Like so many other festivals and event series, the Telling Tales Festival has gone virtual this year. The program has been parceled into 13 online episodes, available on-demand once they've premiered. Each episode features a variety of the kind of quality, Canadian programming one expects from Telling Tales, including author talks, writing workshops, musical performances… Continue reading Telling Tales Storytelling Picnic Video is Now Online!
On Sunday, June 14th, I'll be giving an insider's tour of the publishing industry for writers, with an emphasis on marketing, social media and connecting with readers. I'll be sharing things I wish I knew when I started out as a writer, drawing on my experience as a bookseller, publicist, marketing director and of course, as… Continue reading Upcoming Writing Workshop
This Thursday, April 12th at noon EST I will be taking over Milton Public Library's Instagram live to hold a virtual writing workshop for kids & teens. I'll share some tips, tricks, and exercises, so make sure your kids have a pen and paper handy! Learn about my process and find out the stories and inspiration… Continue reading I’m Holding a Virtual Writing Workshop for Kids & Teens
Since last week's Teddy Bear of the Year FacebookLive storytime was so much fun, I'm going to try it once more (with feeling), this time reading from If I Had a Gryphon! Join me Wednesday, March 25th at 10:30am EST at http://www.facebook.com/TundraBooks. Enhance the fun by checking out the free activity guide here or download… Continue reading If I Had a Gryphon Virtual Storytime
In lieu of the physical events and considering the current social distancing situation, I will be hosting a virtual teddy bear's picnic Wednesday March 18th at 10:30am EST on Facebook Live. Here's how you can join in the fun: Grab a blanket & your teddies. Make your favourite snack. Tune into http://www.facebook./TundraBooks at 10:30am EST… Continue reading You’re Invited to a Virtual Teddy Bear’s Picnic!
Based on recommendations from various health organizations and in consultation with my publisher I have decided I will not be at the planned Teddy Bear of the Year events scheduled next week at Idea Exchange in Cambridge, The Woodstock Public Library, and at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge. I love events and meeting with readers… Continue reading Changes to Teddy Bear of the Year Tour
I'm going on tour! Check the schedule above to see if the Teddy Bear Service Awards will be rolling into your town. Teddies of all shapes and sizes are welcome! Interested in hosting your own event? Check out the free, downloadable activity kit here. It includes snack and game ideas, teddy bear ears headband craft,… Continue reading Teddy Bear of the Year Tour
One of my first true loves is theatre, and I feel privileged to be working on Letters From the Great War, a new Remembrance Day piece for Soulpepper Theatre Company. Conceived by musician, Roaring Girl Records label-owner, Sawdust City Music Festival founder and all-around human force Miranda Mulholland, this commemorative piece features songs from or about WW1 interspersed… Continue reading Letters From the Great War onstage at Soulpepper
It's been a busy spring and I'm still riding high off The Winnowing winning the 2018 Red Maple Award! What a day that was! I met so many readers at The Festival of Trees celebrations in Toronto, Durham, Peel, and Niagara. Thank you to everyone who told me their thoughts about The Winnowing and gave… Continue reading Summer 2018 Events
One of the ways I started honing my writing skills was by entering contests, and so I am thrilled to be the guest judge of the McNally Robinson kids' writing contest, open to grade 5 & 6 students in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This year the theme is "I have always wanted to...." go into space,… Continue reading McNally Robinson Writing Contest for Kids