Withers, Pam

Writers’ Union Member. Red Maple nominee 2013, 2019 and 2020. YA. Silver Nautilus Book Award 2012. Numerous other award nominations. $225 virtual visit with Pam, co-author Arooj Hayat*, or both; $300 for one session, $500 for two, $700 for three. No HST; includes all expenses. No maximum audience size. Occasional pickup/drop-off requested.

Writers’ Union Member. Red Maple nominee 2013, 2019 and 2020. YA. Silver Nautilus Book Award 2012. Numerous other award nominations. $225 virtual visit with Pam, co-author Arooj Hayat*, or both; $300 for one session, $500 for two, $700 for three. No HST; includes all expenses. No maximum audience size. Occasional pickup/drop-off requested.

Silver Nautilus Book Award 2012
Silver Nautilus Book Award 2012 and 2020
 

Pam has written 21 best-selling YA sports and outdoor adventure books particularly popular with teen boys. A former journalist, editor and outdoor guide who has kayaked the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, she’s a sought-after speaker for her high-energy, humorous presentations. She has presented extensively across North America for 30 years. The Parkour Club (written by Pam and co-author Arooj Hayat*), promotes cultural diversity and counters Islamophobia (while being a nail-biting sports and adventure story). One Egyptian YA book reviewer wrote, “a story for the whole world to read and learn from.”

Her lively one-hour presentation for grades 4-12 includes:
 Short readings
 Tales of her own adventures
 Humorous anecdotes of how she researches her material
 The patience & persistence it takes to achieve success
 Special encouragement to boys
 The importance of rewriting & accepting criticism
 Tips on writing & getting published
 Extreme-sports video clips
 Q & A time

Writing workshop: Pam also offers a fun, one-hour interactive workshop on doing research to make your writing more real.

Equipment required for in-person visits: Projector and laptop for my USB flash drive; table and water.

Contact Pam to book a visit:

    Humphrey, Anna (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON)

    annahumphrey1Kitchener-Waterloo. English author. Grades 2–6. $275 + HST for one 45–60 minute session in-person. Virtual (Skype) visits: $150 + HST for 30–60 minutes.

    Anna is the author of the Megabat series (ideal for readers 6–9) and of the comic-filled Clara Humble series (for readers ages 8–12). She is also the author of Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea, a middle grade novel that relates to simple machines/Rube Goldberg machines and ties in well with STEM topics.


     

    Presentations will include a talk about what it takes to become an author and a discussion about craft (from finding inspiration, to making your words ring true, to revising, then revising again). There will also
    be a short reading and an opportunity for students to ask questions.

    Maximum number of students per session: 150 (flexible)
    Preferred venues: library, classroom
    Equipment requirements: table, screen with laptop set up for PowerPoint, microphone if the only space available is the gymnasium.

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      Bow, James (Kitchener, ON)

       

       

       

       

       

      Waterloo Region (Available for GTA, Hamilton, Niagara, London and parts in between). Writers’ Union Member. VPRS checked and logged with TDSB. English author. Middle grade, young adult. Grades 5 to 12. James’ rate is $300 for one 45-60 min session, $550 for 2, $750 for 3, $900 for 4 (max 4 per day), plus travel by car or transit). HST extra. 

      photo credit: Christine Saunders photographer

      James has published three MG-YA fantasies, one YA-SF and has two YA fantasies coming in 2019. His YA-SF novel Icarus Down won the 2017 Prix Aurora Award for best Canadian YA SF Novel.

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      Laidlaw, Rob (Toronto, ON)

      Rob LaidlawToronto. Writers’ Union Member. Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award and Hackmatack Award winner.  All ages. Rob’s rate is $250 for one session, $450 for 2, $600 for 3, $800 for 4 (maximum of 4 per day / if outside of Toronto area minimum of 2 per day), plus travel costs for locations outside of Toronto. Virtual Visits: (first 15 minute session is free), subsequent 30 – 60  minute sessions $100, Skype. No HST.

      Rob is an award-winning author of nine children’s books, biologist, professional wildlife campaigner, part-time adventurer and recipient of the prestigious Federic A. McGrand Lifetime Achievement Award for substantial contributions to animal welfare in Canada. Continue reading “Laidlaw, Rob (Toronto, ON)”

      Bow, Erin (Kitchener, ON)

      erinbow1Writers’ Union Member.  $400 plus HST for one session; $150 for each additional session in the same area on the same day – can be split between schools.   Travel costs waived in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the townships.

      Erin writes YA science fiction and fantasy, with a middle grade debut coming in 2019.  With multiple awards, she’s considered one of Canada’s rising stars: Quill and Quire calls her “a new master,” and the CBC says she’s “so close to YA superstardom she can probably taste it.”  As a presenter she’s down-to-earth and funny, working to give students real answers and emotional honesty.

      “I’ve had many novelists visit my classes over the years, but I can honestly say I’ve never seen one connect so well with a teenaged audience. —A.J. Blauer, Acting Head of Literary Arts, Canterbury High School (Ottawa, Ontario)

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