Available for VIRTUAL visits in: Quebec and Alberta

Home Location: Mississauga, Ontario

Craft: Author

Genre: Middle-Grade Fiction, Teen Fiction

Target Audience: Grades 6 and up

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


Workshop Information:


In this workshop, our aim is to teach and have students (typically middle school or high school, usually grades 7-8) start sketching their own characters while learning the elements of how we made our characters Ria and Rani (from Sisters of the Snake and Daughters of the Dawn), as well as how to apply the layering technique. Includes 3 writing activities, worksheets provided. 1 hour long (time for Q&A included).


In this workshop aimed at grades 7-8 or ages 12+, we will discuss how we incorporated our own experiences into our books, including being twins and our Indian heritage. We will also discuss how students can create fictional stories that incorporate their personal experiences and histories, which makes for a full-feeling story. Includes 3 writing activities, worksheets provided. 1 hour long (time for Q&A included).

Book List

Sisters of the Snake (Ria & Rani Duology, Book #1). HarperTeen, 2021.

Daughters of the Dawn (Ria & Rani Duology, Book #2). HarperTeen, 2022.

The Gemstone (Pendant Trilogy, Book #1).

The King’s Jewel (Pendant Trilogy, Book #2).

The Poisoned Emerald (Pendant Trilogy, Book #3).


Sarena Nanua and Sasha Nanua are twin sisters living in Ontario. Born on Diwali ten minutes apart from each other, they grew up loving stories about twins and magic, and began writing books together when they were nine years old. They are graduates of the English and Professional Writing programs at the University of Toronto and are also the authors of The Pendant Trilogy.