Writers’ Union Member. YA, New Adult, 2x White Pine Honour. Multi-awards. Grades 4-adult. $375 for 1 session, $600 for 2, $850 for 3 and $1000 for 4, plus travel and accommodation.
Gail Sidonie Sobat is an award-winning author of eleven books, and many educational and academic articles. She is the creator/coordinator of YouthWrite®, camps for kids who love to write…just about anything!©. A dynamic performer, speaker, international workshop presenter and writer in residence, she has toured across Canada, the US, and has worked in Helsinki, Finland; Doha, Qatar; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Istanbul, Turkey and with the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries.
Presentations and Workshops
When Gail presents or gives a reading, she chooses and performs excerpts that are dramatic in nature. She has a background in performing arts, professional speech and singing training, and often peppers presentations with personal anecdotes and music, sometimes inviting the students to join in. As an award-winning arts educator who has worked in elementary, junior high, high school and university settings, and as writing mentor and writer in residence, Gail has worked extensively with people of many ages and from diverse backgrounds, including at-risk youth. Gail is comfortable with large groups or workshops with smaller groups, and is very familiar with the rigours and requirements of the elementary or secondary school teacher (Grades K-12). An ideal workshop size is 15, but she can work with groups of 20-30 people. She is very familiar with Writer’s Workshop and 6+1 Trait® Writing. Any workshop, reading or presentation can be tailored to meet your needs or requests. E.g. Presentations may consist of a 20-30-minute reading, followed by Q&A (total of one hour) OR of a 20-30 minute reading, followed by Q&A, culminating in creative writing exercises (half-day). Discussions may include the writing process from brainstorming to writing drafts to finished product, and/or may focus on young adult markets and requirements for student submissions. Readings/discussions can be tailored to fit within current English/Language Arts area of study, matching objectives for curricula (K-12), or appropriate to AP or IB English studies. Longer sessions may include several classes to a full-week or longer residency (writing creatively, incorporating drama into the creative process, working on editing and proofing skills, working one-on-one, facilitating student/staff anthology creation, or facilitating a culminating activity such as café readings or school-wide student presentations. Gail is also happy to work/meet with any staff interested in writing and/or publishing or PD presentations. Some possible themes: Writing in Role Finding a Voice Found Object/ Found Poetry Wordplay Poetic Licence Fantastic Voyages & World Building Get Cracking! Get Creative Gimme Goose Bumps Life of the Writer (or any presentation on any of her titles) Graphic Novels YouthWrite All venues, but library is preferred Equipment required: · glass of water · table for displays · microphone & sound system for larger groups or in the gym · LCD projector & speakers · Internet access during presentations Virtual Visits: $150, 60 minutes, Skype Email us to book Gail