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.

Marty’s Virtual Visits

October 4:
Igloolik High School, writing residencies
Aurora School, author visits
Alexandra Writers’ Centre, Kid Stuff (writing for kids course)

October 5
Monsignor Fee Otterson, author visits
Connected North, writing workshop
Aurora School, author visit

October 6
Connected North, writing workshop

October 7
School Library Journal, Orca Book author visit for librarians

October 8
George P. Nicholson School, author visits

October 12
Connected North, writing residencies

October 13
Ecole Steffie Woima, author visits

October 14
Connected North, writing residencies

October 15
Connected North, writing residencies

October 18
Alexandra Writers’ Centre, Kid Stuff (writing for kids course)

October 19
Connected North, writing residencies

October 21
Connected North, writing residencies
Boston Public School, author visit

October 25
Connected North, writing residencies
Alexandra Writers’ Centre, Kid Stuff (writing for kids course)

October 26
Connected North, writing residencies

October 27
Connected North, writing residencies

October 28
Connected North, writing residencies

November 1
Professional Development session
Alexandra Writers’ Centre, Kid Stuff (writing for kids course)

November 2
STARFest, Moderator for Andrew Pyper

November 3
Connected North, writing residencies

November 4
Connected North, writing residencies

November 5
Connected North, writing residencies
FOLD Festival, moderator for fiction panel

November 7
FOLD Festival, panel

November 8
Muskoka Christian School, writing workshop
Alexandra Writers’ Centre, Kid Stuff (writing for kids course)

November 9
Brown JPS, author visit

November 12
Essex/Hawthorne Schools, author visit

November 15
Alexandra Writers’ Centre, Kid Stuff (writing for kids course)

November 20
YouthFest, writing workshop

November 23
Walter Gretzky Public School, author visit

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Marty Chan

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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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