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.

Marty inspires kids to write with his fun-filled workshops. His writing games illustrate key concepts in a way that will engage even reluctant students. With a combination of personal anecdotes and interactive demonstrations, he shows how structure a story, flesh out a character or bring a setting to life. His cheat code for writing session is a crowd favourite both with students and teachers. In this workshop, he shares a simple and easy-to-apply formula to inject conflict into any story situation.
Over a 5-day residency, Marty inspires division 2 and junior high students to write suspense stories designed to scare their friends. The lessons will tap into the importance of details to make a scary story come to life. He reveals the key elements of thrillers.

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.

Marty offers a peek at the creative process and how to translate writing concepts for beginning writers. He reveals how he connects with kids and gets reluctant writers to move past the blank page. His cheat code session illustrates a simple technique to help kids outline a story without getting bogged down in the planning. His suspense-writing workshop breaks down the elements of a thriller. His theatre workshops reveal how stage plays and dialogue can help shape students’ understanding of voice.
Marty offers motivational keynotes about the impact of teachers and librarians on students as well as the power of story. Combining his self-deprecating humour and quarter of a century of knowledge about creative writing, he delivers entertaining and poignant speeches that motivate participants. He tells engaging anecdotes that illustrate the importance of story in our society. He can also tailor a keynote to your conference’s theme.

Booking FAQ

My author visits and writing workshops are about an hour long.
For an author visit, I can speak to up to 150 students, but I prefer to separate the divisions so that I can tailor the presentations to each group. I do not include kindergarten kids in my sessions, but I am willing to talk to them for 20 minutes. My writing workshops are geared to smaller groups (under 30 kids).
I need a table to set my books and props and access to a flip chart or whiteboard and markers. If I’m doing the presentation in a gym, I need a microphone, preferably a lapel mic or something that is hands free.
I have done full-school residencies in the past. They can range from one week to three weeks, depending on how many classes you have. For grade 4 and up, I recommend I see each group 4 times for an hour each session during the residency. For the younger students, I recommend 3 sessions of 45 minutes each. I do not do workshops for kindergarten, but I can talk to them for a single session of 20 minutes.
The sessions work best when the students are familiar with one of my works. If you can have them read one of my novels that would be ideal. If that is not possible, have them read at least the first chapter of one of my books.
Yes, I have presented across Canada, and I am willing to travel if you cover my expenses. Please email me for the travel cost breakdown.
I’m available throughout the school year. I recommend school visits in the fall and writing residencies after the Christmas break.
Yes, I can do Skype presentations for small groups.
Please email me for my current rates.
Yes, I am an approved vendor with Edmonton Public School Boards under my company, Ink Jockey Inc. For Calgary schools, I am an approved vendor under the Young Alberta Book Society.
Yes, I am an approved artist under the Authors’ Booking Service and I have all the requisite insurance and police checks.

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