Workshops

Yes, I Make School and Library Visits

Whether you want a simple “Meet the Author” visit or an intense writing workshop, drop me a line to ask about availability.

I’ve given author presentations and writing workshops at schools and libraries across Canada, and at conferences and events including The Word on the Street, the SCBWI Canada East Regional Conference, MASC Young Authors’ and Illustrators’ Conference, the Blue Met Children’s Festival, TD Children’s Book Week, the Hackmatack Author Tour, Gaspesie Bookfest, and the Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival.

 

Presentations

For a standard fee, I can come into your school, library, or writing group to perform a reading, talk about my books and writing process, and answer all your questions.

I get weary of saying the same things, so I’m always happy to develop a new talk. Feel free to suggest a topic and I’ll be there with my PowerPoint in hand.

If you’d prefer the tried and true, I offer four basic author visits tailored to the age of the audience:

  • “Making up Stories”Grades JK-3. 45-60 minutes. 

    Virtually meet the cat that helped me write a book about ancient Egypt. Discover how a picture book is made, and how we can all be writers every day. With ancient Egyptian props, a reading (from the unfortunately titled My Cat Isis), and an optional writing/drawing exercise with hieroglyphs.

 

  • “10 Tips for a Fearless Writing Life”Grades 4-7. 60 minutes. 

    Get the scoop on what it takes to become an author, summed up in an hour and accompanied by cartoons, memes, and fun facts about phobias. With Q&A, a reading (from one of my Tips/Tricks comedies or a work-in-progress), and grammar tips from Yoda.

 

  • “Writing and Reading Dystopian Fiction”Grades 7+. 60 minutes. 

    Explore books as entertainments, lifelines, and blueprints for a better world. Discuss what makes a true hero and the importance of perseverance. With Q&A, a reading (from All Good Children or a work-in-progress), and publishing tips for teen writers.

 

  • “Writing through a Lifetime”Adults. 60 minutes. 

    A candid talk about why we write and how to stay sane through the ups and downs of a writing life. About craft, genre, and the publishing landscape. With a reading (short fiction), advice on avoiding depression, and opportunity for discussion.

Writing Workshops

I also offer writing workshops, from 1-2 hours.Workshop topics are endless — let’s discuss your goals. Some general topic suggestions are: “Developing Characters and Settings;” “Writing to Build a Mood;” “Revising is Where it Gets Good;” “Turning a Memory into a Story;” “Writing Effective Dialogue.” Participants can come with work in hand or a blank page.

I especially love to return to a class multiple times to build on lessons and see their work progress. (I’ve been known to take stories home and return with feedback.)

Whether you have a hundred elementary students or a half-dozen adults, I can  have  presentation or writing workshop for you.

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