Booking me for events
I offer presentations and workshops to both kids and adults.
Workshops are $150 and are 45 minutes long & can be tailored to any age-group, I’ve included some themes below.
Presentations about my books are $100 and are 30 minutes long including Q&A.
I can also do Skype or Blab (virtual) presentations to schools, libraries and book clubs.
Virtual visits are $50 for a 30 minute presentation that can be tailored to your teaching module or to talk about my books specifically as part of a book club session.
IMAGINATION AND CREATION
This is a 45-minute presentation. I talk about the path from imagination to creation (this is visualized for the class on the screen) and how too often artists can get stuck between the two. I take them through the steps from an idea to a produced piece – whether it’s writing, or art or music. The point is to encourage that next step – actual creation – so I share some of my process in creating videos, books and art with an emphasis on the maxim that creativity takes courage and they all have it in them.
THE MYSTERY WORKSHOP
This is an hour-long workshop with a half-hour presentation and then half an hour of classwork/ discussion. We talk about what makes a great mystery story – from the simple to the complex, breaking down the elements; this presentation uses a custom infographic as a visual aid. I do a brief reading of Portia ‘deducing’ something in a scene, as an example.
VARIATION A: We break into groups of 4 and start constructing a mystery story plot. Students receive a handout with questions that take them through the steps.
VARIATION B: We take a look at three detectives from fiction (Nancy Drew, Temperance Brennan, and Portia Adams) and talk about their characters and what makes them tick. This is a highly visual presentation with lots of interaction from the audience.
HISTORY TALKS: Research and Writing Fiction
This is a half-hour presentation with half an hour of discussion. Tapping into the curriculum for high school in Canada, we focus our talk on Portia Adams’ time – the 1930s in Canada and in London. This is a Prezi visualized presentation, giving the students a view into the culture, social mores and political ideals of the day with a particular focus on what it was like to be a woman in the time between the two world wars.
After the presentation I open up the floor to Q&A about the time period. We wrap up the presentation with a discussion about research, sourcing and writing and how it pertains to both fiction and non-fiction writing. The class is encouraged to talk about their own experiences with researching history and I lead the discussion towards them trying some historical fiction of their own based on their interest in history.