Member of The Writers’ Union of Canada. Presents in English to all ages, including adults, and presentations can be customized to audience. Award-winning author, editor, and educator of fiction and poetry for young people (especially picture books) and adult.
Rates: $150+HST for 30-min presentations (minimum two); $300+HST for each 60-min presentation. Maximum of three presentations in a day, regardless of length. Virtual visits are $100+HST for 30 minutes (minimum two) and $200+HST for 60 minutes.
Travel: No travel costs for locations accessible via public transit in Toronto. Actual transit costs for schools accessible by public transit in the GTA plus; for locations inaccessible by transit, additional arrangements may be required (e.g., pick-up and 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 published fiction and poetry for adults and has been longlisted for the Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. As well as being an author, she has acquired and edited children’s and adult fiction for publication. She is a professor of creative writing at Sheridan College, and she has also led interactive creative writing workshops for young people at public schools and through the Toronto Public Library.
Because of her array of experience, Mahak’s presentations are highly customizable to the interests and curricular needs of educators and librarians.
For grades 5 and below, she can lead interactive presentations tied to one of her picture books, including a reading, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the writing process, and an activity that engages students creatively. Maximum group size: 30
For example, a presentation on Maya about India, animals and trees, and the power of storytelling: a reading, an overview of the connection between the animals and tree featured in the book and India and how storytelling and the imagination can be used as a form of connection. Includes interactive discussion with students about the notable animals and trees in their lives and a visual arts and/or writing activity, adjusted to format, size of audience, and grade level.
For grades 6 and up as well as for staff, she can lead creative writing workshops with prompts and feedback, introduce audiences to careers in the publishing industry (children’s or adult), 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. No maximum group size, but workshops are suited to groups of 20 or fewer.
All venues, library preferred. 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.