Cristy Watson

Cristy Watson


Coffee Shop Author Contest (Runner-up, 2010)

Resource Links - The Year's Best (Commended, 2011)

CCBC Best Books (Commended, 2012)

CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens (Commended, 2016)

PNBA Book Award (Short-listed, 2017)

CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens (Commended, 2018)


Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 10-14)


Cristy Watson


Cristy Watson is a published author of eight YA hi-lo novels for youth in grades five through twelve. In her roles as teacher and author, Cristy tackles Social Issues with skill and care.  The greatest award she has received as a writer is to have students who were non-readers tell her that her books got them into reading! Cristy lives in Surrey, British Columbia and loves to walk along the beach or hike on the trails in the urban forest when she takes a break from writing. She hosts a literary open mic once a month and she volunteers at the Surrey International Writer&;s Conference. She loves to receive letters from readers and will answer them promptly!




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Author Reading


Cristy is an engaging speaker and reader. Students always ask for her to read more and once she has shared a reading of any one of her eight novels, the students rush to the library book shelves to sign out her books. Following any reading of her stories, Cristy will offer discussion time and a Q & A period. These often lend themselves to queries about the writing process and Cristy is happy to share her journey as an author. Her writing career started at a young age and she is able to share insights with audience members on how to become a writer. This presentation is suitable for grades 5-12.


Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Intermediate (7-8)

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Mining Your World For Stories

In this workshop that is suitable for grades 5-12, Cristy will share how she got the ideas for her novels. She will engage the audience in helping to build a story from something she observed one day on a walk. Through this exercise, students see how easy it is to build the germ of an idea into the basis of a story. With picture prompts, the audience will come up with story ideas and see how well they match the stories Cristy created. Cristy then shares some of the next steps in writing a story, from building character to outlining the plot and what goes in to publishing a novel.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Intermediate (7-8)