Fiction for Young Readers
Character and Setting Research for New ManuscriptReykjavik, Iceland
I spent two weeks in Iceland undertaking research for my latest novel. Central to my new story is the late Canadian/Icelandic poet, Stephan G. Stephansson. One of my stops was to visit his monument, located on the northern coast of Iceland where he grew up. Stephansson later emigrated to Southern Alberta. His homestead has been designated as a historic site, and I spent a summer there during my undergraduate degree as an interpreter.
Grande Prairie Children’s Literature RoundtableGrande Prairie, Alberta
In January, I visited 10 Grande Prairie elementary schools, the Grande Prairie Regional College and the Grande Prairie Public Library, and over the course of my one-week tour, I presented to over 2,700 students! Thanks to the Roundtable for organizing this tour as well as the Canada Council for financial support.
MASC Young Authors/Illustrators ConferenceOttawa, Ontario
The MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference turned 25 this year and I participated as one of the writing workshop leaders in April! I spoke to 150 students from grades four to eight who had a passion for writing. The conference took place in Ottawa at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. Learn more by watching this video.
Dear Frank, How old am I?? Well, I can tell you this for sure. I’m old enough to cut my own meat. I own scissors that don’t have the pointy […]
Hi Riley, I am happy to learn that you are reading a good book now and that you’ll read mine next. I suspect you must have a big stack of […]
Dear Joshua, You’ve drawn me looking very happy, haven’t you! I do love visiting schools and talking about my stories. Martin Bridge: Ready for Take Off! was my first book […]
All of the students begged me to read more each day as I read one of Jessica’s novels. Jessica has a way of writing that gets into the minds of young readers.
My class was enthralled with Jessica’s presentation and keenly interested in what writers do and how they do it.
LeMarchant St. Thomas Elementary
Jessica was informative and friendly. Our school is a special needs school, but they remained interested to the very end.
Dr. Oakley School
Jessica writes with unusual perception about the emotional lives of young people.