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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Sarah Tsiang (Kingston)

Kingstontsiangwp1, GTA. Writers' Union Member. Blue Spruce, Silver Birch. All ages. Picture books, middle readers, YA.

$250 for a single session, $425 for two sessions, $550 for three sessions and $700 for a full day, or four sessions, plus kilometrage from Kingston.

Sarah has presented across Canada, to groups ranging from 2 kids to 200. Her books include picture books, middle grade non-fiction, YA and poetry, and she is happy to present to kids of any age. Sarah’s books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Blue Spruce and the Silver Birch. Each presentation is tailored to the class, and include interactive games and crafts.

Presentation Details

Grades JK – 3: (approximately 40 minutes) We get our wiggles out and then I read the book, talking to the kids along the way about their own experiences. We do a question period, and talk about the process of writing and publishing a book. We then move on to a series of hands-on activities (various crafts and games)

Grades 4, 5 and 6: (approximately 50 minutes) We read a picture book, and I let the kids choose any book of mine that they would like to hear a selection from. We have a free question period where the kids can ask me anything at all. We finish with a game of backwards-fortune telling (where kids get to find out what they would have been had they lived in ancient China).

Grades 7 and 8: (approximately 50 minutes) We talk about the writing process, and about the fundamentals of fiction and poetry. We have with a reading and open question period, as well as a writing exercise. We finish with a game of backwards-fortune telling (where kids get to find out what they would have been had they lived in ancient China).

Grades 9-12: (approximately 50 minutes) I can offer either a lecture on fiction or poetry, complete with take-home writing exercises. We discuss writing as a career, and how to find supports and mentors within their own communities. We also discuss the practical aspects of writing for a living. There is an open question period.

For me, school and library visits are one of the best parts of being an author. The students I meet are a constant source of inspiration. I aim, in turn, to inspire and amuse.

I require: A table, a projector (if possible), water.

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