Michelle Mulder

Michelle Mulder

Author
Victoria, BC
Awards

Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Short-listed, 2014)

Information Book Award (Short-listed, 2014)

Rocky Mountain Book Award (Short-listed, 2012)

Chocolate Lily Award (Short-listed, 2011)

Rocky Mountain Book Award (Short-listed, 2011)

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize (Short-listed, 2010)

Genres

Beginning Readers, Board Books, Early chapter books, Junior fiction (Ages 8-12), Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Non-fiction, Picture books

Biography

Michelle Mulder is the author of Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home, Pedal It!, Brilliant, Not a Chance, Out of the Box, After Peaches and several other books for young people. She loves writing about social activism issues in a way that engages and inspires young readers.

When she was growing up in Port Moody, British Columbia, Michelle’s favourite spot was the library, so it’s no surprise she studied literature at university. After graduating, she cycled across Canada, traveled in South America, and married the Argentine pen pal she’d been writing to since she was fourteen.

Over the years, she’s worked as a ditch digger in the Dominican Republic, a burger flipper in Germany, and a simulated patient for student doctors to practice on in Halifax, with lots of other less interesting jobs in between. She loves writing because it allows her to have big adventures without leaving her living room and also demands research that takes her farther from home than she’d ever dreamed. For more information, please visit www.michellemulder.com

Presentations
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Kid Power!

How does an idea become a story? And how does a publisher turn it into a book? This dynamic, interactive presentation explores that fascinating, often mysterious process, with an eye to social activism (the theme of most of my books) and what kids can do to influence the world around them. Together, we brainstorm about how to develop the “story” in “history,” and I share some of cool items I've found in my research. Hard copies of my early drafts (full of the editor's red ink!) and proofs (with all the fancy markings that tell the printer how the book will look in final form) give kids a hands-on understanding of the steps involved creating a book. Through anecdotes, thought-provoking questions, and plenty of discussion, I aim to inspire young people to think about the world around them, their place in it, and what they can do to make their mark.

This presentation lasts about an hour, can be done with or without powerpoint equipment, and is designed for up to 70 students.

Presentation type: Reading

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

Fees: $250 per session (discounts for multiple presentations)

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What's Your Story?

I come to each workshop with questions, ideas to brainstorm, a handful of writing exercises, and plenty of flexibility. Led and fed by the experiences and interests of the students, I explore the idea of inspiration, where to find it and how to keep it; how to develop characters, plot and setting; and revisions. I aim to spark lively discussion and excitement about reading, writing, and the power of story.

My workshops last two hours, requires a white/chalk board or overhead projector, and work best with up to thirty students.

Presentation type: Workshop

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

Fees: $450 per session (discounts for multiple workshops)

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Who? What? Where?

With props, a silly storyteller’s hat and a whole set of hand actions, the children and I talk about the three main ingredients for a story: character (“Who?”), plot (“What?”) and setting (“Where?”). I read one of my books, asking questions about story elements that we’ve talked about, and then I tell them how the book was put together. I discuss how I got my ideas, what happened when the publisher accepted the manuscript, and how I worked with an illustrator. I also share anecdotes about a few of my favourite pictures in the book. This presentation lasts about half an hour (the perfect length of time for this age group, I find), requires no special equipment, and is ideal for groups of forty or fewer.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten

Fees: $125 per session (discounts for multiple presentations)