Toronto. Writers’ Union Member. Fiction writer. Silver Birch Express nominee. JK to 8. Philippa’s rate is $300 per session, $550 for two, or $750 for three sessions, + travel expenses outside GTA (for example, GO Bus and GO Train).
Philippa is an award-winning copywriter, a poet, and an acclaimed children’s author. She is a lively and entertaining presenter, often accompanied by her guitar and gargoyle puppet. Her presentations and writing workshops have been promoted and endorsed by the Toronto Public Library. Her children's books have been nominated for numerous literary awards, including the White Raven commendation from the International Youth Library in Munich.
Philippa can talk to groups large or small, from grades JK to 8, and will tailor her 1-hour presentation to your needs and students, as follows:
Lost Gargoyle Series (ages 8-12): includes a powerpoint presentation, textbook images, a gargoyle puppet, music, and author reading. Students discuss gargoyles, medieval times, loneliness, friendship, homelessness, inclusion and difference, the writer's craft and more.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer? (All ages): Philippa combines the top 10 questions she gets asked by students into one interesting and colourful powerpoint discussion which answers questions like: when did you know you wanted to be a writer, who gets to pick what goes on the cover of your books, what does a manuscript look like and more.
Any presentation includes audience participation, Q&A, and for younger grades Philippa can also bring her guitar.
Maximum group sizes for presentations: 60 for JK to grade 2. 100+ for everyone else.
Writing Workshops work best wish 16 or so participants
Writing Workshop Topics:
Be the Beanstalk: Grow a story. How to tell a story which is more than just who, what, where and when.
Who is this character really? Techniques for character development beyond hair and eye colour!
Book covers, blurbs, bookmarks and bios. How to write like an artist and think like a copywriter.
Games, games, games: Let your students explore their creativity through these guided (and hilarious) writing games.
All Venues, including library, school, bookstore or outdoor event.
Equipment required: laptop to run powerpoint presentation if possible (she will provide the memory key), projector and screen (or suitable wall or surface). A table and microphone for larger groups or in the gym. A glass of water, cup of tea or coffee.
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