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:


September 30: High Prairie Elementary, High Prairie
September 30: Book signing, High Prairie Library (4:00 – 5:00 pm)

October 1: Prairie River Junior High, High Prairie
October 2: St Martin School, Vegreville
October 3: A Blair McPherson, Edmonton
October 4: Monsignor Fee Otterson, Edmonton
October 7: Fort Assiniboine School
October 8: CJ Schurter School, Slave Lake
October 8: Slave Lake Library, Book Signing (4:00 – 5:00 pm)
October 9: CJ Schurter School, Slave Lake, After School Club (4:00 – 5:00 pm)
October 10: EG Wahlstrom, Slave Lake
October 10: Kinuso School, Kinuso
October 11: Ecole Beau Meadow, Beaumont
October 15: Rimbey Municipal Library
October 15: Family Fun Night and Book Signing, Red Deer Library (6:30 – 7:30)
October 16: St Francis of Assisi Middle School, Red Deer
October 17: Windsong Heights School, Airdrie
October 18: Westmount Charter, Calgary
October 21: Raymond Elementary, Raymond
October 22: Ted Harrison School, Calgary
October 22: Chief Justice Milvain School, Calgary
October 23: Calgary Islamic School, Calgary
October 23: Blessed Marie-Rose School
October 23: Book Signing, Didsbury Municipal Library (6:30 – 7:30)
October 24: Didsbury Municipal Library, Didsbury
October 28: Monsignor JS Smith School, Calgary
October 29: Collingwood Elementary School, Calgary
October 30: Spruce Avenue School, Edmonton

November 2: Young Authors Conference, Edmonton
November 5: Joussard School, Joussard
November 18: Kung Fu Master Book Launch, Whitemud Crossing Branch (6:30 – 8:00)
November 24: Edmonton Chinese Writers Association

January 6 – 24: Earl Buxton Residency, Edmonton
January 27: Calgary Academy, Calgary
January 29: Sturgeon Heights, St. Albert

February 11: St. Justin Elementary, Edmonton
February 20 – 21: Story Avenue, Edmonton
February 22: Young Authors Conference, Sherwood Park

March 11: St. Justin Elementary, Edmonton

Marty is currently available for bookings in Calgary on the afternoons of Oct. 17, 18, and 28.
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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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