James Leck (NS)

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Nova Scotia-based. Writers' Union Member. Young adult author, James Leck has plans to visit the GTA during the current school year. Ask him about specific dates.

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

A former high school teacher, James Leck has given dozens of presentations to students in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Kuwait, and Hong Kong. He was a touring author for the 2012 Hackmatack Award (in New Brunswick) and the 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week (in Saskatchewan). James enjoys speaking to students in grades 4-12.


James will present to grades 4 to 12 and is happy to present to large groups of 100+. His workshops work best with 30 students or fewer.

He gives a 1-hour slide presentation:
“The Mystery of Creative Writing?” Best for grades 4 - 8.
“The Adventures of James Leck” Best for grades 9 - 12

All presentations include short readings, Q&A, and plenty of personal anecdotes.

He is comfortable presenting in: classroom, library, auditorium.

Equipment and other requirements:

Projector or SmartBoard for Power Point presentations.

He requests that a librarian, teacher or other school representative be present throughout the presentation.

He will also conduct a 90 minute writing workshop for groups which focuses on creating fictional characters and kickstarting your mystery.

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Caroline Pignat (Ottawa)

Ottawa. Red Maple Fiction nominee for Shooter. Writers' Union Member. Two-time GG winner, Two-time Red Maple Honour, CLA Book of the Year Honour. Gr 4 to 12. $350 plus HST for 1 session, $600 for 2, $850 for 3 and $1000 for 4, + local travel. Virtual Visits: $250.00 + HST, 60 minutes, Skype

Caroline Pignat is the award-winning author of seven highly acclaimed novels. She writes contemporary YA, historical fiction, and free verse novels that dig into her characters through multiple forms and points of view.

Back in high school, Caroline wrote a short story that years later became her novel GREENER GRASS, 2009 GG winner. THE GOSPEL TRUTH won the GG in 2015. With over 20 years experience as a teacher and author, Caroline loves exploring the craft and power of story as she engages readers and writers of all ages.

The Power of Story Presentation:

Learn Caroline’s recipe for rich characters and meaty plots as she talks about her writing experiences and explores how to:

  • make the most of your inspiration
  • deal with your inner critic
  • use research in writing
  • create believable characters
  • start your story…and where to end it

This presentation can be tailored to focus on a specific novel or form depending on the needs and interest of the audience. She presents to any size audience.

Creative Writing Workshop

— 1 hour / grades 3-12 / maximum one class

Learn how to crate your inner critic and unleash your creativity. Through prompts, props, and activities, you’ll pick up tips for creating characters with vivid voices, engaging motives, and dramatic conflict. The workshop includes Caroline’s insights on the writing process, writing time at the stations of your choice, and a reading circle.

 

Creative Writing Sessions

afternoon session(s) — depending on content / grades 6-12 / maximum one class

In these customized workshops, Caroline teaches specific techniques using the Writer’s Craft framework of investigate, practice and reflect on topics such as:

  • Knowing and Showing Characters
  • Plot and the 3 Act Structure
  • Plot and the Hero’s Journey
  • Empathy in Writing
  • Dialogue and Voice
  • Historical Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Poetry
  • Making the Most of Peer Editing

Together they will explore what enriches our writing, try it out in drafting sessions, and then share and reflect through peer editing and/or reading circles.

Caroline has given workshops for grades 4-12 through MASC’s Young Authors Conferences, MASC Teen Authors Conference, Carleton University’s Creative Writing Camps and TD Book Week.  She is a confident and engaging presenter with years of experience teaching students from grades 4-12. For the past seven years, she has been teaching grade 12 Writer’s Craft, but she is off this 2016-17 school year and will be available for more visits outside of the Ottawa area.

Requirements: projector, screen, speakers.

Ask us for Caroline’s free 40+ page novel study guides for EGGHEAD, GREENER GRASS, and THE GOSPEL TRUTH or her Book Club Guide for SHOOTER.

 

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Lena Coakley (Toronto)

Toronto. Writers’ Union Member. Award-winning author of YA fantasy and historical fiction.

$225 plus HST for one session, $400 for two, $600 for three and $750 for four held at the same location on one day. $100 for one-hour Skype. No travel charge for GTA. Transportation/accommodation fees apply for presentations outside the Toronto area.

Lena is an enthusiastic presenter who gears her visit to the needs and interests of each group.

Her YA fantasy novel Witchlanders was called “one stunning teen debut” by Kirkus Reviews. It was a White Pine Award Honouree, a MYRCA nominee and won the 2012 Crystal Kite Award for the Americas.  Her short stories “Mouse” and “Mirror Image” are required reading for many grade-eleven Ontario students.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow, Lena’s historical fantasy novel about the young Bronte sisters, comes out January 5th, 2016.

Presentations

Lena is happy to work with teachers and librarians to develop a need-specific presentation, but her are two examples:

Writing and Researching Historical Fiction

Lena talks about writing and researching her historical fantasy about the famous Brontë sisters. What were these authors really like, and how did they come to write some of the most beloved books of all time? How did Lena fictionalize these characters while staying true to their real lives? And how can a historical novel also be a fantasy?

This presentation is appropriate for a general audience, but Lena is happy to tailor it to classes studying particular works of the Brontës such as Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre.

Everyone Has a Story to Tell

A two-time, second-prize winner of the Toronto Star’s Short Story Contest, Lena provides engaging activities that spark brainstorming and help students hone their work from idea to finished story. Students will come away feeling empowered to write and excited about their brand-new skills and ideas.

Grades 8-12

Audience limit 60 (25 for workshops)

Lena is also available for workshops for teachers and educators that focus on teaching creative writing to teens.

Lena Requires:

    • Depending on the presentation, a digital projector, screen and extension cord may be required
    • Bottled water would be much appreciated
    • Staff assistance in the form of classroom teacher or librarian

Please note: Her first name is pronounced “Lay-na.”

Virtual Visits: $100 plus HST, 60 minutes (can be divided), Skype/Google Talk

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