Ten years ago, I worked as a tour guide in Tunisia. There I was, sharing stories about art and culture while exploring a new place… I loved it! And it made me realize that creating memories and having fun are powerful teaching tools. Since then, I’ve guided museum visits, taught workshops, and developed educational programs for kids and adults.

Now I work full time writing and illustrating children’s books, but I still welcome the opportunity to teach!

I love talking about books, the power of reading, visual literacy, illustration and the creative process. My presentations and workshops are highly interactive. I use Visual Thinking Strategies and Game Based Learning because I believe that meaningful learning happens through personal connection and discovery (plus, it’s a lot more fun!).

I have taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the California Academy of Sciences and the Museum of Children’s Arts in Oakland. Currently I teach at the City College of San Francisco.

When I have the time, I organize Children’s Books events and workshops for aspiring writers and illustrators in San Francisco. Together with author/illustrator Charlotte Cheng I host Picture Book Surgery – A workshop/bookclub for picture book lovers.

Learn more about PICTURE BOOK SURGERY!




My rates for school and library visits range from $450 to $800 (plus expenses when applicable).

I strive to be affordable, so discounts may be available. – If you are a Title 1 school or if many of your students are native Spanish speakers, please do get in touch!

I also offer a limited amount of short FREE Skype visits each year. Sign up before they are gone!

My talks are available in English and Spanish… or a mix of both!

Wondering why should you pay for an author’s visit? This post has the answers.



Things people say about my work with kids:

“The teacher was great! She dealt really well with the children.”

“Adjusted the lesson to make it age appropriate for the attendees.”

 “Storyteller was wonderful!”

 “It was a very fun and engaging activity.”

 “Well presented! She is good with kids.”

 “Diana is an outstanding, caring person who is exceptional at what she does.”

Things people say about my work with adults:

“Thank you for your energy and good supply of useful information. I really enjoyed and appreciated that you shared your work process and your sketchbooks with the class.” – Simone.

“Diana was very generous with her breadth of knowledge and experience. Seeing various ways she practices her creativity and utilizes different mediums was inspiring. She clarified a lot of the nuts and bolts of kid’s books and helped me figure out how to begin the process.” – Kira.

“Full of information! Diana was warm + friendly. Very open to questions. Loved seeing the original illustrations – It felt like a special treat!” – Breanna.

“Diana’s class is packed with the information you need to know on how to get started with picture books. Her lessons are fun and engaging, with great exercises that helped us improve our skills.” – Lulu.

“I thought the class was extremely well organized and the lessons were really well constructed. I know teaching is hard and I think you are great! The hands-on exercises in writing and drawing were particularly good – they made the class fun, interactive, and really illustrated the lessons well.” – Jess S.

“Diana opens your mind to the processes of forming, writing + illustrating picture books. She gives you perspective on the process that is realistic yet inspiring to take your next step.” – Maile.

“Diana’s enthusiasm and passion brings a terrific energy and life to children’s books. I highly recommend this class to people from all walks of life, but especially teachers, parents and prospective writers and illustrators. Diana opens up a very luscious and exciting world as she teaches how the nuts and bolts of children’s writing and illustrating come together to create powerfully enjoyable and deeply moving stories.” – Carrie M.