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Aimee Reid

Photo: Vine Images Inc. Julie Johnson Photography 2013

As a child, Aimee wanted to be a teacher. An overturned laundry basket was her first makeshift desk. There she developed lessons, devised tests, and even created and corrected her own homework! Finally Aimee earned a real desk at a high school where she taught English, Music, and Special Education.  

Aimee was always a reader. Throughout her childhood, she could often be found—curled in a corner, tucked in the crook of a tree, or crouched by a book rack in the grocery store aisle—carried away to the world of a book.

Now Aimee sends her own stories out into the world. It brings her great joy to think of other children nestled on a lap or cuddled on a couch reading good books to share.

Phone number:
905-317-9234

Publications

Mama's Day with Little Gray. Random House Children's Books, 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Length:
45 minutes unless discussed otherwise
Grades:
Junior Kindergarten-Grade Twelve
Audience size:
flexible
Workshop Description:

Growing Up with Little Gray (suggested for pre-K to Grade One)

Drawing on the book Mama’s Day with Little Gray, this active presentation will have children singing and moving. Together, we will explore themes of growing up and sharing special memories with loved ones. Suggested activities can extend the fun of the author visit as the children respond creatively to the experience.

Growing a Story (suggested for Grades One to Five)

Working with the metaphor of a story as a plant, this presentation explores the creative process. Children will learn the stories behind Aimee’s books, see her work in various stages, and gain a sneek peek into the publishing industry. Most of all, they will find encouragement to value their own writing processes.

Seeds, Sparks, and Story Structure (suggested for Grades Six to Eight)

“But I don’t know what to write!” If only teachers had a nickel for every time we heard this complaint. This interactive workshop explores how to find inspiration and make our stories work. Your students may be so invigorated that you will want to try out some of the strategies together after the school visit!

Winning Words (suggested for Grades Nine and up)

In a world of too many words, a well-crafted message wins the attention of its intended audience. It grabs us by the collar. It woos us with its authentic voice.

In this workshop, Aimee offers insights into the traditional publishing model and shows how the writing process it requires is the same for purposeful writers everywhere.

Using a wide variety of examples, Aimee touches on: considering purpose and audience, choosing form, crafting a voice, harnessing the power of effective diction, and revising with rigor. Samples of her own heavily revised manuscripts are included!

Since Aimee has taught adults as well as high school English at all grades and levels, she knows how to approach each unique audience. She will tailor her presentation to meet the needs of your group.

Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$$ 250.00
Two sessions:
$$ 450.00
Three sessions:
$$ 600.00
Four sessions:
$$ 750.00
One session:
$$ 150.00
Two sessions:
$$ 350.00
Three sessions:
$$ 450.00
Four sessions:
$$ 600.00
GST:
GST applicable