Located in Hamilton, Ontario, Brent is a novelist and award-winning story writer, and a former army medic, radio DJ, tree planter, and high school English teacher. A member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, he’s excited about writing workshops and readings in English for grades 7-12, as well as adults and book clubs.
- Single session of up to 60 mins: $150.
- Single session, up to 60mins: $250.
- Two sessions, $500. Full day (max four sessions), $900.
- No mileage required if distance is less than 25km from downtown Hamilton (L8P 1A1). For SW and Eastern Ontario, mileage will be calculated at the CRA rate of $0.59/km, return. For spots beyond, a travel fee will be determined based on most economical transport and accommodation needs.
Brent is a dynamic public speaker and highly experienced educator, and easily accommodates for the different needs of his audiences. He offers two types of visits: workshops and/or readings and Q&As. For all sessions, subject matter will be tailored to the needs of the hosting organization and local curriculum requirements (experience with Ontario/IB/MYP/Pennsylvania curricula).
A sampling of topics Brent has covered (not exhaustive — have an idea or theme you’d like to explore? Just ask!):
- Novel writing
- The elements of short fiction
- Creative nonfiction
- Travel writing
- Teaching creative writing
- Story structure
- Conflict and tension
- Submitting work to literary journals and magazines
- Editing and proofreading
- Setting up a writing workshop
- Publishing with small presses
- Contests and “making a mark”
- Finding and landing the right literary agent
- Self-publication and the digital marketplace
- Social media and self-promotion
For virtual visits, Brent prefers Zoom. For in-person visits, Brent requires a computer, projector, and screen. If the room is larger than a standard classroom, he’ll need a microphone, preferably wearable.
van Staalduinen is pronounced: van-Stal-die-nen.