Jacqueline Pearce

Jacqueline Pearce

Author
Vancouver, BC
Biography

Jacqueline Pearce writes fiction for children and teens, as well as poetry and nonfiction for adults. Her novels for children include Discovering Emily, about the 19th century childhood of Canadian artist Emily Carr, Manga Touch, which follows a teenage girl's exchange trip to Japan, and Flood Warning, a chapter book about the Fraser River flood of 1948. In her newest novel, Siege, the main character finds himself dodging ghosts and musket fire in the middle of a War of 1812 re-enactment.

Growing up on Vancouver Island, Jacqueline liked to climb trees, explore nature, play road hockey and other sports, as well as read books, draw and write stories. She received a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Victoria, followed by a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto. She currently lives in the Vancouver area with her husband, daughter, dog and cats.

Jacqueline teaches writing workshops for children and adults, with topics ranging from writing historical fiction and nonfiction inspired by history, memory and sense of place, haiku poetry, animals and empathy-building, as well as workshops combining text with photography, collage and hand-made books.

Presentations
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The Writing Journey: from idea to finished book

In this presentation, Jacqueline discusses the process of writing a book, beginning with where ideas come from, research (sharing images and historical artifacts), editing and revising, and submitting to a publisher.

Presentation type: Reading

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

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Time Travel: How to write about the past as if you were there

This workshop explores the process of researching and writing historical fiction, and introduces some basic tools and tips for making settings come alive. While the emphasis is on writing about the past, the workshop also provides insight into writing stories set in the present, future or imaginary worlds.

Presentation type: Workshop

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

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The Hero's Journey: plotting your story

This workshop explores plot development as a hero's journey, with the main character following a quest that propels him or her through the story, facing conflicts along the way. It demonstrates how plot diagrams can be a useful tool to help with story construction. 

Presentation type: Workshop

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