Upcoming Events

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:

March 24, 2018: Keynote presentation, Barrhead Women’s Conference.

April 9, 2018: Author visit, Graminia School.

April 10, 2018: Author visit, Woodhaven School, Spruce Grove

April 11, 2018: Author visit, Sparling School, Camrose.

April 16 – 19, 2018: Author visits, St. Cyril, Eric Harvie School, FFCA Middle School, Fish Creek School, Samuel W. Shaw School (Calgary).

April 20 2018: West Meadow School, Claresholm.

April 21, 2018: Writing workshops, Calgary Young Writers’ Conference.

April 23 – 27, 2018: Wordpower Tour (western Alberta communities).

April 30 – May 1, 2018: Author Visits, Killaloe Library.

May 2, 2018: Author visit, Northwood Public School, Brampton.

May 3, 2018: Author visit, Lakeshore Public School, Burlington.

May 3, 2018: Author visit, Tecumseh Public School, Burlington.

May 4, 2018: Author visit, Burnhamthorpe School, Mississauga.

May 4, 2018: Author visit, Goldhawk Library, Toronto.

May 5, 2018: Writing workshops, Red Deer Young Authors’ Conference.

May 13, 2018: Steampunk chat, Valleyview Library.

May 14, 2018: Keynote speech, NWARTA, Grande Prairie.

May 14, 2018: Author visit, Clairmont Community School.

May 15, 2018: Author visits, Bezanson & Ridge Valley.

May 29 – June 3, 2018: Jason and the Argonauts, St. Albert International Children’s Festival.

July 16 – 20, 2018: Writing camp, Sherwood Park.

October 15 – 26, 2018: Residency, Woodbridge Farms School, Sherwood Park.

November, 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.

Marty reveals the real-life inspirations behind his works, demonstrating to students that their own lives can be springboards into great stories. With humorous anecdotes, he ramps up the students’ excitement for reading his books.

Grades 1 – 3: Marty combines storytelling, stage magic and improv to introduce young audiences to folktales. He’ll also talk about the real-life cats behind his hilarious picture book, True Story.

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.

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