Lazowski, Anna (Winnipeg, MB)

2022-2023 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Nominee, 2022 Manitoba Book Awards McNally Robinson Book for Young People Nominee. 
SCBWI member. CANSCAIP member.

Dynamic presenter, writer, journalist, and editor. Interactive presentations that can be customized. $250 for one session, $450 for two, $675 for three, $900 for a full day (four sessions). Virtual visits available for $200. 

Anna Lazowski is an award-winning journalist and children’s book author. She is passionate about connecting with students to share her love of art and language. Her presentations are fun, interactive, and designed to keep the audience engaged through creativity.

BOOKS:
T. Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes, 2021
Picture book illustrated by Steph Laberis.
Themes: encouragement, empathy, kindness, humour, positivity, teamwork, phonics. 

Dark Cloud, (available spring 2023)
Picture book illustrated by Penny Neville-Lee
Themes: mental health, inclusion, depression, empathy, connection, friendship, hope. 

PRESENTS TO…
English
K-Gr. 8
Teacher and teacher candidates

Primary and Middle School Presentations
K-Gr. 6
Animals, Action, and Fun!
In this interactive presentation, kids choose letters from the alphabet to create ridiculous active scenarios with their favourite animals. The more outlandish the ideas, the more fun everyone will have. Can scale to teach alliteration, nouns, verbs, and set up a STEAM research project for hidden talents of animals for older grades. 

Gr 4-8
Build Your Own Story Map
Using familiar fairy tales, this lively, interactive presentation uses clear examples to explain story structure. Participants then use improv techniques to brainstorm their own story in small groups.

Gr. 4-8
How Do You Draw a Feeling?
Expressing emotions with words can be hard. In this interactive presentation, students will brainstorm a list of emotions and feelings. We will then explore them by creating lyrical illustrated text. 

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:
For in-person, a projector and screen are required. As my student workshops are interactive, they work best in classrooms rather than auditoriums. I am also able to present to teacher and teacher candidates during professional development days. 

Contact Anna to book a visit:

    Younge-Ullman, Danielle (Toronto, ON)

    Writers Union Member. White Pine Award Winner and two-time nominee, also nominated for Governor General’s award, Amy Mathers Teen Book award, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz award, among others—a total of 18 nominations and Best-of lists. YA Author of HE MUST LIKE YOU, EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED, and LOLA CARLYE’S 12 STEP ROMANCE.

    Danielle’s virtual visit fee is $200 per 50-60 minute session. In person visits are $300 for 1 hour presentation; $550 for 2, $800 for 3, plus travel for locations outside Toronto.

    Danielle is a confident and dynamic presenter who loves talking about books with people of all ages. She attained a BA from McGill, worked for years as an actor before turning to writing, and has had a wild variety of jobs—everything from acting, to dubbing English voices for Japanese TV, to temping, to teaching Pilates, to freelance writing. Danielle lives Toronto with her husband and two daughters.

    Presentations: Because of her background in theatre, Danielle is very comfortable in front of an audience and loves engaging with readers. Though she writes teen fiction, she can also adjust her presentations for groups as young as grade 5 and 6. Presentations can be geared toward each group, and can be done with more of a workshop emphasis if required. All presentations include time for questions!

    Age range: grades 5 and up, but ideally grades 7-12. Danielle also loves presenting to and working with adult groups, and meeting with book clubs.

    Topics:

    Pantsters, Plotters & Making Soup: A discussion of the essential elements of fiction, and explanations of some of the different techniques used by writers to craft story and write fiction.

    Turning Real Life Into Fiction: The process of using your own stories as inspiration for fiction is deeper, more layered, and much more detailed than it looks. In this session, Danielle will take you through the process of distilling the essence of your experiences, and using the most compelling themes and elements to create a work of fiction, using He Must Like You and Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined as examples.

    How to Pursue a Career as a Novelist: A presentation that explains the process of becoming a professional writer, from beginning writing through searching for an agent, to going through the process of being published. This presentation is great for students who are interested in the arts, and in the process of making decisions about their futures.

    How to Revise the Crap Out of Your Manuscript: Danielle is an in-depth and joyfully ruthless reviser. In this session she will go through the steps she takes to revise her manuscripts in a way that can also be applied to shorter works. Subjects will include character consistency, POV, tone, tightening and/or expanding, layering in new characters and plot lines, analyzing structure, and general troubleshooting of things that aren’t working. 

    Equipment: podium or desk, microphone for groups larger than 40. Maximum group size: 40-60 for optimum interaction, but Danielle is also comfortable in front of larger groups. 25 or fewer for workshops.

    Contact Danielle Younge-Ullman:

      Krossing, Karen (Toronto, ON)

      Karen Krossing June 2019

      Writers’ Union Member. YA and MG fiction. Picture Books. White Pine. Crystal Kite Winner. Writing workshops. K to 12. Karen’s rate is $300 plus HST per session, plus travel from Toronto. Mileage within Toronto may be waived. A virtual visit is $150 plus HST.

      Karen Krossing is the author of seven successful novels for kids and teens as well as the picture books One Tiny Bubble and Sour Cakes. She regularly mentors emerging writers through workshops for kids, teens, and adults, and she’s a versatile presenter with an engaging manner.

      Karen has been conducting book talks and workshops since 2002, and she has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She loves meeting readers and writers of all ages.
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