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 offers a variety of engaging sessions that will have you laughing and learning. Book your event with Marty Chan! Please note that for the duration of the 2021-22 school year, all Marty’s presentations will be virtual.

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Marty’s Virtual Visits

November 29: St. Brendan virtual author visit
Nov. 30: Citadel Theatre playwriting workshop

December 1: Notre Dame Elementary virtual author visit
December 4: Audreys Books & Different Drummer Bookstore – Virtual Book Launch
December 7: CARC PD session for teachers
December 8: Walter Gretzky Elementary virtual author visit

January 10 – 14: Rutherford School writing residency
January 17: Centre Nord writing workshop
January 18: Rawlinson Community School virtual author visit
January 18: HW Pickup School writing workshop
January 20: Centre Nord writing workshop
January 25: Mill Grove School virtual author visits
January 26: Alexandra Writers’ Centre workshop on virtual presentations
January 27: Argyll Centre for Home Schools virtual author visits

February 2: A Blair MacPherson School virtual author visits
February 3: Camille J Lerouge School virtual residency
February 7 – 11: Camille J Lerouge School virtual residency
February 10 – 11: NCTCA convention virtual PD sessions
February 17: Calgary Teachers virtual PD session
Feb. 21 – 25: Story Avenue writing workshop
Feb. 24 – 25: CATCA virtual PD session for teachers
Feb. 22 – 23: Connected North writing workshop
Feb. 24: CARC virtual PD session for librarians

March 3: Summerside writing workshop
March 3: GETCA PD session for teachers
March 7 – 11: Connected North writing workshops
March 10: Might Peace Teachers Convention virtual PD sessions
March 14 – 18: Connected North writing workshops
March 21 – 25: Satoo School writing residency

Book Marty Chan

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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