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Be sure to check out the Fun Stuff section of this website for lots of background information — from videos to timelines to Pinterest boards — about Clutch, 1940s Montreal and Jackie Robinson.


In her presentations, Heather aims to entertain and educate, leaving the audience interested in writing fiction and nonfiction, as well as looking into their own history for inspiration.


Heather engages students with a fun and interactive presentation. She starts by discussing the pressure to succeed – how it affects the lives of her characters, herself, and her audience. She shares the rather odd way she came to be a writer (both journalist and novelist), how she was inspired to write Clutch by delving into family history, and the lengthy process to becoming a published author. She also touches on the basic elements of a story, how to give it life through research, and the challenges and importance of historical fiction.

Presentations are one hour with question period and suitable for Grade 3 and up. Presentations for high school students, educators and the general public can be adapted to audience and interest; possible topics as related to Clutch include 20th-century art history, baseball history and Jewish immigration to Canada.


Workshops are available for 16 or so participants, or a single classroom.

Topics include:

  • Page one, line one: Students will listen to a few examples to learn the basics of crafting the all-important first line, first paragraph, and first chapter, and then write their own.
  • Look no further: A simple moment may be all a writer needs to dream up a full story. Students will look to their own lives to create a work of fiction.
  • Ready, set, research: Students will learn about the research process, including primary vs. secondary sources, fact vs. fake news, where to look, and how to pull it all together.
  • All the news: Students will learn about different types of articles and structure, and will write their own journalistic work.
  • Getting down to business: After discussing the 10 business basics Joey follows in Clutch, students will work on a business idea and marketing plan.
  • Customized topic: Heather can tailor a workshop to your needs and audience, including educators and the general public. Please contact her for more details.

Items I will need:

      • Microphone
      • Screen and projector
      • Small table
      • Flip chart and markers
      • Paper and pencils (for workshops)

My rates: $250/one session, $450/two sessions, $650/three sessions, $800/full day in the same school or area, plus travel expenses outside of Toronto (unless I am in your city at the time). Virtual visits are $150. HST applies to all visits.

Do note that I am a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada. This means my school and/or library visits may be eligible for funding. For more information, visit the Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools Program or National Public Readings.

I look forward to working with you!


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