Scarsbrook, Richard (Toronto)

Writers’ Union Member. Young Adult, Adult Fiction, Poetry. White Pine Winner, Multi Awards. Grades 6 to Adult. Richard’s rate is $275 plus HST for one session, $525 for two, $775 for three, and $1000 for four, plus travel from Toronto. Continue reading “Scarsbrook, Richard (Toronto)”

Zweig, Eric (Owen Sound ON)

Writers’ Union Member. Hockey historian and author, Silver Birch nominee, available for school and library visits. Eric’s rate is $250 for one session, $450 for two, or $650 for three, plus HST. Mileage costs can often be negotiated for multiple bookings, for presentations in the GTA, or for visits to the Barrie/Orillia area. Continue reading “Zweig, Eric (Owen Sound ON)”

Cohen, Marina (Markham ON)

Writers’ Union Member. Middle Grade/YA Fiction & NF. Red Maple Honour Book. Writing workshops. Grades 4 and up. Marina’s rate is $275 per session plus travel from Markham. Travel costs within the GTA may be waived. Continue reading “Cohen, Marina (Markham ON)”

Godkin, Celia (Frankville ON)

Writers’ Union Member. Author/illustrator of information story books on natural science, grades K-6. Fees: $250 plus HST per reading, plus expenses ($0.42/km for travel if driving).
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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.

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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.  Continue reading “Fullerton, Alma (Midland ON)”