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 Chan

Marty’s Virtual Visits

May 2
Connected North, residency
Archbishop MacNeil, writing workshops
Dr. Brosseau School, author visit

May 3
Connected North, residency
Archbishop MacNeil, writing workshop
Regina Public Library, author visit
Dr. Brosseau School, author visit

May 4
University School, residency

May 5
Connected North, residency
Litcon, keynote address
Connected North, residency
Virtual Meet and Greet for Ontario Librarians

May 6
Connected North, residency
St. Isidore, author visits
Connected North, residency
Genesis School, writing workshops

May 7
Litcon, writing workshop

May 9 – 13
Rutherford School, residency

May 14
Young Alberta Book Society, writing workshop

May 16
Connected North, residency
St. Patrick School, author visits
Le Goff School, author visits

May 17
Connected North, residency
Meadowlark Christian, writing workshop
Art Smith School, author visits
Cold Lake School, author visit

May 18
Connected North, residency
Meadowlark Christian, writing workshop
Caslan School, author visits

May 19
University School, residency

May 20
Connected North, residency
Connected North, residency
Connected North, author visit

May 24 – 26
University School, residency

May 27
St. John Paul II, virtual visits
Meadowlark Christian, writing workshop

May 30
Connected North, residency
Monsignor Fee Otterson, author visits
Fort Saskatchewan Library, author visits

May 31
Connected North, residency

June 1
Connected North, residency

June 2
International St. Albert Children’s Festival, virtual presentation
Connected North, residency

June 3
Connected North, residency
International St. Albert Children’s Festival, virtual presentation

June 5
Writers’ Guild of Alberta, panel

June 6
Wordpower, author visits

June 7
Connected North, author visit

June 8
Notre Dame, author visits

June 9
Whitecourt Elementary, author visit

June 10
Genesis School, writing workshops

June 13 – 14
Genesis School, writing workshops

June 15
Connected North, writing workshop

June 27
Delia School, author visits



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.

Booking FAQ


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