Member Profile

Marissa Slaven

2015

I am a mother, daughter, sister, a palliative care doctor and now an author. I have always loved reading and would devour any books I could get my hands on as a teenager. When it came to school though I was a serious science nerd. As a grown-up even when I had almost no money I never denied myself books ( though I would do most of my shopping at used book stores to save some cash).

I was lucky enough to go to Paris a few years ago but had terrible jet lag and couldn't sleep. Somehow a story came to me then. I started to write and write and write. Before I knew it I had written a novella. So then I wrote some more and soon enough writing became my 'happy place'. Somewhere I could escape to after the kids were all in bed.

Over the next few years I was lucky to have professional help from the wonderful people at Humber College and the undying support of my family - including my daughter Anna who inspired my first novel Code Blue.

I am still writing, still taking care of patients and still and always learning new things.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Code Blue. Moon Willow Press, 2018
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Marissa will talk to students about the writing process, challenges and rewards. She will read excerpts from her novel Code Blue and discuss the role of eco-fiction in the face of climate change.

Presentation Length:
60 minutes
Genre:
YA eco-fiction
Grades:
7-12
Audience size:
flexible
Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
Two sessions:
$100
Four sessions:
$150
One session:
$$100
Two sessions:
$200
Four sessions:
$300
GST:
GST not applicable