Lee Edward Fodi

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Lee Edward Fodi

Author, Illustrator
Vancouver, BC
Biography

Lee Edward Födi is an author, illustrator, and specialized arts educator—or, as he likes to think of himself, a daydreaming expert.

He is the author and illustrator of the five-book series, The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar, which include The Box of Whispers, The Door to Unger, The Shard from Greeve, The Crack in Kazah, and The Search for Arazeen. His new series, Zoone, is being published by HarperCollins Children's Books, starting with The Secret of Zoone in March 2019.

Lee has also illustrated several picture books for other authors, including The Chocolatier's Apprentice (a national bestseller) and I'll Follow the Moon. In 2016, he was the official illustrator for the Summer Reading Club program that was featured at libraries throughout British Columbia, Canada.

Lee is an engaging public speaker, specializing in presentations and workshops for children of all ages. He has taught programs in Canada, the United States, England, South Korea, and Thailand. He's worked as a writer-in-residence at numerous schools and routinely presents at literary festivals and conferences. In addition, he is a co-founder of the Creative Writing for Children Society (CWC) a Vancouver-based not-for-profit program in which children's authors, illustrators, and performers help kids publish their own books.

Lee has a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fine Arts. He loves mythology, history, and the mysteries of the universe. During his free time, he's a traveler, adventurer, and maker of dragon eggs. He especially loves to visit exotic places where he can lose himself (sometimes literally!) in tombs, mazes, castles, and crypts.

He lives in Vancouver with his wife, son, and unhelpful cat. 

Presentations
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The Doorway to Adventure: The Key to Entering a New World

This interactive presentation is designed to inspire and invigorate students of all reading and writing levels. Using a PowerPoint slideshow, Lee Edward Födi demonstrates how he finds inspiration for his books through illustration, prop building, and research. By the end of the presentation, he's led students in an interactive brainstorming session, in which each participant designs a unique door, considering important storytelling questions along the way. Students can then use this brainstorming as a pathway to writing a story or a scene.

This presentation typically lasts 60 to 75 minutes and includes:

  • PowerPoint presentation, sprinkled with reading excerpts
  • Question and answer period
  • Interactive brainstorming activity.

This format is suitable for groups as small as 20 and as large as 300.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: $300 for first presentation, plus GST and expenses; discounts for multiple bookings in one day.

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Mapping an Adventure: Discovering the path to story success

This interactive presentation is designed to inspire and invigorate students of all reading and writing levels. Using a PowerPoint slideshow, Lee Edward Födi delivers a presentation about his visual approach to writing fantasy-adventure stories. He then works with students in an interactive brainstorming session in which they create individual maps of a hero’s journey through an imagined world. These rough maps serve as visual plot outlines for stories that students can write afterwards in class.

This presentation typically lasts 60 to 75 minutes and includes:

  • PowerPoint presentation, sprinkled with reading excerpts
  • Question and answer period
  • Interactive brainstorming activity.

This format is suitable for groups as small as 20 and as large as 300.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: $300 for first presentation, plus GST and expenses; discounts for multiple bookings in one day.

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Enchanted Trees: Making the Imagination Blossom

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi works with students to explore different magical trees that he's found in his travels and discusses some of the famous ones in children’s literature. He then leads students in an interactive brainstorming exercise in which they design their own trees, imagining the seed that it might come from and what type of “fruit” the tree might grow. A natural story grows out of this activity and teachers can follow up on this afterwards, in the classroom.

This presentation typically lasts 45 to 60 minutes and includes:

  • PowerPoint presentation, sprinkled with reading excerpts
  • Question and answer period
  • Interactive brainstorming activity.

This format is suitable for groups as small as 20 and as large as 300.

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Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3)

Fees: $300 for first presentation, plus GST and expenses; discounts for multiple bookings in one day.

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Mischief in the Market: Creating settings that sell

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi discuss his explorations of exotic markets in countries such as Egypt, China, Guatemala, Thailand, and Korea, and explains how these experiences have directly inspired settings in his fantasy worlds. He then leads students through an interactive brainstorming activity in which they imagine our own markets and all the different strange foods and bizarre items that are available for sale. This activity leads naturally to an ongoing story project that can be continued in the classroom.

This presentation typically lasts 45 to 60 minutes and includes:

  • PowerPoint presentation, sprinkled with reading excerpts
  • Question and answer period
  • Interactive brainstorming activity.

This format is suitable for groups as small as 20 and as large as 300.

 

 

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: $300 for first presentation, plus GST and expenses; discounts for multiple bookings in one day.