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Photo: Marc Reppin 2016

Heather Camlot grew up in Montreal and was raised on Expos baseball and Canadiens hockey. Oddly, she wasn't a sporty child. She preferred to spend her time reading and drawing and dreaming.

Although she dabbled in fiction as a teenager, she went on to study communications at Concordia University and then journalism at New York University. She’s written for many publications across Canada and the United States, including Quill & Quire, Style at Home, Canadian Living, The Globe and Mail, Homemakers, TV Guide Canada and The New York Times.

After 15 years in journalism as a writer, editor and translator, she longed to get back to fiction. This need became even stronger after reading Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, a novel that showed her she could write the kind of story she wanted to – and possibly get published!

She immersed herself in the Canadian children’s literature scene, working at Mabel’s Fables Bookstore and volunteering with the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP).

Her short story, The Boys of Summer, won the 17th Annual Writing for Children Competition held by CANSCAIP and The Writers’ Union of Canada. Clutch, her first novel, was inspired by her father’s childhood in Montreal and Jackie Robinson’s year of playing baseball in the city she still calls home. 

She lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids. 

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Clutch. Red Deer Press, 2017

Awards

17th Annual Writing for Children Competition for The Boys of Summer (which would become the novel Clutch), 2004
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Heather engages students with a fun and interactive presentation. She starts by discussing the pressure to succeed – how it affects the lives of her characters, herself, and her audience. She shares the rather odd way she came to be a writer (both journalist and novelist), how she was inspired to write Clutch by delving into family history, and the lengthy process to becoming a published author. She also touches on the basic elements of a story, how to give it life through research, and the challenges and importance of historical fiction.

Presentations are one hour with question period and suitable for Grade 3 and up. Presentations for high school students, educators and the general public can be adapted to audience and interest; possible topics as related to Clutch include 20th-century art history, baseball history and Jewish immigration to Canada.

Presentation Length:
45 minutes to 1 hour
Genre:
Middle grade, fiction, journalism, short story
Grades:
4 and up
Audience size:
30 for workshops, large groups fine for presentations
Workshop Description:

Workshops are available for 16 or so participants, or a single classroom.

Topics include:

·Page one, line one: Students will listen to a few examples to learn the basics of crafting the all-important first line, first paragraph, and first chapter, and then write their own.

·Look no further: A simple moment may be all a writer needs to dream up a full story. Students will look to their own lives to create a work of fiction.  

·Ready, set, research: Students will learn about the research process, including primary vs. secondary sources, fact vs. fake news, where to look, and how to pull it all together.

·All the news: Students will learn about different types of articles and structure, and will write their own journalistic work.

·Getting down to business: After discussing the 10 business basics Joey follows in Clutch, students will work on a business idea and marketing plan.

·Customized topic: Heather can tailor a workshop to your needs and audience, including educators and the general public. Please contact her for more details.

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$250
Two sessions:
$450
Three sessions:
$650
Four sessions:
$800
GST:
GST applicable