Nicholson, Lorna Schultz (Alberta)

Writers’ Union Member. Fiction and NF. Multi nominations and awards. K-12.Adults. $300 plus HST for 1 session, $550 for 2, $750 for 3 and $900 for 4. Travel will need to be negotiated. She always has accommodations in Toronto and Niagara.

Lorna Schultz Nicholson has two books being released fall 2019. Just Three is a hi-lo Orca Currents novel, and can be compared to a modern day Parent Trap.  PK Subban: Amazing Hockey Stories (Scholastic) is a non-fiction complete with text, photos and graphics.

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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.

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    Schmidt, René (Trenton, ON)

    René Schmidt is the author of four books by Scholastic Canada on Canadian Disasters series, and received the Red Maple Honour Book award for Leaving Fletchville.

    $275 for one session, $375 for two, $525 for three and for $750 for four sessions.  No travel charge will be asked within 100 km of Trenton Ontario. Skype sessions are available for $150 per session.

    FACT vs. FICTION.  Where do you get your information from?  As well as his regular presentations, René Schmidt is presenting on teaching students to separate known fact from rumours and fiction.

    Do you teach any students that don’t have a clue

    about fiction or non-fiction what’s opinion, what’s true?

    Because in our world of media confusion

    many students can’t tell between real and illusion.

    They research something and come up with actual

     opinions or hearsay but nothing proven factual.

    Did they read it on Facebook or other media social

    (because we all can be fooled by arguments emotional).

    So I tell what I found researching Canadian Disasters,

    including many times when rumors spread faster than truth…

    My rule is: don’t trust any source that can’t be fired

    for lying or misleading the public or whoever hired – them

    Be it books or newspapers, TV or Internet media;

    a lot of real facts can be found in Google or Wikipedia.

    But trust only sources with something valuable to lose,

     like a job, or tenure, or a reputation; they should have no excuse…

     for lying.

    To your students I’ll bring funny stories of misinformation

    and tragic ones too, that fooled our nation.

    Because the falsehoods we sift through are no real mystery

    bogus stories are endemic through Canada’s history.

    So invite me to your school if your principal has a budget

    and you and I will teach research and how to judge it.

    Q & A sessions follow all presentations.

    As a member of the Writer’s Union of Canada, René’s presentations qualify for the Ontario Writer’s In The Schools grants (WITS) program.

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      Scrimger, Richard (Toronto)

      Writers’ Union Member. Funny-serious novelist. Multi awards. $350.00 for one presentation, $600.00 for two, $850.00 for three, or $1000.00 for four. HST and maybe a rental vehicle (moving back to the city, he gave away his car) extra. Continue reading “Scrimger, Richard (Toronto)”