Presentations & Workshops – grades 7 – 12
The Writing Process (presentation)
In this presentation, I provide all sorts of writing tips and tricks, such as how to brainstorm story ideas, how to create three-dimensional characters, and what to do when you’re stuck.
Author: The Profession (presentation)
In this presentation, I tell my own story of how I landed a publishing deal with a Big Five publisher–and the years of hard work it took to get there–and answer some frequently asked questions I get about the profession of being an author.
Canadian Author, American Market (presentation)
The big commercial publishers are American, but I am Canadian and my books are set in Canada (two in Edmonton and one in Toronto). In this youth-friendly presentation, I talk about what it’s like to write for an American market as a Canadian author. (For example, did you know that I had to remove “dill pickle chips” from my first book because Americans don’t know what those are?)
Let’s Talk About Mental Health (presentation)
In my books, characters struggle with mental health, from anxiety and ADHD in KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD to skin-picking disorder in FAN THE FAME. In this presentation, I talk about writing characters with mental illness and about my own journey with mental health.
Relationship-based story brainstorming (workshop)
In this writing workshop, I lead students through brainstorming story ideas by considering the relationships between people–friends, siblings, neighbours, classmates, etc.–and the conflicts that can arise between them.
Character-based writing (workshop)
In this writing workshop, I lead students through creating a character and through starting to write a story where the character, not the author, is the one who decides what happens next.
For virtual visits, my rate is $200 for a 50-60 minute presentation and $250 for a 65-90 minute workshop. Both include time for a Q&A at the end.
If you book multiple presentations and/or workshops in one day, the rates decrease to $175 for a presentation or $225 for a workshop.
Special offer: If your entire class (or at least eight students in your class) have read and studied any of my books (KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD, FAN THE FAME, or THE FORGOTTEN MEMORIES OF VERA GLASS), I can provide a free 15-minute online Q&A session for those students. (Offer limited by availability.)