About Visits

 

 

Thank you, St. Timothy's Kindergartens & Grade Ones! Photo: John Wilkes

Thank you, St. Timothy's Kindergartens & Grade Ones! Photo: John Wilkes

Children's Garden Nursery School Photo: Kim Foulkes

Children's Garden Nursery School Photo: Kim Foulkes

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 recent books, I share how I write and draw for picture books-where do ideas come from? why can mistakes be a good thing? Sessions also include Q&A, an interactive drawing demonstration and a hands-on segment.  Kids discover they can make anything happen with just pencil, paper and a little imagination. 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 45 minutes. I love Ks! If outside Toronto, a minimum booking of two presentations is appreciated. Please plan at least ten minutes between sessions to allow student travel time and resetting of session materials.

My visit can be adapted to suit any age group.  The below age ranges seem to work well:
JK/SK/FDK
Gr.1-2
Gr.3-6
Gr.7-8
Highschool/College/Adult
(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.

Photos are welcome, but no audio/video recording please.
Thank you for understanding.

New for Summer2019! Click above for free downloadable pdf activity sheets for “No Help Wanted!”. Thank you Lakefield Literary Festival for the Bluey & Bat T-shirt! It’s an honour to have Bluey & Bat featured this way.

New for Summer2019! Click above for free downloadable pdf activity sheets for “No Help Wanted!”. Thank you Lakefield Literary Festival for the Bluey & Bat T-shirt! It’s an honour to have Bluey & Bat featured this way.

St. Timothy's K-Grade 3s

St. Timothy's K-Grade 3s

Conference/Festival/Keynote:

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!

A common question:  "How do you pronounce your name?"  Click here for 'TeachingBooks Audio Name Pronounciation' where I say my name.
 

Please contact me if interested in booking a visit!