Book Talks

“Jill has an ability to promote such positive and exciting energy while presenting. Her presentation encouraged the students to use their imaginations in their own writing. We absolutely would invite Jill back in the near future.”
—Mrs. Powell, Holland Rd. Elementary School, Lake Fletcher, NS


School and Library Visits

These are excellent opportunities for students to meet authors, ask questions, listen to a reading, engage in a hands-on workshop, and celebrate books. If you’d like to organize a school or library visit with me, please get in touch. I’m happy to talk you through the process of applying for a subsidy to reduce the cost significantly. At first, the process may seem daunting, but it is actually very straightforward. The Writers’ Union of Canada website provides lots of information about booking an author.

Note: the application for readings taking place between May 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 is available now. Subsidies are filled quickly on a first-come first-serve basis, so don’t delay! The Writers’ Union of Canada has lots of information on its website about their Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools Program. For more details, see Readings – As a Host and Readings – Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools Program. Receive an overview of the program on the General Information page. For information on my talks and my rates, see my Member page on the Writers’ Union of Canada website.

Canada Council for the Arts also provides funding for readings.


Customized Talks and Workshops

I’m happy to create a presentation or workshop that is specially tailored for your  class, school, or group. This can be a great way to focus on specific needs you’d like to target. My presentations support aspects of the Ontario Curriculum. My 24 years of experience in educational publishing means I am knowledgeable of curriculum content. I like to involve student participation as much as possible.

In November 2010, I had the good fortune to attend the Labrador Creative Arts Festival as a Visiting Author. The experience was rich and rewarding, and the children I met were so lovely. This interview, which took place in a Happy Valley-Goose Bay school, is a cherished memento from that trip. Listen to the interview about the book

Other venues I’ve attended as a presenter include Children’s Book Week Gala (Halifax, 2002), Word on the Street (Halifax, 2003), Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards Ceremony (Moncton, 2004), and the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (Eden Mills, 2012).



“Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the presentation and the children were keen to take part in the circus experience. Students were excited to be the first to sign out Jill’s book.”
—Sandra Bartlett, Halifax, NS



Walking the fake tightrope