Kari-Lynn Winters

Kari-Lynn Winters

Author
St. Catharines, ON
Awards

Forest of Reading--Blue Spruce Award (Short-listed, 2018)

Chocolate Lily Award (Short-listed, 2018)

Shining Willow Award (Short-listed, 2017)

Forest of Reading -- Red Maple Award (Short-listed, 2017)

Rainforest of Reading Award (Winner, 2016)

Rainforest of Reading Award (Winner, 2016)

Genres

Non-fiction, Picture books

Representation

Caroline Fernandez (Authors' Booking Services)

Biography

Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning Canadian children's author, playwright, performer, and academic scholar. Twenty-six of her picture books, non-fiction, or poetry books have been accepted for publication. Dr. Winters is also an experienced teacher of writing, who has taught a range of students in Canada, the United States,and in South Africa. Kari-Lynn currently works at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON, teaching drama-in-education, dance-in-education, and language arts. More information about Kari-Lynn (including a detailed CV) can be found on her website: www.kariwinters.com.

Presentations
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Presentation, Arts or Literacy Workshop, Skype Presentation, Conferences

Large group presentations

These 50 minute interactive presentations are both educational and engaging.  They include: readings from my books and magazine stories, puppets, songs, strategies for literacy and drama, a question period, and a book signing (Primary up to grade 5)

I can also modify a presentation for pre-schools and kindergarten classrooms or for grade 8 students.

Workshops in Reading, Writing, STEM, Arts, Social Justice, and Multimodal Literacies

MOVING WITH ARITHMETIC AND RHYTHMS?  IT MUST BE aRHYTHMetic!

Do dragons play hockey and stomp their feet? Are shapes found in your environment? Students use storytelling, movement, improvisation, and fingerplays to create understandings about math and poetry. This workshop is full of giggles and math concepts.  It offers dynamic and embodied strategies to bring books to life for young readers. (Preschool-Grade 2) (60 min.)

INSIDE THE DRAMA OF JEFFREY AND SLOTH

What happens when Jeffrey gets carried away and starts to make Sloth do any number of things? Put yourself inside this story—become a sloth,  draw a new ending, participate in an imagined court case,  and devise a myriad of ways to get these characters to stop being so controlling. Active storytelling, movement, songs, puppets, and oral presentations make this workshop a hit with primary and middle school students!  (K-7) (60 min.)

AN AUTHOR’S CRAFT: WRITING WITH AND BEYOND WORDS

Show, don’t tell. Keep the plot moving. Explore the musicality of the language.  These are concepts that many authors grapple with even before they touch the keyboard. But what do these guidelines really mean for creators? In what ways do these guidelines require authors to evoke different forms — forms that go beyond words such as movement, images, rhythms, and layouts? How might authors layer these ideas in order to create a better story? In this workshop, award-winning author and Ph.D. candidate Kari-Lynn Winters will demonstrate some of the ways you can make your writing leap, sing, and dance off the page. (Grades 5-adult) (75 min.)

KEEP THEM LAUGHING: WRITING FUNNY FICTION

Humour is a tremendous tool for writers. Skillful humour can make your stories more memorable, improve your writing, and earn you financial and personal rewards. In this workshop, award winning children’s author and playwright Kari-Lynn Winters will draw on her own books as well as the writing of others in order to demonstrate six concrete ways to hone your humour writing and keep them laughing. (Grades 5-Adult) (75 min.)

The How, Now, Wow, Pows of Picturebook Writing

Picturebooks are not just illustrated stories. Rather, they are unique literary forms that combine two distinct modes of representation—pictures and words—into a synergistic composite text. In this interactive session, Kari-Lynn Winters will challenge some of the myths of picturebook writing, demonstrate the process of creating a picturebook, and discuss what it takes to create a well-loved, publishable picture book. (Grades 5-Adult) (75 min.)

GENRE TRANSFORMATIONS: MOVING BETWEEN, SHORT STORIES, PLAYS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND PICTURE BOOKS

Finding the most apt genre for your story is no easy task. Writing a short story is different from writing a play and writing a picture book is distinct from writing a graphic novel — not only the format, but in the composing itself. As an award winning children’s author and playwright who has had experience writing across genres, Kari-Lynn Winters can say that each transformation requires its own unique organization, thought patterns, and communicative expression. Ideas such as text purpose, audience, and benefits/limitations of different genres will be explored. Authors and illustrators will love this interactive session. (Highschool-Adult) (90 min.)

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: Discounts available for multiple bookings (2 venues or more)