Author Presentation – KGD – Gr. 8

Author Presentation For KGD to Gr. 8

“Reading & writing changes a life forever. I found purpose in my life through reading and writing. I’d even say it saved my life. My stories have become a beacon of hope for others. Reading is food for the brain. Writing takes that food, analyzes it, organizes it, adds imagination & creativity to it, and then shares it with the world.”

The Colourful World Of Reading & Writing. My integrated discussion takes students through the worlds of writing and reading, piquing an interest and enjoyment in writing their own adventures, and creating an appreciation for any story they dive into. This workshop opens the door to imagination and the creativity of story-making using tried and true story writing tools and techniques. Through my own experiences as a National Bestselling author, I take students along the path to creating their own stories and expanding their imagination. From A Quarter Past Three (Turtles Publishing, Canada, 2001 & 2003), to Two Sides To The Story: Living A Lie (Chipmunka Publishing, UK, 2013). From my new illustrated picture book, Sally (Chipmunka Publishing, UK, 2015), to my latest book, Reflections From Another Side (Chipmunka Publishing, UK, 2018), this presentation is meant to inspire students to see the world anew with the stroke of a pen, or the turn of a page. Reading & writing are a gift, and each influences the other. The more you read, the better you write. The more you write, the better you read. An awareness of this connection creates innovation and fosters heightened creativity.

Themes of presentation:

  • Creating a new perspective when it comes to reading & writing
  • Demonstrating the strong connection between reading & writing
  • Writing saved my life: an author’s point of view
  • The writing process from an idea to publication
  • YES, EDITING matters!
  • Sharing your story with others
  • Power of the written word – the importance of “WHY” and “WHAT” we write
  • Writing & reading impacts & changes the world.

Presentation Details

Time for Presentation: 1 hour (+/- 5 min.) Virtual talks are also available.

Presentation Fee: $500 for one presentation, $600 for two, $700 for three.

Travelling to your city: I would love to visit. There will be reasonable travelling expenses needed for trips that require 2 or more hours of driving. Virtual talks are also available.

If you are interested in a visit, please click on the “Reserve Your Presentation Now” button. This will take you to my “Contact Chris” page. Thank you.

Changing Schools One Word At A Time

Since 2013, I have hosted over 70 presentations and workshops on the gifts of reading & writing. I would love to come out to your school to present to your staff and students.

Literacy. It is one of the most important gifts bestowed upon us, yet so many students lack the education and resources necessary to read & write effectively. They are the building blocks of all learning. With effective use of these critical skills, we foster an enjoyment in learning and in life. We create a passion which will lead to future success down any chosen path.

Iliteracy. When a child cannot write or read, they lack a desire to speak up, to reach out, and to share their ideas, their stories, their adventures. Grades suffer, motivation drops, and there is a higher  likelihood they will drop out of school before graduation. With a strong base of reading and writing, a student is equipped for subsequent learning and lifelong success. If we can instill an enjoyment in these areas, imagination and creativity will do the rest. As an author of 6 publications, my presentation stirs this energy, this joy, creating a yearning to reach for more in reading and writing, and in life. We can change our schools one word at a time and, in turn, avoid the debilitating effects of illiteracy. We all have a story to share. My own journey proves that sharing your story will not only change your life, but also the lives of those you impact.

If you are interested in a visit, please click on the “Reserve Your Presentation Now” button. This will take you to my “Contact Chris” page. Thank you.


Thanks so much for sharing some of your story and inspiring young minds to read and write. The students and adults were impressed and engaged.

Sheri Stashick

Principal, Ottawa

Chris presented twice to both primary and junior students on the topics of reading and writing. Inspiring and engaging, he involved the audience in many ways to maintain their interest and curiosity. He provided teachers with a simple and easy-to-use writing chart to aid in future written activities. Knowledgeable on the topics, he used humour and creativity to keep the students interested. We recommend him to speak at any school to further assist teachers and their students with their reading and writing programs.
Sean Haughian & Tina Sidoli

Teacher, Ottawa

I just finished reading your book. Wow, well done! What a powerful story to share with students. So much discussion can come from it for sure. I really enjoyed it. It was so well written. Thanks for sharing your gift with all of us
Lisa Hurd

Teacher, Ottawa