Available for virtual visits in : Prince Edward Island, Quebec & Ontario 

Home Province: British Columbia

Craft: Author

Genre: Young Adult Novels

Target Audience: Ages 14+

Cost for School and Public Virtual Presentation with CCBC subsidy: $200.00

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Virtual Workshop Information:

OPTION # 1 :

4 Useful Ways to Procrastinate (and 2 Ways to Bring it Back to the Page) Join me for this ode to every creative’s favourite guilty pastime—putting off work.  Hold the guilt, though—these distractions are actually useful. In this seminar, I offer four techniques young wordsmiths can employ when they’re feeling blocked, burnt out, or simply need a break.  These alternatives to binge-watching can help bring much needed balance and life experience to a writer’s journey.  

Option # 2:

Writing Through Pain & Loss This workshop, designed for teens 14+, outlines tips and techniques for tackling pain on the page. The session offers techniques for young authors with aspirations to share their work with a wider audience, and provides guidance for teens who want to put difficult experiences into words for themselves. In this seminar, we maneuver through the sensitive experience of writing to and through challenging experiences such as the loss of loved ones, and health crises.  

Option #3:

Oh, the Places You’ll Go—Writing Place and Displacement This workshop, geared towards wordsmiths 14+, covers ways to write about place and space. It explores how to create a sense of atmosphere and location, and how and why to treat a place as a character, with its own development, personality, and arc. Together, we’ll explore how to write about places where you may have spent little (or no) time, with emphasis on accuracy and respect.  We’ll also ways to write a place for yourself in communities where you don’t seem to fit in.  

Book List

Where Was Goodbye? (Simon & Schuster, coming in 2022)

Facing the Sun (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

Learning to Breathe (Simon & Schuster, 2018)


JANICE LYNN MATHER is a Bahamian-Canadian author. Her first novel, Learning to Breathe, won the 2020 Joan F. Kaywell Books Save Lives Award, and was a 2018 Governor General’s Award finalist, a BC Book Prize finalist, and a 2019 Young Adult Library Services Award Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Her second novel, Facing the Sun, has been nominated for the 2021 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. She is currently working on her third YA novel, Where Was Goodbye? and is releasing a short story collection, Uncertain Kin, next spring. She lives and writes in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.