VanSickle, Vikki (Toronto, ON)

Vikki VanSickle 2021 credit Connie Tsang
Photo credit: Connie Tsang

Writers’ Union Member. Dynamic presenter, writer and publishing professional. Red Maple Winner. Interactive presentations, related activities,  customization available. All ages. $400 + HST per presentation; $750 + HST for 2 + travel for locations outside Toronto.

Elementary School Presentations

JK- Gr 3:  EXPLORING PUBLIC ART WITH ANONYMOUSE. Students learn about the power of public art and are given the tools to find beauty and mystery in their own neighbourhoods. Including examples from Vikki’s own pandemic walks in urban Toronto, this is a timely and inspiring introduction to art and community. $400+ HST for a 30-40 minute presentation.

JK- Gr 3: TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR PICNIC & SERVICE AWARDS. Students are invited to bring their teddies or stuffies to school for a virtual teddy bear’s picnic! A cozy event that celebrates small acts of kindness and promotes social emotional learning. Digital activity kit including customizable Teddy Bear of the Year certificates available. $400 + HST for 30-40 minute presentation. 

JK- Gr 3: MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES & IF I HAD A GRYPHON  In this presentation students are asked to consider objects from a bag of clues to determine what kind of pets may be in this book about mythological creatures. Digital teacher’s guide and printed activities available. A fun introduction to mythological creatures and inferencing, based on IF I HAD A GRYPHON, finalist for the 2017 Blue Spruce & Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award. VIRTUAL event: $400 + HST for 30-40 minute presentation. 

JR/Intermediate: Grades 5-8

THE SECRET LIFE OF AN AUTHOR. Where do you get your ideas? How do you deal with writer’s block? How do you make money as an author? In this presentation, Vikki takes kids behind-the-scenes of the writing and publishing process, using examples from her own career. Includes Red Maple Award winner THE WINNOWING and her latest novel, P.S. TELL NO ONE. $400 + HST for a 40-60 minute presentation.
Req: projector, surface to project onto, mic for large groups/gym presentations. Vikki can also tailor presentations for adults (especially teachers, librarians and writers’ groups,) writers’ craft students or schools that are interested in a class novel study. Contact her for more details. 

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    McKay, Sharon (Burlington ON)

    Writers’ Union Member. Sharon travels across Canada several times a year. Sharon E. McKay (Mick-EYE) writes fact-based fiction for young adults. Multi-awards, all ages.

    Flat fee of $900 for a full day, four sessions and includes a free (optional) brown-bag lunch for anyone interested in writing. Flat fee of $600 for an afternoon. Parents and media are welcome in all sessions.

    Virtual Visits: $150, 60 minutes, Skype. Continue reading “McKay, Sharon (Burlington ON)”

    MacKay, Elly (Owen Sound)

    Writers’ Union Member. Author, illustrator, picture books, Forest of Reading, lightbox, paper, children’s books, primary, workshop, art project. Elly’s rate is $275 for one session, $475 for two, $675 for three and $800 for four, plus local travel from Toronto when in the area (either taxi or being picked up by a teacher to accommodate her in bringing her miniature theatre and supplies). Continue reading “MacKay, Elly (Owen Sound)”

    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.

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    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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    McNicoll, Sylvia (Burlington)

    DEAL:To celebrate The Great Mistake Mysteries travelling to Russia, Sylvia McNicoll will include a free Snake Mistake with every author visit booked before November 30.

    Writers’ Union Member. Silver Birch Winner, Creative Writing Instructor  Grade 2-Adult

    RATES: $300 solo session, $525 for two sessions Continue reading “McNicoll, Sylvia (Burlington)”

    Larsen, Andrew (Toronto, ON)

    Andrew Larsen Photo 2018

    Picture book author, Blue Spruce nominated, award winning, inspiring. Andrew is presently taking bookings for virtual visits. Even though we are necessarily apart, we are connected by our stories. Andrew would love to share his stories with your students. He charges $250 + HST for a single virtual visit (approximately 45 minutes).

    In person visits are $300 + HST for a single session and $500 + HST for an entire morning or afternoon. Andrew charges for travel only when visiting locations outside of Toronto.

    Andrew is convinced that we all have stories to tell and our own way of telling them. His presentations inspire students to believe they have what it takes to discover their own stories and to share them.

    Presentation Details

    Grades JK – 3: (approximately 40 minutes) We’re all storytellers. We’re born that way. We tell stories when we play, pretend, squiggle and dream. Andrew encourages students to recognize that they are surrounded by stories just waiting to be told. Some of those stories are made up. Some are based on real events or real people. He talks about how ideas grow into stories and, in turn, stories can grow into books. Using show and tell, an unforgettable magic trick, and an engaging style, Andrew inspires the belief that we can all be authors. He demonstrates how a single piece of paper can be turned into a book, ready to be filled with words or pictures. He reads one of his own books and, finally, he welcomes questions. Andrew leaves students wanting to make their own books and share their own stories.

    Grades 4, 5 and 6: (approximately 50 minutes) Andrew believes that a story is a story is story, whether the story is told in a picture book or in a chapter book. Building on his conviction that we all have stories to tell, Andrew talks about the value of keeping a writer’s journal. Keeping a journal reminds us that we are all writers! We all have stories to tell! Andrew talks about how the seed of an idea, jotted in a journal, can grow into paragraph. A paragraph can grow into a chapter and a chapter can grow into a book. We are all authors! He reads from Dingus, his middle-grade chapter book.

    Family Literacy Events: Andrew loves to engage families and to instill a sense of fun in the stories we share together. Some of the best stories begin at home with our families. Andrew talks about how most of his own stories began at home. Some even began as handmade, homemade books. A great way to wind up a family literacy event is to engage families in the making of a book. Andrew’s family literacy events are fun! Most of all, they’re inspiring.

    Andrew will happily present to any number of students. He has presented to as few as 6 and as many as 250. Andrew will present in a classroom, library, gym or under a tree. He loves to do presentations for Family Literacy Events (fun for the whole family!) If it is a large group Andrew will require a laptop and projector.

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      Storms, Patricia (Toronto)

      Writers’ Union Member. Fun and funny cartoonist, children’s illustrator and picture book author and ukulele lady. $300 + HST for 1 session, $500 for 2, $800 for 3 and $1,000 for 4. Continue reading “Storms, Patricia (Toronto)”

      Poulsen, David (Alberta)

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      Writers’ Union Member. Alberta, Fiction, Multi-award winner. Grades 1-12 $325 plus GST for 1 session, $600 for 2, $850 for 3 and $1000 for 4, + travel. Continue reading “Poulsen, David (Alberta)”

      Boudreau, Hélène (Markham ON)

      Not available for bookings at this time. Writers’ Union Member. Parents’ Choice Award. Fiction. Non-Fiction. Humour. Picture Book. Middle Grade. Tween. K to 8. Hélène’s rate is $250 for one 45-60 min session, $450 for 2, $650 for 3, $850 for 4 (max 4 per day), plus travel by car. HST extra. Continue reading “Boudreau, Hélène (Markham ON)”