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!

March 18, 2018

International School of Kazan

Where in the world is Kazan? We had no idea until we went there – and are we glad we did. The International School of Kazan, Russia may be one of the most welcoming places we have ever been. The icy cold of early spring blustering around outside of the sleek new campus was no […]

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March 11, 2018

Kirtland Elementary School

There’s no place like home. Our last school visit was in Chennai India and our next is in Kazan, Russia – but what a wonderful gift it was to roll out of bed drink a cup of coffee in our kitchen and then drive 15 minutes to Kirtland Elementary school to spend a day with […]

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February 26, 2018

American International School of Chennai

“Friends stick to you like lice to a scalp.” So surmised a 7th grade class as we worked on a co-created definition poem describing the word Friendship. Pretty apropos seeing as we made whole bunch of new friend during our visit to AISC. Librarian extraordinaire Jeremy Willette being one and I’d be remiss to not […]

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November 16, 2017

Arkansas Reading Association Conference - Little Rock, Arkansas

November 17-19, 2017

NCTE - St. Louis, Missouri

January 24-25, 2018

Westborough Schools - Westbouropugh, MA

January 29-February 2, 2018

Eastern Middle School - Greenwich, Connecticut

February 8, 2018

Tuscarawas Schools - Tuscarawas, Ohio

February 16-17, 2018

ECIS Library Conference - Chennai, India

March 2, 2018

Kirtland Elementary - Kirtland, Ohio

March 8-9, 2018

Rockaway Borough Schools - Rockaway Borough, New Jersey

March 14-17, 2018

International School of Kazan - Kazan, Russia

March 19-21, 2018

Anglo-American School of Moscow - Moscow, Russia

March 23, 2018

Anglo-American School of St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg, Russia

March 26-30, 2018

American International School of Bucharest - Bucharest, Romania

April 3-6, 2018

Dostyk American International School - Atyrau - Kazakhstan

April 12-15, 2018

Abydos Literacy Conference - San Antonio, Texas

April 30-May 4, 2018

The American School of Lima - Lima, Peru

May 7-18, 2018

Jakarta Intercultural School - Jakarta Indonesia

October 1-5, 2018

The Universal American School, Dubai


“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...