Salty, Bitter, Sweet Educators’ Guide

Dear Educator:

Thank you for considering Salty, Bitter, Sweet for your classroom or library. You may download the free Educators Guide by clicking on the cover image to the right.

Research has shown that reading fiction can be effective in promoting problem solving, increasing compassion, developing empathetic understanding and enhancing self-awareness. I hope students will use the experiences depicted in Salty, Bitter, Sweet to tackle transformative issues in their own lives such as death and divorce. This guide is also meant to help them discover the joy and power that comes from owning your life’s story.

If you are bringing Salty, Bitter, Sweet to your classroom or library, I would love to tag along! Below you will find information on school and library visits.

If you have questions or comments, please send me a message through the form below.

Pies and best wishes,

Mayra Cuevas

School and Library Visits

I LOVE doing school and library visits!

Events: Schools and libraries may schedule up to three events per day including a combination of the following:

  • School assembly

  • Classroom or library presentation

  • Breakout sessions or workshops

  • Student lunch, interview with school newspaper, parent/teacher discussion, or book signing

Bonus: Free books! Schedule a full day event, and receive three FREE books for your school library, as well as signed bookmarks for students.

Grades: As a young adult author, I can connect with students from grades 6-12.

Book Copies: Copies of my book should be available to students in advance of any school visit. Students do not have to purchase the book, but should be familiar with the story and my author bio. Pre-event sales can be arranged through a local bookstore or with my publisher.

Presentation TOPICS

Cake and Pajamas: The Author’s Life: I will discuss growing up in Puerto Rico, reading great Latin American literature as a teen, and using books and writing as an escape from my parents divorce. I then talks about becoming a journalist, landing a job at CNN, and later becoming an author. I discuss the “life” of an author, including everyday demands and the path to publication.

Find the Story Only You Can Tell: I leads students through a series of writing prompts so they can use their life experiences to tell a unique story and begin to find their voices as writers. This presentation works best as a workshop.

Of Love, Food and Family: Salty, Bitter, Sweet Book Talk: This presentation is built around the themes of Salty, Bitter, Sweet. I discuss how to incorporate love, food and family into fiction writing.

Your Life as a RomCom: In this fun writing workshop, I leads students through a series of writing prompts so they can create a short story with RomCom elements using examples from their own life.

Why Diversity Matters: I discuss the importance and need of reading diverse books from all genres. I also challenge the idea that marginalized characters are authentic only when they are dealing with pain or abuse of some kind, most often directly related to their race, religion, or sexuality.

Journaling and Meditation: I explain how journaling and meditation can help with the anxiety and depression teens often experience. For this workshop, I use my own experiences as a teen who was diagnosed with both anxiety and depression at age 16. Today, I am a qualified meditation teacher and part of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia’s Teacher Training Program.


Two Sessions: $800, includes two 45 minute sessions from the list above

Full Day: $1250, includes up to three sessions and a break for lunch

Transportation and Lodging: Additional transportation and lodging fees apply for locations over 50 miles from Norcross, GA.

Special Rates: Please inquire about special rates for Tittle 1 schools and schools and libraries in the Atlanta area.


Session: 45-minute Skype sessions include a book talk, short reading and Q&A

Rate: $150 per session

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