Literary Festivals and Presentations

Jessica Scott Kerrin is a bestselling children's author, workshop leader and presenter who lives and sails in Nova Scotia, Canada. She contributes to literary festivals.

A dynamic and accomplished speaker, I support new writers by delivering virtual and in person presentations at literary conferences, teachers’ in-service day and creative writing events. Topics have included

  • Writing between the lines
  • Creating characters for young and very young readers
  • Cultivating story ideas
  • Details and exploding the moment
  • How to write a series
  • Understanding types of conflict
  • Engaging reluctant readers and writers
  • Writing habits, time management and you
  • Creating your literary archive

Selected engagements

  • Association of Teachers of English of Nova Scotia Conference (Nova Scotia)
  • Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers Annual Conference (Ontario)
  • Frye Festival, New Brunswick
  • Grande Prairie Children’s Literature Roundtable (Alberta)
  • Hackmatack Literary Festival (Nova Scotia)
  • International Reading Association Annual Conference (Ontario)
  • Lethbridge Children’s Literature Roundtable (Alberta)
  • MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference (Ontario)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University (Nova Scotia)
  • Nocturne: Art at Night, Halifax (Nova Scotia)
  • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Nova Scotia)
  • Regina Public Library
  • Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia)
  • Word on the Street, Halifax (Nova Scotia)


I am a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; CANSCAIP, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and am an alumnus of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Travel subsidy

Travel subsidy for public readings can be made available by submitting an application to the Writers’ Union of Canada.