Coates, Jan L. (Nova Scotia)

Jan L. Coates

Jan L. Coates lives in Nova Scotia, but she spends as much time as she can in Kingston and Toronto, Ontario. A member of the Writers Union of Canada, Jan presents to classes from junior kindergarten to grade 7.

Her rates include: $200 for one in-person session (45-60 minutes); $350 for two sessions; $600 for a full-day visit. Virtual visits (Zoom or Google Meets) are $150 for 45-60 minutes

Jan has written six picture books, six middle grade novels, and 18 chapter books for emergent readers. Her books have been shortlisted for several Canadian awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Awards, and Children’s Choice Awards such as Hackmatack and SYRCA.

Jan L. Coates books

“The overall positive student response to Jan, in my opinion, indicates how this author is able to encourage literacy and creative writing by sharing her talent.” – Heather Thorne, educator

“Jan led a writing exercise that had kids buzzing with ideas. Before long, kids were competing to be one of the writers picked to present their mystery objects by describing them out loud to the group without saying what the object actually looks like.” -Heather Doepner, Youth Services Librarian

“Because inside I’m still 11,” is Jan’s answer when asked why she writes for kids. Jan is a writer because she’s always been a reader, and because stories are the best, whether you’re reading them or writing them. There’s no better way to escape, learn, and grow. Her books are often about resilient kids tackling tough challenges head-on. Other than reading and writing, she’s learning to illustrate, loves to be at the beach, get outside on her bike in the woods or on the dykes, go thrift-shopping and spend time with her family, including her Golden Irish, Charlie

Jan’s school visits include a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation/discussion about writing, the writing life, tools we all use to create story, a short reading, Q&A, and a fun shared writing (or drawing) activity. Specific workshops include:

  1. building a character;
  2. creating a picture book;
  3. using all five senses to create 3D story worlds;
  4. growing a story from a tiny idea seed.

Sixty minutes please for grades 2-7; thirty minutes for grades JrK-1. Jan prefers to work with one class at a time, but she’s flexible, and she’s happy to talk about specific writing topics suggested by teachers. She needs a projector with connected laptop to show her PPT, as well as a table, water, and lunch for full-day visits (cafeteria food can be surprisingly tasty). Jan enjoys doing virtual as well as in-person school visits, and she’s been visiting young readers and writers for over 10 years.

Contact Jan to book a visit…

    Farrell Holler, Sue (Grande Prairie, AB)


    Writers Union member. Fiction: Kindergarten to young adult. Governor General’s Lit Award finalist, Alberta Lit Award, High Plains Book Award.

    All grades, plus adult presentations. Writing workshops available. English only.

    Virtual visits; $125 for 30 mins (K-3); $175 for 40 mins (Gr 4-6, 7-9); $225 for 60 mins (Gr 10-12, adults). GST will be added to all prices. Google Meets, Zoom

    Sue Farrell Holler writes for children of all ages – from preschool to young adult.

    Her YA novel, Cold White Sun, was a 2019 finalist for a Governor General’s Award literary award. The novel, based on the true story of an illegal refugee, also won an Alberta Literary Award — the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature and a U.S-based High Plains Book Award.

    Her other titles include the middle grade novel Lacey and the African Grandmothers that’s set on a First Nation’s reserve, and three picture books. Her latest work is “Raven, Rabbit, Deer,” which introduces Ojibwemowin vocabulary. “Finding Moose” is set for publication in the spring of 2022.

    A journalist by profession, she writes books for children that acknowledge our critical need for human connection.

    Her work for adults as a feature writer and newspaper humour columnist has appeared in local, regional and national publications.

    Sue is an experienced and engaging presenter who most recently took part in the virtual 2020 and 2021 Cenovus Wordpower tours, was a presenter with TWUC’s 2020 Writers-in-the-Schools program and a presenter for Read-in Week with an Edmonton elementary school.

    Contact Sue to book a visit…