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Home Province: British Columbia

Craft: Author-Illustrator

Genre: Picture Books/Middle Grade Fiction

Target Audience: Ages 5 -14

Cost for School and Public Virtual Presentation with CCBC subsidy: $200.00, plus applicable taxes

Website: www.leefodi.com

 

Virtual Writing Workshop Information:

Note on audience sizes – In order to create a highly interactive space, we recommend no more than 2-3 classes per session (60-90 kids) 

OPTION # 1 – The Spell-binding Shopping Trip: Creating magical settings

Good for students in K-7

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi shows how his personal explorations of markets from around the world (Egypt, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Europe) have directly inspired settings in his fantasy worlds. He then leads students through an interactive brainstorming activity in which they imagine their own enchanted shops, selling a variety of fantastical items. After the workshop, students can take their raw brainstorming and create an advertisement for one specific shop that might be discovered on a magical street. They can also write a scene about a character who goes on a spell-binding shopping trip and encounters some magical mayhem during the visit. Worksheet will be provided.

OPTION # 2- So You Want to Go to Wizard School: Imagining a magical world

Good for students in grades 2-7.

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi delivers a presentation about his visual approach to writing fantasy-adventure stories, then works with students in an interactive brainstorming session in which they imagine their own magical school. Students will design school names, school crests, a list of courses and teachers, and other creative aspects of an enchanted place of learning. After the workshop, students can take their raw brainstorming and create polished school crests and write “acceptance” letters to characters who are being asked to attend the imagined wizard schools. Worksheet will be provided.

OPTION # 3 – The Doorway to Adventure: The key to entering a new world

Good for students in grades K-8

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi showcases his collection of doorways from around the world and explains how this collection has inspired the world-building in his own books, including Spell Sweeper and The Secret of Zoone. He then leads students in an interactive brainstorming session in which they design their own doors and consider important storytelling questions. Students will then use this brainstorming as a pathway to writing a story or a scene. Worksheet will be provided.

Book List

Spell Sweeper, HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2021 ISBN: 978-0-06284-532-0

The Guardians of Zoone, HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2020 ISBN: 978-0-06284-528-3

The Secret of Zoone HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2019 ISBN: 978-0-06284-526-9

Kendra Kandlestar: Legends & Lore from the Land of Een, Simply Read Books, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-77229-013-4

Kendra Kandlestar and the Search for Arazeen, Simply Read Books, 2015 ISBN: 978-1927018293

Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah, Simply Read Books, 2014 ISBN: 978-1927018286

Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve, Simply Read Books, 2014 ISBN: 978-1927018279

Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger, Simply Read Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-1927018262

Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers, Simply Read Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-927018255

Biography

LEE EDWARD FODI is an author, illustrator, and specialized arts educator. His books include Spell Sweeper (HarperCollins), The Secret of Zoone (HarperCollins) and the Kendra Kandlestar series (Simply Read). He is a co-founder of CWC, a not-for-profit program that helps kids write, produce, and publish their own books, and has delivered many workshops in Canada, Korea, and Thailand. He has a degree in English Literature from the University of British Columbia and lives in Vancouver, where he likes to explore local parks with his wife and son in search of dragon eggs, talking trees, and hidden treasures.