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. Currently, Marty is only doing virtual presentations. For his speaking rates, please send a query through his contact page. Book your event with Marty Chan!

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Marty’s Virtual Visits

August 3: Edmonton Public Library, Summer Reading Club virtual program
August 18: Alexandra Writers’ Centre, Story Momentum virtual workshop for adults (Register Online)

September 7: Brodart, author appearance
September 27: Kid Stuff, virtual writing course on how to write for kids (runs every Tuesday at 7:00 pm until Nov. 15) (Register Online)

October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18: Ardmore School, virtual writing residency
October 21 & 22: Surrey Writers’ Conference, virtual writing workshops
October 29: Packaging Your Imagination, virtual writing workshop

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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