Becker, Helaine (Toronto)

Helaine Becker

Toronto. Writers’ Union Member. National Bestseller. 2+time Silver Birch winner. Multi awards. K-8. Please note: Helaine’s rate is $750 + HST for two sessions, $1000 + HST for three and $1200 +HST for four, plus travel from Toronto. Continue reading “Becker, Helaine (Toronto)”

Bass, Karen (Hamilton)

Hamilton. Writers’ Union Member. MG + Teen fiction, Canadian history, Indigenous folklore, WWII, German perspective, YA, Geoffrey Bilson, CLA YA, multiple award-winner.

$275 for one session, $500 for two, $800 for a full day (max four sessions), plus HST and mileage.

Skype rate: $100 + HST for a 45 minute session.

Karen is passionate about reading and loves making history come alive for readers. She frequently shares her broad WWII knowledge with groups of people from 10 years old to seniors. And she has done workshops with students as young as grade three, though usually focuses on secondary students and adults. She not-so-secretly loves action and adventure, with a splash of fantasy.

Presentations:

Karen is an enthusiastic presenter and likes to interact with students. She brings props and costumes, and loves to bring her historical knowledge to life by showing students what they would have experienced, during WWII and in pre-Confederation Canada. Almost all presentations touch on the writing process and, especially, the importance of revising.

Examples of presentations by grade:

3 to 6: Writing Workshop – Dynamic Descriptions. A sixty-minute interactive romp that encourages students to improve their storytelling using metaphors and strong verbs & adjectives.

Two Times a Traitor: (4 to 8) pre-Confederation, history, Canadian history, 7 Years War, life in 1700s, identity, French & English conflict. Powerpoint pictures with costume/props.

The Hill: Covers identity, Indigenous stories, Indigenous folklore, Cree legend, Cree culture. Indigenous in modern society, cultural conflict, economic disparity. Powerpoint pictures.

5 to 12: The WWII history in Karen’s stories, with age-appropriate anecdotes. With Powerpoint pictures & props.

Uncertain Soldier: Covers identity, immigration, coming to Canada, bullying, racism, WWII, prisoners of war, living in the 1940s.

Graffiti Knight: Covers freedom of expression, protest movements, graffiti as protest, WWII, Soviet Zone, post-WWII Germany, living in war-torn countries.

Run Like Jager: Covers friendship, bullying, student exchange programs, immigration, WWII, Germany, Eastern Front in WWII.

7 to 12 & Adult Workshop Topics: characters, plot, dialogue, writing action. Other topics upon request.

Maximum group size: 40-50 for optimum interaction in talks, 100 with microphone. 16 or so for workshops.

All venues. Libraries preferred.

Equipment required: a table, water, laptop & projector for Powerpoint, microphone for larger groups or in the gym.

Please email us to book Karen:

Winters, Kari-Lynn (St. Catharines)

Kari-Lynn Winters

St. Catharines. Writers’ Union Member. World traveling picture book and non-fiction author, storyteller, and performer

$300 for one session (50-55 min.) $550 for 2, $750 for 3. + travel. 30 min. sessions for kindergarten are $150.00 when booked with at least of one full 55 min session. Discounts when you refer/rebook. Continue reading “Winters, Kari-Lynn (St. Catharines)”

Fullerton, Alma (Midland ON)

Writers’ Union Member. Fiction & NF, Multi awards including GG finalist, 2X TD finalist, Silver Birch Honor and Blue Spruce finalist. All ages. Alma’s rate is $350 plus HST for one session, $550 for two, $800 for three and $1000 for four, plus travel from Midland. Alma is an experienced speaker who can do presentations and workshops for children and adults. She who works with teachers and librarians and can easily tailor her presentation to the group in front of her. She writes and illustrates picture books through to young adult as well as NF articles for adults on writing. Continue reading “Fullerton, Alma (Midland ON)”