Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Happy to have been selected as part of the CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION WRITER's IN SCHOOLS program for Alberta! Want this great organization to pay for the author visit?

NOTE THAT Canadian Author's Association covers the writer's fee!

Schools have until DECEMBER 16 to book authors!

Book ME for your school HERE!!

Check out the website for more information!
 Here's my presenter bio and presentation!

Janet Gurtler - Calgary

Janet Gurtler writes contemporary young adult novels for Sourcebooks Fire. Although her books are published by an American publisher, Janet is very much a Canadian writer. Her books are available at Indigo/Chapters as well as independent booksellers across Canada and in Canadian libraries.  Janet’s novel, I’m Not Her, was a double Rita Finalist in 2012. Her books have also been selected as top YA Fiction Titles for the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association and included in the Bank Street Books Top 100 Fiction. Janet’s latest book, How I Lost You, was released May, 2013. Her next book, Sixteen Things I Thought Were True, releases in March, 2014.

Janet has spoken to schools around Alberta about books and writing. Reviewers have compared her work to Sarah Dessen and Judy Blume.

Janet lives in Calgary with her husband, son and a chubby Chihuahua named Bruce. She is slightly addicted to chocolate and the internet.
Good story telling encompasses many things. Critically acclaimed Young Adult author Janet Gurtler will lead an interactive discussion about great kids’ books, such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fifth Wave, and what makes them so good. She’ll talk about how writers can bring readers into the world of characters by showing instead of telling the readers what is going on. She’ll look at what makes good characters so intriguing.

Janet will read from some books, including her own for example, and also let the kids talk about which books work for them and help them figure out why. This is an open discussion that also leaves lots of room for questions about publishing and the world of fiction.

Janet will also talk about the role of book covers and how they are chosen. This includes a Powerpoint presentation, an entertaining look at some of Janet’s book covers that did and did not make the grade and open discussion about why some covers do and don’t work.
Presentation area: Calgary and area; willing to travel over 100 km

Targeted grades: Grades 4-6, Junior High and Senior High

Preferred class size: Classroom up to 30 students

Further information:
Twitter: @janetgurtler


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