I have been visiting schools and libraries across Canada in my capacity as an author, storyteller and educator since 2004. Without a doubt, I find as much joy in the interaction I have with children as I do in the stories I write for them.
I have presentations and writing workshops appropriate for students from preschool to grade nine, and for adults too. Below are brief descriptions of what I am currently offering, but a more complete information brochure, including recommendations and package deals can be emailed to you upon request. Use the contact page or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also have a wealth of creative writing exercises and lessons that I’ve created or collected for the purpose of teaching concepts to students in a fun and challenging way. Consider bringing me in for a day or for a week, to teach one class or several. Use the contact page or email me directly at email@example.com and we can explore it further.
“Dan Bar-el was a huge hit with kids and adults alike at our libraries. His books are excellent and his comedic acting background serves him extremely well as a presenter. We heard from many library staff and teachers that Dan’s visit was the best author program they’d ever seen!”
Kim Davison, Library Programs Coordinator, Fraser Valley Regional Library
The Author Presentation
Grades 4-6. Built around introducing my recent middle grade novel, Audrey (cow), this session talks about humor, character voice, and how I became an author. It’s goal is to link the stories and ideas that students read to the writer behind them.
Fun & Silly Storytelling
Grades K-1, 2-4. Age appropriate in length and content. Among other stories, the picture books presented and told will include Not Your Typical Dragon, Nine Words Max, A Fish Named Glub, & Such a Prince.
Writing a Graphic Novel (the words behind the pictures)
Grades 5-8. This one-hour session looks at the word vs. picture relationship, framing, describing integral information, conveying all the senses, the strengths and weaknesses of the form and what makes graphic novel’s unique.
Comedy Writing Workshop
Grades: 6-9, Also for select grade 5 student writing conferences and for Teacher Pro-D days. In a fun and fast-paced hour, students will begin to understand the nuts and bolts of creating humour and test their new skills in a safe environment. This workshop can be expanded into multi sessions.
Character Voice & Dialogue Workshop
Grades: 7-9. In 60 – 90 minutes, this workshop is about learning how to find the unique voice hidden in each character we create. We let them speak how they want to speak, but only if they have a good reason to speak.