Author Interview with Wendy McLeod MacKnight

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dxfuz-fd5698

An interview with Wendy McLeod MacKnight, author of three books for middle-grade readers, who shares her habit of drafting quickly and revising painstakingly, her advice on getting to know your characters before you write them, and her delighted surprise at discovering Voldemort under Quirrell’s turban. 20 minutes. All ages.

A full transcript is available at CabinTales.ca.

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national public readings

April 2021 Update: The readings listed below have passed, but I have one more National Public Reading coming up on June 9th, hosted by the Muskoka Authors Association, about writing for children and adults. Many thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Writers Union of Canada for the NPR Program.

While I’m thanking arts funders… In addition these National Public Readings, I’ve given more than 50 virtual author presentations and writing workshops at Quebec schools so far in 2021, with another 24 coming up in May. These school visits are funded by the Government of Quebec through its “Culture in the Schools” Program, which brings artists from all disciplines into classrooms. Thanks! It has been a real treat to talk with so many students this year while we are all isolated.

[older post] Like most children’s authors, I do a lot of school presentations and writing workshops each year. I tend to concentrate my visits in the spring, from March to May. (Hence they were all cancelled last year due to COVID-19.)

This year, my visits are virtual. And three of them are National Public Readings that are open to everyone. So if you are a teacher or homeschooling parent, feel free to listen in. Here’s the info you need:

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Author Interview with Amelinda Bérubé

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ytz3x-fcac7c

Amelinda Bérubé, author or spooky YA novels The Dark beneath the Ice and Here There are Monsters, shares her favourite plot twists, books and characters, her interest in unreliable narrators, and her love of the Canadian landscapes that inspire her stories. 20 minutes. All ages.

A full transcript is available at CabinTales.ca.

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Author Interview with Monique Polak

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hfkqv-fbe50a

An interview with Monique Polak, author of 29 books for young people and teacher of English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal. Hear about her attraction to delinquent characters, her commitment to work through good writing days and bad ones, and her ability to recognize a promising story idea by the tingling in her arms. 20 minutes. All ages.

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Author Interview with Tim Wynne-Jones

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hzt2p-fb2261

An interview with Tim Wynne-Jones, author of 35 books for all ages, including novels, picture books, and short story collections, including most recently War at the Snow White Motel and The Starlight Claim, which is a finalist for the 2021 White Pine Award. Hear about his love of islands and adventures, his aversion to unnecessary back-stories, and his childhood experience of telling stories around the dinner table. 25 minutes. All ages.

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