Younge-Ullman, Danielle (Toronto)

Writers Union Member. Author of two YA novels, Lola Carlyle’s 12 Step Romance and Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined, which is nominated for the Governor General, White Pine Award, ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults and Prix de Libraires du Quebec awards.

Danielle’s fees are $300 + HST for 1 hour presentation; $500 + HST for 2, $800 for 3, plus travel for locations outside Toronto. She is happy have two neighbouring schools split the fee. Skype rate: $100 + HST for a 50 minute session. Danielle is a confident and dynamic presenter who loves talking about books with people of all ages. She attained a BA from McGill, worked for years as an actor before turning to writing, and has had a wild variety of jobs—everything from acting, to dubbing English voices for Japanese TV, to temping, to teaching Pilates, to freelance writing. Danielle lives Toronto with her husband and two daughters.

Presentations: Because of her background in theatre, Danielle is very comfortable in front of an audience and loves engaging with readers. Though she writes teen fiction, she can also adjust her presentations for groups as young as grade 5 and 6. For smaller groups (25 and under) presentations can be done as workshops if requested, with the exception of How to Pursue a Career as a Novelist, which instead will have extra time built in for questions.

All presentations and workshops will begin with a short read, and end with time for a Q&A. Age range: grades 5 and up, but ideally grades 7-12. Danielle also loves presenting to and working with adult groups.

Topics: Pantsters, Plotters &Making Soup: A discussion of the essential elements of fiction, and explanations of some of the different techniques used by writers to craft story and write fiction. Turning Real Life Into Fiction: How to mine your experiences and then apply them to fictional circumstances to create works of fiction, using Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined as an example. How to Pursue a Career as a Novelist: A presentation that explains the process of becoming a professional writer, from beginning writing through searching for an agent, to going through the process of being published. This presentation is great for students who are interested in the arts, and in the process of making decisions about their futures.

Equipment: podium or desk, microphone for groups larger than 40 Maximum group size: 40-60for optimum interaction, but Danielle is also comfortable in front of larger groups. 25 or fewer for workshops.

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