Fawcett, Heather (Vancouver Island, BC)

Heather Fawcett

Writers’ Union Member. English speaker. Grades 3-8. In-person rates: $250 for one session, $450 for two, $675 for three, $900 for a full day (four sessions). Travel fees (airfare and lodging) apply for in-person visits.

Virtual rates: $100 for one session. Each session is around 45-60 minutes.

Heather Fawcett is a Vancouver Island-based author of five fantasy books for middle grade and young adult readers.

Heather Fawcett is the author of the YA fantasy duology Even the Darkest Stars and middle-grade books Ember and the Ice Dragons, The Language of Ghosts, and The School Between Winter and Fairyland (Fall 2021). She has a Master’s degree in English Literature and worked in a variety of roles before becoming an author, including archaeologist, technical writer, and backstage assistant for a Shakespearean theatre company. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, she has also lived briefly in England, Ireland, and Italy. She now calls Vancouver Island home.

Heather loves meeting young readers. She would be happy to visit your school or library either virtually or in person, and offers engaging, interactive presentations and workshops. Though she writes fantasy novels set in imagined worlds, her stories deal with relatable, down-to-earth themes, like sibling rivalries, navigating friendships, and dealing with grief and loss. Ember and the Ice Dragons, which has been nominated for the MYRCA Sundogs Award and the OLA’s Silver Birch Award, deals with environmental themes, namely species extinction, and stars a young girl who dreams of becoming a scientist.

Heather’s presentation topics include:

-Real Magic: How Fantasy Authors Build Worlds and Invent Spells
-How to Become an Author (and What an Author’s Day Looks Like)
-A History of Dragons and Why They Make Great Characters
-Antarctica and Elephants: The Science that Inspired Ember and the Ice Dragons
-Reading and Q&A Session*

*Heather will read from a book of your choosing, discuss the inspiration behind the story, and then answer questions. 

Heather offers fun and interactive workshops on finding inspiration for stories, creating strong heroes and villains, how to read like a writer, and more. She is also open to requests to cover specific topics.

In-person visits: Open to all school and library venues, maximum group size of 100. Requires a podium and (depending on the topic) the ability to deliver a powerpoint presentation from a laptop (image-heavy, minimal text).

Online visits: Conducted through Skype or the platform of your choosing.

Contact Heather for a visit:

    Kadarusman, Michelle (Toronto, ON)

    Writer’s Union Member. Children’s author based in Toronto. Michelle Kadarusman’s middle-grade novels have received many nominations and honours including the Governor General’s Literary Awards, Silver Birch, USBBY Outstanding International book, Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature, Freeman Award and Bank Street Best Books.

    Presentations are best suited for grades 3 to 8. Virtual visit: $250 In-person: $350.

    Michelle is originally from Australia and has also lived throughout Indonesia. She has been invited to present her work both locally and internationally. Her
    presentations are engaging and interactive with themes of self-empowerment,
    diversity and celebrating differences. Michelle loves to share her enthusiasm for reading and stories. She founded a literacy charity in Toronto called Raising
    Readers (2006 – 2018). The initiative ran story clubs in the TDSB with a goal to
    inspire reading for fun. The clubs included story presentation with an interactive art component, so where possible she still likes to include crafty activities in her presentations.

    “Thank you for the presentation that you did for my Gr. 3 and 4 classes! They were very engaged by your talk and the staff commented afterwards on how much you were able to cover in one hour:  a reading from your book, some science and an art activity!!” Isabelle Hobbs, Teacher-Librarian, Chris Hadfield P.S.

    “The students were engaged and excited to hear from you… Your presentation
    covered themes in the book as well as your creative process and an origami
    activity… your book won both votes at our program that day!”
    Meg Uttangi
    Metsos, Hamilton Public Library

    No limit to audience attendance for virtual visit. In-person session limited to 30
    students. Equipment for PowerPoint presentation preferred but not required.

    Contact Michelle Kadarusman for a visit: