Writers’ Union Member. Winner of the TD Children’s Literature Award and Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. Author of novels, non-fiction and picture books.
Melanie’s high-energy presentations can be tailored to the age of her audience and she’s happy to make them fun and interactive or in-depth and informative.
Each presentation is 50 minutes in duration with 10 minutes for Q&A.
Melanie’s most popular visit for grades 7 to 12 is a serious but enlightening history of Canada’s Indigenous people and the residential school system, including its aftermath and intergenerational impact.
For JK to grade 6, Melanie can offer a high-energy and exciting presentation about traditional storytelling and folktales, including a reading of her picture book, Stolen Words.
Melanie can also tailor a writing workshop to your group but her favourites are:
Exploring Your Culture Through Writing where the group will explore what culture means to them and with that knowledge, begin writing their own unique stories.
The Importance of a Good First Line, where Melanie and your students will look at famous first lines and talk about what makes them strong. Using a list of story prompts, Melanie will get the workshop participants writing their own stories.
All venues (classrooms, libraries, auditorium, gymnasiums etc.)
Equipment and other requirements: I like to use power point if possible– can bring my own laptop but will need a projector and screen.