Brantford ON, Writers’ Union Member. fiction & NF, 2X Silver Birch winner. Multi awards. All ages.
SKYPE: 20 to 60 minutes
Canada: $150 plus HST
US $150, by check or wire.
For in-person visits:
Canadian venues: $400 plus HST for 1 session, $600 for 2, $850 for 3 and $1000 for 4, + travel.
American venues: $1000 US per day, plus travel/accommodation costs. Full day can be split between neighboring schools. Marsha is a mere 90 minutes away from Buffalo NY and 3 hours from Detroit MI. She will travel to anywhere in the US if a cluster of schools in an area invite her. Travel costs would be split among participating schools.
Marsha is an experienced and passionate presenter who tailors each presentation to the group in front of her. She can do up to four presentations in the same school or area in a day. As the author of picture books, middle grade novels, narrative non-fiction and YA novels, she routinely presents to an entire school over the course of a day. She also loves speaking to adult groups, family literacy events and she loves loves loves giving writing workshops.
Presentations by grade
Marsha is an extremely flexible presenter. No two groups are ever the same and no two of her presentations are ever the same. She likes to have a conversation with the audience rather than stand up there like a talking head. For most presentations, she works in why she thought kids’ books were evil when she was a kid herself, and how she finally learned to read. Marsha talks about why she writes on topics that have been ignored by others and why she considers herself a librarian/detective.
Here is an example of her themes by grade:
JK to 2: two 30 minute storytelling sessions for the price of one full session ($400+HST) using When Mama Goes To Work.
2 to 4: 45 to 60 minutes: Storytelling session plus Q&A on topic/book of your choice. (Adrift at Sea, Enough, Silver Threads, Airlift and Aram books work well)
4 to 8: The majority of Marsha’s books are for this age group. 45 to 60 minutes. Includes how she transformed herself from a non-reader into a writer, how she does research, historical background on the books of your choice. Writing tips and Q&A are worked in.
Stolen Child/Making Bombs For Hitler/Underground Soldier: bullying, World War II, immigration, coming to Canada, slavery, racism. Living in the 1940s and 1950s.
Dear Canada: Prisoners in the Promised Land: WWI, WWI internment operations in Canada, Quebec, immigration, bullying, racism, living in 1914.
Last Airlift/One Step At A Time: Vietnam war, fall of Saigon, orphans, polio, hospitals, living with a disability, English as a second language, immigration, racism, living in 1975.
7 to 12: Marsha has five YA novels, her Armenian Genocide trilogy, The Hunger/Nobody’s Child/Daughter of War, plus a stand-alone WWII novel, Hope’s War, and her brand new WWI novel, Dance of the Banished.
Maximum group sizes for presentations: 45 for JK to 3. 100+ for everyone else.
Writing Workshops work best with 16 or so participants
Writing Workshop Topics:
Teaching fun self-editing techniques to students in grades 4 to 12.
How to assist gifted student writers (of any age) without tearing your hair out in frustration.
Techniques for punching through writer’s block.
Grade 12 Writers’ Craft
Other topics upon request.
All Venues, library preferred.
Equipment required: A glass of water, lunch (egg salad sandwich on brown bread) if she’s staying for the day. A table to spread her things out on. A microphone for larger groups or in the gym, or if the room acoustics are questionable. A screen and projector for power-point.
Virtual Visits: $150 plus HST, 20 to 60 minutes, Skype. For US venues, $150, by check or wire.
Please note: Her surname is pronounced SKRIPP-ick.