A big thanks to Centennial Senior Public School in Brampton, Ontario for hosting me yesterday morning. I had been invited to speak to their grade six, seven and eight students as part of their literacy week. I met with almost three hundred students in total through three 45-minute presentations where I talked about my own journey to becoming a writer.
The students were absolutely wonderful, attentive and asking great questions, making me feel very welcome. There was a wonderful little display welcoming me to the school by an aspiring artist. I always feel nervous before I start these presentations, but really enjoy these sorts of visits. It’s always an adrenaline rush, and it’s great to connect with readers on such a personal level. I also was able to give away three copies of my books to students who answered a skill-testing question about my presentation, and I hope they enjoyed them.
So, thanks to teacher-librarian Joyce Lister for arranging to have me over, and thanks especially to the grade six, seven and eight students at Centennial for making it such an enjoyable experience. I hope you had as much fun as I did.