Kamal, Sheena

Adult thrillers and bold, gritty YA fiction. Globe and Mail bestselling author, Strand Magazine Critics Award Winner, Macavity Award Winner, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winner, White Pine Nominee, Crime Writers of Canada Nominee. All ages. $400 plus HST for 1 session + travel. Virtual Visits: $300 plus HST per session.

Sheena is an internationally published, critically acclaimed author of adult thrillers and young adult fiction. She holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness.

Her debut novel The Lost Ones (US)/Eyes Like Mine (UK) won the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, a Strand Magazine Critics Award and Macavity Award for Best First Novel. It has been sold in fifteen countries and was a Globe and Mail Bestseller, a Time Magazine Recommended Read, an iBooks Best Book, a Bustle Best Book and a Powell’s Pick. Fight Like a Girl is her debut YA novel and is also published in the UK by Hot Key Books.

Additionally, her writing has been featured in The Guardian (U.K.), BustleThe Irish Times (Ireland), Writers Digest, and Entertainment Weekly.

She enjoys giving workshops about the writing process, connecting with your creativity, and finding your voice.

Contact Sheena to book a visit:

    van Staalduinen, Brent (Hamilton, ON)

    van Staalduinen

    Located in Hamilton, Ontario, Brent is a novelist and award-winning story writer, and a former army medic, radio DJ, tree planter, and high school English teacher. A member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, he’s excited about writing workshops and readings in English for grades 7-12, as well as adults and book clubs.

    Virtual rates:

    • Single session of up to 60 mins: $150.

    In-person rates:

    • Single session, up to 60mins: $250.
    • Two sessions, $500. Full day (max four sessions), $900.
    • No mileage required if distance is less than 25km from downtown Hamilton (L8P 1A1). For SW and Eastern Ontario, mileage will be calculated at the CRA rate of $0.59/km, return. For spots beyond, a travel fee will be determined based on most economical transport and accommodation needs.

    Brent is a dynamic public speaker and highly experienced educator, and easily accommodates for the different needs of his audiences. He offers two types of visits: workshops and/or readings and Q&As. For all sessions, subject matter will be tailored to the needs of the hosting organization and local curriculum requirements (experience with Ontario/IB/MYP/Pennsylvania curricula).

    A sampling of topics Brent has covered (not exhaustive — have an idea or theme you’d like to explore? Just ask!):

    • Novel writing
    • The elements of short fiction
    • Creative nonfiction
    • Memoir
    • Travel writing
    • Teaching creative writing
    • Character
    • Story structure
    • Conflict and tension
    • Submitting work to literary journals and magazines
    • Editing and proofreading
    • Setting up a writing workshop
    • Publishing with small presses
    • Contests and “making a mark”
    • Finding and landing the right literary agent
    • Self-publication and the digital marketplace
    • Social media and self-promotion

    …and more!

    For virtual visits, Brent prefers Zoom. For in-person visits, Brent requires a computer, projector, and screen. If the room is larger than a standard classroom, he’ll need a microphone, preferably wearable.

    van Staalduinen is pronounced: van-Stal-die-nen.

    Contact Brent to book a visit: