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Kate A. Boorman


Touring with Taleblazers: No

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Audience Limit: 50

Presentation Limit: 4

Full day fee: $600

Half day fee: $300

Subjects: Canadian History, Local History, Alberta History, Writing, Editing, Western Canada, Nature, Historical and Contemporary Adventure, Multiculturalism, Scene Setting, Culture, History, Fiction Writing, First Nations, Adventures with Nature and Animals, Creative Writing, Creativity, Friendship Dynamics, First Nations History, Canadian Children's Literature, Empathy, Friendship, Working in drafts, Young adult fiction, Acceptance of others, Identity, FNMI


City: Edmonton

Province: Alberta

Website #1:


HEARTFIRE Written By Kate A. Boorman, Abrams/Amulet 2016

DARKTHAW Written By Kate A. Boorman, Abrams/Amulet 2015

WINTERKILL Written By Kate A Boorman, Abrams/Amulet 2014

"The Memory Junkies", Tesseracts 15: A Case of Quite Curious Tales Written By Kate Boorman, Edge Publishing 2012


A former instructor in the Drama department at the University of Alberta, Kate has experience creating original and engaging presentations, as well as facilitating discussion in both small and large groups. She has worked as a freelance writer producing qualitative research synopses and arts essays, and has collaborated on original theatre productions and film scripts.

Her young adult fiction debut, the alternate history thriller WINTERKILL, was a 2015 Alberta Readers' Choice Award finalist, an OLA Best Bets YA 2014, and was the winner of the 2016 Alberta Writers' Guild R. Ross Annett Award. The sequel, DARKTHAW, released October 2015 and was called a "gripping, dark tale of survival" by Voya Magazine. HEARTFIRE, the third book, released November 2016. The series re-imagines the settlement of western North America and is inspired by local topographies and history.


Kate has presentations on the creative side of writing: Building Better Stories (learning the basics of good story structure, grades 7-12), World-building 101 (creating alternate worlds that work for all genres of fantasy writers, grades 7-12), and Killing Your Darlings (self-editing and revision for clarity and excellence, grades 9-12).


She also has presentations on the business side of writing: Get in the Game (a discussion on all things publishing, from querying literary agencies to the online author presence, grades 7-12) and The Glam Life, Not Really (an honest look the life of an author, grades 6-12).

Creating Conversation is a presentation on the importance of reading and writing in today's high-tech world.


Kate's presentations run 45-60mins, and can be tailored to fit the interests and needs of the group.


Kate's requirements depend on the size of the group and the type of workshop, but may include a whiteboard/chalkboard, digital projector and screen, and/or a unicorn (just kidding about the unicorn). Contact Kate to discuss!


Kate Boorman is an independent artist and writer from the Canadian prairies. She was born in Nepal (where she was carried up the Himalayas in a basket) and grew up in the small town of Rimbey (where she rode her bike to Girl Guides). Kate has a Master of Arts in Dramatic Critical Theory, and a work resume full of the usual, whacky assortment of jobs.

Kate loves to dig in the dirt, sit under starry skies with her friends, and travel to far off lands with her family.


She is a member of The Writers' Guild of Alberta, and the International Thriller Writers association.


"Boorman's frontier may be the stuff of myth, but her protagonist speaks directly and powerfully to a young adult experience."

Publisher's Weekly

"Emmeline's lyrical, deliberate first-person narrative builds deepening suspense as debut author Boorman cultivates an eerie atmosphere . . . . the promise of forthcoming volumes should keep antsy readers at bay."


"I ripped through WINTERKILL's pages, desperate to know the secrets behind this captivating world. Equal parts creepy, thrilling, and touching, it's a must-read, and Emmeline is a character I won't soon forget."

James Dashner, New York Times Bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER series

"An engrossing romance, set against a chillingly vivid repressive society. WINTERKILL will haunt you."

Julie Berry, author of Carnegie shortlisted ALL THE TRUTH THAT\'S IN ME