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Rene Schmidt

Author

Contact Information

http://booksbyreneschmidt.blogspot.com

reneschmidt [at] accglobal [dot] net

4 Kelly's Court
Brighton ON
K0K 1H0

p. 613 475-4108

Selected Bibliography

Leaving Fletchville
(Orca Book Publishers, 2008)
Canadian Disasters
(Scholastic Canada, 2006)
Disaster!
(Scholastic Canada, 1999)
Canadian Disasters
(Scholastic Canada, 1985/1986)

Location: Brighton, ONAvailability: nationalAvailable: Any time

(provided travel costs are covered)

Reading Location:

libraries, schools

Grades:

4 to 12

Audience Size:

20 - 100

Fees:

$250.00 for one session;

$450.00 for two sessions;

$700.00 for three sessions;

$900.00 for four sessions.

Language:

English

Readings

I will ask the students what they are reading/writing and find out where their interests are. I will read excerpts from my published books, either fiction or non-fiction, or give them some readings from books I am working on presently (usually fiction). (I can change to suit their interests). For younger students I will provide visuals, props or other materials to help engage them. Being a retired teacher helps!

Special Equipment:

Data-projector or SMART board, or a SKYPE setup in the school

Book Sales:

Copies of books can be brought to the readings for students to purchase and have autographed.

Workshop Location:

libraries, schools

Grades:

4 to 12

Audience Size:

20 - 50

Fees:

$250.00 for one session;

$450.00 for two sessions;

$700.00 for three sessions;

$900.00 for four sessions.

Language:

English

Workshops

I will work with students or adults to help them develop better stories about fiction or non-fiction topics. I will also include a presentation on how to present your work for professional publication.

Special Equipment:

Data-projector or SMART board

Book Sales:

Copies of books can be brought to the readings for students to purchase and have autographed.

Other Presentations

I will present as a Keynote Speaker on various topics related to Writing and Teaching practices, especially relating to teachers involving students in the writing process. I also can present on a full-year ready-to-use integrated math program (briefly described in Leaving Fletchville). I promise humour, visuals and practical suggestions and encouragement for today’s teacher!

Biography

René Schmidt was born in Holland in 1954 and immigrated to Canada in 1957. His parents came too. René was either lazy or restless because he held many jobs in his early years. He worked as a dishwasher, waiter, farm-worker, miner, truck driver, construction worker, taxi driver, factory wood-worker and upholsterer. René studied acting at Ryerson and trained briefly as an officer candidate on a ship (but that was just to get some at-sea experience). He graduated from York University's Creative Writing program, as well as the Faculty of Education.

As an elementary school teacher, René found few interesting books for low ability readers, especially boys. Finding ‘just the right book’ for some students meant writing his own. He has had four books published since 1985, including the very successful Canadian Disasters series, which have sold almost 100,000 copies. Leaving Fletchville was Rene’s first fiction novel and it did surprisingly (to him) well. It was nominated for the Red Maple Award in Ontario and finished either second or third. It is also on the CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens list for 2010.

While he taught, René worked closely with his students, involving them in the research, proof-reading or editing process in his published books. They are always credited in the books.

Now that Rene has retired from teaching, he supposedly writes daily... But there is always some ‘busy work’ that needs doing. He has three separate books he is working on. René is happily married and has two sons.