The Young Girl Who was inspired to Write a Book!

A parent wrote to us:
My daughter had a presentation by Sigmund Brouwer at her school - she came home with his message of "she can do anything, never stop using your imagination".  With that, she wanted to write a book. She told me the story, I wrote it for her and then she copied it.  We attached her pages to construction paper and used ribbon to tie it together.  She didn't want to draw pictures as she wanted people to "use their imagination".  She read her story to her class this morning.  She was a bit shy, but her excitement got her through it.  His visit was approximately 1 week ago - she created her own story, wrote it out, read it to her class and can't wait to write more stories off of her original one!  Thank you for helping to inspire my kindergarten girl!!

Ayla holding 'Faerie Land'. She wrote it in her lined writing book and we took the pages out an glued them on construction paper, binding it with ribbon. We made a craft project of writing and "publishing" her book!

 

Here's what Sigmund had to say:

Hearing about Ayla’s new book and seeing the smile as she held it up is what all of us authors LOVE about going to schools! Much as I’d like to take credit for this, I’m always aware that every day teachers and librarians are teaching students like Ayla how to use the alphabet to put stories on paper, so thanks to all of you at schools how are doing this, and thanks for letting me be a part of the literacy journey at your schools. P.S.: I’m back in the area from March 20-24, and May 1-5! (he's subsidy eligible for the May dates).

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Julie Burtinshaw (Vancouver)

Award winning YA author, storyteller, speaker, workshop leader, ideas person, traveller. Writers Union Member Julie’s rates are $275 per session, $500 for two sessions, $900 for four sessions. Julie will be in Toronto in September and October 2017. Julie's partner is a pilot and therefore she is able to be in Ontario with very little notice. Travel, $150 per day.

Julie was born and raised in Vancouver where she still lives. She loves to travel the world and is passionate about the health of our oceans.  She attributes her fascination with teenage resilience and courage to her own experiences to a tragic family loss. Her books reflect her admiration for the choices teens make when facing impossible situations.

Julie writes both historical fiction and coming of age stories set in current times. Her previous eight novels explore the issues that face young adults and in particular young men in a candid style that engages readers and encourages discussions and exploration.

When not writing, Julie teaches creative writing workshops, and is an active participant in the writing community. She has served as a judge for the BC Book Awards, Red Cedar Awards, Illinois Women's Press Association Communications and mentored many emerging and upcoming writers.

Presentations: Readings and writing workshops for grades seven to college/university. Julie’s ability to engage even the most reluctant teens in discussion and conversation has earned her the praise of many high-school teachers.  Julie employs a series of highly interactive creative writing prompts, games and exercises to ensure that every student leaves her workshops armed with a strong sense of accomplishment, and a newly a discovered passion for the written word in its various forms.

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Depending on the length of the presentation, the size of the class and the goals of the educator, possible topics include (but not exhaustive):

The process of writing
Sourcing ideas
Accessing creativity
Research
Plot development
Character development
Publishing tips and tricks
Poetry
Writing dialogue
Writing Memories

Julie customizes her workshops, readings and presentations depending on the ages, group size and goals of audiences and requests a short email exchange with educators prior to in-classroom visits.

For readings and presentations Julie is comfortable with large groups. For creative writing workshops group sizes should not exceed thirty, although smaller groups are ideal.

Students attending creative writing workshops should bring pen, paper and their imaginations.  Julie will need a flip board, a white board, water, desk or table and a microphone for larger groups.  She uses Keynote format for large group presentations so will require a screen and computer table.

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Lisa Lawrence (Edmonton, Alberta)

White Pine nominee for YA novel Rodent. Available for school or library visits (accessible by public transit) in the Toronto area on May 15, 17, 18, and 19, 2017. $200 for a 45 – 60 minute session and $150 for subsequent sessions in the same school. No travel costs. Available Fridays for Skype visits ($100 for 45 – 60 minutes).

Lisa grew up as a free-range kid in small towns in British Columbia and Alberta. She could often be found in the library during summer vacations or hammering away at an old typewriter. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in Romance Languages, an MA in Italian Studies, and a B.Ed in Secondary Education. She currently works as a teacher and writer in Edmonton, where she lives with her husband and three children. Rodent is her first novel.

Lisa’s presentations are intended for students in grades 7 and up (ages 12 to adult). They include a reading and discussions with students about finding the writing spark, the writing and editing process, tips for aspiring writers, and any other questions or interests students have. As a relatively new writer, she engages with youth who someday hope to publish their work, those who enjoy reading, or those who are simply curious about the behind-the-scenes process.

Class sizes can be negotiated, with preference to groups of 40 students or less at one time.

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Needs: A bottle or glass of water while presenting, for the teacher to be in attendance, and lunch if presenting to classes in the morning and afternoon at the same school.

 

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Last Call for Out-Of-Province French Nominee Visits!

Prix Peuplier, Prix Tamarac and Prix Tamarac Express nominees will soon have to finalize their flights into Toronto for the Forest of Reading ceremonies in May. If you would like to host a visit with them, now is the time to book! Once their travel arrangements are made, they cannot be changed.

All of these fabulous authors still have availability. For more info, or to book, follow the link on each nominee's name:

Sylvie Brien (author), available May 17 & 19, SK-6

Katia Canciani (author) available May 17 & 19, JK-6

Johanne Dion (author), available May 17 & 19, Grades 4-8

Rhéa Dufresne (author), available May 19, SK-8

Marianne Dumas (author/illustrator), available May 19, JK-3

Arianne Gagnon-Roy (author), available May 16, 17 & 19, Grades 4-8

Manon Gauthier (illustrator), available May 17 & 19, JK-8

Isabelle Larouche (author), available, May 16, 17 & 19, Grades 3-8

Danielle Loranger (author/illustrator), available May 17 & 19, Grades 5-6

Sylvie Lussier (author) available May 17 & 19, Grades 4-8

Catherine Petit (illustrator), available May 16 & 17, Grades 1-3

Andrée Poulin (author), available May 15, 16 & 19, JK-Grade 10

Paul Roux (author/illustrator), available May 15, 16 & 17, Grades 3-12

Mireille Villeneuve (author), available May 17 & 19, Grades 2-8

Faites vite!

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Mike Deas (Salt Spring Island, BC)

Silver Birch Express Nominee. Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels. Writers' Union member. Available May 15-19, 2017. His rate is $275 for one session, $525 for two, $750 for three, and $950 for four plus travel from downtown Toronto.

Mike has illustrated over 14 Graphic Novels and books for young readers including Tank and Fizz and the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His passion for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Mike also works as a concept artist in the Video Game industry.

Mike’s presentation for grades 3-8 takes the audience through the production of his work (from doodles to publication), he provides drawing advice, tips on story development and hands on artistic demonstrations.

Through humor, Mike offers an inspirational glimpse into the creation of a graphic novel and the ongoing journey of education, trial and error, and experience in the world of illustration. Mike does an interactive multimedia presentation which details a step by step description of Liam O’Donnell and his joint process creating the Tank and Fizz series including; story, character design, thumbnail sketches, pencils, inks, color and finally publication. Several live drawing demonstrations with audience participation highlight the power of visual story telling and an open imagination.

His interactive presentation encourages literature through the Graphic Novel medium to even the most reluctant readers. The one hour (flexible) presentation includes time for questions and answers.

Set up Requirements: projector (to connect to a PC laptop), screen, easel or flipchart for drawing demonstrations and table to display books.

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Karen Bass with a two-session deal!

Recent Bilson award winner & Red Maple nominated author, Karen Bass, will be based in Toronto from May 8th to 18th. She's offering a combo deal in May only: book her for a 1/2 day, 1 session for Red Maple nominated The Hill and 1 session for her new MG Two Times a Traitor. Two great sessions for the special price of $400.  She waives travel costs and is willing to travel 90 minutes outside Toronto.

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Book now: Sigmund Brouwer’s new book and Vimy presentation

Available in the GTA from March 20-24.
In April of 1917, an army of civilians from a nation with little military tradition did the impossible. These Canadians conquered the best-defended ridge on the Western Front. They did it with daring and common sense, overcoming the challenges that had stopped the English and French armies in previous attempts.
For the 100-year anniversary in April, 2017, based on his up-coming book Innocent Heroes, Sigmund Brouwer’s Vimy Ridge Presentation gives students a deeper understanding of this defining moment in Canadian history, highlighting the role of First Nations soldiers in World War One, and teaches students how to apply leadership and teamwork lessons from that victory to their own classrooms and lives today.
For grades three and up.
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Don Aker’s first collection of short fiction

Known primarily as an author of YA novels, Don Aker is pleased to announce that Pottersfield Press will publish his first collection of short fiction. Slated for a spring release, Scars and Other Stories will include several previously published narratives—many of them award-winners—along with ten new stories. While this book is intended for an adult audience, it should come as no surprise to Don’s fans that young people play important roles in most of the stories.

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Stratton’s new book shines!

Allan Stratton’s upcoming YA novel, from Scholastic Canada and Andersen Press, UK, has been selected by CBC Books for its 2017 spring book list. CBC Books describes it as “a moving story of unresolved family conflicts, and a girl’s awakening to the things that matter most."

To book Allan for a school or library visit, click on his name for the link.

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Dave Atkinson (PEI)

Dave Atkinson. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  Writers' Union Member. Dave is a fun and funny Hackmatack-nominated Middle Grade author, journalist, and broadcaster.

One session is $225, two for $400, three for $550 and 4 for $700. Plus HST and local travel.

Dave Atkinson is a children’s author, journalist, columnist, and broadcaster. His first novel for middle-grade readers, Wereduck, was nominated for the 2016 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award. Dave is a multiple award-winning journalist whose work for the CBC has appeared on The Current, Atlantic Voice, Tapestry, Maritime Magazine, and regional radio programs across the country. He and his wife are homeschooling their three silly kids in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Dave’s presentations are fast paced, funny, and a lot of fun. A professional broadcaster, he is able to freely flow from animated readings of his books to discussions about writing, publishing, and how to take the mystery out of the creative process. Dave can grab the attention of students and pull them into his stories, but still allow for a fluid, student-led conversation with lots of questions. Discussions often touch on where ideas come from, how to turn those ideas into tangible stories, and how to learn to love the red ink of a teacher or editor. Dave is available year-round in the Maritimes. He tours through Ontario in the fall and spring. Contact him for dates or to make special arrangements.

Dave’s presentations are geared towards Grades 3 through 6. He is comfortable with individual classes and groups as large as 90. Dave requires a bottle of water and a microphone when speaking to larger groups.

Dave will facilitate workshops for adults on writing for kids, getting noticed by a publisher, working with an editor, and promoting your work in traditional and social media. Fees are adjustable by the length of the workshop.

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Cary Fagan Back in Action!

It has been a while since we have seen a new book from Cary Fagan, but this season he has THREE! These books will engage and delight kids from kindergarten to the age of chapter books.

Wolfie and Fly, the first chapter book in a new series, has already received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. City Parent lauds "this classic story of imagination, friendship and adventure told by a master." It'll be sure to get your own kids' imaginations going!

Little Blue Chair, a picture book for younger listeners, has also been praised by Publisher's Weekly: "This is, at heart, a romantic story, one that makes a lovely case for finding value and utility in secondhand items, and for sharing them when they are no longer needed."

Later in spring comes A Cage in Search of a Bird, a simple tale with sophisticated ideas for older picture book readers that was inspired by a line from Franz Kafka.

Cary loves interacting with kids, often using music for the younger grades. His goal is to encourage them to discover books they love and find ways to tell their own stories.

For more information and to access his contact form, visit Cary's page!

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Subsidy/Grant eligible authors coming to Ontario in the spring

Dave Atkinson will be available in the GTA for Education Week, May 1 to 5! Subsidy eligible for schools. Public library grant available.

Former White Pine winner  Don Aker is coming to the GTA during the week of May 8th! Subsidy eligible for schools.  Public library grant available.

Red Maple Fiction Nominee, Caroline Pignat of Ottawa is available in Toronto Wed May 17th. Subsidy eligible for schools.  Public library grant available.

Red Maple Fiction Nominee  Art Slade, is available for in Toronto during the week of May 15. Subsidy eligible for schools.  Public library grant available.

Michelle Barker, Golden Oak nominee, available in Toronto the first week of June. Subsidy eligible for schools.  Public library grant available.

Judith Graves, Golden Oak nominee, Visiting Ontario around the time of the Golden Oak Award, May 27 to June 3rd. Subsidy eligible for schools.  Public library grant available.

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Public Library grant eligible authors coming to Ontario in the spring

Writers' Union grants for public library visits taking place after April 1.
Natasha Deen will be back in Ontario April 17-21. She'll be based in Scarborough and can travel the GTA /401 corridor as far as Kingston.  Natasha can present to an entire K-8 school in half a day! Subsidy eligible!

Red Maple Fiction Nominee, Caroline Pignat of Ottawa is available in Toronto Wed May 17th. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Fiction Nominee  Art Slade, is available for in Toronto during the week of May 15. Subsidy eligible.

Michelle Barker, Golden Oak nominee, available in Toronto the first week of June. Subsidy eligible.

Judith Graves, Golden Oak nominee, Visiting Ontario around the time of the Golden Oak Award, May 27 to June 3rd. Subsidy eligible.

Dave Atkinson will be available in the GTA for Education Week, May 1 to 5! Subsidy eligible.

Former White Pine winner  Don Aker is coming to the GTA during the week of May 8th! Subsidy eligible.

Diane Carmel Leger will be in the province and is available for bookings in both official languages, May 15 - 19. Subsidy eligible.

Julie Burtinshaw of Vancouver will be in Toronto in September and October 2017. Julie's partner is a pilot and therefore she is able to be in Ontario with very little notice. Subsidy eligible!

 

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Six subsidy-eligible touring authors coming to Ontario!

Writers' Union subsidies for author visits taking place after March 31 are now available.
Natasha Deen will be back in Ontario April 17-21. She'll be based in Scarborough and can travel the GTA /401 corridor as far as Kingston.  Natasha can present to an entire K-8 school in half a day! Subsidy eligible!

Sigmund Brouwer will be back in Ontario March 20-24, and May 1-5! His May visits are subsidy eligible!

Dave Atkinson will be available in the GTA for Education Week, May 1 to 5! Subsidy eligible.

White Pine winner  Don Aker is coming to the GTA during the week of May 8th! Subsidy eligible.

Diane Carmel Leger will be in the province and is available for bookings in both official languages, May 15 - 19. Subsidy eligible.

Julie Burtinshaw of Vancouver will be in Toronto in September and October 2017. Julie's partner is a pilot and therefore she is able to be in Ontario with very little notice. Subsidy eligible!

 

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