Adrienne Kress (Toronto)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Writers’ Union Member.Middle Grade, YA.Winner Heart of Hawick Award (UK). Adrienne Kress’s The Explorers has been optioned by Walt Disney Film Studios.

$300+HST for a single session; $500+HST for two sessions; $900+HST for a full day. Prices for larger groups, workshops, panels, etc., to be negotiated*. Outside the Toronto area, add kilometrage and accommodation as necessary.

Adrienne Kress is a Toronto-born actor and author with six novels to her credit, as well as essays, plays and short stories. She has spoken to children and adults in a large variety of circumstances, from school assemblies and classroom workshops to writers’ associations and conference panels. Her presentations have taken her across Canada, the United Kingdom and the US. Adrienne is a dynamic, skillful speaker, insightful, knowledgeable and fun to be with.

READINGS:

Readings based on middle grade books are geared towards children in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7.  They are 45 minutes to 11⁄2 hours in length depending on needs.  The preferred group size is up to 60 children, and the preferred site is the library, but Adrienne can speak to larger groups in other venues.  She has spoken to small groups in a cozy huddle on the floor in a library and to large groups of a couple of hundred in gyms and auditoriums.

As a passionate author, professional actor and teacher, Adrienne brings a large array of skills to her readings.  She starts with a short talk about “how a book gets published” and “working with your editors is like working with your teacher,” continues with a dramatic reading from one of the books and ends with a question period and a book signing opportunity. When her session arises from one of her more swashbuckling books, Adrienne is happy to add a fencing lesson.

PRESENTATIONS:

Presentations can be geared to any audience, for example, Writer’s Craft classes, writers’ groups, book clubs.   The length of the presentation varies according to the needs of the group, but is most often 1 to 11⁄2 hours in length.  The content can be individualized to suit the interests of the group, but usually covers topics like the trials and tribulations of getting published (including how to get a literary agent), the writing process, working with an editor, identifying your audience, trends in modern literature and the importance of studying past works and authors.

WORKSHOPS:

Workshops can be geared to any audience, for example, elementary school students, Writer’s Craft classes, writers’ groups, book clubs. The length of the presentation varies according to the needs of the group but is most often 11⁄2 hours to 3 hours in length, though it can be expanded.  The content usually covers topics like honing your writing skills, creating your own voice, creating a “world” for your writing, the use of dialogue, humour – its types and where to use it­­– identifying your audience, etc.

AWARDS:

Shortlisted for Red Cedar (BC), Audie (US audio book awards), Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards, The Quill Awards. Winner of The Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award (UK)

WORKS:

Middle Grade Novels:

The Explorers – The Door in the Alley (Delcourte Random House) (optioned by Disney)

Hatter Madigan – Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. (Automatic Publishing, with Frank Beddor)

Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate(Scholastic)

Alex and the Ironic Gentleman(Scholastic)

Young Adult Novels:

Outcast (Diversion Books, Paranormal Romance)

The Friday Society (Dial Penguin, Steampunk)

Short Stories: In Wow! 366 (UK) and Corsets and Clockwork(USA/UK)

 Essays: Collected in The Girl Who Was On Fire,The Secret Loves of GeekGirls, and CompleteGuide to Writing for Young Adults

 Plays: Sleepy Hollow (Solar Stage Children’s Theatre)  A Weekend in the Country (Adult – TorontoSummerworksFestival  and Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

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Don Calame (BC)

White Pine nominee for Dan vs Nature. Writers' Union Member. Available May 15-18, 2017. His rate is $300 for one session, $550 for two, $800 for three, and $950 for four plus travel from Toronto. He is also available for virtual class or library visits through Skype or Facetime throughout the year.

Don Calame is an accomplished screenwriter and the award-winning author of four novels, Swim the Fly (Candlewick Press, 2009), Beat the Band (Candlewick Press, 2011), Call the Shots (Candlewick Press, 2013) and Dan Versus Nature (Candlewick Press, 2016).

Don’s writing nominations and awards include the OLA White Pine Award, American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, the Nevada Young Reader’s Award, the Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award, IndieBound Kids Next List, and the YALSA Popular Paperbacks Top Ten.

As a lifelong reader it breaks my heart when I hear from parents, librarians, and teachers that teenagers—and teenage boys in particular—do not enjoy reading. This is why I wrote my first novel, Swim the Fly. I wanted to create something that would speak to a young adult audience. Particularly of interest to me was the task of trying to engage the reluctant reader teenage boy. It was important to me that the story be realistic, fun, and funny as a way to keep the reader absorbed all the way through the book. And while I was confident that boys would enjoy this story, what surprised me was how many girls have embraced the book as well. I begin my presentations with a short reading from a couple of the more humorous sections of my books. I find that this helps everyone relax and sets the tone for a lighthearted and enjoyable experience. 
After I’ve read, I open the floor for questions and answers. During this period we will discuss pretty much anything. Topics often include: how I became a screenwriter and novelist, the differences between writing novels and screenplays, where story ideas come from, how screenwriting has affected my novel writing, and how much of my novels are based on real life. 
I present to students from grades 8 to12. This is not flexible due the mature subject matter of my books. I will address groups of any size in any venue.

Requirements
A bottle or glass of water, a microphone for groups of 90 or more, and for teachers to be present during talk.

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Casey Lyall (Strathroy ON)

Middlesex County and London, ON. Writers’ Union Member. Silver Birch nominee. Middle grade author. $250 for one session, $450 for two sessions, $650 for three sessions, $800 for four (a full day). (Each session is approximately 1 hour.)

Writing Workshops: $400. (Approximately 90 minutes each.)

Virtual Visits: 60 minute Skype visits are also available for $150 a session.

Travel fees: No travel fee if booking within 100km of London, or 150km if booking for a full day. Neighbouring schools can split the full day cost.

Casey is the author of the middle grade mystery series, Howard Wallace, P.I. She is a library branch assistant experienced in running programs for both elementary and high-school-aged students. Casey aims to entertain and inform while leaving her audience excited about creating their own stories.

Presentation Details:

Casey takes students on an in-depth, behind the scenes look at her path to publication. She shares every part of the process: elementary school writing, failed projects, rejection and editorial letters, as well as revised and finished manuscripts. She offers tips and tricks for finishing a story and how to tackle the dreaded revisions. Other topics Casey will touch on include developing characters, the elements of a mystery, writing with humour, surviving rejection, the value of persistence, and how to find your voice as a writer.

Casey is a very flexible presenter and will adapt her program to suit any audience of grades three and up. Each presentation is approximately 1 hour with time allowed for student Q&A throughout.

Writing Workshops are also available for smaller groups and run for approximately 90 minutes. (Maximum size is one class.)

Workshop topics available:

Building Your Story - focus on creating a story arc, writing dialogue that crackles, and developing characters and setting.

Making Your Story Shine – focus on pacing, building tension, deepening relationships between characters, and sticking the ending. (Students should have an in-progress story to work on during the session.)

Venue: Casey prefers to present in a classroom or library space.  Maximum group size per session is 3 classes or approximately 100 students. A librarian, teacher, or other school representative should be present throughout the presentation (or workshop if the group is a full class.)

Equipment required: a glass/bottle of water and a table. A microphone for larger groups if the room acoustics require it. Lunch if booked for a full day presentation.

Casey will also deliver presentations for adult writers as well as educators looking to start a student writers’ workshop. Listed pricing would apply. Please contact her for more details.

 

 

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Deborah Kerbel (Thornhill ON)

dkerbelWriters’ Union Member. GG finalist. MG, YA Fiction. $325 for one presentation, $575 for two, $850 for three, $1000 for four, + travel (no travel costs within GTA). Full day fee can be split between two neighbouring schools. Out of town visits require two or more bookings.

Deborah Kerbel was born in London, England, but moved to Canada before she was old enough to cultivate a posh accent or a love of marmalade. She is the author of six acclaimed novels for kids and teens. From school groups to large events and international festivals, she’s an experienced presenter and enthusiastic speaker who uses humour and an interactive style to engage her audience. Deborah loves visiting schools and meeting readers and writers of all ages. Based in Thornhill, Ontario, she’s the proud mom of two book-loving children, both of whom continue to inspire many of her story ideas.

Presentations

Deborah’s 60 min presentation consists of:
-details about her Middle Grade and/or Young Adult novels (depending on ages present)
-motivation, rejection, determination, and the rocky road to publication
-interactive PowerPoint quiz about famous children’s authors
-discussion about where ideas come from
-personal anecdotes about writing
-reading and Q&A session
-each student receives a signed bookmark

Grades: 4 - 8

Maximum number of students per session: 60-80 (flexible)
Venue: All acceptable, but library preferred.
Equipment requirements: Projector and screen, glass of water, microphone for larger groups

Workshop details:

Deborah enjoys mentoring emerging writers through workshops, library visits, and short-story competitions. Her interactive workshop is designed to help emerging writers take their craft to the next level. Participants can expect to come away with a variety of creative new ideas and material for their writing as well as the tools to implement them. During the final part of the workshop, participants will take several minutes to write a scene using some of the character traits, setting ideas, and action scenes that were collectively brainstormed within the group.

Maximum workshop size: 15

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Joanne Levy (Hamilton)

Hamilton. Writers' Union Member. Middle grade fiction. Grades 4 to 8.

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Joanne’s rate is $225 plus HST for one session, $400 for two, $600 for three and $750 for four held at the same location on one day. No travel charges will be incurred within Hamilton. Transportation/accommodation fees may apply for presentations outside the Hamilton area. Joanne is willing to travel to venues in the GTA and elsewhere in Southern Ontario.

Joanne’s debut novel, Small Medium at Large was named as a Sydney Taylor Notable book, nominated for a Red Maple Award and was a Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award Honour book.

Her sophomore book, Crushing It, will be out in early 2017 and is already getting great reviews.

Joanne is a fun and entertaining presenter who uses humour and examples from her own life to illustrate the sometimes rocky road to following your dreams. Joanne’s presentations can be tailored to her audience, but she specializes in talking about her long, bumpy road to publication and what it takes to make a book, from birth of concept to editing and production and how a final cover is made. Presentations always include ample time for Q&A.

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Joanne is happy to speak to fourth grade and up and prefers to be in a library or classroom, but is flexible and can present anywhere.

Audience size:  50 – 75 is preferred and 150 max.

Technical requirements: Laptop, projector and screen. Joanne travels with her presentation on a USB stick and a USB remote. If room is overly large or noisy (gym) please provide a microphone (wireless preferred).

Virtual Visits: $150, 45 to 60 minutes, Skype, Google Hangout

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Frieda Wishinsky (Toronto)

FriedaHCA Colossal Canada 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.”

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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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Catherine Austen (Ottawa)

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National Capital Region. Writers’ Union Member. YA, MG and Picture Book author. Multiple awards. All ages.

$250 for one session, $450 for two, $600 for three, plus HST (plus travel if outside of Ottawa/Gatineau).

Catherine Austen writes funny, sad, award-winning fiction for all ages. Her school presentations divulge everything she has learned about writing books, accompanied by dramatic readings and adorable cat photos. Catherine has led presentations and writing workshops for the MASC Young Authors’ and Illustrators’ Conference, the TD Children’s Book Week, the Hackmatack Author Tour, the Gaspesie Bookfest, and the Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival.

Presentations:
Catherine offers the following presentations for different ages:

“10 Tips for a Fearless Writing Life.” Everything Catherine has learned about becoming an author summed up in an hour and accompanied by cartoons, memes, and fun facts about phobias. Learn how to spot a good story idea, face years of rejection, and take grammar tips from Yoda. With personal anecdotes, Q&A throughout, and a reading in a devil voice. Adaptable to grades 3-7. One hour.

“Making up Stories: My Cat Isis and my cat Isis.” Meet the cat that helped Catherine write a book about ancient Egypt. Learn about all the things every writer needs to succeed. Explore everyday writing opportunities you couldn’t find 3,000 years ago. And discover how a picture book is made. With ancient Egyptian props, cute cat pictures, Q&A throughout, and a reading of My Cat Isis. Adaptable to grades JK-3. 45-60 minutes.

“Writing and Reading Dystopian Fiction.” Share the joys and heartaches of being a writer in this sad and beautiful world. Read cruel statistics about the publishing industry and learn to rise above them. Embrace testimonials to the benefit of books as entertainments, lifelines, and blueprints for a better world. Analyze a scene from the first awful draft to the final excellent polish. Own your love of literature and embrace your inner author. With tips for teen writers, bad puns, Q&A, and a reading from All Good Children. Adaptable to grades 7-12. One hour.

Writing Workshops: Catherine can take students in grades 4 and up through a series of grade-appropriate exercises on a theme discussed in advance of her visit (e.g., writing funny stories; developing an idea into a story; writing dialogue; revising). Writing workshops are tailored to each class in sessions up to 2 hours long.

All presentations require a projector and screen or an HD monitor or a smartboard; writing workshops require a blackboard and/or flipchart.
Presentations are suited to audiences of up to 100 students; writing workshops are for single classes (25 students).
Catherine will present in any venue but prefers a library; writing workshops are best in classrooms.

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Lesley Livingston (Toronto)

LesleyLivingstonWPToronto author. Writers’ Union Member. MG & YA. CLA winner, multi-awards & nominations. Grades 4 to 12.

$300 for one session, $550 for two, $800 for three and $1000 for four plus HST (and travel if outside of Toronto, ie: GO Train, Greyhound, etc.)

Lesley is a classically-trained Shakespearean actress with over 2 decades of stage experience, much of which had involved performing for high school audiences, with in-depth Q&A sessions. Her presentations, as a result, are always dynamic and interactive. Lesley believes that humour is a powerful tool, especially when used in communicating with young people, and she endeavors to keep her talks entertaining as well as informative.

About the presentations:
Lesley will always do a dramatic reading, comprised of 1-3 excerpts from one or more of her recent books. The reading can last anywhere from 10-20 mins, depending on the amount of time available.

Before the reading, she will talk about her path to publication, her experiences in the worlds of literature and performance, and the impetus to become a writer.

After, she is more than happy to do an in-depth question and answer period with students on a wide-ranging assortment of topics including, but by no means limited to: the work itself, her personal experiences in the writing and theatrical professions, the mechanics of novel writing, mythology and folklore, Shakespeare, pop-cultural influences, historical and literary references, the business of writing, making a living as a writer or an actor (or not), and the importance of story-telling in our culture.

Grades Lesley will present to: grades 4 and up.

Maximum number of students per session: Lesley can work in very small groups right up to large auditorium gatherings, provided she has a microphone in larger venues.

Story-crafting workshops are available for grades 9-12, tailored to the participants’ interests (topics can include starting your story, character development, crafting realistic fantasy worlds, writing for the YA or MG audience, drafting an action scene, etc.).

Lesley is also available for adult writer professional development workshops on a variety of topics.
Maximum participants for workshop: A group of 15-20 participants for optimum results, although Lesley is open to larger workshops if there is a greater amount of time available (usually 2-3 hours minimum).

Venues: classroom, library, auditorium, gymnasium—essentially, Lesley is comfortable in all settings, from sitting on the floor in a corner of the library to taking over the school gym (provided she has a microphone for larger venues and maybe some water and a stool to perch on.)
Equipment and other requirements: None.

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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:
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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Richard Scarsbrook (Toronto)

richardscarsbrookwp1Toronto ON. Writers’ Union Member. Young Adult, Adult Fiction, Poetry.  White Pine Winner, Multi Awards.  Grades 6 to Adult.

Richard’s rate is $275 plus HST for one session, $525 for two, $775 for three, and $1000 for four, plus travel from Toronto.

Richard is an experienced, flexible, passionate and entertaining presenter who receives consistently excellent reviews as a speaker and teacher.   As an award-winning author, an OCT-certified teacher,  an instructor at George Brown College and the respected Humber School for Writers, and the Writer in Residence for a number of institutions, Richard can create a presentation or workshop for almost any group’s needs.

Presentation Details

Richard can present in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of each teacher and group of students.  No group is too large or small!  Richard has run creative writing workshops with groups as small as five students, and has given readings and Q+A sessions to audiences of hundreds. He is comfortable in any venue, from classroom to library to auditorium.

As a college, high school, and middle school teacher with over 25 years of experience, Richard is quite comfortable presenting to students of any age, although his books lend themselves best to groups from grade 6 to Adult.

Richard’s usual “large group” presentation will start with an entertaining reading from of his books, followed by an inspirational discussion of the creative writing process driven by questions from and interactions with the students involved.

For smaller groups, particularly High School English, Grade 12 Writer’s Craft classes, and Book and Writers’ Clubs, Richard can run a variety of workshops according to the needs of the class, based on one of the many writing classes he teaches at George Brown College and the Humber School for Writers.  Smaller groups (under 25) tend to work best for workshop-style presentations.

Richard is also available to speak at Professional Development Workshops for teachers, and can give entertaining readings and presentations on writing to just about any group.

No audience size limits for talks, up to 25 for Creative Writing Workshops

Will present in any venue

No special equipment needs

 

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Cary Fagan (Toronto)

Cary Fagan Toronto. Writers’ Union Member. Award-winning author of novels and picture books who delights audiences with stories, inspiration, and music.

$350 plus HST for 1 session, $600 for 2 sessions, $850 for 3 sessions, $1,000 for 4 sessions. Plus travel.

Cary Fagan has been awarded the Vicki Metalf Award for Children’s Literature, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the IODE Jean Throop Award, and the Mr. Christie Silver Medal. He has been nominated for the Silver Birch and Blue Spruce Awards many times.

Among his most popular novels are The Boy in the Box and its sequel The Show to End All Shows, the Kaspar Snit trilogy, Danny Who Fell in a Hole, and The Banjo of Destiny. His picture book Mr. Zinger’s Hat has been chosen for the 2015 TD Grade One Book Giveaway. His other picture books include I Wish I Could Draw, Thing-Thing, and Big Book of Brothers. Cary is also a much-acclaimed writer for adults who has been nominated for the Giller Prize.

Cary loves visiting schools and is well known for his natural rapportwith kids. He encourages questions and interaction throughout his sessions. Wanting to encourage kids to find their own stories, he reveals his writing “secrets” and the origins of his own work. He reads carefully selected passages and stories that will inspire and open the imagination.

In sessions with younger kids (usually up to grade 3) he will often bring a musical instrument (sometimes home-made) so everyone can join their voices in a musical version of his story. He will sometimes bring a homemade instrument for the older kids.

Cary can also hold writing workshops of one hour in length.

Presentation information

Group sizes: Grades k-3 up to 45. For other grades, preferably up to 100 although larger groups are acceptable.

Requirements: A microphone for large groups or where the acoustics are difficult. The library is the preferred venue. Sessions in the gym (only if no other venue is possible) require a microphone.

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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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Helaine Becker (Toronto)

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

Helaine’s rate is $375 plus HST for one session, $650 for two, $850 for three and $1000 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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Linda Bailey (BC)

Vancouver BC. Writers’ Union Member and eligible for subsidies. Multiple award-winner across Canada & U.S. including Blue Spruce, Silver Birch and Arthur Ellis (x2) Awards. Linda is a current Blue Spruce and Silver Birch fiction nominee.

Rates: $350 for 1 session, $600 for 2, $850 for 3 (plus HST). Because Linda is from out of province, she must add $60 per session to help with out of province travel and accommodation. A day can be shared between two cooperating schools. Linda prefers to do a maximum of 3 sessions in a day.

For the GTA (and Toronto bookings near GO stations), Linda can travel by GO TRAIN (not buses or subway) that travel both ways all day; she requires pick up and drop off at the GO stations. Where Go Trains are not feasible, car or taxi pick-up from Linda's hotel is requested.

Linda is the author of more than 30 much-loved Canadian books including the Stanley-the-dog series. (Stanley at School is a 2017 Blue Spruce nominee). Other recent picture books include: If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur, When Santa Was a Baby and If Kids Ruled the World (Blue Spruce winner, 2015!). Her new middle-grade novel, Seven Dead Pirates, received starred reviews in Kirkus and School Library Journal and is nominated for the Silver Birch Award, 2017.

An experienced, dynamic presenter, Linda uses a combination of humour, personal stories, interaction, Q&A and appealing slide shows to engage her audiences. For grades 1 through 3, she tells “the story of Stanley” to explain the writing/publishing processes and asks “what if?” to inspire young readers/writers as they explore ideas and narratives. For grades 4 through 6, she tells the “stories behind” her new ghost story, Seven Dead Pirates, to show how a novel’s elements (character, setting, plot, theme) grow out of the writer’s life experience + active imagination. There is also a chance to explore genre: the characteristics and appeal of ghost stories and adventure stories.

Grades: 1 through 6
Maximum number of students per session: 60 for grades 1 & 2, 80 for older grades
Setting: school library or classroom (no gyms, please!)

Requirements: digital projector, screen or Smartboard, small table. Lunch, thank  you, on a full-day visit.

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