September 23-27, 2018

Abu Dhabi Community School, Abu Dhabi

October 1-5, 2018

The Universal American School, Dubai

October 19, 2018

Sara Holbrook receives Jane Addams Peace award - NYC, NY

October 25th, 2018-26, 2019

East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio

November 1, 2018

East Tech High - Cleveland, Ohio

November 2, 2018

ECOESC, New Philadelphia, Ohio

November 15-18, 2018

NCTE - Houston Texas

November 25, 2018

Young Writers, New Philadelphia, Ohio

November 29, 2018

Cuyahoga Community College - Cleveland, Ohio

January 7-11, 2019

Eastern Middle School, Greenwich, CT

February 11-15, 2019

ENKA Schools - Istanbul, Turkey

February 18-22, 2019

Escola Americana de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

March 9-10, 2019

Michigan Reading Association - Grand Rapids, MI


“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...