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:

April 1 – 17, 2019 – Residency, Greenfield Elementary, Edmonton
April 6, 2019 – Workshops, Foothills Young Authors Conference
April 13, 2019 – Keynote, AALT Conference
April 24 – 26, 2019 – Author visit, Calgary schools
April 27, 2019 – Workshops, Calgary Young Writers Conference
April 30, 2019 – Lunch hour keynote, ELLA, U of A, Edmonton

May 1 – 3, 2019 – Author visit, Nelson, BC Schools
May 4, 2019 – Workshops, Red Deer Young Creators Conference
May 6 – 10 – Author visits, TD Book Week, Calgary
May 28 – June 2, 2019 – Storytelling, International Children’s Festival

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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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