Schools and Library Events

About my presentations

My jam-packed hour-long presentation to young writers is a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday experiences they have that I write stories about. I include props, audience participation, short readings and video clips sure to keep students engaged and glued to their seats. I bring my own technical equipment. Libraries or gymnasiums work best.

Curriculum outcomes

Students will

  • identify sources for creative inspiration
  • understand how brainstorming works to launch a writing assignment
  • discover how to take an idea and shape it into a story
  • and, develop an appreciation for all the stages of editing and good writing habits

Book tours

I regularly present to schools across Canada and the United States. I enjoy book tours,  especially in remote locations, organized by groups such as children's literature round tables. I am often asked to return to schools for repeat visits, which I am happy to do. I also encourage school outings that accompany my visits for truly memorable learning experiences.

Reported outcomes following my book tours include

  • an increase in library borrowing
  • an enhanced understanding of the writing process
  • a surge in creativity
  • and, the application of new techniques for creative writing.

Often, students will declare that they'll be writers when they grow up, too!

Fees

Contact me to discuss my fee structure. For schools and libraries outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia that would incur travel costs, you might wish to submit an application to the Writers' Union of Canada, to subsidize my school/library visits.  If your school is in Ontario, you might want to check out subsidies available under the Writers in Ontario Schools Programs. I also offer a book club kit package to schools located world-wide.

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Feedback

"I can honestly say that every student and teacher who I spoke with enjoyed Jessica's presentation very much. Many students in my grade six class wanted to borrow her books from our school library including some very reluctant readers. It was a great day for my kids and Jessica made a difference in their education." ~ Colby Village Elementary, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

"Jessica gave one of the best presentations we have had at the school. It was amazing, it kept the attention of the children, and they were able to make connections with her real life pictures. Showing them her revisions was great. They said she rocked!" ~ Dutch Settlement Elementary School, Elmsdale, Nova Scotia

"Our Grades 2 to 5 classes were treated to outstanding presentations by author Jessica Scott Kerrin. The presentations focused on how Jessica decided to become a writer, what it was like to be a writer and where she gets her ideas from." ~ L.T. Westlake School, Taber, Alberta

"Jessica was informative and friendly. The students listened very attentively to her. Our school is a special needs school and I was worried about the attention span of our students. I was thrilled when they remained interested to the very end." ~ Dr. Oakley School, Calgary, Alberta

"All of the students begged me to read more each day as I read one of your novels. Thank you for inspiring my students. You have a way of writing that gets into the minds of young readers. Many of them have chosen more Martin Bridge books and decided to do a book report on them." ~ Springvale Elementary, Nova Scotia

"Grade 3 students and staff attended and very much enjoyed Jessica's hour-long presentation. Her reading and PowerPoint slides were very clear and kept the students' interest. Some quotes from the attendees were: 'awesome!', 'lots of fun' and 'really good'." ~ Coaldale Public Library, Coaldale, Alberta

“Jessica Scott Kerrin was one of the best authors we have had at the school. She successfully motivated our students to want to read her books and provided them with tools to write about their own life experiences, sparking interest for both students and teachers.” ~ John MacNeil School, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

“My class was enthralled with Jessica’s presentation and keenly interested in what writers do and how they do it. They could relate, very well, to her crafting a story from idea (and one they could relate well to through her interesting real life experience) to ending (that is finishing a rough draft). They're just learning that 'the end' is only the beginning of their job as writers. Her wonderful slide show presentation added so much to the telling! It truly made what she had to say more powerful and gave all of us encouragement!” ~ LeMarchant St. Thomas, Halifax, Nova Scotia

“I loved to find out about new ideas and the ways to present information to my students about the writing process. The fact that you were able to show them how often you edited and revised the first sentence of your story, highlighted that writing is a process and that making changes and revising are so very important not only to the writer, but also to the reader.” ~ West Northfield Eastern Shore Elementary, Nova Scotia

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