Thank you for considering my sessions!
I greatly enjoy sharing my work through a wide variety of presentations and workshops.
Please let me know if there's a particular format or subject you are interested in.
I am a member of The Writers' Union of Canada and therefore my visits are eligible for subsidies.
Please see The Ontario Writers In The Schools Program and the National Reading Program for application forms.
A Sample School/Library Session:
Using examples from my books, I share the steps and stages in making a picture book--where ideas come from, rough sketches, original paintings, production proofs from the publisher, Q&A and an interactive drawing demonstration. Kids are then keen for a 10-15 minute hands on workshop, especially tailored for their age group. Kids discover they can make anything happen with just pencil, paper and a little imagination. I enjoy speaking one on one with as many as possible during this time. Other topics may include: Life of an Author/Illustrator, Tips on How to Get Published, Storyboarding, Creating Characters, Composition, Inspiration & Creativity.
Typically a school or library visit is 40-50 minutes. Kindergarten presentations are 30-40 minutes. If outside Toronto, a minimum booking of two presentations is appreciated.
My visit can be adapted to suit any age group. The below age ranges seem to work well:
(includes career and business experiences)
Maximum Audience Size: 100-120 students allow those at the back to see my original artwork and drawing demo at the front of the room. Larger audiences mean those in the back (unless stadium seating is involved) will not be able to see what's going on and miss out. My most successful sessions are when the age range is kept to a minimum.
eg. Group One: JK/SK, Group Two: Grades 1-2
Photos are welcome, but no audio/video recording please.
Thank you for understanding.
Please contact me if interested in a festival, keynote or extended workshop presentation.
Over the past several years, I've had the pleasure of presenting across Canada at events such as the Alberta Library Association Conference in Jasper, Edmonton's Early Childhood Education Conference, Saskatchewan's Festival of Words, Calgary's Wordfest, Moncton's Frye Festival and Nanaimo's Children's Book Festival. I've shared my work at schools and libraries from Newfoundland to Nanaimo to the Northwest Territories. I was excited to be a workshop leader for the Durham Catholic School Board Full Day Kindergarten Summer Camp, Writer-in-Residence for the Toronto District School Board and run four week workshops through Toronto Public Library's Sophie's Studio (ages 8-12). I love connecting with kids!
Please contact me if interested in booking a visit!