Matas, Carol (Winnipeg, MB,)

Carol Matas, Winnipeg, MB, member, Writers’ Union of Canada, English. Grades K- 12.

One hour in person $350 plus GST, $600.00 plus GST for 2 sessions, plus travel. One hour virtual visit, $200.00 plus GST.

Carol is the internationally best selling author of over 45 books for young people, which have received over 100 awards and honours and been translated into 16 languages.  

Photo: Chantal Picton Holowka.

Carol Matas will have a new Holocaust novel, A Struggle For Hope, out this fall with Scholastic Canada. It tells the story of Ruth, a Holocaust survivor who has made the dangerous trip to Palestine after the war. She and other survivors tell their stories as a way of making sense of the world and Ruth discovers how powerful stories can be – for good and for ill. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Carol has written historical, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary novels. She is about to have her first picture book published. She has written early readers, middle grade novels and young adult novels and a YA crossover book. She often gets emails from young people  telling her that they didn’t like to read until they discovered her books, and she is thrilled to cultivate new readers. Many of  Carol’s  presentations are about her Holocaust novels. In these sessions she delves into the roots of antisemitism and racism which informed Hitler’s worldview. She loves to talk about “big questions” using books like Cloning Miranda, when she encourages discussions about what it means to be a human being.

There is no size limit as long as a microphone is provided for in person visits, even in small venues – although the perfect venue is a library.

Carol does virtual visits all over North America, most recently Atlanta, Georgia to present “The War Within,” a Civil War novel.

Writers’ Union; Canscaip; SCBWI. Also presents to adults.

Carol’s books have garnered over 100 awards and honours, including 2 nominations for the Governor General’s Award; the Silver Birch Award; a New York Times Notable book; a Sydney Taylor Award; a National Jewish Book Award finalist; an ALA Best Book of the Year for YA; a Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Young People; CCBC Best Book for Kids and Teens; New York Public Library, book for the Teen Age; and the Geoffrey Bilson Award. They have also been translated into 16 languages and many have been best sellers. Daniel’s Story has sold over 1 million copies in the United States and Canada. 

Contact Carol to book a visit

    Maruno, Jennifer (Ontario)

    Jennifer Maruno lives in Burlington Ontario, a member of The
    Writers Union of Canada (TWUC) CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of
    Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers), CCBC (Canadian
    Children’s Book Centre).

    Rates of presentations in English
    In Person -currently n/a Travel costs – n/a
    HST N/A
    Virtual On-line – $250.00
    Recorded – $350.00
    Recorded/In Person Q & A Combination:$400.00

    She holds an Ontario Teaching Certificate, Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Education Degree in Curriculum. Prior to becoming Elementary school Principal, she was a Primary Educational Consultant for the Peel District School Board, served on the Faculty of Education with Brock and York University and course director for Ministry of Education Qualifications. For her work with TVO, in developing teaching materials for the television show Mathica’s Mathshop, Jennifer received the Federation of Women Teachers Writing Award. Her novels have won nominations for the eastern provinces Hackmatack, Young Readers of Canada, and the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

    Grade Levels – K-2, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12, Educators/Librarian Staff, In-Service Teaching Candidates, Parent Councils, Education Week/ Literary Focus School Presentations, Probus Clubs, Historical Societies

    Rates of presentations in English
    In Person -currently: n/a Travel costs – n/a HST N/A
    Virtual On-line – $200.00 Recorded – $150.00 Recorded & In Person Q & A -$250.00
    All presentations can be tailored to audience needs. Audience size reflects the age of the listeners and comprehension skills for grades 3-13

    Where Do I get my Ideas? – Audience Level : Grades K-2
    Using Toronto’s Outdoor Art Moose-eum Jennifer explains the inspiration behind Moose’s Roof– her first picture book for young readers.

    Paddle Your Canoe – Audience Level : Grades 4-6, Historical societies
    Using the setting of Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Jennifer shows the establishment of the first French settlement in Canada and how the history of Father Brebeuf and the Iroquois wars tells the story of Warbird

    It Started with a Pickle Jennifer began her publishing career at the ripe age of eight, creating captions for baby pictures in her local town newspaper. She went on to win the grand prize of a green racing bike from Bick’s Pickles for an essay on how to “pick a pickle by Bick’s”, the inspiration for her newest novel, Until Niagara Falls. This a presentation on the importance of historical settings, mores of the times and how the problem of finding friends never changes.
    Audience Level : Grades 7-8, Historical societies, Probus, Writing Festivals/Conferences, Writers Groups

    Two Different Lives is a presentation told in photographs that highlights two people growing up in Canada prior to WW2, one of British descent and one Asian and the different paths they followed with the advent of this destructive world event.

    Why Wear a Poppy highlights the life of Jennifer’s father who enlisted as an underage soldier as told in Kid Soldier. She shares the special poppy she received from Great Britain to commemorate the anniversary of WW2
    Audience Level: Parent Groups/Boards of Education Literary Festivals

    The Story Behind the Story, Jennifer loves to visit classrooms, historical societies and professional groups during Asian Heritage month to present the history of Canada’s shameful racist act to her Japanese Canadian family’s history of internment, the inspiration for the Cherry Blossom books. Audience Level: Parent Councils, Probus Clubs, In-Service Teaching Candidates, Educators/Librarian Staff

    Heard Words – The Importance of Reading Aloud to Children
    What exactly is the history of the picture book and why is it so important to a child’s growth and development? Jennifer traces books presented to young minds since the 1800’s and shows how words that are heard from stories make an impact on young brains.

    Contact Jennifer to book a visit:

      Sher, Emil (Toronto, ON)

      Emil Sher - author photo

      Writers’ Union Member. Emil’s rates are (add HST) $350 for one session, $500 for two in the same half-day, $700 for three and $900 for four (max. 4 per day, min 2 per half-day if outside GTA). A limited number of subsidies are available for Unpacking the Holocaust: A Playwright’s Journey.

      Emil’s author visits have taken him across Ontario and to Quebec, Nova Scotia and the Yukon, and he has been warmly received by teachers and students alike.

      “Emil takes the students on an emotional, real and engaging journey through captivating visuals and heartfelt storytelling. Amazing!” (Clayton Park Junior High, Halifax)

      “Mr Sher – I think you should write a book about yourself. I think you should do more good work of teaching ‘cause it was amazing! Don’t change anything!” (Grey Mountain Primary School, Whitehorse)

      Emil writes for children of all ages, from babies to teens. His debut young adult novel, Young Man with Camera, was a Governor General’s Award finalist and described as “one of the few books for this generation that will stick with them into adulthood.” He has written acclaimed board books and picture books, and his adaptation of Hana’s Suitcase, the beloved book by Karen Levine, was heralded as “an exceptional means to teach young children about the Holocaust.”

      Young Man with Camera: Behind the Scenes (Grade 5 and up)
      Emil takes students behind the scenes of a novel punctuated with striking photographs. Students are given a glimpse of the writing process — how much of writing is rewriting — and then explore the book’s themes. In small groups they look at a photograph and are asked to make up a story about what might have happened beyond the frame, to consider a fundamental question about how we interpret the world: for all that we see, what goes unseen and unsai

      Unpacking the Holocaust: A Playwright’s Journey (Grade 5 and up)
      What are the challenges, the choices, the considerations when the Holocaust is to be both honoured and dramatized on stage? How can sets, costumes, masks, slides and silence give voice to an unspeakable tragedy? Emil uses projections and video footage from past productions of Hana’s Suitcase to explore the choices he made in taking a book and retelling it on stage.

      Away We Go: Storytelling with Sticky Notes (Grade 1 – 3) This picture book about a young child’s fears about going to sleepover camp for the first time is told entirely through sticky notes. Emil inflates a balloon and shares his board books and picture books to illustrate the basics of storytelling. This leads to a hands-on workshop where students use illustrator Qin Leng’s rough sketches to write and illustrate their own version of Away.

      Emil’s presentations are approximately one hour. He has other presentations he can share upon request and is happy to create workshops for writers’ craft classes and to modify his talks to meet the curriculum needs of teachers.

      Equipment requirements: a screen and projector he can connect to his MacBook, and a table for materials.

      Contact Emil for a visit:

        Singh, Rina (Toronto, ON)

        Rina SinghSCBWI and CANSCAIP Member. Kirkus & Publisher’s Weekly Starred Reviews 2018. Picture Books. Diverse Books. Non-Fiction.  Writing Workshops. Grade 3 and up. Rina’s rate is $250 for the first session, and $400 for the second session plus travel from Toronto. No travel costs within Toronto. She does not charge HST.

        Rina is offering virtual visits at the reduced rate of $200.

        Rina Singh is an award-winning Children’s Author and Spoken Word coach. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Concordia University, Montreal, and a teaching degree from McGill University. She has written many critically acclaimed books for children. As a writer, she is drawn to real life stories about social justice and the environment.

        Grandmother School, (Orca Books) which won the BC & Yukon Prize for literature affirms the life-changing power of education. A Garden of Grenades, (Greystone Books) told in free verse, reimagines our troubled world through the lens of love and compassion. 111 Trees, (Kids Can Press) which won the Social Justice literature award and is nominated for the Yellow Cedar award celebrates the unfailing greatness of human spirit and inspires us to become eco-feminists.

        Her books have been translated in many languages and have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist.

        Rina has done readings and workshops in schools, libraries, and literary festivals across Canada, including the TD Children’s Book Week. She has also presented at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore and Reading for the Love of it in Toronto. She has been an arts educator for twenty-five years.

        Rina has done readings and workshops in schools, libraries, and literary festivals across Canada, including TD Children’s Book Week in 2012 and 2018. In 2014, she also presented at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore and Reading for the Love of it in Toronto (2015). She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and has taught visual arts, drama, and creative writing in Toronto for 25 years. She is also a tdsbCREATES mentor artist for Spoken Word.

        BOOK TALK: Where do Stories Come From?
        In this 1-hour visual presentation, Rina looks back over her own life and career, and using examples of the books she has written, she asks the audience to think about where stories and ideas come from. She shows how a book comes together, from first idea, to first draft and through the re-writing process. The last twenty minutes of the presentation are interactive. This presentation will appeal even to the most reluctant readers.

        Writing Workshops (75 minutes)

        Option #1
        In this fast-paced workshop, participants will explore how they can use their own experiences and curiosity and create compelling stories and poems using lyrical language. The workshop will end with student readings.
        Grade 6-8 Preferred group size 30 students (for optimal interaction with students)

        Option #2
        Inspired by how Rina wrote her book – Holi Colors, she takes the participants on a fun and engaging journey where they explore colour through their own senses. It’s great for beginning poets and the workshop can be adapted with more sophisticated content for advanced writers.

        Grades 3-6 Preferred group size 30 students (for optimal interaction with students)

        Equipment Required

        Rina is comfortable presenting in a classroom, library, or auditorium. She requires a glass of water, a table to display books, a screen, laptop and LCD projector for Power Point. She requests that a librarian, teacher, or other school representative be present throughout the presentation.

        Contact Rina to book a visit:

          Barker, Michelle (Vancouver)

          Vancouver. Writers’ Union member (schools may be eligible for travel and fee subsidies).

          Award-winning author of poetry, a historical picture book, two YA historical novels, YA fantasy novel, short fiction, and non- fiction. Winner of the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award (2019); Kirkus Best YA Historical Fiction (2018); TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist (2016). All ages.

          Michelle’s rate is $225 for one presentation, $400 for two, $600 for three, and $750 for four. No travel costs within the GTA. Because she’s coming from out of town, Michelle requires two or more bookings. Online presentations available: $100 for 50 minutes. Continue reading “Barker, Michelle (Vancouver)”

          Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk (Brantford ON)

          Writers Union Member. Fiction & NF, 2X Silver Birch winner, 2x Red Cedar Winner, Yellow Cedar Winner. Multi awards. All ages. $400 plus HST for 1 session, $650 for 2, $900 for 3 and $1100 for 4, + travel (50 cents per kilometer, round-trip for SW ON).

          Virtual Visits: $300 plus HST, for one session, 20-60 minutes, $200 for each additional session on the same day.

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          Camlot, Heather (Toronto, ON)

          Writers’ Union Member. Fiction and nonfiction writer. Heather’s rates are $250 for one session, $450 for two, $650 for three, $800 for four/full day (may be shared with a neighbouring school). $150 for a virtual visit. HST applies. No travel costs within Toronto. Able to present in English and French.

          Heather is an award-winning children’s author, journalist, editor and translator. Her debut novel, Clutch, received a 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award and a starred selection in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Spring 2018 Best Books for Kids and Teens. Clutch was also named a 2017 Best Book from Kirkus Reviews.

          In 2020, she released two new books: the middle-grade nonfiction What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? (available in French as Et si les soldats se battaient avec des oreillers ?) and the middle-grade novel The Other Side.

          In her presentations, Heather aims to entertain and educate, leaving the audience interested in writing fiction and nonfiction as well as looking into their own history for inspiration.

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          Arato, Rona (Toronto)

          Writers’ Union Member. Rona’s events with the students were excellent. Not only was she able to keep the students enthralled with her stories, but Rona also skillfully catered to the different age-groups and moderated her presentation according to their needs. Her rate is $250 per one-hour session, $400 for a full morning and $700 + HST for a full day. There is no travel charge within the GTA. For travel outside the GTA the standard kilometrage applies. Continue reading “Arato, Rona (Toronto)”

          Aihoshi, Susan (Toronto, ON)

          Writers’ Union of Canada member. Author of Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi, about the uprooting and incarceration of Japanese Canadians in WWII. Writer-in-residence at Vancouver’s Historic Joy Kogawa House (Fall 2017).  150-km distance from Toronto. $175.00 per session (no HST). Travel costs by public transit apply outside Toronto.
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          Brouwer, Sigmund (Alberta)

          Alberta. Writers’ Union Member. Audiences of up to 400 in an assembly.

          Virtual Visits: $150

          Sigmund has set up a a virtual classroom in a professional studio with top-quality lighting, audio and visual equipment to deliver fun and motivating Rock and Roll Literacy Presentations that incorporate stories, music and short videos to make key points about the writing process.

          SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

          Friday, January 29 with seven-time Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier , and Friday, February 5 as for the Seven Series with Eric Walters, Ted Stanton, Richard Scrimger and Shane Peacock.
           
          Both presentations are geared for grades 4-8, and schools pay $175 for all teachers and students to access it, either from the building, or from home. It means that during the lockdown, every student can participate, no matter where.
           
          CONTACT SIGMUND BELOW FOR DETAILS.
           


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          Alberta. Writers’ Union Member. Audiences of up to 400 in an assembly.

          Virtual Visits: $150

          Sigmund has set up a a virtual classroom in a professional studio with top-quality lighting, audio and visual equipment to deliver fun and motivating Rock and Roll Literacy Presentations that incorporate stories, music and short videos to make key points about the writing process.

          SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

          Friday, January 29 with seven-time Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier , and Friday, February 5 as for the Seven Series with Eric Walters, Ted Stanton, Richard Scrimger and Shane Peacock.
           
          Both presentations are geared for grades 4-8, and schools pay $175 for all teachers and students to access it, either from the building, or from home. It means that during the lockdown, every student can participate, no matter where.
           
          CONTACT SIGMUND BELOW FOR DETAILS.
           


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