McCann, James (Richmond, BC)

Writers Union Member. CWILL BC Member. Fiction, Nominated for a Cybils award, CCBC Best Books. Grades 4-12 and adults. $250 for one session, $450 for two, $675 for three, $900 for a full day (four sessions). Plus a travel fee of $0.50/km if outside Toronto. Virtual visit fees range from $100 – $200.

Things you might find interesting about James McCann: he has written book reviews for the Canadian Children’s Book News, has taught countless workshops for schools, school divisions, libraries, and teachers’ associations, and from 2006 – 2009 he was the president of CWILL BC.Things you’re more likely to find interesting: Most of his time is spent writing, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or practising the ukulele. He owns a 3D printer and uses it to build sets of cities to inspire stories.

James McCann is friendly and immediately likeable. He has no difficulty collaborating with educators and other authors, he clearly enjoys meeting new people, and he interacts exceptionally well with youth. Above all, his writing workshops are engaging, thoughtfully organized, and hands-on. His presentations are energetic, professional, well-prepared, and tremendously engaging. He is able to convey his passion for reading and writing. He clearly motivates people in all aspects of literacy and, essentially, makes literacy ‘cool’.

Map Making Your Imagination

  • Grades 4-8
  • 60 minutes with a 30 minute author introduction.

This workshop takes students through the story creation process by starting with a map setting and seeing what ideas emerge. This is how I began writing, back when I first started playing Dungeons and Dragons and running my own campaigns.

Your students will learn what it’s like to become an author through my personal story as a reluctant reader to author. Discuss characters and their relationship to the world in which they live. How best to start a story, and what they can do to keep that story going.

At the end of this workshop your students will have a project started they can continue throughout the school year.

Writing Your Story Dungeons and Dragons-style

  • Grades 8-12
  • 60 minutes with a 30 minute author introduction.

Whether your students write contemporary tales or fantasy epics, the popular game of Dungeons and Dragons can make you a better writer. See how modern writers have been influenced through creating characters, maps, and collaborative storytelling to work through tough plot points!

At the end of this workshop, your students will have the tools to say goodbye to writer’s block forever and get their novel written and polished. And yes, they will want to play a game of Dungeons and Dragons!

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