Shenaaz Nanji

Shenaaz Nanji

Calgary, AB

Governor General: Children's Literature (Short-listed, 2008)

Geoffrey Bilson: Historical Fiction (Short-listed, 2009)

Exporting Alberta: Canadian Authors Association (Short-listed, 2009)

Rhode Island Teen Book Award (Short-listed, 2010)

Manitoba Young Readers Award (Short-listed, 2010)

Notable Book Global Society: International Reading Association (Short-listed, 2009)

Best Books for Kids and Teens: Canadian Children's Book Centre (Short-listed, 2009)

Ross Annett Children's Literature by W.G.A. (Short-listed, 2009)

Parent's Choice Foundation: Silver (Runner-up, 2009)

Blue Spruce: Ontario Library Associatio (Short-listed, 2004)

Our Choice: Canadian Children's Book Centre (Short-listed, 2001)

Brendon Donelly Children's Literature (Runner-up, 1994)


Child of Dandelions (Second Story , 2008)

Indian Tales (Barefoot Books, 2007)

An Alien In My House (Second Story , 2003)

Treasure For Lunch (Second Story , 2000)

Notre Dame(Houses of Faith) (Weigl Educational Publishers, 2014)

Vatican City(Houses of Faith) (Weigl Educational Publishers, 2014)


Young adult (YA) Fiction (Ages 12 and up)


Shenaaz, a long-time resident of Calgary, is an internationally published author of 10 books for children that include inovels, short stories, picture books, and non-fiction. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College in U.S.A. Her books have won several awards and some of them translated in German, Korean, French, Italian, Spanish and Malayan. Her novel, Child of Dandelions was a Finalist in Governor General Award for Children’s Literature in 2008 and on C.B.C’s List of 100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian. She is the recipient of 2011 Immigrant of Distinction Award in Arts and Culture. Being a teacher once, Shenaaz considers teaching as one of the most honorable professions. A strong advocate of literacy, she likes to inspire and motivate children to read. She believes that words have power to change lives - especially young minds. Her writing activities include a juror for the Canada Council of Arts and Writers Guild of Alberta. She has critiqued manuscripts for W.G.A. and participated in &;It is a Crime not to Read&; program. She has presented in schools and libraries across Alberta. She has spoken at the A.L.A. Teachers Convention in Philadelphia, USA, at Children&;s Literature Round Table, Word on the Street, and at Family Fairs. She has held several Writing Workshops in Toronto, Brampton, Ottawa, Edmonton, Okotoks, and Calgary.







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Audience Size: 100

Target: Grades 1 - 12 and Adults

Sessions are tailor made to specific needs

Some Examples of Presentation :

1. How is a book born? The Story behind the Story - scribble to book

2. Elements of a Good Story

3. Writing Thru&; Games, Games, Games Galore

3. Freakish Fairy Tales

4. Inside Child of Dandelion

5. Inside Ghost Boys

Cost will depend on number of sessions per day


Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Not applicable

Fees: Depends on number of sessions