am currently booking a limited number of visits to schools and libraries.
I am also happy to speak at professional conferences and literary
festivals. Please browse below.
TALKS FOR KIDS
My presentations for kids are humorous, interactive
and supported by colourful slide-shows. They're designed for grades
1 through 6 and are approximately an hour long. To allow for interactivity,
I like to work with audiences of two or three classes at a time.
For primary students, I show my recent picture books
as a way to discuss:
a passion for reading (getting “lost in a book”)
how to find and “collect” writing ideas
how to turn ideas into stories by asking “What if?"
how stories become published books
how illustrators help tell the story — and sometimes add an extra
For intermediate students, I show my recent novels
as a way to discuss:
where ideas come from (usually multiple sources)
who? where? what? (how a writer creates characters, setting & plot)
imagining story: the writer's “inner world"
point of view: getting “inside” a character
If your school has a special focus or program, please
let me know.
"Thanks for such a terrific day! I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews
from my colleagues. And when I had two little girls in my own
class who didn’t want to eat lunch, but wanted to write a story,
I know that you reached the writer in each of them. Thank you!
Thank you! Thank you!”
Paul Berry, Teacher-Librarian, Coquitlam
"You were MAGNIFICENT!" Hal
Wake, Artistic Director, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver
"My students were still buzzing by the end
of the day -- your Good Times Travel Agency books all went home."
Jody Colbourne, Teacher-Librarian, Toronto
TALKS FOR ADULTS
I enjoy speaking at professional conferences for
teachers, librarians and writers. My conference talks are supported
by entertaining, informative slide-show presentations of picture-book
art, book covers and photos. I'm happy to tailor my talks toward conference
Here is a sample of my conference experience:
Ontario Library Association Super Conference, Toronto (keynote)
Kaleidoscope Children's Literature Conference, Calgary
Serendipity Children's Literature Conference, Vancouver
Children's Literature Roundtable Conferences, Edmonton (keynote)
Georgia Children's Literature Conference, Athens, Georgia
CANSCAIP Packaginging Your Imagination Conference, Toronto (keynote)
International Reading Association annual conferences (Atlanta, Reno,
Sacramento, Phoenix & more)
Authorfest, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
California Teacher Librarian Association Conference, Los Angeles
Reading for the Love of It, Toronto (keynote)
North Central Teachers Convention Alberta, Edmonton
Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Regina (keynote)
Yukon Teachers Association "Inspiring Writers" Conference, Whitehorse
To make a booking (or for more info), please email
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