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This school year, I am offering online presentations via Zoom. All of the presentations include a Q & A based on questions the teacher has gathered from students and sent to me ahead of time.

Elementary Grades

For elementary grades, I focus on my recent book of riddle poems, So Imagine Me, and my poems in the anthology Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things.

For grades K - 1, I share my early love of reading and read two to three poems. I include a story (how did I write that leanamabobber poem?), a puppet (what better way to talk about a squirrel’s tail?) and a craft hung on a poem. I keep the presentation short (about 20 minutes) and lively.

For grades 2 - 5, I share my love of reading, my writing journals, and my writing process, including drafts and where I find my ideas. I read two to three poems, often accompanied by a story (where did the crow poem come from?), a puppet (what better way to talk about a porcupine’s quills?), and a craft or activity hung on a poem. The presentation runs for 30 to 40 minutes, and also offers writing ideas for the students.

After booking, I email the teacher some questions to ask the class and send back to me. I also include some creative ideas to use with So Imagine Me as well as some pages of “Author’s Notes” you might find useful. I ask the teacher to host the presentation and that we check in 10 minutes ahead of time to sort out any technical issues. To discuss fees and to book, you can contact me at lynn@lynndavies.ca.


Grades 6 and Up

For grades 6 and up, I focus on my books of poetry The Bridge that Carries the Road, Where Sound Pools, How the Gods Pour Tea and sometimes on current projects. You can book me for a full presentation or for a 15 minute Q & A session (I answer questions sent to me ahead of time).

For grades 6 - 8, I share my love of reading and my obsessive journalling! I read two to four poems and talk about where I find my ideas, the writing and editing process, and my writing routine. I might throw in a riddle or two to keep them on their toes! I leave them with some ideas for writing they can pursue afterwards and some strategies for dealing with writer’s block. 30 to 50 minutes.

For grades 9 - 12, I share my love of reading and my obsessive journalling but talk in more detail about publishing and the many kinds of writing I’ve done. (I’ve also written freelance pieces for magazines and newspapers, book reviews, short stories, essays and occasionally have been a guest blogger.) I read some poems or prose, discuss how I find my ideas, and show them my drafts. I share editing techniques and some writing strategies that work for me, especially when I’m stuck. I treat writing as a vocation-choice some students might be thinking about already or make for themselves somewhere down life’s road. 30 to 50 minutes.


Fees

To discuss fees and to book, contact me at lynn@lynndavies.ca. After booking, I email the teacher some questions to ask the class and send back to me. I also include follow-up writing activities to use with the poems I read in the class room. I ask the teacher to host the presentation and that we check in 10 minutes ahead of time to sort out any technical surprises.

Fees:
$150.00 for 50 minutes
$75.00 for 30 minutes
$35.00 for 15 minutes



Some Feedback

“It is easy to see that Lynn enjoys her Author visits just as much as the students do! She obviously puts a lot of time and effort into the preparation of her presentations, and she instinctively knows how to spark the students ‘interest and encourage their participation. Her presentations were a topic of conversation among students and staff for quite some time, and they wanted to know when she was coming back - high praise indeed!”
Sandy Barry (retired),
New Maryland Elementary School Library, Fredericton
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“Taught me different strategies and I was able to write more than usual.”
Student,
The Write Stuff, Saint John
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“I never really noticed before how easy it was to just start writing.”
Student,
The Write Stuff, Saint John
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"Lynn Davies was a wonderful and very appreciated guest poet in our classroom via Zoom. The students were totally delighted and engaged by Lynn's riddle style poems. In fact, they wanted her to read more poems, and many of the students happily shared their own riddle poems with Lynn."
Genny Redman
K-7 Teacher
Thetis Island Elementary School, B.C.


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