Andrea Torrey Balsara offers workshops geared to writing, art and illustration as well as child and youth empowerment workshops. To learn more about these workshops, or to book Andrea into your classroom or children’s group, please click here to use the form provided on the contact page.


YO, HO, HO, and a Visit from Greenbeard the Pirate Pig!

Young piggywinkles, ages 4-8, will enjoy a romp with Greenbeard! Andrea will read the story, GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG, ending with a rousing pirate shanty. Participants will learn how to do their very best, “AAaaarrrr,” and “AHOY!” and “AVAST!” A rolicking good time, followed by Q & A. For a longer, more in-depth presentation, participants can also learn how to draw Greenbeard for themselves.



In this presentation, Andrea wears her illustrator hat. Reading from the “Happy the Pocket Mouse” series, Andrea will demonstrate how to construct a cartoon character. Perfect for young artists! The workshop can be expanded to include elements from the presentation, DRAWING FROM THE INSIDE OUT, making it adaptable for all age groups.



A drawing workshop where participants will…

  • Learn basic drawing elements and techniques
  • Explore movement and feeling in their own art
  • Create pieces of art that reflect their unique approach to art


Writing from the Heart: How to Write What You Love

In this writing workshop, participants learn how to write about what matters to them

  • using writing exercises
  • music
  • writing prompts

This can be adapted for any age group.


Wearing TWO HATS: being author AND illustrator!

A workshop where participants will learn…

  • The elements of story writing
  • Create their own cartoon characters
  • Use a storyboard to lay out illustrations
  • Create their own comic page (for longer sessions, participants can create their own small, illustrated book)

*up to 30 students per workshop*


UNITY ROCKS! Getting Excited About Diversity!

u´ni·ty (ū´nə-tė) n. 1, the state of being united or uniform. 2, the quantity and integer one. 3, harmony among elements.

di·ver´si·ty (di-vẽr´sə-tė) n. 1, essential difference. 2, variety.

Through drama, storytelling, and music, young people work together in an atmosphere of acceptance, hope and action to help them discover the power of “unity in diversity.” Interactive, and great fun! Yeah!


BE THE CHANGE…The power of you! workshop*

Through storytelling, and readings from the author’s books, students will learn to unlock the power of their own potential. They will “be the change.” Especially powerful for children dealing with loss, trauma, and anxiety.

*Other empowerment workshops can be crafted for your school/class; up to 30 students per workshop unless by special arrangement*