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!

Marty’s Virtual Visits

April 26
Festival of Words, Author Visit
St. Justin, Residency
Alexandra Writers Centre, Kid Stuff – Level Up (Intermediate writing course)

April 27
Connected North, Author Visit
Wordpower – Ardmore, Author Visit

April 28
Festival of Words, Author Visit
Wordpower – Ardmore, Author Visit
Connected North, Author Visit

April 29
Connected North, Author Visit
Edith Rogers Residency

April 30
Festival of Words, Author Visit
Edith Rogers, Residency

May 1
YouthFest, Writing Workshop

May 3
Connected North, Author Visit
Alexandra Writers Centre, Kid Stuff – Level Up (Intermediate writing course)

May 4
Connected North, Author Visit

May 7
Connected North, Author Visit
Wordpower, Author Visit

May 10
Connected North, Author Visit
Alexandra Writers Centre, Kid Stuff – Level Up (Intermediate writing course)

May 11
Connected North, Author Visit

May 12
Connected North, Author Visit
Our Lady of Victories, Author Visit

May 13
Festival of Words, Author Visit

May 14
Connected North, Author Visits

May 17
Belvedere Parkway, Residency
Alexandra Writers Centre, Kid Stuff – Level Up (Intermediate writing course)

May 18
Belvedere Parkway, Residency

May 19
Connected North, Author Visit
Belvedere Parkway, Residency

May 20
Belvedere Parkway, Residency

May 21
Our Lady of Victories, Author Visit

May 25
Belvedere Parkway, Residency

May 26
Belvedere Parkway, Residency
Makushin Conference, Panel

May 31
Alexandra Writers Centre, Kid Stuff – Level Up (Intermediate writing course)

June 1 Crawford Plains School, Author Visit

June 9
Webber Academy, Author Visit

June 10
Wolf Creek Public School, Author Visit

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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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