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Touring In: British Columbia (Vancouver Island)

Craft: author

Genre: Picture Books, Early Chapter Books, Young Adult, Hi-Lo

Ideal Audience Size: up to 100

Maximum Audience Size: up to 600

Grades: Kindergarten- Grade 12

Special Equipment: Projector with sound

Website: www.alicekuipers.com

 

Shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association 2015 Young Adult Book Award
Winner of the 2011 Arthur Ellis Award, Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book

Presentation Information

As an experienced presenter, Alice is happy and comfortable to tailor presentations to specific school and community groups. She loves to engage young minds with tools so they can tell their own stories. She references her own writing life and her many books to talk about inspiration and where it comes from—and for this she often uses image prompts, like those on her Instagram Feed AliceKuipersWritingPrompts.

She shares insights from my own life with four children, and focuses on time management, passion and productivity, which is useful for older teens and adults. She is also able to present for all ages about how the editorial process is a major part of the job, honing in on specific editorial skills that can be used in the classroom. All of Alice’s work is supported with free online material that teachers and librarians can refer back to at www.alicekuipers.com.

She has worked with all age groups in the school system and loves to talk about how students can work on their own writing or how they can make their own books.

Here are the titles of presentations she has given successfully, although she can easily tailor a presentation to your group:

Local Stories (For Grades 8-12): How I Write and How You Can Too.

Artful Editing (For Grades 8-12).

From Sloppy Copy to A Finished Draft (Grades 3-7)

Writing Tips for Your Best Stories (for Grades 4, 5, 6 and 7)

Polly Diamond Loves to Write—So Can You (For Grade1-3, based around my chapter book)

Violet and Victor Love to Write—So Can You (for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students, based around my picture books)

Me and Me and You: How I Wrote a Novel and How You Can Find Inspiration for Your Own Stories Hiding Inside (for teenagers, based on the singer songwriter main character, Lark, in my novel Me and Me)

Also, here’s a talk Alice did recently for adults on Facebook Live, so you can see her presenting—this wasn’t for students, but it gives you as sense of Alice’s passion for her topics.

 

Book List

Always Smile: A memoir of teenager Carley Allison (Kids Can Press, Spring 2019)

Polly Diamond (Chronicle Press, May 2018)

Me and Me (HarperCollins Canada, May 2017)

Violet and Victor Write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016)

Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014)

The Death of Us (HarperCollins Canada, 2015)

40 Things I Want to Tell You (HarperCollins Canada, 2013)

The Worst Thing She Ever Did (HarperCollins, 2011)

Life on the Refrigerator Door (HarperCollins, 2009)

 

Biography

Bestselling author Alice Kuipers was born in London. She moved to Canada in 2003. Her first novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, won several awards. Since then, she has published three further award-winning YA novels internationally, with the fourth, The Death of Us, a CLA shortlisted title. Me (and) Me, her fifth YA novel, is described by Bif Naked as mesmerising. Her picture book Violet and Victor Write the Best Ever Bookworm Book was selected as an Amazon best pick and Violet and Victor Write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale was a Winter Indie 2015 Selection. She has an upcoming chapter book series with Chronicle Press and she is writing a memoir about teenager Carley Allison with Kids Can Press. She has had stories produced for CBC and essays published in Bristol Review of Books and Easy Living magazine. She blogged for Today’s Parent, and The Huffington Post.

Alice’s work has been published in 34 countries and her first novel has been made into plays in London, Paris and Tokyo.

She became a writer because she loves to read and you can always find Alice with her head in a book—if she isn’t running around after her four children. She loves to share writing tips and hints. Find free access to her online writing course Freeflow: A Writing Journey here: www.alicekuipers.com

 

Awards

The Death of Us

  • Nominated for the 2015 SaskEnergy Young Adult Literature Award
  • Shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association 2015 Young Adult Book Award

40 Things I Want To Tell You

  • A Renaud-Bray Coup de Coeur (2013)
  • Winner of the 2013 Saskatchewan Book Awards Young Adult Literature Award
  • Named an Honour Book for the 2013 CLA Young Adult Book Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Stellar Book Award
  • One of CBC’s 100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian

The Worst Thing She Ever Did

(Published in the US as Lost for Words)

  • Winner of the 2011 Arthur Ellis Award, Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book
  • 2011 OLA White Pine Official Selection
  • 2011 Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year selection for 2011
  • The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011 selection

Life on the Refrigerator Door

  • Winner of the 2009 Redbridge Teenage Book Award (UK)
  • Winner of the 2009 Sheffield Libraries Choice Book Award (UK)
  • Winner of the 2009 Saskatchewan First Book Award (Canada)
  • Winner of the 2009 Lieutenant Governor’s 30 Below Arts Award (Canada)
  • Winner of the 2009 Grand Prix de Viarmes (France)
  • Winner of the 2009 Livrentête Prize, young adult category (France)
  • Winner of the 2009 Aficion’Ados prize (France)
  • Winner of the 2009 Sweyne Park School Year 7 Book Award (UK)
  • Shortlisted for the 2009 Coventry Inspiration Book Award (UK)
  • Shortlisted for the 2009 Oxfordshire Book Award (UK)
  • Shortlisted for the 2009 Salt Lake City County Library System Reader’s Choice Award (US)
  • Longlisted for the 2009 Carnegie Medal (UK)

 

Praise

“Alice’s enthusiasm, commitment and generosity of time, both in classrooms and behind the scenes, helped us create a truly authentic and wonderful writing experience for our students. Alice helped our students see themselves as writers. … It is her authentic approach in helping kids see themselves as readers and writers, which truly sets Alice apart.”

—Brad Hidlebaugh, Vice Principal, Brunskill School

“Alice is incredibly personable and engaging. Her author reading included a presentation with a wonderful variety of information — from how a book is written, to the illustration process, to the life of a writer – all presented with a warmth and enthusiasm and that captivated a large group of primary students. It was educational as well as motivational. My favourite part of the presentation was when one of the students put up his hand and answered, “Never give up!” Alice’s passion for writing, and her joy in sharing with others, was obvious in the way she took the time to speak to, and connect with, each child individually during the event.” —

—Tammy Ward, B.Ed., B.A., Library Assistant, Glen Elm Branch Library

“In all honesty it has been a privilege to have you work with students.  It is an accomplishment and speaks to your talent that you are able to motivate an entire class of middle schoolers to complete creative writing pieces and have them be willing to confer with you and revise/edit.  Sometimes it is like pulling teeth to get every kid to write!”

—Carolyn Barton, teacher

“Your collaboration to inspire and develop student authors looks just wonderful! Thank you so much for your hard work to pull this project together. We can’t wait to have the booklets printed for the students and share their stories with our sponsors. What a beautiful gift from the heart!”

—Mary-Jo, Organiser Literacy for Life conference