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Lee Edward Födi

Photo: Jamie Kowal

Lee Edward Födi Lee is an author, illustrator, and educator—or, as he likes to think of himself, a daydreaming specialist.

Födi is the author and illustrator of The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar, which include The Box of Whispers, The Door to Unger, The Shard from Greeve, The Crack in Kazah, and The Search for Arazeen. He has also illustrated several picture books for other authors, including The Chocolatier's Apprentice (a national bestseller) and I'll Follow the Moon

Födi is an engaging public speaker, specializing in presentations and workshops for elementary-aged children. He has taught programs in Canada, the United States, England, South Korea, and Thailand. In addition, he is a co-founder of The Creative Writing for Children Society, a Vancouver-based not-for-profit program in which children's authors, illustrators, and performers help kids publish their own books. As the lead mentor for CWC, Födi finds continual inspiration in the enthusiasm, ingenuity, and talent of his students.

Födi studied at the University of British Columbia and has a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fine Arts. He is a member of several organizations dedicated to children's literature. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and unhelpful cat, but loves to visit exotic places where he can find tombs, mazes, castles, and crypts—not to mention tiny places tucked between the cracks of here and there. 

He is represented by Rachel Letofsky at the Cooke Agency.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers. Simply Read Books, 2013
Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger. Simply Read Books, 2013
Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve. Simply Read Books, 2014
Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah. Simply Read Books, 2014
Kendra Kandlestar and the Search for Arazeen. Simply Read Books, 2015

Awards

Reader Views Literary Awards: Best Children's Book of the Year for Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah, 2012
Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient: best children's chapter book in the category of Fantasy, Myths, and Legends for Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah, 2012
Best Book for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre for Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve, 2010
Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient: best children's chapter book in the category of Fantasy, Myths, and Legends for Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger, 2009
Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient: best children's chapter book for Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers, 2007
Surrey Book of the Year - Nominee for Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers, 2007
Canadian Toy Testing Council, Recommended Book for Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers, 2007
Chocolate Lily Award - Nominee for Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers, 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

This presentation is designed to inspire and invigorate students of all reading and writing levels in grades K-7. Using a PowerPoint show, Lee Edward Födi demonstrates how the process of sketching and illustration inspires his writing. By the end of the presentation, he's led students in an interactive brainstorming session, in which each participant creates a character or the map of a hero's quest. Finally, each student is encouraged to write a story based on this brainstorming activity (many teachers choose to follow up this idea with a formal writing assignment).

This presentation typically lasts between 60 to 75 minutes and includes:

  • PowerPoint presentation, sprinkled with reading excerpts
  • Question and Answer Period
  • Interactive drawing session.

This format is suitable for groups as small as 20 and as large as 300—though groups between 60 and 100 are best.

Presentation Length:
60-75 minutes
Genre:
Juvenile Fiction
Grades:
K-8
Audience size:
30-300
Workshop Description:

Lee Edward Fodi is a firm believer in using the imaginative arts (music, drama and especially illustration) to inspire students to become stronger readers and writers and to specifically create a broader understanding of such concepts as character, plot, setting, point of view, imagery, and style.

He offers a variety of presentation and workshop formats, all of which come with a worksheet package. Some of his most popular workshops are described below.

 

The Creative Carpenter:
How writing a story is like building a house

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi explains his philosophy of how writing a story is like building a house. He demonstrates how a story, just like a house, will fall down if it doesn't have all the essential parts (the formal elements of fiction). He arms each of his creative carpenters with some tools and tips for building their own stories.  This workshop is also a great format for teachers wishing to find inspiration for writing exercises to use in their own language art classes.

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Crafting Kingdoms:
The art of building strong fantasy worlds

This workshop features a presentation on how some of the best-known fantasy authors, including J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis employ visual techniques (such as doodling, mapping, diagramming and illustration) to help construct intricate worlds replete with cultures, customs, languages, and symbols. Lee Edward Födi speak to how he employs these techniques in his own work and gives participants some tips to aid in the construction of their own worlds. Students can then begin on a fun project to develop and design their own world, using a variety of supplied handouts and worksheets. This workshop is suitable for writers aged 11 and up and typically runs 1.5 hours.

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So You Think You're a Villain:
The art of crafting characters that are dreadful and dastardly

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi delivers a presentation featuring some of the best known villains, discussing the common elements in literature and film that make us feel that icy chill down our spines. He explains how he draws on these archetypes to create his own villains, and inspire students to show (rather than tell about) their characters' personalities. Each student will design a villain, and think about important elements such as secret lairs, henchmen, and diabolical gadgets. At the end of the workshop, time permitting, students present their work and are given feedback.

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How to be a Hero:
The art of crafting valiant victors for adventure stories

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi delivers a presentation featuring famous and beloved heroes from literature and film, discussing the common elements that make us root for their success. He explains how he draws on these archetypes to create his own protagonists, and inspire students to show (rather than tell about) their characters' heroic personalities. Each student will design a hero, and think about important elements such as costumes, sidekicks, and gadgets. At the end of the workshop, time permitting, students present their work and are given feedback.

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Monster Mash:
Creating creatures for myths, legends, and fantasy stories

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi discusses the history of monsters in literature and legend and demonstrates how he creates creatures for use in his own books. Afterwards, he leads a drawing session in which each student designs his or her own creature, along with a "wanted" poster. Afterwards, time permitting, students present their work and are given feedback.

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Costume Makes the Character:
Dressing your characters for story success

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi leads students in an examination of different characters and how their clothes help express their personalities. Students then take a template character—a tiny mouse—and create at least two different outfits for this character. Students will then use these drawings as a springboard to write a story describing how this mouse went on an adventure and grew as a character, changing from one costume to another. This workshop is a great fit for primary students.

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The Power of Pursuit:
Crafting chase scenes to propel your plot

In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi discuss and demonstrate the techniques for writing an exciting chase scene, breaking it down in terms of different elements such as character motivation and setting. Students will then “construct” their chase by drawing a map to help them plot their scene. Afterwards, students will use this map as their visual guide for writing a short story.

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Lee Edward Födi offers many other writing workshops. Be sure to visit leefodi.com for testimonials and other information.

Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$$300
Two sessions:
$$500
Three sessions:
$$700
Four sessions:
$$850
GST:
GST applicable