presentations

My presentations are lively, interactive and curriculum-linked. I love talking to children and adults about writing, stories, and books. Some of my favourite topics are:

  • the writing process, from inspiration through research, writing, and editing
  • social activism and empowering kids (how kids and books are changing the world)
  • finding creative passion, and turning dreams into reality

I tailor my multimedia presentations to the age, interests and size of each audience, and I especially enjoy speaking with students in grades 4 to 8. My presentations are an hour long, writing workshops are two hours, and I am usually available to make several presentations in one day, if desired. Please click the following links for descriptions of my presentations and information about how to prepare for an author visit.


what educators have said about my presentations:

“Thank you, Michelle! You were fantastic with the students. They were literally hanging on the edge of their seats the whole time. It was a wonderful experience for all.”

Barbara Scott, Waldron Mercy Academy, Merion Station, Pennsylvania

“Michelle was such a pleasant surprise. Both parents and children gave rave reviews of the evening and stayed late to get a few more words with her … The historical nature of her book made for interesting discussions of her research process. She was able to deconstruct what she did so that all could relate. Michelle made it clear that she was open to all manner of questions and critique; this put everyone at ease and the evening flew past with excited banter back and forth. We are all looking forward to more books from this author and future evenings together.”

Christianne Hayward, Christianne's Lyceum, Vancouver, BC

“Michelle delivered a varied and interactive presentation that had a challenging class of grade 4 and 5 students mesmerized.”

Kathy Inglis, teacher-librarian, South Park Elementary, Victoria, BC

Photo by Virginia Monk

I have presented and led writing workshops at:

Word on the Street Lethbridge, Port Medway Children’s Reader’s Festival; Word on the Street Vancouver; York University; Chistianne’s Lyceum for Literature and Art; Green College, UBC; Esquimalt Children’s Story Festival; Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable; Victoria International Development Education Association’s Words at Work; schools and libraries throughout Victoria and Vancouver; and schools and libraries across Ontario as part of TD Children’s Book Week.

Photo by Virginia Monk