Writers’ Union Member. Silver Birch winner, Stonewall Honor winner, Governor General’s finalist and Red Maple finalist. Writing instructor and editor. Fiction and Non-fiction. Grades 3-12. Robin will be available for Toronto visits Jan 29 – Feb 4, 2018, and possibly also in May 2018. Robin’s rate is $350 for one session, $600 for two, $800 for three and $950 for a full school day, plus travel if applicable. (Travel fees waived for Toronto bookings. Robin will travel by Go Transit to schools in the GTA but requests a pick-up/drop-off at the GO station.)
Robin is an experienced and passionate presenter, and an award winning author of 21 books for children and teens. Her work has been translated and sold in a dozen countries. She is also a former social worker and counsellor, a creative writing instructor, and a freelance editor. As the author of early chapter books, middle grade books, and YA novels, she presents to elementary, middle and high school students levels. She loves giving writing workshops that inspire students to tell their own stories.
Presentation Details- grades 3-12; 60 minutes
Robin is available for author visits, school and library presentations, author-in-residence programs, writing workshops and conferences. Her school presentations are appropriate for older elementary students (grade four and over), as well as middle school and high school students. She is also available for professional development workshops for teachers and librarians on a number of issues (Schools As Safe Spaces- Supporting LGBTQ students; Engaging Reluctant Readers and Writers; Using Fiction to Build Emotional Literacy). All presentations, workshops and programs can be tailored to the needs of the particular group. Please contact Robin to discuss your group’s needs and for information about my rates and availability.
Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community (grades 4-12)
How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it? In this engaging and interactive presentation, Robin draws on her non-fiction book, Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community. She talks about the history of the LGBTQ rights movement and the challenges still faced by LGBTQ people and communities today. Using images and anecdotes from the book, Robin shares historical photographs, stories of contemporary kids and teens, and images of Pride celebrations from around the world. In this presentation, Robin emphasizes the important role of allies and the idea that we all have a part to play in making our world a better place for everyone. This session would be a good choice for schools focussing on inclusiveness and equality, and for groups working to prevent bullying.
Becoming a Writer: Finding & Telling Your Stories (grades 4-12)
In this engaging presentation, Robin shares how she became a writer, where her ideas come from and what her creative process looks like. She discusses some of the challenges she experiences and share some tips for young writers. She also facilitates a group brainstorming exercise to illustrate how to develop a story through an understanding of its characters. Students will work together to develop a character, explore possibilities for conflict, and uncover the myriad of story possibilities that this leads to. In this session, Robin’s goals are to share her passion for the writing process and to inspire students to pursue their own creative interests.
Creative Writing Workshops (grades 6-12)
Robin is available to facilitate hands-on creative writing workshops for small groups. Participants will explore how they can use their own experiences and curiosity to create compelling writing and convincing characters; discuss strategies for finding story ideas; develop their skills at creating complex and believable characters; and discover how well-developed characters can help uncover new story possibilities.
Maximum group sizes for presentations: Any size group. Robin prefers to have no more than a three-grade spread for a single presentation (eg. Grades 4-6, 6-8, 10-12).
Writing Workshops work best with small groups (maximum size 30)
All venues (classrooms, libraries, auditorium, gymnasiums etc.)
Equipment and other requirements: I like to use power point if possible– can bring my own laptop but need will need a projector and screen.
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