Sylvia Gunnery

Sylvia Gunnery

Author
LaHave, NS
Awards

Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Short-listed, 2013)

Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Short-listed, 2005)

The Lila Sterling Award (Winner, 2000)

Publications

Personal Best (Lorimer, 2011)

Out of Bounds (Lorimer, 2011)

Robin's Impossible, Crazy Idea (Pottersfield Press, 2001)

Menace and Mischief (Stoddart Kids / Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1999)

Genres

Beginning Readers, Early chapter books, Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Young adult (YA) Fiction (Ages 12 and up)

Biography

Sylvia Gunnery is a writer and educator with 32 years experience teaching at the intermediate and senior levels.  She first took herself seriously as a writer when she attended the Banff Centre in 1976 under the instruction of W.O. Mitchell, Alice Munro, and others.  She has been inspired by her students to write many books for teens and children, including her latest novel, Road Signs That Say West (Pajama Press). A recipient of a Prime Minister's Teaching Award, Sylvia shares her expertise as a writer and as a teacher of writing at conferences across Canada, such as Reading For The Love Of It, as well as in her publications The Writing Circle (Pembroke) and Revision Plus (Curriculum Plus).  In 2016, she was honoured with a Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia Legacy Membership for her commitment to student writers and to mentoring emerging writers.   Sylvia lives at Crescent Beach on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Presentations
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The Story Behind the Cover

Using several of her own books as examples, Sylvia Gunnery explains how stories develop from the first spark of an idea, through all the stages of the writing process (especially the revision stages), then to cover design, and finally to the publication of a book ready for readers.  A powerpoint of visuals complements this one-hour presentation with lots of room for student comment and questions.  Recommended for grades 4 - 12.  Audience size up to 75.

Presentation type: Reading

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

Fees: $250 per each one-hour presentation; plus travel and accommodation

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Finding Stories Every Dayt

Often writers are asked:  Where do you get your ideas?  In this presentation, a simple yet empowering answer is explored:  Writers find stories every day:  in surprises, in memories, and in daydreams.  Sylvia Gunnery shares many of her books for young people, explaining where her ideas originated and making clear connections between her themes and her own life experiences.  A powerpoint of visuals complements this one-hour presentation for audiences of up to 50.  There is lots of room for student comment and questions.  Recommended for grades K – 3.

 

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3)

Fees: $250 per each one-hour presentation; plus travel and accommodation

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Just Write!

How can you create your own fictional characters?  Just Write!  In this introductory fiction writing workshop, students create their own imaginary characters and experiment with ways to get them talking and walking across the page. Students will leave this workshop keen to continue with the writing process. Recommended for grades 4 – 12, with groups of up to 25 students.       

Presentation type: Workshop

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

Fees: $250 per each one-hour presentation; plus travel and accommodation