I am available for author visits and writing workshops throughout the year. Each October, I travel with the Young Alberta Book Soceity 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 at www.yabs.ab.ca. I am also available to travel throughout Canada and into the US, if there is sufficient interest in a region. 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.
Detailed information about writing workshops can be found on the Writing Workshops page. I generally ask that these workshops be restricted to a single class, or if two small classes are combined, that the workshop be conducted in an area where all students have access to a writing surface. Students should bring along a writing notebook or paper and a pen or pencil. I typically introduce specific writing strategies I wish students to use, illustrate how these are best implemented, and then model the process and product for students, as they work alongside me. I generally work with short pieces, forcing students into great choices. Time required for these workshops depends on the grade level of students.