Leach, Sara (Whistler, BC).

Sarah Leach

Writer’s Union Member. Presentations in English for K-7. Virtual visits:  $150 for 45-60 minute session. In person visits: $250 for one session, $400 for two sessions, $800 for full day, plus travel expenses. No HST.

Sara is an award-winning author of 9 books for children. She brings 25 years of teaching experience to her presentations.

Sara has written picture books, chapter books and middle-grade novels and loves speaking to all age ranges within a school. She can tailor her presentations to any group of students. Some of the topics students and teachers have enjoyed most include:

What does every story need? Sara discusses character, setting and problem using the Slug Days series and leads students to create their own story starters.

I know that place! In this author talk based around the Jake Reynolds books, Sara describes the writing process, and how she used events and locations from her own life to add exciting details to the books.

Where do authors get their ideas? Everyone has a story to tell, and authors draw from all parts of their lives (and sometimes those of their friends), to write a book. In this workshop Sara will describe where the ideas for her books came from, and how she used bits and pieces of experiences from throughout her life to write these fictional stories.

Sara is happy to present in any setting, but the library is preferred. A screen and projector are helpful and a microphone and podium are required for a gym. Virtual visits can be through Google Meets or Zoom. If you have a different platform you’d like to use she’s happy to try it.

Contact Sara to book a visit:

    Levy, Joanne (Clinton, ON)

    Located in Clinton, Ontario. Joanne is a Writers Union Member whose books have been nominated for several awards. She presents in English to grades four and up. Rate for a 1 hour virtual visit is $225 + HST. In person visits, when available, are $275 for one session, $500 for two, $900 for a full day (max four sessions) + mileage.

    Joanne is known for her funny books and easily inserts humor into her thoughtful and inspiring presentations that show kids firsthand what it’s like to be an author.

    Joanne’s books are fun and humorous but always have lots of heart and tackle subjects relevant to middle graders. Joanne has two 2021 releases, both from Orca Book Publishers – THE SUN WILL COME OUT, a book about finding the silver linings that’s set in a summer camp. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS (October 2021) is set in a family owned Jewish funeral home, inspired by the one Joanne’s father manages. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS explores grief and loss and what happens to us when we die.

    Joanne also has two books in Orca’s Currents line of high interest, accessible books, now in a more readable format featuring dyslexia-friendly fonts. Joanne is pleased to announce that she has another Currents book coming out in 2022 called THE BOOK OF ELSIE.

    While there are always fun moments in Joanne’s presentations, what she loves to talk about most is persistence, using her long and bumpy road to publication as inspiration to kids to follow their dreams and not fear failure. She uses examples from her own life and those of famous people who never gave up when pursing their dreams. Joanne also shares information and visuals about the writing process, using real examples of her own book edits and cover designs to show students how much goes into writing and producing a book. Joanne always leaves ample time for Q&A, where she’s happy to answer all questions, including any questions about the life of an author, how much authors earn, where authors get their ideas, and whether she likes waffles or pancakes better. Joanne will also happily read from her books, time permitting.

    Joanne will present to grades four and up and there is no limit to audience size. For virtual visits, Joanne’s preference is Zoom but she is flexible and will work with hosts on technology to make the presentation as effective, fun, and interactive as possible. For in-person visits, Joanne requires a computer, projector, and screen available and if the room is large, a microphone (wearable, preferably). Joanne travels with her presentation on a USB thumb drive and her own remote

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      Leatherdale, Mary Beth (Toronto, ON)

      Writers’ Union Member. Her picture book, middle grade and YA non-fiction have received many awards and accolades in Canada including Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, Silver Birch Honour Book, Red Maple nominee (2x), as well as in the U.S. (Excellence in Non-Fiction YALSA finalist, Kirkus Prize Nomination, Junior Library Guild Selection) and internationally (White Raven Award). $300 + HST for 1 hour presentation; $500 + HST for 2 + travel for locations outside Toronto.

      Virtual Visits: $250 plus HST, 60 minutes, Skype/Zoom/Google Talk. HST extra.

      Mary Beth loves visiting schools and connecting with kids, sharing personal stories and engaging students with interactive activities. For more than 25 years, she has been involved with researching, developing and writing books, magazines and resources for students and educators. She holds a Master of Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). Mary Beth’s books have been selected for readers’ choice awards in Ontario, British Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Texas and Bangkok. She has presented at schools and libraries in Ontario, British Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri.

      Presentations:
      JK- Gr. 3 – TERRY FOX AND ME: Storytelling session plus Q & A. For older children she includes a Powerpoint presentation, with an interactive look behind the curtain at how an idea becomes a book.
      Gr. 4-8: STORMY SEAS: This presentation focuses on Mary Beth’s Silver Birch Honour Book STORMY SEAS. In an interactive presentation, students are invited to take on the roles of the young boat refugees featured in the book. Through discussion and powerpoint resources, we explore the factors that force families to leave their home, the difficult choices they must make, and the challenges of adapting to a new home. Works best in a classroom or library space.
      Gr. 4 -8: WHAT WRITERS DO AND HOW THEY DO IT: As a writer and editor, Mary Beth has lots of experience in taking an idea and through perseverance and many drafts turning it into an award-winning book. Sharing fiction and non-fiction examples from both sides of the desk, Mary Beth will help students better understand real-life research, writing and revision process.
      *ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR VIRTUAL VISITS.

      Mary Beth is happy to adapt her presentations to meet the curriculum needs of teachers. Educator’s guides are available online.

      Grades: JK through 6
      Maximum number of students per session: 60 for grades JK – 2, 80 for older grades
      Setting: school library or classroom (no gyms, please!)
      Requirements: digital projector, screen or Smartboard, a microphone if the presentation is more than 50 kids, small table. If a laptop is available at the school, let her know and she’ll bring her presentation on a USB flash drive.

      Contact Mary Beth:

        Narsimhan, Mahtab (BC)

        Mahtab Narsimhan- H20-209960 8x10 300Writers’ Union Member. Silver Birch winning author available for school, public library, and conference visits. Member of The Writers’ Union of Canada. Continue reading “Narsimhan, Mahtab (BC)”

        Nicholson, Lorna Schultz (Alberta)

        DEAL: Every school who books a visit will receive a signed Hayley Wickenheiser book!

        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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        Carmichael, LE PhD (Trenton, ON)

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        Writers’ Union Member. Award-winning author of more than 20 STEM books for kids.

        Lindsey is only offering virtual visits at this time. Fees: $300 for up to 1 hour, $200 for each additional presentation on the same day, to a maximum of 4 hours.

        Lindsey specializes in making science engaging, relevant, and above all, fun. She also has 20 years’ experience as a writing instructor, offering workshops for both children and adults. 

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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.

        Contact Rene to book a visit:

          Zweig, Eric (Owen Sound ON)

          Writers’ Union Member. Hockey historian and author. Available for school and library visits. Eric’s rate is $250 for one session, $450 for two, or $650 for three, plus HST. Mileage costs can often be negotiated for multiple bookings, for presentations in the GTA, or for visits to the Barrie/Orillia area. For virtual visits, the fee is $200 per session.
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