Writers’ Union Member. Niagara, ON. Teacher. Grades 3 to 8. $250 for one session, $400 for two, $600 for three, $800 for four, plus travel. Happy to do multiple visits in the same school or area in a day. Sessions are 45 to 60 minutes long. Skype visits $150 (45 to 60 min).
Sue Irwin enjoys every step of the writing process. A proud Canadian and avid hockey fan, she’s especially interested in the lives of her fellow-citizens, both famous and not-yet-famous. And she loves to share newly discovered facts with kids. Her work has appeared in AppleSeeds and Highlights for Children magazines. She has also written for Reading A-Z. Safety Stars: Players who fought to make the hard-hitting game of professional hockey safer is her first book.
Nancy Kettles (Grimsby Public Library) recently had this to say about Sue's visit there: "We had a wonderful afternoon with Sue Irwin. They were very engaged by her presentation and asked a lot of questions about hockey, injury, and her experiences as a writer. Her visit was a wonderful addition to Ontario Public Library Week."
An elementary school teacher, Sue is comfortable doing presentations with children from JK to Grade 8, but the subject matter of her book Safety Stars is most suitable for students in Grades 5 to 8. (Resource Guide.)
Having been a fan of the sport for as long as she can remember, Sue thought she knew the game well. But as she conducted her research for the book, she was excited to learn more about the history of the game, its rules, and the competitors themselves. All of the hockey players featured in Safety Stars are Canadian citizens, and many grew up in Ontario. When Sue comes to your school, she’ll highlight the hockey heroes from your hometown, whenever possible. Prepare to be surprised by the fun facts that she’ll share!
Sue’s presentation topics include:
– how she became interested in hockey. She’ll share memories of her first (embarrassing!) game experience.
– the exciting world of nonfiction
– the process of writing for publication (includes researching, writing, and revising)
– Ha, Ha! Hockey Talk (includes hockey trivia and funny quotes from professional players)
– how students’ actions can make a difference in the lives of others
– concussion safety (includes ways to reduce injury risk, concussion symptoms, the importance of reporting injuries, and treatment of concussions)
Sue enjoys interacting with her audience, and will intersperse opportunities for Q & A throughout her presentation.
A table to display books and other items, a screen for PowerPoint, and a mic for larger groups or questionable acoustics
Venues: Flexible, but the library or a classroom is preferred.
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