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Alessia Dickson

Alessia Dickson

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National bestselling author Alessia Dickson writes for teens. Her YA fantasy series, The Crystal Chronicles, has won the Purple Dragonfly Award for excellence in youth fiction (2017) and continues to be a favourite among elementary and highschool students across Canada. During the school year, Alessia travels across Ontario and inspires students to pursue their own creative passions. Vaughan mayor, Maurizio Bevilacqua, has praised her ability to connect with young people and in 2017, presented Alessia with the Order of Vaughan for public excellence in arts and culture. Alessia lives in Vaughan and spends her time touring schools and working on her third book in The Crystal Chronicles series. To learn more about Alessia, please visit her website at 



The Crystal Chronicles. Friesen Press, 2016
The Crystal Chronicles and The Lost Temple. Friesen Press, 2019


Grand Prize in Youth Fiction for the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards for The Crystal Chronicles, 2017
Order of Vaughan for Excellence in Arts and Culture for The Crystal Chronicles series, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

First 30 mins – personal introduction, explanation of the writing process including plotting, character development, editing, obstacles, and publication. Also includes writing advice and tips as well as a full synopsis about the book. There is a special emphasis on inspiring and motivating students to pursue their passions and dreams.

Last 30 mins – a question and answer period for the audience and a fifteen-minute period at the very end for book sales. Purchased books includes a bookmark and a personalized signed copy to the student’s nam

For more info on Alessia's school visits, please see the following link.

Presentation Length:
60 minutes
Young Adult Fantasy
Grades 4 to 12
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Group size – max 40 students.

Length - 60 minutes

First 20 mins- introduction, how to build plots, characters and dialogue

Last 40 mins – student writing period where Alessia circulates the classroom and answers individual questions and offers personalized feedback. There is a voluntary sharing period at the end where students can read some of their work to the class. She can also integrate specific classroom material into the workshop. For example, many classes will be reading a certain novel or focusing on poetry or story writing. Workshops can also be altered for a specific grade upon request.

For more info on Alessia's school visits, please see the following link.

Equity Initiative

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  • Living with a disability