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Gail Sidonie Sobat

Author

Contact Information

http://www.gailsidoniesobat.com

sobina [at] telusplanet [dot] net

Edmonton AB

p. (780) 487-1582

Selected Bibliography

Gravity Journal
(Great Plains Publications, 2008)
A Glass Darkly
(Great Plains Publications, 2006)
A Winter’s Tale
(Great Plains Publications, 2004)
Ingamald
(Spotted Cow Press, 2002)

Location: Edmonton, ABAvailability: nationalAvailable: any time

Reading Location:

libraries, schools

Grades:

4 to 12; Adult

Audience Size:

30 to 100

Fees:

$250.00 per one-hour reading (plus travel and accommodation)

Language:

English

Readings

Gail devises a number of activities to engage her audiences and spark creativity. Writing narratives, creation of setting and character are explored through a variety of prompts including music, visual art and photographs, drama exercises, toys, writing games/ exercises, etc.

Special Equipment:

CD/casette player.

Book Sales:

Copies of books can be brought to be sold and autographed, if requested.

Workshop Location:

libraries, schools

Grades:

4 to 12; Adults

Audience Size:

10 to 30

Fees:

$250.00 per one-hour workshop (plus travel and accommodation)

Language:

English

Workshops

Gail devises a number of activities to engage her audiences and spark creativity. Writing narratives, creation of setting and character are explored through a variety of prompts including music, visual art and photographs, drama exercises, toys, writing games/ exercises, etc.

Special Equipment:

  • CD/cassette player
  • white board or flip chart
  • Book Sales:

    Copies of books can be brought to be sold and autographed, if requested.

    Biography

    Gail Sidonie Sobat has always loved witches and once wanted to be one when she grew up. Instead she became a teacher, which some would argue is very nearly the same thing.

    Long a fan of faery tales and literature of the fantastic--for young people and grown ups--she completed a Master’s degree in English at the University of Alberta in Children’s Literature, specializing in fantasy.

    Gail wrote her first story in Grade three and her first poem in Grade four. Since then her work has been published in numerous journals, anthologies, and has been broadcast on radio and performed on stage. Ingamald was her first novel.

    Gail lives in Edmonton where, in addition to writing, she instructs in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, teaches the eating disorder girls at the U of A Hospital School, and also serves as the Writer in Residence for the Canadian Authors Association at the U of A.

    A Winter's Tale, the sequel to Ingamald, was published in May 2004 and A Glass Darkly, the third in the series, was published in October 2006 by Great Plains Publishing of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her next YA novel, Gravity Journal, is forthcoming in Spring 2008.

    OTHER PRESENTATIONS:

    Keynote address: Gail will tailor her remarks to suit the occasion. Some of her past presentations have included themes such as:

  • censorship
  • the power of story
  • fantasy and the real world
  • how to coordinate a creative writing summer camp
  • Professional Development sessions: Gail will tailor her remarks to suit the occasion. Some of her past PD sessions have focused upon:

  • finding ways to get creative writing circles started with kids
  • how to coordinate a creative writing summer camp
  • releasing writers’ block
  • YA fantasy
  • teaching native literature
  • using drama in the ELA classroom
  • spiralling sequential stories for the ELA classroom