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Richard Scarsbrook

Author

Contact Information

http://www.richardscarsbrook.com

richardscarsbrook [at] gmail [dot] com

Toronto ON

b. 416 433-5189

Selected Bibliography

Nothing Man and The Purple Zero
(DCB/Cormorant, 2013)
Six Weeks
(Turnstone Press, 2013)
The Monkeyface Chronicles
(Thistledown Press, 2010)
Cheeseburger Subversive
(Thistledown Press, 2003)
Featherless Bipeds
(Thistledown Press, 2006)
Destiny’s Telescope
(Turnstone Press, 2006)

Location: Toronto, ONAvailability: nationalAvailable: any time (subject to scheduling)

Reading Location:

libraries, schools

Grades:

6 to Adult

Fees:

$250.00 per session, plus mileage at $0.42/km from Toronto.

Language:

English

Readings

I can present in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of each teacher and group of students. No group is too large or small! I’ve run creative writing workshops with groups as small as five students, and have given readings and Q+A sessions to audiences of hundreds. I am comfortable in any venue, from classroom to library to auditorium.

As a college and high school teacher with 15+ years experience, I am quite comfortable presenting to students of any age, although my books lend themselves best to pupils in grades 6 to 12.

My usual “large group” presentation will start with an entertaining reading from on of my books, followed by an inspirational discussion of the creative writing process fuelled by questions from and interactions with the students involved.

Here’s what Collene Ferguson, Manitoba Regional Officer, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, has to say about my presentations during my Canadian Children’s Book Week Tour:

“Without any hesitation, I can say Richard was a huge success with students and teachers alike. I was amazed at his ability to make each of his presentations fresh and dynamic. Richard has a real passion for writing. He also has an excellent rapport with students. I recommend him to you without reservation.”

I am a member of The Writers' Union of Canada, and so schools wishing to invite me may be eligible for a travel and fee subsidy to off-set the cost of his visit.

Special Equipment:

For large venues, a microphone. Everywhere else, no equipment is required.

Book Sales:

Copies of books can be brought to be sold and autographed.

Workshop Location:

libraries, schools

Grades:

6 to Adult

Audience Size:

15 to 30

Fees:

$250.00 per session, plus mileage at $0.42/km from Toronto.

Language:

English

Workshops

For smaller groups, particularly High School English and Grade 12 Writer’s Craft classes, I can run a variety of workshops according to the needs of the class, based on one of the many writing classes I teach at George Brown College and the Humber School of Writers. Smaller groups (under 25) tend to work best for workshop-style presentations.

As a college and high school teacher with 15+ years experience, I am quite comfortable presenting to students of any age, although my books lend themselves best to pupils in grades 6 to 12.

I am also available to speak at Professional Development Workshops for teachers, and can give entertaining readings and presentations on writing to just about any group.

Here is what Elsa Ngan, Librarian for Toronto Public Library, had to say about my workshops:

"(Richard's) sense of humour was a real hit with the students. I really appreciated the fact that Richard encourages youth to share their talents and provides useful constructive feedback."

Special Equipment:

Depending on what is needed, I may send notes to the school or library to be photocopied for distribution.

Book Sales:

Copies of books can be brought to be sold and autographed.

Biography

Richard Scarsbrook is the Toronto-based author of the books Cheeseburger Subversive, Featherless Bipeds, and Destiny's Telescope, as well as many other published short stories and poems.

Scarsbrook grew up in a tiny country place called Olinda (near Leamington, Ontario), surrounded by orchards, fields, and the buzz of tractors and dirt bikes. After graduating from Kingsville Distict High School, he earned an Honours BA in History from the University of Western Ontario, where he played rock and roll and grew his hair too long, then he moved on to the University of Ottawa, where he earned a Bachelor of Education degree.

He lived and taught in Petrolia, Ontario for nearly a decade, where he acted, directed, and served as a member of the board of directors for the Petrolia Community Theatre, as well as playing the drums and singing in a rock band called The Know. He also began publishing his first short stories and poems at this time.

Scarsbrook now makes his home in Toronto, where he teaches Expressive Writing 1 and 2 at George Brown College as well as Writing the Young Adult Novel at the Humber School of Writers. He also jams with a rock band called The Nerve. He is currently working on his fourth book of fiction, a novel tentatively titled The Monkeyface Chronicles.

Richard has won many prizes and awards for his writing , including the 2002 Lawrence House Centre for the Arts Short Story Competition, the 2001 New Orphic Short Story Competition, the 2001 Scarborough Arts Council Poetry Competition, the 1998 Hinterland Award for Prose, the 1997 Cranberry Tree Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. Cheeseburger Subversive (Thistledown Press, 2003) was short listed for the Canadian Library Association's 2004 Canadian Young Adult Book of the Year Award, as well as for the Ontario Library Association's 2005 White Pine Award and the Stellar Book Award. Featherless Bipeds was nominated for the 2007 CLA YA Book Award, and Destiny’s Telescope made the long list for the 2007 ReLit Award.

Website - www.richardscarsbrook.com
Blog - www.richardscarsbrook.blogspot.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/richard.scarsbrook
Twitter - twitter.com/richscarsbrook

OTHER PRESENTATIONS:
I am available to speak at Professional Development Workshops for teachers, and can give entertaining readings and presentations on writing to just about any group.