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Darren Groth

Darren Groth

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Described as a “masterful writer” and “brilliant storyteller”, Darren Groth is the internationally published author of works including KindlingAre You Seeing Me?Munro vs. the Coyote, and his latest novel, Boy in the Blue Hammock. He is an Adelaide Festival Award for Literature winner and has been nominated for numerous other prestigious prizes, among them the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the BC & Yukon Book Prizes, the OLA White Pine Award, the CBCA Book of the Year (Australia), and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australia). 

Darren is a passionate advocate for the intellectual disability community, and is the proud father of a son with life-long cognitive and communication challenges. When he’s not watching American Ninja Warrior with his beautiful wife, he’s eating Fatburger with his wondrous twins.

Email:
choco_mcconaghy@yahoo.com
City:
Vancouver
Province:
BC
Genre:
Literary Fiction, YA Fiction

Publications

Kindling. 2010, Hachette
Are You Seeing Me?. 2015, Orca
Munro vs. the Coyote. 2017, Orca
Infinite Blue. 2018, Orca
Boy in the Blue Hammock. 2022, Nightwood Editions

Awards

Winner, Adelaide Festival Award for Young Adult Literature (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, 2016
Finalist, Governor General's Literary Awards for Are You Seeing Me?, 2015
Finalist, White Pine Award for Munro vs. the Coyote, 2018
Finalist, CCBC Book Awards for Munro vs. the Coyote, 2018
Finalist, CBCA Book of the Year (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, 2015
Finalist, Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, 2015
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

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

‘#AuthorLife’ is a fun flyover of the scribbler life, answering such questions as ‘How did you get here?’, ‘Where do your ideas come from?’ and ‘What’s the best thing about being a writer?’;  it includes an interactive game with prizes. 

Presentation Length:
60 minutes
Grades:
Grades 7-12
Audience Size:
Suitable for individual classes or larger groups. 
Presenation:
$300
Workshop Description:

‘Seeing is Believing’ is a dive into the ‘Are You Seeing Me?’ novel's journey, from conception to publication; it includes two co-operative group exercises. 

Workshop Length:
60-90 minutes
Workshop Intended Audience:
Only for creative writing groups. Suitable for secondary students and adults.
Workshop Audience Size:
Max. 16
Workshop Fee:
$450
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

‘#AuthorLife’ is a fun flyover of the scribbler life, answering such questions as ‘How did you get here?’, ‘Where do your ideas come from?’ and ‘What’s the best thing about being a writer?’;  it includes an interactive game with prizes. 

School Presentation Length:
60 minutes
School Intended Audience:
Grades 7-12
School Audience Size:
Suitable for individual classes or larger groups. 
School Presentation Fee:
$300
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes