Dowding, Philippa (Toronto)

Writers’ Union Member. CANSCAIP member. Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award 2021 (FIREFLY) Fiction writer. JK to 8.

Philippa’s virtual online rate is $350 per 55-minute session. Her in-person rate is: one session (1 hour) $450, 2-sessions (2 hours) $750, and 3-sessions (3 hours) $850. If required, rate will also include additional travel expenses outside GTA (for example, GO Bus and GO Train).

Philippa is an award-winning children’s author, a poet, musician and copywriter. She has won magazine awards for Macleans, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Canada’s History and more.
Her children’s books have been nominated for numerous literary awards, including the OLA Red Maple, Silver Birch and Silver Birch Express, Red Cedar, Diamond Willow and Hackamatack awards. She won the OLA Silver Birch Express Honour Book award in 2017, for Myles and the Monster Outside.

Philippa can talk to groups large or small, from grades JK to 8, and will tailor her 1-hour presentation to your needs and students, as follows:

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? (All ages): Philippa combines the top 10 questions she gets asked by students into one interesting and colourful powerpoint discussion which answers questions like: when did you know you wanted to be a writer, who gets to pick what goes on the cover of your books, what does a manuscript look like and more.

Any presentation includes audience participation, Q&A, and for younger grades Philippa can also bring her guitar.

Maximum group sizes for presentations: 60 for JK to grade 2. 100+ for everyone else.

Writing Workshops work best with 16 or so participants

Writing Workshop Topics:

Be the Beanstalk: Grow a story. How to tell a story which is more than just who, what, where and when.

Who is this character really? Techniques for character development beyond hair and eye colour!

Book covers, blurbs, bookmarks and bios. How to write like an artist and think like a copywriter.

Games, games, games: Let your students explore their creativity through these guided (and hilarious) writing games.

All Venues, including library, school, bookstore or outdoor event. Equipment required: laptop to run powerpoint presentation if possible (she will provide the memory key), projector and screen (or suitable wall or surface). A table and microphone for larger groups or in the gym. A glass of water, cup of tea or coffee.

Contact Philippa to book a visit: