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 50 countries. They provide lively, interactive assemblies, spirited classroom experiences, and engaging PD.

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

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

All kids, all subject areas.

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creativity . collaboration . engagement .

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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!

May 9, 2020

Read, Write, Speak it – an introduction

So, Sara and I have been working on an iteration of this project for almost a decade. We are going to be rolling out this resource this Fall. Nearly 200 lessons ready with slides to project and teacher notes to guide instruction utilizing poetry, prose, mentor texts, language lessons, standards based, while still being fun […]

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April 30, 2020

What we’re doing while we stay at home…

Well – our spring was cancelled. We will sorely miss all the places and faces we were looking forward to seeing. But, as we stay home as we try to flatten the curve Sara and I are not resting. We’re busy at work making face masks . Sara performed an autopsy on a mask we […]

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February 24, 2020


OH – IO! Sara and I try to make the Ohio Council of Teachers of English language Arts (OCTELA) whenever we can. We’ve probably attended a just under a dozen or so times the last 20 years – international travel often takes us far away but this year we were able to make it. I […]

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November 1-3, 2019

Keystone Reading - Hershey, PA

November 6-7, 2019

Connecticut reading, Southbury, CT

November 7-9, 2019

Connecticut Reading Association, Southbury, CT

November 21-24, 2019

NCTE Baltimore, MD

January 13-16, 2020

Los Fresnos School District, Los Fresnos, TX

January 17-18, 2020

25th Annual Rio Grande Valley Texas Association for Bilingual Education Conference - San Padre Island, TX

January 27-31, 2020

Eastern Middle School, Greenwich, CT

February 8-11, 2020

National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference, Columbus, Ohio

February 18-19, 2020

Osborne School, Willoughby, Ohio

February 21-22, 2020

Ohio Council of Teachers of ELA - Columbus Ohio - Annual Conference

March 1-4, 2020

Bayan School, Bahrain

March 5-7, 2020

Compassion Summit: Riffa Views International School, Manama, Bahrain

March 8-12, 2020

ABA - An IB World School, Muscat - Sultanate of Oman

April 23-24, 2020

QSI School, Atyrau, Kazakhstan

April 27-29, 2020

Dostyk American School, Atyrau, Kazakhstan

May 5-6, 2020

Prague International School, Prague, Czech Republic

June 17-18, 2020

Sourcewell Professional Development, From Striving to Thriving Writers K-12, Staples, MN

June 26-27, 2020

RustBelt Regional Poetry Slam - Ohio City neighborhood, Cleveland, OH


“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...