Rita will be available for in-person bookings in 2022-23 and is open to travel.
Rita has presented to children and teens in classrooms, libraries and gymnasiums across the country.
Recycling a Folk Tale (Grades 1-6): Rita talks about how she and co-author Debby Waldman adapted an old central European folk tale to include the 4Rs of clutter/environmental management: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover. Curriculum Links
A Novel Tour Through Alberta History (Grades 3-7): Rita talks about how she combined historical and personal facts to create a novel in which a 12-year-old kid explores Alberta’s past. Rita will bring to life the tales of Wop May’s Mercy Flight to northern Alberta, Emily Murphy’s part in the Famous Five and Hudson Bay Chief Factor John Rowand’s journey from Montreal as a 13-year-old looking for work on the North Saskatchewan River. Curriculum Links
Follow Your Passions (Grades 7-10): What triggers a modern-day novel? For Rita, it was the theft of her family’s bikes and a headline about a youth bike group. She’ll talk about climbing inside a bike thief’s head, and why it’s important to explore your passions. Curriculum Links
How to Write a Picture Book (Grades 7-9): Budding authors will be inspired by Rita’s 10 ideas for writing picture books as she shows students creative examples by authors and illustrators around the world.
Write Snappier Sentences (Grades 9-12): Writer and editor Rita Feutl walks students through some common writing mistakes and shows them how to fix them. Whether it’s her patented dynamite trigger test for badly placed apostrophes or her alien trick for passive voice, Rita’s presentation will have students writing clearer, more concise sentences for their essays, exams or creative pieces.
Setting the Scene Writing Workshop (Grades 4 – 7): Using authentic historical photographs, Rita works with students to create a rich, sensory scene with characters ready to tell a story.
Create a Memorable Character Writing Workshop (Grades 5 – 8): Move from stereotypes to more complex, interesting characters.
Journalism Workshop for Division 2 (Grades 5-6): 5Ws + 1H? Check. News story vs. feature story? Check. Journalism lede? Check. Practice writing a story? Absolutely.
The Online Sentence Hospital (Grades 7-12) After consulting with the teacher about sentence problems in the classroom, Rita will diagnose the difficulty and offer cures that kids can understand in an online session. (Notice how Rita never uses the word “grammar”?)
Full day fee: $550 + GST (usually four sessions of 60 minutes each)
Half day fee: $300 + GST (usually two sessions of 60 minutes each)