Kerbel, Deborah (Toronto)

Writers’ Union Member. GG finalist. MG, YA Fiction. $325 for one presentation, $575 for two, $850 for three, $1000 for four, + travel (no travel costs within GTA). Full day fee can be split between two neighbouring schools. Out of town visits require two or more bookings.

Deborah Kerbel was born in a police station, smack-dab in the centre of London, England. She moved to Canada before she was old enough to cultivate a posh accent or a love of marmalade. She grew up in Toronto and is now the author of six highly-acclaimed novels for kids and teens. From school groups to large events and international festivals, she’s an experienced presenter and enthusiastic speaker who uses an interactive style to engage her audience. Deborah loves visiting schools, travelling, sharing her passion for books, and meeting readers and writers of all ages. Based in Thornhill, Ontario, she’s the proud mom of two book-loving kids, both of whom continue to inspire many of her story ideas.

Presentations Deborah’s 60 min presentation consists of: -details about her Middle Grade and/or Young Adult novels (depending on ages present) -motivation, rejection, determination, and the rocky road to publication -interactive PowerPoint quiz about famous children’s authors -discussion about where ideas come from -personal anecdotes about writing -reading and Q&A session -each student receives a signed bookmark Grades: 4 – 8 Maximum number of students per session: 60-80 (flexible) Venue: All acceptable, but library preferred. Equipment requirements: Projector and screen, glass of water, microphone for larger groups Workshop details: Deborah enjoys mentoring emerging writers through workshops, library visits, and short-story competitions. Her interactive workshop is designed to help emerging writers take their craft to the next level. Participants can expect to come away with a variety of creative new ideas and material for their writing as well as the tools to implement them. During the final part of the workshop, participants will take several minutes to write a scene using some of the character traits, setting ideas, and action scenes that were collectively brainstormed within the group. Maximum workshop size: 15 Email us to book Deborah: