Want to kick-start your students’ reading habits? Need to motivate a reluctant writer? Looking for a keynote or professional development session for your colleagues? Marty Chan offers a variety of engaging sessions that will have you laughing and learning.
The following lists some upcoming events that Marty Chan will be taking part in:
Nov. 6, 2017: Writing Workshop, Olds Municipal Library. 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
Nov. 16, 2017: Reading, Woodrack Café, 7603 109 Street. 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Nov. 20 – 24: Residency, Glenora School
Dec. 7, 2017: Reading, WGA Party, Almanac (Whyte Avenue). 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Feb. 1, 2018: Off Screen: How to Connect with Students without Technology, Ontario Library Association Super Conference. 10:45 am – Noon.
April 30 – May 4, 2018: Coming to Ontario schools and libraries. Book now for your spot.
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Marty shares the personal stories behind his novels to show students how their own lives can be springboards into great stories. He disguises writing concepts as interactive games that teach kids while they’re having fun. With over a quarter of a century of experience as a full-time writer, Marty breaks down the mystique of creative writing into practical ideas you can adopt and apply immediately.
Grades 1 – 3: Marty talks about the inspiration behind his picture book, True Story, and reveals the process behind the book. He invites the kids to help him create a brand new story in an interactive demonstration of how his creative process works.
Grades 4 – 6: Marty shares the real-life origins behind his mystery novels and talks about how he came up with the ideas for his Barnabas Bigfoot series. With an interactive writing game, he emphasizes the importance of details in stories.
Grades 7 – 9: Marty reveals the inspiration for his Ehrich Weisz Chronicles, his YA series that features Harry Houdini and Nikola Tesla. He talks about the value of research and recreates some of Houdini’s sleights of hand to demonstrate the parallels between writing and magic tricks.
Grades 10 – 12: Drawing on his background in theatre, Marty talks about the origins behind his Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl and The Bone House. Through an interactive demonstration, he reveals how to create conflict in any piece of writing.
Students will learn to write a short-short suspense story drawing on their own experiences. In-class activities and games will inspire imagination, teach writing principles, and provide students with the tools to become better writers. As well, Marty will offer in-class feedback on writing. At the end of the week, the students will have completed a first draft of their stories. Each group (no more than 30 students) works with Marty in 4 one-hour workshops.
*** Note: Marty can also offer a residency for division 1 students. He will walk the students through the basics of putting a story together. Using their own stuffies as the main characters of the stories, the students will build a story from beginning to end. Each group (no more than 25 students per group) will meet Marty three times for 30 minutes per session. He does not do writing workshops for kindergarten, but can offer a 20-minute author visit.