Writing, even though it’s pen and paper, keyboard and screen, is–in my opinion–a multidisciplinary, textured thing. It’s about reading, listening to music, looking at the world around us and seeing how story is everywhere. I offer two types of school visits. Please contact me natasha (at) natashadeen (dot) com for more information.
These are one hour, high-energy sessions that mix humour with writing, story with music, and bring a sense of play to the serious business of writing. Audience size varies and can include mixed ages/grades. (After the first half hour, the K-2 grades are dismissed, and the remainder of the presentation is focused on the older students.) Smaller schools are welcome to invite another school to share in the cost of the presentation.
School based writing sessions are curriculum based and are differentiated so each student can be successful at his/her level. The workshops marry creativity with discipline, structure with flexibility.
What Educators are Saying About the Presentations and Workshops
It was clear from the beginning what a good rapport you had with the kids and it was just a fantastic job from start to finish.
~Becky Cook, Student Services Librarian, Strathcona County Library
The only feedback I’m getting from the teachers is, “How soon can she come back?”
~ Matthew Bodnarchuk, Principal, Marshall School
It was wonderful having you in today. Thanks for helping students and for giving them the experience of how fun writing can be. We are truly grateful. You are welcome back anytime!
~ Monica Riemann, Teacher, Neil M. Ross School
Natasha is laying the groundwork for Alberta’s next generation of authors!
~ Kim Bates, Community Librarian, Riverbend Public Library
You were amazing—the kids were engaged and the teachers want to know when you can come back.
~ Lisa Morgan, Principal, Marsden Jubilee School
Two months after your visit, we’re still talking about it!
~ RoseAnn Johnston, Librarian-Teacher, Fort Saskatchewan Elementary School
She came, she inspired, she motivated!
~ Rachelle Poirier, Teen Programmer, Strathcona County Library
Your energy driven presenting style brings magic to your audience!
~Shaima Hussain, Librarian, Monsignor Fee Otterson School
“I hope we can make another arrangement for you to come back and work with the group again.”
~ Holly Lim-Lovatt, Adult & Information Services Librarian, Leduc Public Library
You have an excellent rapport with students and staff, and your contribution to my class has been student driven, curriculum based, and very much appreciated.
~ George Diduck, Teacher, Ormsby Elementary School
You know how to read an audience and capture their attention. You kept our students on their toes!!
~ Lisa Hautcoeur, Teacher-Librarian, École St. Mary School
We still get customer comments about your class. You really brought something special to your connection with our clients.
~Virginia C., Manager, Mill Woods Branch of the Edmonton Public Library
Thank you again for all the information you provided in the writers workshop for all of us. Your positive energy and enthusiasm was such an inspiration.
~ Karen Hoyem, adult student
Thank you again for your wonderful EPL workshop. I learned about writing, and thought hard about my writing. Thanks for your encouragement.
~Myeong Jae Lee, adult student