Over the past decade, I have had the pleasure of speaking to students across Canada. Because my books are intended for children ages eight and up, I usually conduct book talks with grades three and up. I am available for author presentations and writing workshops throughout the year. Each October, I travel with the Young Alberta Book Society on their Taleblazers campaign. If you are from an Alberta school, this organization can greatly assist in the expense of bringing an author to your school, so please check them out.
During author presentations, I provide students with a glimpse into my books and the writing process. I use a combination of readings, stories and visuals to reveal the stories, without giving them away and like to make these presentations as interactive as possible. I am happy to speak to groups of up to 75 students, providing that the facility will accommodate everyone in a comfortable manner. Sitting on the floor is fine as long as there is room. My presentation is very portable, and all I require is a wall or whiteboard or flip chart on which I can tack up some posters and a small table or chair for a number of objects. These presentations are best scheduled for an hour block as that gives me time to tell students about the writing process and answer questions, but I can accommodate school schedules as well.