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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Teachers
Dianne is happy to work with teachers and respond to student questions.
For author visits, real and virtual, inquire through the contact page.
Suggested presentation topics and workshops are listed below.



Please check out the resources below


Eighth Day Teaching Guide

Discussion Questions for The Eighth Day

Eighth Day Activity Sheets

Scholastic Book Fair Book Talk Skit

Photographs of Teotihuacan, taken on a research trip for the climactic scene in The Eighth Day

Video Introduction of The Eighth Day

The Inquisitors Mark Discussion Questions and Activities

The Morrigans Curse Discussion Questions and Activities

Photographs of Central Park, NYC, taken on a research trip for The Inquisitor’s Mark

See Reader Made Book Trailers on YouTube: Here and Here


Discussion Questions
Non-Fiction Article on Caged Graves (Mortsafes)

Photographs of the real Catawissa caged graves


Discussion Questions
Non-Fiction Article on the Fox Sisters
Teaching Plans for We Hear the Dead

Historical Figures from We Hear the Dead

Fox Sisters
Elisha Kent Kane
Horace Greeley
Sir John Franklin
The original pamphlet published by E.E. Lewis
Amy and Isaac Post
Jane Appleton Pierce


Send students working on book reports or class projects to my FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page for more information.


Check out this list of authors who Skype for free with classrooms and book clubs reading their books on Kate Messner’s website!


School Visits

As a former teacher with 25 years experience, Dianne can connect her presentation to your school’s curriculum. Potential topics are listed below, but visits can also be personalized to meet specific needs.


  • Setting and Research – How authors combine personal experience and internet research to create a vivid and believable setting. Dianne shares examples and photos of in-person research (such as climbing a pyramid and planning a breakout in Central Park Zoo) she conducted in order to get her stories right.
  • Dare to Begin – Dianne discusses her beginnings as an author, how stories begin and characters create themselves, and how students can begin writing their own stories.

Writing Workshops

  • Point of View – Examples of first, second, and third person POV w/accompanying writing activity
  • Writing Emotion – Lesson on showing emotion through character body language w/accompanying writing activity
  • Planning a Novel (recommended only for high school or GIEP students with writing goals) – Structured activity for outlining a novel

Inquire through the Contact page of this website about honorariums for school visits.

SKYPE Interviews

FREE under the condition that students are prepped for the interview with questions for the author. Inquire if interested in an autographed book sale before or after Skype visit. (Continental U.S. only.)



Dianne Salerni’s workshop on point of view greatly engaged our sixth graders by immersing the students in authentic, high-interest examples of the different points of view authors use while writing. Mrs. Salerni guided the students in determining why an author chooses to write using a certain point of view. Students were then encouraged to use their own samples of writing to practice these concepts and skills. Her workshop promoted independent thinking while getting the students excited to learn from one of their favorite authors! 

~~ Amanda Norris, 6th Grade Teacher, Avon Grove Charter School, PA

Dianne is a seasoned teacher, so she’s at ease in front of a group of students and she knows how to plan presentations that hold students’ interest. Sixth grade students were focusing on setting when she visited, so she planned a setting-related presentation for them. Students in grades 4-8 were also thrilled to read Dianne’s Eighth Day series, which appeals to a broad range of middle school and upper elementary school readers; we sold out of her books when she visited, and, almost a year later, students fought over copies of the third book in the series when it came out. Since she also has books out for high school readers, she would be a terrific visitor for any school.  

~~ Laurie Morrison, Middle School English Teacher, Friends Select School, PA

What’s the next best thing to having Dianne Salerni, the author of the “Eighth Day” Series  come to your school in person?   At Falcon Cove Middle School, we found that a SKYPE visit was the answer !   Even though she was in Pennsylvania and we were in Florida, it was so easy to get set up and chat as if we were in the same room.  My students even got to meet her cat who wanted to be part of the discussion.  Thank you Dianne Salerni for helping my students to appreciate the book even more!  We look forward to possibly doing this with “The Inquisitor’s Mark.”    

~~Marcia Alexander,  Media Specialist, Falcon Cove Middle School, FL

I liked listening to Dianne Salerni’s speech about her books. It was interesting and exciting to get an author’s perspective on her own book. I thought my questions were answered very thoroughly and I appreciated the time she took to answer them. I enjoyed how she had her daughter do the calendar. It made her seem more genuine and I felt as though she was speaking from the heart and not the brain.

~~ Evan, Student, Winston Preparatory School, NJ


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