Schedule a Visit

Watson is available for a limited number of engagements each year.

To schedule an engagement, contact him by email

Fee: $1200 per day for 3 sessions (45-60 minutes each),

plus lodging and travel expenses.

Additional sessions, $400 each. 

He is also available for Virtual Visits via online video conferencing. 

Photo credit: Kelly Milner Halls   SCBWI regional conference  

Take Your Imagination for a Ride


Media coverage of Watson's recent school visit. 

Leapfrog Interactive Sessions

Watson's collaborative method to narrative development leapfrogs between words and pictures.  

Particpants discover their own creative expression through playful exercises. 

​Richard has been making books and sparking imaginations in schools and libraries for thirty years. He's also a popular presenter at regional and national conferences. 


Kids Speak:

"...You, out of all the authors who have come to our school are my favorite. You let us experience drawing from our hearts..." Rebekah, 5th Grade 

"Hearing you talk and seeing your work was a ray of sunshine. Your illustrations are inspiring and we did not want our day to end." Dannielle, 7th Grade

"Guess what, I love art and I love to draw! You engenerated me to draw more than I did"

Marissa, Kindergarten

Developing characters and individual styles.




Educators Speak:

"Staff and students had a TERRIFIC time yesterday. The buzz is still in the air today! So many teachers came to me with positive observations, thoughts, and excitement." Kathee, Teacher Librarian

"What a thrill to share the day with you. Your slides, artwork, autographing and positive, caring personality made our day a tremendous success." 

Marta, Principal

"Wow! You managed to capture the hearts and minds of all who participated in your workshops. Kids are still showing off their drawings..." 

Carol, Teacher/Coordinator Young Author Olympics 

"You exceeded our expectations. You worked wonderfully well with our students, truly motivating them to write and illustrate. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you." Debbie, Administrator


Librarians Speak:

"Richard is a wonderful presenter. He relates so well to his audience and changes the program to fit. I was especially impressed with how easily he handled young audiences and disruptions." 

"I especially enjoyed Richard's interaction with children. It was obvious he likes children and gets along well with them. He knows how to hold their attention..." 

"Richard was very relaxed and comfortable with both children and adults. I heard so many wonderful comments about his program."