Burlington. Writers' Union Member. Silver Birch Winner, Creative Writing Instructor Grade 2-Adult
Her rate is $250 for solo sessions or $225 for multiple presentations + travel.
An experienced speaker and arts educator and internationally acclaimed author as well as a former magazine editor, Sylvia McNicoll teaches creative writing at the Living Arts Centre in Missisauga and has given hundreds of presentations and workshops across the country. She has toured for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre many times and spoken at Teacher and Reading Conferences as well as Family Literacy Nights and literary festivals such as Word on the Street (Saskatoon, Vancouver and Toronto) and Telling Tales and most recently Kingston Writers’ Festival. She has also acted as a Writer in Electronic Residence (WEIR) for several school boards. Sylvia enjoys sharing her passion with all age groups; her most recent published works are targeted at junior and intermediate students.
“Sylvia’s sense of humour and extensive knowledge of the writing profession are what allow her to have a natural ability to connect and build positive rapport with the students,” says Lisa Hayes, teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School.
Involving the student, generating reading excitement and sharing writing tips, these are Sylvia’s goals. From idea to finished book, she takes her audience through her writing process as it relates to an age appropriate book, using slides and humorous anecdotes, and calling on students to demonstrate props, read scripts or participate in a writing activity, and fielding questions.
Presentation: 55 minutes. Audience size: 60-200+.
Setup Requirement: a projector suitable for Power Point hookup, a microphone for auditorium or gym presentations.
Smaller numbers of students (20-40) work better with a minimum of 90 minutes to facilitate feedback. Creation of Dialogue, Character and Mood are three topics she addresses in these but can design a special workshop depending on the educator’s needs.
Some sample workshops she has designed:
Bring your own zombie to life: Lurching, moaning monsters are cliché.
Learn how to create an irresistible demon, vampire, ghost or zombie.
Let your characters speak: Work with a partner to write a script that gives us action, conflict and a resolution.
Blog your passion: You need to tell the world how you feel. Learn how to enchant as you rant.
Life is like a box of chocolates: What is life like for you? Practice using the five senses to create powerful metaphors, poetry and evocative scenes of description.
Literacy Nights: These can be designed to a theme and are usually aimed at a multi generational audience. Some reading, some activity, lots of fun and laughter.
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