Lee Edward Fodi

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Lee Edward Fodi

Author, Illustrator
Vancouver, BC
Biography

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

He is the creator of the middle-grade series, The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar series, which include The Box of Whispers, The Door to Unger, The Shard from Greeve, The Crack in Kazah, and The Search for Arazeen. He has also illustrated books for other authors, including The Chocolatier's Apprentice (a Canadian national best seller) and I'll Follow the Moon. Most recently, he illustrated the campaign for the BC Library Association's 2016 summer reading club.

Lee is an engaging public speaker, specializing in presentations and workshops for elementary-aged children. He has taught programs in Canada, the United States, England, South Korea, and Thailand. 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. He especially enjoys visting exotic places where he can find tombs, mazes, castles, and crypts—not to mention tiny places tucked between the cracks of Here and There.

He lives in Vancouver with his wife and unhelpful cat. 

Presentations
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Meet the Wiz: An Introduction to Lee Edward Födi and his work

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 creates a character or a map of a hero's adventure. Each student is encouraged to write a story based on this activity (many teachers choose to follow up on this output with a formal writing assignment). 

This presentation typically lasts between 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—though groups between 60 and 120 seem to be the best.

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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So You Think You're a Villain: The art of crafting characters that are dreadful and dastardly

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi delivers a presentation featuring some of the best known villains, discussing the common elements in literature and film that make us feel that icy chill down our spines. He explains how he draws on these archetypes to create his own villains, and inspires students to show (rather than tell about) their characters' personalities. Each student will design a villain, and think about important elements such as secret lairs, henchmen, and diabolical gadgets. At the end of the workshop, time permitting, students present their work and are given feedback.

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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How to be a Hero: The art of crafting valiant victors for adventure stories

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi delivers a presentation featuring famous and beloved heroes from literature and film, discussing the common elements that make us root for their success. He explain hows he draws on these archetypes to create his own protagonists, and inspires students to show (rather than tell about) their characters' heroic personalities. Each student will design a hero, and think about important elements such as costumes, sidekicks, and gadgets. At the end of the workshop, time permitting, students present their work and are given feedback.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Not applicable

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

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Crafting Kingdoms: The art of building strong fantasy worlds

This workshop features a presentation on how some of the best-known fantasy authors, including J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis, employ visual techniques (such as doodling, mapping, diagramming and illustration) to help construct intricate worlds replete with cultures, customs, languages, and symbols. Lee Edward Födi speaks to how he employs these techniques in his own work and will give participants some tips to aid in the construction of their own worlds. Students can then begin on a fun project to develop and design their own worlds, using a variety of supplied handouts and worksheets. 

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.