I would love to visit your school to talk about polar bears and the process of writing and making a graphic novel!


My talks are interactive presentations that use pages from the book to explore both the science of polar bears and the considerations creators make when constructing a comic. With a lot of humor, I use colorful and fun comic book images to demonstrate the following concepts and structural tools:

  • Research

  • Introductory sentence

  • Point of view

  • Setting and characters

  • Style and tone

  • Revisions

With time for Q&A, each presentation scales in both length (30-50 minutes) and subject matter depending on your schedule and interest, and can be tailored for different ages from 7 through 12.​

"Both in print and in person, Jason Viola uses wit and approachability to make complicated topics accessible and fun. He achieves the impossible in his presentation, which actually gets the students excited about the nonfiction writing process, with the quixotic elements of polar bears, libraries, and comic books."

-Patrick Mongeau, Teacher, Burbank Elementary, Belmont, MA

"Jason's fabulous way with the students had them learning through laughter. It was so cool to watch them fall into silence as he broke down the real decisions that go into making a nonfiction graphic novel. My 3rd grade students are now busy doing research and creating nonfiction graphic novels after getting inspired by the visit!"

-Jennifer Reed, Library Teacher, MA

Speaking fees

​Single classroom or assembly: $300*
Two classrooms or assemblies: $500
Full day (three presentations): $700

A discounted rate may be available for Title 1 schools. I offer a separate presentation for public libraries. Please contact me for more information.

*The single session rate is available only for schools within 50 miles of Waltham, Massachusetts.

Please use the form below or email jyviola@gmail.com to schedule a visit.


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