Writers in the Classroom

Our Writers in the Classroom program—designed to connect children and youth to authors through live, interactive events—continues in 2020 in a virtual format.

Invite an author from our stellar 2020 Vancouver Writers Fest lineup to discuss their most recent title (and share secrets of the writing craft) with your class this fall.

These digital visits will enliven and enrich classroom discussion in the lead-up to the author’s appearance, and leave with ideas to expand upon afterwards.

This program is presented thanks to the support of the Government of British Columbia.

To book an author, please apply by September 30, 2020. Click here to apply.

Please note: bookings are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Caroline Adderson

British Columbia

CAROLINE ADDERSON is the author of five novels including A History of Forgetting and The Sky Is Falling and two collections of short stories, as well as many books for young readers. Published in 11 countries, her work has received numerous award nominations including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Availability: October–December

Pierre and Paul: Avalanche (bilingual Gr. K–3), It Happened on Sweet Street (Gr. K–3)

Michelle Good

British Columbia

MICHELLE GOOD is is a writer of Cree ancestry and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. She obtained her law degree after three decades of working with Indigenous communities and organizations. Her poems, short stories and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada.

Presented thanks to the support of RBC.

Availability: October–December

Five Little Indians (Gr. 10–12)

Steven Heighton

Ontario

STEVEN HEIGHTON‘s written works include The Waking Comes Late, which received the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His work has received four gold National Magazine Awards and has appeared in Granta, London Review of Books, Best American Poetry, and five editions of Best Canadian Stories. Heighton is also a translator, an occasional teacher, and a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review.

Availability: October–December

The Stray and the Strangers (Gr. 1–4)

Christy Jordan-Fenton

British Columbia

CHRISTY JORDAN-FENTON has been an infantry soldier, a bareback bronc rider, a survival instructor and a wild pig farmer, among other things, and has lived in Australia, South Africa and Vermont. Together with her mother-in-law, Margaret Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton, she speaks with over 100 audiences a year around the world about the injustice of residential school systems in Canada and Pokiak-Fenton’s determination as a young Inuvialuit girl.

Availability: October–December (Mondays only)

Fatty Legs (Gr. 3–6)

Michelle Kadarusman

Ontario / Australia

MICHELLE KADARUSMAN grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and has also lived in Indonesia and Canada. Her 2019 middle-grade novel, Girl of the Southern Sea, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her previous novel, The Theory of Hummingbirds, was a finalist for the Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award, the MYRCA Sundogs Award, and the SYRCA Diamond Willow Award. Michelle lives in Toronto, Canada, and is looking forward to soon spending more time in Australia.

Availability: October

Music for Tigers (Gr. 4–7)

Sheena Kamal

British Columbia / Ontario

SHEENA KAMAL holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness. Her bestselling debut The Lost Ones won her a Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, a Strand Critics Award, and Macavity Award for Best First Novel. The sequel, It All Falls Down, has been called “a stunning, emotionally resonant thriller” in its Kirkus-starred review.

Availability: October–December

Fight Like a Girl (Gr. 9–12)

Jess Keating

JESS KEATING is a zoologist and an author, who has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and victim of the dreaded paper cut. Her books blend science, humor, and creativity, and include the acclaimed My Life Is a Zoo middle-grade trilogy and award-winning picture books, like Shark Lady and Pink Is for Blobfish. Jess lives in Ontario, Canada, where she loves hiking, nerdy documentaries, and writing books for curious and adventurous kids.

Availability: October 05 (1:30pm) and October 23 (10am)

Bunbun & Bonbon: Fancy Friends (Gr. 2–5), & Nikki Tesla and the Traitors of the Lost Spark (Gr. 3–7)

Wesley King

Nova Scotia

WESLEY KING is the author of the Edgar Award–winning OCDaniel, which Booklist praised as “complex and satisfying” in a starred review. It was also named a Bank Street Best Book of the Year and received Canada’s Silver Birch Award. King’s first middle grade novel, The Incredible Space Raiders from Space!, was called “a well-drafted coming-of-age story” by Publishers Weekly. King is also the author of The Vindico and its sequel, The Feros, which were both Junior Library Guild selections, and Kobe Bryant’s New York Times bestselling Wizenard series. He lives in Nova Scotia.

Presented thanks to the support of Simon & Schuster Canada.

Availability: October–December

Sara and the Search for Normal (Gr. 4–7)

Janice Lynn Mather

British Columbia

JANICE LYNN MATHER is a Bahamian writer with an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her first novel, Learning to Breathe, was a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist, a BC Book Prize finalist, shortlisted for the 2019 CCBC Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, an Amelia Bloomer’s Top Ten Recommended Feminist Books for Young Readers pick, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Facing the Sun is her second novel for young adults. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family and a growing collection of dust bunnies.

Presented thanks to the support of Simon & Schuster Canada.

Availability: November–December

Facing the Sun (Gr.9+)

Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton

British Columbia

MARGARET OLEMAUN POKIAK-FENTON is best known as the indomitable subject of four award winning children’s books about her time at residential school in the 1940s. She is very active, speaking across Canada alongside her daughter-in-law Christy Jordan-Fenton, sharing stories of resilience and the path to reclaiming her Inuvialuit cultural identity after residential school. She is a traditional language keeper, and is well known for her beadwork, embroidery, and bannock.

Availability: October–December (Mondays only)

Fatty Legs (Gr. 3–6)

Aleksandra Ross

British Columbia

ALEKSANDRA ROSS lives in Vancouver, BC, where she works as a physician. When she isn’t writing stories, she enjoys spending time with her family and learning about obscure folklore traditions. Inspired by her grandmother and her Polish heritage, Don’t Call the Wolf is her first novel.

Presented thanks to the support of RBC.

Availability: October–December

Don’t Call the Wolf (Gr. 8+)