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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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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