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Paul Toffanello

Paul Toffanello

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Paul J. Toffanello (the “J” is for Joseph) grew up in Timmins, Ontario, a small northern mining town that once held the distinction of being the greatest gold mining town in the world. He grew up in a family of five boys, nearly driving his mother crazy. Both parents worked, mother in life insurance and dad as an auto mechanics teacher. Paul majored in English and minored in Psychology at Ottawa’s Carleton University and became an elementary school teacher in 1979 after a year of Teacher’s College at Nipissing University. He later became a high school English teacher, a Vice Principal, a Principal at two different high schools, a Superintendent of Education and finally a Director of Education. Currently, besides writing, he operates a private counselling practice and does consulting work in both Ontario and British Columbia.

Paul had been writing most of his life, and the first draft of Popchuck’s Ghost (currently in publication) was written in 1984, but it wasn’t until Paul met Frank B. Edwards (Bungalo Books) that he gave serious thought to publication. Since then, Paul has written and published Popchuck's Ghost, Popchuck's Revenge, and Popchuck's End and he most recently completed the draft of the 4th book in the Popchuck Chronicles series.  To date, sales of The Popchuck Chronicles is nearing 17,000 copies sold! On a side note, Calgrove Media out of Los Angeles has purchased the option to The Popchuck Chronicles and movie/t.v. series development is underway. Go to www.thespookyauthor.com for more information on the novels and www.calgrovemedia.com for more information regarding the movies.

Paul has travelled extensively across Canada and the U.S. and visited more than 800 schools presenting to kids, teachers and parents. He offers writing workshops for both students and teachers, and he has developed curriculum support document for teachers when working on novel studies and or his children's books. with students. As well, Paul has presented to parents on the topic of creating rich, literature home environments and helping their children get smart through reading. Paul also writes children’s rhyming stories, and three stories in his series, In Blackburn Hamlet, have been published. A fourth in the series will be out in the fall of 2020. 

Paul has written movie screenplays, treatments for television, has pitched to broadcasters and production companies, and he has written and published professional articles in the educational and leadership realms. Paul currently resides in Vancouver and he and his wife enjoy their 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. He and his wife spend their summers at his quiet lake cottage in Northeastern Ontario where Paul writes, chops wood, swims, hikes, bikes, canoes, and sits by the bonfires long into the nights pondering, imagining, dreaming, and just being. 

Email:
thespookyauthor@gmail.com
City:
Vancouver, BC / New Liskeard, ON
Province:
BC
Genre:
Middle Grade Fiction & Children's Illustrated Fiction/Picture Books
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

Popchuck's Ghost. 2013, Bungalo Books
Popchuck's Revenge. 2015, Bungalo Books
Popchuck's End. 2018, Bungalo Books
Trashcan Twilight. 2020, Friesen Press
Mommaletti's Ghost. 2019, Tellwell
A Ghastly Graveyard Grin. 2019, Tellwell
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Description

Using the themes of Write What You Know and READ! READ! READ!, I offer students a fun, entertaining and instructional glimpse into how I became an author, what were some of the influences in my life that offer insight into my writing, and provide tips and advice on writing authentically.

I offer middle grade teachers a free novel study guide based on current and expert research.

I offer primary grade teachers curriculum guides for the books in the series In Blackburn Hamlet.

Presentation Length:
1-1.5 hours
Genre:
Middle Grade Fiction & Juvenile Fiction
Grades:
Classroom/Student groups from grades 4-8 for middle grade fiction. Ages 9-13 Classroom/student groups from grades 1-3 for juvenile fiction. Ages 6-8
Audience Size:
5-500
Presenation:
$120/hour or purchase of books. For more details, go to: www.thespookyauthor.com
Workshop Description:

I present ways in which parents can create literacy rich environments and provide them with a follow up booklet that they can take with them after the presentation.

Workshop Length:
1 hour
Workshop Intended Audience:
Parents
Workshop Audience Size:
5-50
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

Middle Grade:

Using the themes of Write What You Know and READ! READ! READ!, I offer students a fun, entertaining and instructional glimpse into how I became an author, what were some of the influences in my life that offer insight into my writing, and provide tips and advice on writing authentically.

Primary Grades:

I focus mostly on the reading and discussion of the stories in the In Blackburn Hamlet series. I encourage discussions around interpretation 

School Presentation Length:
1.0 hour
School Intended Audience:
Grades 4-8 & Grades 1-3
School Audience Size:
5-200 middle grades / up to 25 for primary grade presentations/readings
School Presentation Fee:
$150.00 and/or purchase of books. For more details, go to: www.thespookyauthor.com
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes