Nadia L. Hohn (Toronto)

The Writers Union member. Picture book. All ages. $250 for 1 session (60 min) $450 for 2, $350 for 2 x 30 minute sessions (great for JK to 1). Full day (4 sessions) $800. + kilometrage.

Malaika’s Costume (2016) and Malaika’s Winter Carnival (2017).

Nadia L. Hohn B.A. (Hon.), B.Ed., M.Ed. is an author and illustrator who delivers interactive presentations with arts and culture.

Toronto-born of Jamaican parents, Nadia L. Hohn is passionate about diversity in the children's book industry.  Nadia L. Hohn is a teacher and the author of two picture books-- Malaika’s Costume (2016) and Malaika’s Winter Carnival (2017), illustrated by Irene Luxbacher and published by Groundwood Books.  She is also the author of Music (Grade 5) and Media (Grade 6) books in the Sankofa Black Heritage Collection series published in 2015 by Rubicon Publishing Inc.  Nadia has an upcoming early reader about Harriet Tubman to be published by HarperCollins in 2019 and she is currently working on other books.

Presentation Details

Caribbean Playground (Malaika’s Costume/Malaika’s Winter Carnival)      K to Grade 3, Educator version also available, 30-90 minutes

Explore Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games that Malaika would learn and play in her schoolyard. This is an interactive, lively and musical workshop featuring a reading of Malaika’s Costume or Malaika’s Winter Carnival, musical instruments, and storytelling as well.  Educators will gain African-Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games that you can share with your Kindergarten to Grade 3 students.

Carnival Adventure (Malaika’s Costume/Malaika’s Winter Carnival) K to 12, 60-150 min                      

Come join the Carnival!  Learn about the history of Carnival in the Caribbean through dance, costume, a slideshow, and music.  Who can’t forget the limbo?  Depending on group size, we’ll even get to design our own costume as a group or individually or design your own Carnival headpiece.  This is an interactive, lively and musical workshop featuring a reading of Malaika’s Costume or Malaika’s Winter Carnival.  (Materials cost is extra for crafts.)

Beyond Black History Month: African-Canadian Experiences through the Arts (Sankofa Media and Music, Malaika’s Costume, Malaika’s Winter Carnival) Grade 5 to 12, Educator, 45-120 min

Songs, images, and other forms of media create windows into the Caribbean peoples who have made contributions to Canada.  Through the Sankofa series books, Music and Media, as well as Malaika's Costume, students will take part in dramatic arts activities such as role playing and readers’ theatre.  In addition, they will deconstruct video and audio clips that explore the history and experiences of African descended people in Canada and the diaspora and enhance their understanding of the book.

Write-Your-Own or Customized Workshops available upon request, Grades 1 to 12, Adults 60-180 min

Have you ever wanted to write your own children’s book?  Song?  Rap?  Or an alternate genre?  I can help you.  This workshop helps you to come out with a finished piece.

African-Caribbean OR Diverse Children and Young Adult Authors Panel, Adults 60-90 min

This would be a panel of 3 to 5 children and young adult authors discussing such questions.  What is the importance of diverse kidlit in 2017?  What are some barriers for diverse children and young adult authors (if any)?  What are your books about?  Do your main characters deal with issues of diversity (e.g., racism, identity, prejudice, islamophobia)?  What diverse books do we need in 2017?

Malaika’s Costume and/or Malaika’s Winter Carnival STEAM Day

STEAM or STEM are existing programs and curricula that integrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math into critically engaging with students and helping them to reach their full-potential.  The workshop includes Carnival arts and history, drafting, design, exhibition/community sharing, and discussion.

IDEAL AUDIENCE SIZE: 10-60

MAXIMUM AUDIENCE SIZE: 200

GRADES: Kindergarten-Grade 12, staff-specific workshops

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Not required but it is often the most fun if we have a flip chart. For larger audiences, a projector and screen is very helpful.

You will also require a stereo-system or CD player to play music that will be part of the presentation.

A table for display purposes.

Voice projection is needed for larger groups, especially if the presentation is in a gymnasium.

For arts and crafts workshops, the materials will need to be provided by the school.  Otherwise, the author can provide these for a nominal material cost.

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Irene Luxbacher (Toronto)

Irene Luxbacher photoToronto ON,  Author/Illustrator, fiction and NF.  Governor General nominee, USBBY winner and Disney Adventure Awards winner.  Multi awards and nominations

$300 plus HST for 1 session.$500 for 2, $650 for 3 and $800 for 4 + travel. Fees include art supplies.

Irene has more than 17 years experience making presentations and teaching visual art to children and adults.  Her specialty is presenting for primary ages, but enjoys making presentations to all when requested. She tailor makes her presentations to compliment teacher lesson plans and current classroom topics or interest.  As the author and illustrator of both art activity books and picture books, she usually presents to 1-2 classes at one time, with groups ranging from 20-30 children.  Because Irene often brings art supplies for demonstrations and craft projects, it is preferable for classes to rotate over the course of the day if more than one presentation is requested.

Presentations by grade

Irene is easy going and flexible with her presentations. She is understanding, warm and engaging. She always makes sure students are drawn into her world of storytelling and art making. A typical presentation usually begins with a brief introduction and the reading or sharing of one of the books she’s either illustrated or written and illustrated.  After some discussion, a theme or idea is arrived at and an art demonstration or workshop follows.  Irene always tries to leave behind a class art project that will keep kids thinking about her books and leave readers with a reminder of the fun that can be had when inspiration and imagination are at play.

Here is an example of her themes by grade:

JK to 2: A 10-15 minute reading of “The Imaginary Garden” by Andrew Larsen followed Q&A on topic of your choice (i.e. gardens, seasons, environment, relationships), Ending with 30 minute group art activity such as a class garden mural project

2 to :4 A 20 minute reading of “Mr. Frank” followed by Q&A on topic of your choice (i.e. different jobs/occupations, fashion history, relationships with elderly family members).  Presentation with students creating a miniature tailor shop of the ages using collage materials.  What time period would you create clothes for? What ages? Why?

4 to 8: A 20 minute reading of “Malaika’s Costume” by Nadia Hohn. Q&A on topics such as immigration, empathy, differing cultures/customs. Presentation ending with the creation of a carnival headpiece reflecting each students own style, interests or emotions.

7 to 12: Irene would do workshops involving students in the art of storytelling through words and images for this age group.  Simplifying text and adding visual content would be discussed and demonstrated.  Some drawing techniques would be shared and students would work on the 32 page format that most picture books come in to be completed in class or at home. Students would have a chance to look through many of Irene’s books and ask questions about the process of coming up with an idea and turning it into a book.

Professional Development Workshops:

Irene loves to involve primary teachers in art making workshops that demonstrate how to make the most of a few supplies and how to ensure a successful lesson.  Ordering art supplies can be daunting and expensive if you’re not sure where to begin. Irene will bring in basic, inexpensive tools and materials and demonstrate their many uses. Irene’s professional development workshops are fun, interactive and lively and will offer teachers valuable information.  Providing a solid foundation of simple techniques that can be applied to any topic will help teachers enjoy using visual art as a teaching and learning tool on a regular basis.

Maximum group sizes for presentations: 20-30.  Workshops are ideal with 7-15 people at a time.

Classrooms or library preferred

Equipment required: A glass of water, A table to organize art supplies and books on.  Irene loves to read her books in a circle, on an open floor area with young children. A large plastic drop-sheet or two to protect desks or work areas from possible paint/glue spills.

*Irene uses art materials that are non-toxic and tools that are age/skill appropriate.

Virtual Visits: $150 plus HST, 60 minutes, Skype.

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Melanie Florence (Toronto)

Toronto. Writers’ Union Member. Winner of the TD Children's Literature Award! Author of novels, non-fiction and picture books and recent winner of the Second Story Press Aboriginal Writing Contest.

Melanie’s rate is $300, two is $550, three is $800 and four is $1000, plus travel from Toronto. (No costs for travel within the GTA.)

Melanie tailors her presentations to the age of her audience and makes them fun and interactive. Groups can choose one of her books for her to do a short reading from and she discusses her experience as a writer, what led her to become a writer and where she gets her ideas. She also talks about the process of writing … from idea to publication.

Each presentation is 50 minutes in duration with 10 minutes for Q&A. She also talks about what drove her to write books with Aboriginal characters and issues, such as residential schools, racism and teen pregnancy.

Melanie can also gear her presentation to discuss Aboriginal issues, such as residential schools and missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Melanie’s most popular visit is a serious but enlightening history of residential schools and introduces students to what life in the residential schools was really like, which is a great addition to the Aboriginal studies curriculum.

Melanie’s books include a strong element of her Aboriginal roots and she encourages discussions and questions on Aboriginal history, residential schools, and especially diversity.

Melanie can tailor a writing workshop to your group but her favourites are Exploring Your Culture Through Writing where the group will  explore their own unique stories and The Importance of a Good First Line, where Melanie and your students will look at famous first lines and talk about what makes them strong. Using a list of strong first lines, the workshop participants will choose one to start their own story.

All venues (classrooms, libraries, auditorium, gymnasiums etc.)
Equipment and other requirements: I like to use power point if possible– can bring my own laptop but will need a projector and screen.

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Marthe Jocelyn (Stratford)

​Stratford. Writers' Union Member. Sneaky artist! TD Award​ & Vicky Metcalf Award winner. All ages.

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Marthe's rate is $400. for a one hour session, speaking or art instruction,  or $700. for two sessions, plus HST.  For art workshops there is also a flat fee for materials of $20. per group per session.

Travel costs from Stratford are negotiable. An overnight stay requires accommodation.

Marthe grew up in Toronto and lived in New York city for thirty years. She has published more than 35 books and has visited schools all over North America. Marthe is a versatile, congenial presenter with books for all readers - from primary grades through teens, from picture books to non-fiction and novels. She leads workshops in collage that result in triumph for every artist.

Presentation details:

Due to Marthe's wide range of books and skills, she provides several different workshops. She likes to tailor her presentations to each audience and is extremely happy to discuss the content with educators beforehand. With younger children, she reads aloud from picture books, shares many visuals through power point, and talks about how a book is made. For book talks with middle grade students and teens, Marthe can present a survey of her many books or focus on just one or two, depending on the classroom needs and interest. All presentations contain lots of images and have room for dialogue depending on audience size. Topics can include: Where ideas come from, revision, getting from the idea to  finished manuscript, doing research, and having a job that you can do in your p​a​jamas.

Sneaky Art Workshops:

Is there a sneaky artist in you? Of course there is! This workshop - for grades 3, 4, 5 , or for teachers who are nervous about teaching art - is meant to encourage a new way of approaching art. Not just making it, but sharing it with friends and strangers​ by leaving it in unexpected places.

​Marthe begins​ with a brief power point presentation of sneaky art that is already out there in the world, moves on to showing​ ​her own, and then have the kids - or grownups - ​create sneaky projects to be proud of.

Sneaky art is not: mean, defacing, ugly, hurtful, messy, or permanent.

Sneaky Art is not: graffiti or marking up someone else’s property.

Sneaky art is: funny, clever, thoughtful, temporary, subversive, playful, and surprising!

Equipment and other requirements:​

(for school & library​ visits)

Projector for Power Point presentation with a screen and adequate extension cord. (This will be confirmed with each booking).

For art workshops, each participant needs scissors, ​white​ glue ​

(not glue sticks)​, and a table or desk (ie. not the floor) to work on.

​Marthe provides​​ most collage materials, but often teachers like to arrange for supplies to be brought from home as well.

A librarian, teacher or other school representative should be present throughout the presentation. During art workshops, more than one extra adult should be present.

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Elly MacKay (Owen Sound)

EllyMacKay Owen Sound ON. Writers' Union Member. Author, illustrator, picture books, Forest of Reading, lightbox, paper, children’s books, primary, workshop, art project.

Elly’s rate is $275 for one session, $475 for two, $675 for three and $800 for four, plus local travel from Toronto when in the area (either taxi or being picked up by a teacher to accommodate her in bringing her miniature theatre and supplies).

Elly’s presentations are a lot of fun and very hands-on. She has a Bachelor of Education and loves teaching all ages.

She will design her presentation to suit the size and age of the group. Her story telling and her unique way of creating illustrations will inspire students. Elly makes her illustrations by setting up layers of paper, lighting the scenes and photographing them. Each group will have an opportunity to see her miniature stage and build a scene together. If the group is smaller in size, they create their own piece of art. With larger groups, materials are left for teachers for an extension activity. A beautiful print of the groups illustration is later sent to the school or library as a keepsake.

Elly requires a small table, outlet, laptop and projector.

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Mireille Messier (Toronto) (Blue Spruce)

Toronto. Writers' Union Member. French/English author. Picture books and middle grade. Great for immersion students! K to 6. Mireille’s rate is $300 for one 45-60 min session, $550 for 2, $750 for 3, $900 for 4 (max 4 per day, min 2 per day if outside GTA), plus travel by car (if outside Toronto). HST extra.

New! Mireille has TWO new ENGLISH picture book available!

New! Mireille has TWO new ENGLISH picture book available! She can present "The Branch" / "Ma branche préférée" or "Fatima and the Clementine Thieves/Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines" in either English or French or both. Both these stories are about collaboration and are ideal for readers from grades 1-3.

Most of Mireille's books are published in French and range in genre – from picture books, to chapter books and non-fiction. She enjoys presenting to immersion students and offers lively presentations that are tailored to the language level of the classes.

School presentations will include a reading of the selected book, an activity based on the theme of the book and a discussion with the author about her craft. Depending on the book selected, Mireille will bring puppets (Fatima or Charlotte).

 

Presentation Details

Available in French or English/French (bilingual)
Mireille is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, and so schools wishing to invite her may be eligible for a travel and fee subsidy to off-set the cost of her visit.

Here is an example of her presentations by grade:

JK to 1: two 30-minute sessions for the price of one full session ($300+HST) using her book Quel fouillis! (includes a tool-related activity and a song) or Une Bestiole à l'école (includes an insect-related activity and a song).

Grade 1 to 4: The majority of Mireille’s books are for this age group. 45 to 60 minutes: Session featuring a book of your choice plus a related activity followed by a Q&A on topic/book selected.

Themes available: Environment/Weather (The Branch/Ma branche préférée), Travel/Geography (Charlotte partout), Anagrams/Word Play (Voilier d’Olivier/Quand les zéros), Food/Cooking (Salade de César), Sports (Charlotte Olympique), Night/Rhyme (Luca/Night Flight).

All presentations in this category feature a reading from a giant version of the selected book. When presenting books from the Charlotte series, Mireille comes accompanied by her puppets.

Grade 4 to 6: 45 to 60 minutes. Session featuring a book of your choice plus a related activity followed by a Q&A on topic/book selected. Books available for this level are Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines (advanced picture book)& the middle grade chapter books from Les aventures de Viviane et Simon series.

Maximum number of students per session: 40-80 (flexible)

Venues she is comfortable in: classroom, library, auditorium. Gymnasium as a last resort.

Equipment requirements: table, glass of water, lapel microphone for larger groups, light lactose-free snack if booked for full day.

Note: Mid to late-morning start time requested during winter months (Dec-March)

 

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Frieda Wishinsky (Toronto)

FriedaHCA Toronto, ON. Writers' Union Member. Author of 60+ books available for school and library presentations

Her rate is $350 for one session, $600 for two, $850 for three and $1000 for four, plus HST. Frieda prefers to take public transit outside of Toronto and those costs will be added to her fee. On the rare occasion that she drives, kilometrage will apply.

Here’s what Teacher/Librarian Margaret Litch of Nanaimo, B.C. has to say about Frieda:

“Frieda was a delight! She captivated my grade 2's with her energy, and her winning manner with children. She transformed them into actors which had them talking for days about the story she helped them act out. Her writing speaks to children's real world as well as their imagination and especially to their sense of humour. I have also had Frieda for older students and she is equally comfortable talking about the writing process and sharing stories. I would recommend Frieda Wishinsky for any school author presentation with confidence.”

Presentation Details

1. Schools and Libraries

Frieda’s presentations are fast-paced, interactive, humorous and geared to each group’s level and interests. She uses storytelling, drama, personal stories, chanting, rhyming, props and a lively Q&A to engage her audience about fiction, non-fiction and the writing process. Her teaching background is invaluable when speaking to students of all ages.

Grades: Kindergarten- Grade 7
Maximum number of students per session: 20-100
Setting: Classroom or the school library. (No gym, please!)

Requirements: Table and water. For larger audiences (over 80), the use of a microphone is appreciated (clip-on preferable)

2. Writing Workshops

"Hands-on" workshops for young authors and adults.

3. Professional Development

Frieda has presented at professional development events across Canada, and in the US. She loves sharing her experiences, teaching background and "what she's learned along the way" with her audiences.

Some Possible Topics:

Great Books-Spring Boards for Writing
Every Child a Storyteller
You Can Be a Writer Too!
How to Use Personal History in Storytelling
The Power of Stories in a Changing World
How to Write with a Buddy

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Vikki VanSickle (Toronto) (Red Maple)

Toronto. Writers' Union Member. Dynamic writer and publishing professional. Interactive presentations, customization available. All ages.

$300 + HST for 1 hour presentation; $500 + HST for 2 + travel for locations outside Toronto.

Vikki is a dynamic and engaging presenter who mixes funny anecdotes with interactive activities to connect with audiences of all ages. She grew up in Woodstock, ON where she spent her childhood reading, figure skating, and watching the X-Files in the dark. In addition to writing, Vikki works in marketing at Penguin Random House and is an award-winning bookseller, playwright, former camp counsellor and musical theatre buff.

Presentations:

JK- Gr 2: IF I HAD A GRYPHON

When a kitten sneezes it's adorable, but when a dragon sneezes it's a fire hazard! In this presentation students are asked to consider objects from a bag of clues to determine what kind of pets may be in the book. Teacher's guide and printed activities available as well. A fun introduction to mythological creatures based on IF I HAD A GRYPHON, finalist for the 2017 Blue Spruce & Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award.

Works best in a classroom or library situation.

Offering two 30-35 minute presentations for hourly rate of $300 + HST. Some travel costs may apply.

Gr 4-8: THE WINNOWING- New!

This presentation focuses on Vikki's new novel, THE WINNOWING and explores the possibilities of Vikki's two favourite words, WHAT IF? Includes an introduction to alternative history and conspiracy theory.

Req: projector, surface to project onto, mic for large groups/gym presentations

GR 6-8: SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS

This presentation is built around 2015 Red Maple finalist SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS and focuses on music and culture of the 1960s. It includes trivia and a discussion of character building featuring music clips. Students will be asked to take part in the Summer Days, Starry Nights Playlist Project.

Req: projector, surface to project onto, mic for large groups/gym presentations

Vikki can also tailor presentations for adults (especially teachers, librarians and writers' groups,) writers' craft students or schools that are interested in a class novel study. Contact her for more details.

Vikki can also tailor presentations for adults (especially teachers, librarians and writers' groups,) writers' craft students or schools that are interested in a class novel study. Contact her for more details.

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Lisa Dalrymple (Fergus)

lisadalrymplewp1.jpgFergus ON. Writers’ Union Member. Picture book author, Middle grade author, Crystal Kite winner, K-8.

Lisa’s rate is $450 for two 1-hour presentations) $650 for three or $750 for four plus travel from Fergus. (No costs for travel within Centre Wellington and Guelph.)

About Lisa

Lisa travels all over Canada and as far south as Grenada and St. Lucia, presenting to students from pre-school to grade eight. She was recently selected to tour British Columbia with TD Canada’s Children’s Book Week. Lisa enjoys using performance, visuals, and audience interaction tailored to the circumstances of each presentation to create a fun and interactive event.

Presentations

Each interactive presentation is tailored to each particular group. However, it often includes an element of visual story-telling and/or songs which draw out the themes in Lisa’s books. Presentations are structured but informal and Lisa welcomes and encourages audience participation.

  • Presentations: Preschool-Grade 8. Max. size 100+; 45 for JK-G1. (For JK-G1, two 30-minute sessions may be substituted for one 1-hour presentation.)
  • Workshops: Grades 6-8. Max. 30 participants.
  • Venue flexible: classroom, library or auditorium.
  • It is often the most fun if there is available
    • a flip chart
    • a projector and screen (for larger audiences)
    • a black or white board (for workshops only)

Themes for presentations vary but may include:

“Home Home Habitat” (Environment Presentations)

Skink on the Brink; any of the polar bear books

Centered around an endangered resident of Ontario, the Common Five-lined Skink, these presentations explore issues of habitat protection, endangered species and environmental conservation.

“The Story Behind My Stories”

Skink on the Brink and Jungle Jitters

Lisa’s road to becoming an author required a lot of perseverance, research and luck. It actually began when she was 8! This presentation addresses how authors “find” ideas; the role of research in fiction and non-fiction writing; and the challenges and rewards of work as an author.

“The Creation of a Picture Book”

Skink on the Brink and Double Trouble at The Rooms

Picture books are a unique marriage of words and art, each with a carefully selected medium, and many with additional stories told by the illustrations. This presentation works well should the school wish to expand upon Lisa’s visit with a self-directed art day. Directional support is available upon request.

Writer’s Workshop (Grades 6-8)

A discussion of where ideas come from, how to find them and how to flesh them out into the concept for an entire story. This presentation highlights Character, Setting and Plot and is followed by a workshop component that further addresses the shape of a story.

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Kari-Lynn Winters (St. Catharines) (Blue Spruce)

 

St. Catharines. Writers’ Union Member. World traveling picture book and non-fiction author, storyteller, and performer

Kari-Lynn’s rate is $375 for one session, $600 for two, $850 for 3 and $1,000 for four plus return travel from St. Catharines, Ontario. Kari-Lynn is also available for ELKP (kindergarten) or preschool sessions (including toddlers) for $175 plus return travel from St. Catharines, Ontario.

Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning, children's author, playwright, presenter, and academic scholar. Twenty-five of her picture, non-fiction, and poetry books have been published or accepted for publication. She is also an experienced teacher of writing, who has taught a range of students in Canada and the United States. Kari-Lynn is currently an associate professor at Brock University.

Presentations and Workshops

LARGE GROUP PRESENTATIONS
Kari-Lynn’s tailor-made 50 min. interactive presentations are both educational and engaging. They include readings from her books, puppetry, props, games, songs, strategies for literacy and drama, visuals, audience participation, and a book signing.

She can present to large (up to 400) and small audiences, and for a range of ages (birth – grade 8, and adult).

WORKSHOPS:
Kari-Lynn also leads workshops in reading strategies, writing, publishing, drama, multi-modal literacies, or any combination.

Some workshop examples include:

HUNGRY FOR MATH
Do dragons play hockey and stomp their feet? Are shapes found in your environment? Participants use storytelling, movement, improvisation, and fingerplays to create understandings about math and poetry. (Preschool-Grade 3) (Teacher and Parent workshops also available) (60 min.)

WRITING WITH AND BEYOND WORDS
Show, don't tell. Keep the plot moving. Develop your characters. Explore the musicality of the language. These are concepts that many authors grapple with every time they write. How might authors layer these ideas in order to create a better story? In this workshop, Kari-Lynn demonstrates some of the ways you can make your writing leap, sing, and dance off the page. (Grades 4-adult) (60 min.)

KEEP THEM LAUGHING: WRITING FUNNY FICTION
Humour is a tremendous tool for writers. Skillful humour can make your stories more memorable, improve your writing, and earn you financial and personal rewards. Drawing on her own writing, as well as the writing of others, Kari-Lynn demonstrate eight concrete ways to hone your humour writing and keep them laughing. (Grades 6-Adult) (60 min.)

GETTING YOUR ACT TOGETHER
We’ve all heard the phrase, “No drama please!” But this isn’t the case with writing fiction. Drama strategies can help a writer build tension, create authentic characters, and develop better dialogue. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn page-to-stage strategies for animating and improving their writing. (Grades 1-Adult) (60 min.)

Kari-Lynn also leads workshops in reading strategies, writing, publishing, drama, multi-modal literacies, equity and social justice, numeracy, or any combination.

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Patricia Storms (Toronto)

PatriciaStormsNewPhotoToronto. Writers’ Union Member. Fun and funny cartoonist, children’s illustrator and picture book author and ukulele lady.

$300 + HST for 1 session, $500 for 2, $800 for 3 and $1,000 for 4. I’m very happy to do 2 one half hour JK-K sessions for $300 + HST. No charge for travel within Toronto and the GTA.

Patricia Storms is a picture book author, and an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator specializing in humorous illustrations for children and adults. She can do illustration and writing workshops for JK all the way up to college level.

Presentation Details

Humour is essential in Patricia’s workshops! Laughter & learning go hand in hand. Doodling and drawing cartoons is a great way to in enhance memory, focus, and independent thought. Creative children become great problem-solvers. Patricia is very versatile and will tailor each talk to the age level of the group. Original drawings are always donated to the class at the end of the session!

JK-K:
Patricia performs an entertaining and dramatic reading of The Pirate and the Penguin, as well as a cartoon demonstration.

K- Grade 2 classes:
THANKFUL PRESENTATION
Patricia sings the song ‘If You’re Thankful And You Know It’ from her new illustrated book with the help of her ukulele and the class. There will be discussion of the holiday Thanksgiving and most important, what we all are thankful for in our lives. A drawing workshop ends this presentation, showing kids how to draw fall images such as pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves and squirrels!

THE GHOSTS GO SPOOKING PRESENTATION!
Singing with a ukelele! Drawing! Puppets! Cute ghosties! In this fun Halloween book, THE GHOSTS GO SPOOKING, written by Chrissy Bozik, little ghosts go trick-or-treating by ones, twos and up to ten in this spooky and fun-filled take on ‘The Ants Go Marching’. After the presentation, Patricia engages the audience in a ghost drawing workshop.

NEVER LET YOU GO PRESENTATION
Patricia shows a slide presentation of her picture book NEVER LET YOU GO, along with a quick drawing demo showing the class how penguin families are similar to people families. After the slide show Patricia demonstrates to the group how to draw a penguin. Time permitting, Patricia encourages the kids to make their penguin look like someone within their family or themselves.

Grades 3-6:
CREATE A CHARACTER WORKSHOP
This workshop engages the class into drawing and creating characters as well as introducing concepts such as setting, characters and action in creating a story.

Patricia invites the students to be her art directors, providing ideas of what kind of hair, eyes, nose, clothes, etc., to draw, in order to create their unique character. In the second half of the session Patricia becomes the art director and editor of a picture book. She presents a short silly story and then encourages the audience to illustrate all or part of the story explaining the concepts of setting, characters and action.

Grades 5-12:
CREATE A BOOK COVER WORKSHOP
The first half of the presentation is a slide show demonstrating the development process in creating book covers for publishers. In the second half of the presentation the class gets to create their own book cover, with guidance and inspiration from myself, if needed.

Grades 7 to college level:
The art of writing a picture from an illustrator’s perspective.
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The step-by-step process of illustrating a picture book.

Maximum group size for presentations: 45 for JK to 2, 100+ for everyone else

Patricia is comfortable presenting in a classroom, library, auditorium or gymnasium.
Equipment required: Easel, flip chart, and coloured markers. and for the students if they are drawing: paper, pencils and erasers. A table at the front of the group in order to showcase books and art.

Data or media projector and laptop for slide presentations, and a sound system or microphone for large group presentations. A librarian, teacher or other school representative should be present throughout the presentation. Water and lunch would be lovely for a full day presentation.

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Robin Baird Lewis (Guelph)

 

Guelph ON. Illustrator of Fiction and NF, & Canadian Classic Red is Best, longest back-list Canadian children's lit list, IODE winner. All ages.

Robin’s rate is $325 plus HST for one session, $498 (+HST) for two sessions. Add $250 for each additional session, plus travel up to 60 km from Guelph.

Robin’s enthusiasm and unique speed of execution stuns audiences young and old, regularly. With just a marker and chart paper she conjures up richly detailed line illustrations inspired by audience suggestions, while simultaneously discussing the intricacies of the process for fiction and instructional illustration.

Themes by grade level:

JK to 2: 30-40 minutes session with lots of demonstrations inspired by the audience’s participation. Animals images inevitably figure largely.

Q&A option possible if audience comprehends those two concepts.

2 to 4: 40 minutes broken into several demonstration from audience participation, an explanation of the Illustrator as Questioner, plus a Q&A session.

5 to 8: Demonstration to establish focus and then a very practical talk on Why Illustration Matters, touching on learning styles, how it can help one’s ability to learn, to gain respect, to earn respectable living in the vast array of media available today and into the future.

9-12: Audiences are often surprised to hear that with neither art school training nor formal secondary school graduation, Robin symbolizes the classic determined and self-directed talent who carefully monitored the contemporary scene and exploited her own strengths in the School of Life. And while she has three academic degrees, teaching 20 years of Applied Visual Arts & Design meant she also could involve her students in real world issues any illustrator faces for their immense benefit.

A select list of Robin’s books are used to explain tips on breaking through the Creative Block and the subtle use of illustration to solve problems. She also offers advice to the novice on training and career options, self-marketing and how to deal with or avoid the infamous Clients From Heck.

The library assembly corner is preferred in all venues.

Equipment required: a large (ideally unlined) flip chart pad on a sturdy display stand, with back up markers, a large flat table for display of varied products, some water, microphone optional if acoustics problematic, and if staying over the noon hour, a modest (sandwich) lunch and coffee.

 

 

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Aubrey Davis (Toronto)

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Toronto. Writers’ Union Member. Fiction picture book storyteller multi-awards all ages.

Aubrey’s rate is $375 for one session, $600 for two, $850 for 3 and $1,000 for four plus HST plus travel from Toronto.

For over 35 years, Aubrey has presented to people of all ages across North America. He loves to tell and rewrite traditional tales that make people think. Bottomless and often very funny, these ancient stories have endured because they’ve helped us understand our selves and our world. They still call to what’s best within us all. Perhaps this why his books have received so many glowing reviews and awards.

"Aubrey Davis defies superlatives. His repertoire is amazing and his ability to hold the audience’s attention is legendary. He can tell stories to preschoolers and elementary school students as well as their parents….He is very creative and chooses his stories to match the audience in front of him. The adults (teachers, parents, older students) were as mesmerized as were the children."   Penny Fransblow, Head: Norman Berman Children’s Library, Montreal, April 2012

Presentations: Aubrey tells stories from his books together with other traditional tales to people of all ages. He adapts his programs to suit the listener. With younger children, he tells simple, enticing participatory tales together with lively poems, chants and language games. For older audiences he tells more thought provoking stories, often laced with humour. With Jewish audiences he tells the tales unique to Jewish culture and those they share with other peoples.

Workshops: Humans are storytelling creatures. At all times and places people have told stories to communicate, understand and learn. It’s our nature to do so. Aubrey’s workshops build on innate, often unrecognized abilities to teach participants how to tell, write or learn through oral narrative. He adapts his workshops to suit the audience.

No limit on audience size, but I may have to adjust fees for groups over 75. I’ll need a small display table or stand, armless chair or stool and water. With large audiences I’ll need a microphone: headset, lapel or on a stand. Not handheld.

Aubrey is also available for virtual visits. Contact him to discuss details.

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Andrew Larsen (Toronto) (Blue Spruce)

Toronto ON. Picture book author, Blue Spruce nominated, award winning, inspiring.

Andrew’s rate is $300 + HST for a single session or $500 + HST for an entire morning (multiple sessions). He charges for travel only when visiting locations outside of Toronto.

Andrew is convinced that we all have stories to tell and our own way of telling them. His presentations inspire students to believe they have what it takes to discover their own stories and to share them.

Presentation Details

Grades JK – 3: (approximately 40 minutes) We’re all storytellers. We’re born that way. We tell stories when we play, pretend, squiggle and dream.

Andrew encourages students to recognize that they are surrounded by stories just waiting to be told. Some of those stories are made up. Some are based on real events or real people. He talks about how ideas grow into stories and, in turn, stories can grow into books.

This year marks the first year that Andrew will be able to talk about writing non-fiction as he is presenting his picture book biography The Man Who Loved Libraries; The Story of Andrew Carnegie. A biography is essentially a retell of someone’s life history. It does not depend on imagination. Anyone can do it.

Using show and tell, an unforgettable magic trick, and an engaging style, Andrew inspires the belief that we can all be authors. He demonstrates how a single piece of paper can be turned into a book, ready to be filled with words or pictures. He reads one of his own books and, finally, he welcomes questions.

Andrew leaves students wanting to make their own books and share their own stories.

Grades 4, 5 and 6: (approximately 50 minutes) Andrew believes that a story is a story is story, whether the story is told in a picture book or in a chapter book. Building on his conviction that we all have stories to tell, Andrew talks about the value of a writer’s journal. Keeping a journal reminds us that we are all writers! Andrew talks about how the seed of an idea, jotted in a journal, can grow into paragraph. A paragraph can grow into a chapter and a chapter can grow into a book. We are all authors! He reads from Dingus, his newest middle-grade chapter book.

Family Literacy Events: Andrew loves to engage families and to instill a sense of fun in the stories we share together. Some of the best stories begin at home with our families. Andrew talks about most of his own stories began at home. Some even began as handmade, homemade books. Andrew’s family literacy events are fun! Most all, they’re inspiring.

Andrew will present to grades JK - 6.

He will happily present to any number of students. He has presented to as few as 6 and as many as 250.

Andrew will present in a classroom, library, gym or under a tree.

He loves to do presentations for Family Literacy Events (fun for the whole family!)

If it is a large group Andrew will require a laptop and projector.

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Hélène Boudreau (Markham)

HeleneBoudreauWP1Markham. Writers’ Union Member. Parents’ Choice Award. Fiction. Non-Fiction. Humour. Picture Book. Middle Grade. Tween. K to 8.

Hélène’s rate is $250 for one 45-60 min session, $450 for 2, $650 for 3, $850 for 4 (max 4 per day), plus travel by car. HST extra.

Hélène is a seasoned presenter and award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. With a focus on humour, her books are popular and accessible to readers. Hélène’s presentations reflect this with her upbeat tone, fun content, and energetic performance. She is bilingual and available for presentations in English or English/French (ideal for French Immersion schools).

PRESENTATION DETAILS: available in English or English/French (bilingual)
Hélène is a member of The Writers' Union of Canada, and so schools wishing to invite her may be eligible for a travel and fee subsidy to off-set the cost of her visit.

GRADES k-3: her 45 min presentation consists of:
-a dynamic reading of I Dare You Not to Yawn and a yawning challenge
-fun facts about the science of yawning
-an insider’s view about how books are published and what it's like to work with an illustrator
-an exploration of how certain words, actions, and things can make you feel sleepy
-an interactive ‘I Spy’ game showing the before and after of the book’s illustrations

GRADES 4-8: her 60 min presentation consists of:
-details about her tween novels in the Real Mermaids series
-the business of writing, seeing a project from concept to publication
-the team approach to writing including critique partners, agents, editors, and designers
-Power Writing Techniques, including story structure, adding tension and conflict, and writing with all five senses, drawing from concrete examples from her Real Mermaids books

Grades she will present to: Grades K to 8
Maximum number of students per session: 60-80 (flexible)
Venues she is comfortable in: classroom, library, auditorium, gymnasium
Equipment requirements: LCD projector/screen/ lapel microphone for larger groups

 

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Rebecca Bender (Burlington)

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$350 plus HST for 1 session, two for $600, three for $800 and four for $1000, + travel for destinations further than 50 km.

Rebecca has been working as an illustrator, designer, and art director in children’s publishing for over 10 years. She brings her expertise of book and story creation to her talks and encourages children to create their own picture books. She is the author-illustrator of the popular Giraffe and Bird books. Recently she illustrated Slug Days, written by Sara Leach (October 2017).

Presentation
Rebecca’s goal is to inspire children to develop their own characters, write their own stories and craft their own books to share with others. Through drawing and discussion, children will take part in creating illustrations that may be a springboard for story writing. She shares her journey of becoming an author-illustrator and her process for coming up with ideas. Rebecca requires an easel, chart paper, and a chair and prefers a group size of about 65 students per presentation.

Rebecca is happy to visit middle schools, high schools and colleges as well, to speak about the creative process in both writing and illustrating.

Workshop
Rebecca offers illustration and writing workshops designed to kick start the creative process of making a picture book. For this presentation format, tables or clipboards and basic art supplies are necessary for the students.

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Tim Beiser (Toronto)

timbeiserwp1Toronto ON. Writers' Union Member. Picture books, Blue Spruce & Governor General’s Award nominee. JK to Grade 3.

$250 plus HST per 50-min session. $0.42/km travel fee for presentations not accessible by Toronto TTC.

If you’re looking for a lively, entertaining presenter for younger students, Tim Beiser is a great choice. This bestselling author of rhyming picture books educates as he entertains with a high-energy mix of stories, songs, puppets, and projections. Tim is comfortable presenting to any size group -- be it 30 or 300 students -- in any sized venue.

Tim Beiser’s appearances are often extemporaneous, based on the time allowed, the size of the audience, and the venue – and they’re always fun.

Here’s an example of one of his typical 50-minute presentations:

Tim starts by telling the children the curious story of how Bradley McGogg the Very Fine Frog came about, and then shows them a karaoke-style video and sings a new song crafted from the original comic poem that the book was based on. This is followed by a recitation of the published version of Bradley McGogg while showing projected animations of the illustrations.

As he leads the children in a discussion about the differences between the original poem and the finished story, they talk about the basics of storytelling and identify the major building blocks of narrative fiction.

The presentation concludes with a puppet theatre production of The Frog Prince with the aid of several children chosen from the audience.

Tim is happy to create other kinds of entertaining presentations to fit the specific audience size, venue size, or time limits desired.

His appearances are geared to students in Nursery to Grade 3.

Audience size limits: 30-300. All venues.

Equipment and other requirements:

Tim Beiser uses Windows Media Player video files in his presentation. He brings his own laptop would appreciate it if a projector with a screen (or a SmartBoard) would be available. An amplified sound system, if the venue is a gymnasium or auditorium, would be welcome as well.

Please note: BEISER rhymes with EXERCISER and TRANQUILIZER, not wheezer or sneezer.

 

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Helaine Becker (Toronto) (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)

Toronto. Writers' Union Member. National Bestseller. 2+time Silver Birch winner. Multi awards. K-8. Please note:

Helaine’s rate is $750 + HST for two sessions, $1000 + HST for three and $1200 +HST for four, plus travel from Toronto.

Helaine is an experienced and passionate presenter - and so funny that she is often told she should be a stand-up comedian. She can do up to four side-splitting and inspirational presentations in the same school or area in a day. As the author of picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, non-fiction and YA novels, she routinely presents to an entire school over the course of a day. She also loves speaking to adult groups and showing off her underwear (her underwear puppet, that is).
Helaine is a very versatile presenter. She adapts every presentation to the age and interest level of her audience, and will shift topics on the fly if kids seem especially keen on a particular subject. Every presentation includes both funny bits and serious bits - about the power of literacy and the importance of hard work and determination. Her goal: to make sure every kid leaves with at least one inspiring new idea.

Here is an example of her themes by grade:

JK to 2: two 30 minute storytelling sessions for the price of one full session ($375+HST) using The Haunted House That Jack Built, Little Jack Horner: Live from the Corner, Ode to Underwear and/or Juba This, Juba That (Christmas books, seasonally) + Q and A

2 to 4: 45 to 60 minutes: How and Why We Write/The Power of the Written and Spoken Word Intro plus free-wheeling Q&A, discussion/reading of assorted titles as per kids interests. (Zoobots, Dirk Daring:Secret Agent, The Insecto-Files, quiz books, and picture books may all feature; Christmas books, seasonally)

4 to 8: 45 to 60 minutes. How and Why We Write/The Power of the Written and Spoken Word Intro plus free-wheeling Q&A touching on Writing Techniques (the dreaded Rough Copy, How to Come Up with Ideas, The Power of Punctuation, Knowing Who Your Audience Is); Dealing with Rejection/disappointment, What Science Is, and Creating Humour.

(Zoobots, Dirk Daring:Secret Agent, Gottika, Trouble in the Hills, quiz books, and picture books may all feature)

Maximum group sizes for presentations: 45 for JK to 3. 100+ for everyone else.

Writing Workshops work best wish 16 so so participants

Writing Workshop Topics:

Funny Business: How to Write, Draw, Direct or Sing Seriously Funny Stuff. This session teaches tried-and-true comic techniques, plus idea development for writers (of any age)

All Venues, library preferred.

Equipment required: A glass of water, lunch and coffee if she’s staying for the day. A table to spread her things out on. A microphone for larger groups or in the gym, or if the room acoustics are questionable. A chair.

Virtual Visits: $200 plus HST, 60 minutes (may be divided) Skype

 

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