van Staalduinen, Brent (Hamilton, ON)

van Staalduinen

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.

Virtual rates:

  • Single session of up to 60 mins: $150.

In-person rates:

  • 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
  • Memoir
  • Travel writing
  • Teaching creative writing
  • Character
  • 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

…and more!

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.

Contact Brent to book a visit: