Lisa Dalrymple

Lisa Dalrymple

Author
Fergus, ON
Biography
  • Lisa Dalrymple won The Writers’ Union of Canada’s Writing for Children Competition (2011) for her picture book story Skink on the Brink, which was later illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo and published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Skink on the Brink also won the 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Canada and was a finalist in the Rainforest of Reading (Grenada, St. Lucia, Montserrat.) Lisa’s most recent book is Fierce: Women who Shaped Canada (Scholastic,) a book for readers in grades 4-8 that tells the true stories of 10 women from Canada’s history that you’ve probably never heard of. Lisa’s other books include the picture books A Moose Goes a-Mummering, Double Trouble at The Rooms, Bubbly Troubly Polar Bear and If It’s No Trouble... A Big Polar Bear (Breakwater) and a middle grade novel Jungle Jitters (Orca.)

  • Lisa travels all over Canada and as far south as Grenada and St. Lucia, presenting to students from pre-school to grade eight. In 2016, she was selected to tour British Columbia with Canadian Children’s Book Week. Lisa enjoys using performance, visuals and audience interaction tailored to the circumstances of each presentation to create a fun and interactive event.

  • In various chapters of Lisa’s life, she has been a kindergarten teacher in South Korea and Thailand, a bartender in Scotland and a newspaper writer and reviewer in Canada. She earned degrees in literature from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Guelph. Lisa is now the author of 11 books for children and she lives in Fergus, Ontario with her husband and their three highly energetic kids.

Presentations
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My various presentations may include a discussion of my journey into writing and publishing ("The Story Behind my Stories,") the relationship between story and art and between author and illustrator ("The Creation of a Picture Book,") or environmental conservation and habitat protection ("Home, Home, Habitat.") With the publication of Fierce: Women who Shaped Canada, I now offer presentations that include the stories of several of the women in the book along with critical inquiry as to why we may not have heard about these women and the challenges in bringing their stories to light.

I have fun presenting at Early Years Centres and pre-school library programs; enjoy sharing engaging stories and silly songs or information about habitat protection with primary grade students; and love leading writing workshops with junior students. I have also worked with Grade 12 Writer’s Craft students and aspiring adult writers delivering insights on getting published and working within the Canadian book industry.

Each interactive presentation is tailored to the age of the audience, the size of the group and the level of focus (time of day, activity levels, etc), accommodating the group’s needs while maintaining structure.

Presentations are 45-50 minutes long. When working with young kindergarten children, I am willing to do two 30-minute presentations for the same price as one 50-minute presentation. I am happy to adapt to large or small groups as needed.

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

Fees: Two Sessions $450; 3 Sessions $650; 4 Sessions $800 (same venue, same day)

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"Fierce: Women who Shaped Canada"

Learn about the challenges and rewards of researching 10 women most people have never heard of. Delve deeper to discover their impact on Canada as we know it and to hear the backstories behind the women in the book. Hear epic tales of survival and journey in the stories of Marguerite de la Rocque, Cougar Annie and Lucile Hunter; or, through the lives of Mona Parsons, Victoria Cheung and Joan Bamford Fletcher, learn about fighters, resisters and those who provide aid to refugees in wartime; or else consider how Tthaʹnalther and Alice Freeman wielded the power of words as they risked everything for causes they believed in.

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

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"Home, Home, Habitat" - Environmental Presentation

These presentations are based on the story and research behind Skink on the Brink. They explore issues of habitat protection, endangered species and environmental conservation.

The Common Five-lined Skink is one of only 5 lizards in Canada. It is found only in Ontario in two distinct populations. These populations are considered an Endangered Species or a Species of Special Concern. The primary threat to the Common Five-lined Skink–as to many endangered animals–is human activity, particularly habitat destruction.

Reminder: Earth Day is April 22

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6)

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"The Story Behind My Stories"

Based on Skink on the Brink and Jungle Jitters

My road to becoming an author required a lot of perseverance, research and luck. It actually began when I was 8! This presentation addresses how authors “find” ideas; the role of research in fiction and non-fiction writing; and the challenges and rewards of work as an author.

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

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"The Creation of a Picture Book"

Based on Skink on the Brink and Double Trouble at The Rooms

Picture books are a unique marriage of words and art, each with a carefully selected medium, and many with additional stories told by the illustrations. This presentation works well should the school wish to expand upon my visit with a self-directed art day. Directional support is available upon request.

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

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Writing Workshop

A discussion of where ideas come from, how to find them and how to flesh them out into the concept for an entire story. This presentation highlights Character, Setting and Plot and is followed by a workshop component that further addresses the shape of a story.

Recommended levels: Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: Half-day or two hours: $450

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"Breaking In (Without Breaking Down) - Publishing for Beginners"

For aspiring authors who are curious about the world of Canadian publishing and what it takes to "break in."

From developing your craft to submitting your manuscripts, from learning from rejection to celebrating sweet victory, this presentation will offer strategies to help build your writing career. Lisa will share tools and tips based on her own experiences "breaking into" the Canadian publishing industry. This presentation covers everything from researching publishers to writing a query/cover letter to negotiating a contract.

Recommended levels: High school (9-12)

Fees: Half-day or two hours: $450