Award-winning author, editor, and educator of fiction and poetry for young people and adults. Member of The Writers’ Union of Canada. Presents in English to all ages.
Rates: $300 + HST per 60-min presentation ($150 + HST for 30 minutes). Virtual presentations only at this time.
Travel: No travel costs for locations accessible via public transit in central Toronto. Actual costs for locations outside central Toronto; additional arrangements may be required (e.g., transit station pick-up/drop-off).
Mahak’s debut picture book won the South Asia Book Award and was named a CBC Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and was a starred selection with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. She has also edited children’s books for Penguin Random House Canada, Owlkids Books, Kids Can Press, and Annick Press and developed youth creative writing workshops for the Toronto Public Library. She teaches creative writing at Sheridan College.
For grades 5 and below, she leads interactive presentations tied to one of her picture books, including a reading, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the writing process, and curricular tie-ins. For small groups, she also incorporates an activity that engages students creatively.
For grades 6 and up as well as for staff, she can lead creative writing workshops, introduce audiences to writing and publishing careers, present on how to write for different age groups, facilitate a discussion and activity on the creative process, or provide time management and productivity tips for creatives.
All venues. Equipment: A screen and projector for PowerPoint; microphone for larger groups or if required for acoustics. Colouring pencils or crayons and writing surfaces for students will be required for some presentations.