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Valerie Sherrard

Author

Contact Information

http://www.authorsbooking.com

valeri [at] nbnet [dot] nb [dot] ca

15 Stanley Street
Miramichi NB
E1N 2S7

p. (506) 773-9894

Selected Bibliography

Searching for Yesterday [Shelby Belgarden Mystery] (Dundurn, 2008)
Three Million Acres of Flame (Dundurn, 2007)
Speechless (Dundurn, 2007)
Eyes of a Stalker [Shelby Belgarden Mystery](Dundrun, 2006)
Sarah’s Legacy (Dundurn, 2006)
Hiding in Plain Sight [Shelby Belgarden Mystery] (Dundurn, 2005)
Chasing Shadows [Shelby Belgarden Mystery] (Dundurn, 2004)
Sam’s Light (Dundurn, 2004)
In Too Deep [Shelby Belgarden Mystery](Dundurn, 2003)
Out of the Ashes [Shelby Belgarden Mystery] (Dundurn, 2002)

Location: Miramichi, NBAvailability: nationalAvailable: any time (please contact Valerie for details)

Reading Location:

libraries, schools

Grades:

5 to 12

Audience Size:

50 to 100

Fees:

Presentations are $250.00 plus travel at $0.42/km (from Miramichi New Brunswick, or, when I’m in Ontario, from Cambridge). As a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, subsidies are available to offset the cost of both fee and expenses. I offer discounts for multiple sessions at one location, if unsubsidised. If applicable, discounted rates are: 2 sessions: $450.00, 3 sessions: $625.00.

Language:

English

Readings

Fun and interactive discussion on various literary-related topics including a talk on literacy that’s designed to impact students. A brief (5 minute) reading and a Q&A period end the presentation.

Special Equipment:

Overhead projector and a display table.

Book Sales:

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

Workshop Location:

libraries, schools

Grades:

5 to 10

Audience Size:

15 to 25

Fees:

Workshops are $450.00 per half-day or $800.00 per full-day, plus mileage at $0.42/km.

Language:

English

Workshops

Workshops are tailored for grade levels and student’s needs as much as possible.

Beginning with a ‘test’ on intuition, and depending on the workshop length, I cover a variety of aspects of creative writing, including tricks for coming up with story ideas, character and plot development, dialogue, titles and endings.

Special Equipment:

Overhead projector and a table.

Book Sales:

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

Biography

I began writing seriously when I was in my early forties, after years of boring everyone with stories of how I was going to write a book someday. Writing for young people came most naturally as I’d fostered over 70 teens in my own home, as well as having worked as the Executive Director of a group home for adolescents for over ten years. When I had half a dozen books or so published I took the big step of leaving my job and writing full-time. While it means making do with a lot less financially, the personal rewards are worth some sacrifices.

Writing is the best job I’ve ever had and I enjoy sharing my work and enthusiasm for reading and writing with students.

OTHER PRESENTATIONS:
I offer a Professional Development workshop with practical exercises on Getting Reluctant Readers into Books.