Blair, Kate (Toronto)

Writers’ Union Member. Kate Blair is unavailable for bookings for the remainder of the school year.

Kate’s debut YA novel Transferral was nominated for multiple awards and optioned for a potential TV series. Tangled Planet is set for release in the fall of 2017. $200 for 1 session, $375 for 2, $500 for 3, $600 for 4 sessions. Limited to visiting schools accessible by public transit, or where a teacher is able to provide transport from the nearest transit stop/station – no travel costs within Toronto; actual transit cost elsewhere in the GTA. Continue reading “Blair, Kate (Toronto)”

Bender, Rebecca (Burlington ON)

Author-Illustrator. Burlington, ON. Writers’ Union Member. Blue Spruce winner. Mainly K to 3, but also any age.

Virtual visit: $200 plus HST for one session, 20-60 minutes, and $150 for each additional on the same day.

In-person: $350 plus HST for 1 session, two for $600, three for $800 and four for $1000, + travel for destinations further than 50 km.

Rebecca has been working as an illustrator, designer, and art director in children’s publishing for over 10 years. She brings her expertise of book and story creation to her talks in hopes of generating a creative buzz among her audience. She is the author-illustrator of the popular Giraffe and Bird books and this year Giraffe and Bird Together Again has been nominated for the OLA Blue Spruce Award.

Presentation

Rebecca’s goal is to inspire children to imagine their own characters and stories and to act on it! The students will take part in creating illustrations, drawn live before their eyes, that will bring forth story ideas and animated discussion. She shares her journey of becoming an author-illustrator and her process for coming up with ideas. Rebecca requires an easel, chart paper, table, and a chair and prefers a maximum of 65 students per presentation.

For larger groups, a variation of this presentation is done with slides. Please note a projector and sound system is required for this option.

Workshop

Rebecca also offers a workshop on jump-starting a picture book. She shows the students how to go from creating a strong central character to a solid story idea. For this, tables or clipboards and basic drawing supplies are necessary.

Contact to book Rebecca:

    Scarsbrook, Richard (Toronto)

    For every booking during 2018/2019, receive a gift of 5 free copies of my YA novel Nothing Man and the Purple Zero (a $75 value!).Writers’ Union Member. Young Adult, Adult Fiction, Poetry. White Pine Winner, Multi Awards. Grades 6 to Adult. Richard’s rate is $275 plus HST for one session, $525 for two, $775 for three, and $1000 for four, plus travel from Toronto. Continue reading “Scarsbrook, Richard (Toronto)”