Sadler, Judy-Ann (London, Ontario)

Judy-Ann Sadler (London, Ontario) is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, CANSCAIP, and Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC). She presents (in English) to students in JK to grade 5 and beyond.

Rates:

  • 1 session: $300
  • 2 sessions: $525
  • 3 sessions: $675
  • 4 sessions: $800

These rates include craft supplies for 50 students per 1-hour session. Travel costs are extra. No HST. Rates for virtual visits are negotiable.

Judy-Ann Sadler is the bestselling author of over 25 books for children that have sold over a million copies in various languages around the world.

Ever since Judy-Ann can remember, she has loved to read, write and make things. She feels passionate about sharing stories and crafts with children. She knows that using your imagination and working with your hands encourages creativity, curiosity, resourcefulness, patience, passion and generosity. She feels that these are all qualities our children will need to help make the world a better place!

Judy-Ann has presented to, and made crafts with, tens of thousands of children at schools, libraries and festivals. Here are a few examples of what she does during a presentation, but she always tailors her presentations to the needs of the students. She loves to keep her audience engaged and excited about books, crafts and stories!

JK- grade 1: Read a picture book, show other books, show crafts from some of her books, take questions, make a craft.

Grade 2-3: Read one of her picture books, show other books, show lots of crafts and chat about the joy of making things, answer questions, make a craft.

Grade 4-5: Talk about and show samples of the many steps involved in putting together a good book, read a story, show her books and crafts, answer questions and hear about the creative activities and writing projects of the students. Make a craft!

For presentation set-up, Judy-Ann requires a couple of tables at the front of the room, and tables with chairs for the students. She will present to a maximum of 50 students/two classes per session.

Contact Judy-Ann to book a visit:

    Fishbane, Melanie (Toronto)

    Writers’ Union Member. Author of the young adult novel, Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery. Melanie’s rate is $250.00, two is $450.00, three is $700.00 and four is $900.00, plus travel. Skype visits available. Continue reading “Fishbane, Melanie (Toronto)”

    Cotter, Charis (Newfoundland)

    Writers’ Union Member. Multiple award-winner. Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award 2020. Hackmatack 2019 Winner. Silver Birch 2016 Honour Book, IODE Violet Downey Award, Ann Connor Brimer Award. Fiction, Newfoundland ghost stories. $350 for one session, $650 for two sessions, plus HST and mileage.

    Virtual visits: $175 plus HST for 60 minutes. $125 plus HST for 40 minutes.

    Charis’s spooky, suspenseful books and her playful approach to writing and ghosts get rave reviews from students and teachers. She has toured schools and libraries across Canada, thrilling audiences with her Newfoundland ghost stories and her unique, imagination-based writing workshops.

    VIRTUAL VISITS
    Specially designed for the COVID challenges of 2020 and 2021. Choose a virtual visit that suits your students and budget.

    Grades 4 to 6: 60 minutes. Newfoundland ghost storytelling session plus Q&A Platform: Google Meet, Zoom, or whatever platform your school prefers.

    Disembodied Ghost Tour—Halloween and Beyond 2020
    A virtual school visit from Charis and a host of Newfoundland ghosts! She’ll take your students on a creepy tour of the most haunted island in the world, showing how traditional ghost stories reflect the landscape, culture and history of Newfoundland. Charis has two new Newfoundland middle grade ghost books released in 2020: Screech! Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland and Footsteps in Bay de Verde: A Mysterious Tale. Her virtual visit features stories and pictures from both books, a Q&A, a discussion guide and a ghost story challenge for students to collect their own ghost stories from families and friends. For some reason, Newfoundland has more ghosts than anywhere else. Ghosts in the ocean, ghosts on the barrens, ghosts in lighthouses, and ghosts at kitchen parties. Some stories go back hundreds of years, like the Old Hollies, said to be the victims of shipwrecks, who are heard screaming in the wind just before a bad storm. She tells a very old story about a ghostly longboat glimpsed in the fog near Baccalieu Island and describes an unsettling experience she had herself on the barrens one dark Newfoundland night. She ends with a spine-chilling account of ghostly footsteps in Bay de Verde in the 1920s.

    Grades 4 to 6: 40 minutes. Reading and discussion about writing life plus Q&A. Platform: Google Meet, Zoom, or whatever platform your school prefers.

    Meet the Author: Reading and Q&A

    Charis will do a reading from one of her books and then talk about her writing life: her inspiration, how she became a writer, her daily writing routine and how much editing and rewriting goes into writing a book. Then she will answer questions from students about writing and her books.

    The teacher and students can decide which of the following books they want Charis to read from.

    If the students have access to the book in question, and are either reading it in class or reading it independently, that helps the discussion. Book sales can be arranged through Charis if necessary.

    Screech! Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland
    An illustrated collection of ten spine-tingling Newfoundland ghost stories, including ghost ships, haunted houses, the Old Hag, death tokens and other strange phenomena from that very haunted island. Each story is given geographical and historical context, with a tribute to the original storyteller.

    The Ghost Road
    Cousins Ruth and Ruby are spending the summer in Buckle, a small Newfoundland community. To solve a deadly family mystery, they must find their way along the invisible Ghost Road with its disturbing visions of the past.

    The Painting
    This haunting novel is about Annie, who lives in Toronto, and Claire, who lives in a lighthouse in Newfoundland. Annie falls through a painting of the lighthouse and finds herself with Claire, who thinks she’s a ghost.

    The Swallow: A Ghost Story
    This spooky, full-length novel tells the story of Polly and Rose, two twelve-year-old girls who live behind a cemetery. A haunted house, a curse and a family secret all come to light as the two friends unravel a troubling mystery.

    IN-PERSON VISITS
    Grades 4 to 6: 75 minutes. Newfoundland ghost storytelling session plus Q &A. Maximum number of students per session: 125. Preferred venue: Classroom or library where students can sit in a group on the floor. The darker the better!

    Equipment: Table. Chair.

    The Ghost Road and Other Newfoundland Ghost Stories
    Charis tells some traditional Newfoundland ghost stories from Screech! and Footsteps in Bay de Verde, showing how traditional ghost stories reflect the landscape, culture and history of Newfoundland. For some reason, Newfoundland has more ghosts than anywhere else. Ghosts in the ocean, ghosts on the barrens, ghosts in lighthouses, and ghosts at kitchen parties. Using stories she has collected herself, Charis takes her audience on a creepy tour of that very haunted island. Some stories go back hundreds of years, like the Old Hollies, said to be the victims of shipwrecks, who are heard screaming in the wind just before a bad storm. She tells a very old story about a ghostly longboat glimpsed in the fog near Baccalieu Island and describes an unsettling experience she had herself on the barrens one dark Newfoundland night. She ends with a spine-chilling account of ghostly footsteps in Bay de Verde in the 1920s.

    Grades 4 to 6: 75 minutes. Writing workshop and Q&A. Maximum number of students per session: 60. Preferred venue: Classroom or library where students can sit in a group on the floor.

    Easel or whiteboard with markers, table, chair.

    The Painting: A Writing Workshop
    Charis presents a writing workshop based on her novel, The Painting, where 12-year-old Annie walks inside a painting of a lighthouse in Newfoundland. After a dramatized reading from The Painting, Charis leads the students through a series of visualizations, using Annie’s experience of walking inside a painting as a model to illustrate how to imagine the setting of a story. Students will create the details of an imaginary world, using all five senses to bring it to life. Along the way, Charis shares some thoughts about her inspiration and writing process for The Painting. At the end of the workshop, she talks about her books and answers questions about the writing life.

    WHAT TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS SAY ABOUT CHARIS
    “Charis Cotter is a wonderfully engaging storyteller.  She had the students on the edge of their seats with every tale.  She was also very in tune with the needs of the students throughout the presentation.”
    —Tanya Panacci, Bruce Trail Public School, Milton, Ontario

     “Charis Cotter is an exceptional writer of age-appropriate ghost stories.  Her workshop readings and easy manner of engagement ignites in her audience a sense of wonder which fires the imagination.”
     —Bronać Gallagher, Grade 5 teacher, Lakecrest Independent School, St. John’s, Newfoundland

    Contact to book Charis: