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Miriam Körner

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Miriam Körner, originally from Germany, is a writer, photographer and wilderness guide. She lives in a small cabin surrounded by her sled dogs near La Ronge, Saskatchewan. When she is not exploring the vast wilderness of Canada's Far North by dog team or canoe she writes about her adventures - real and imagined ones - for children and young adults. 

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Yellow Dog - A Novel. Red Deer Press, 2016
When the Trees Crackle with Cold. YNWP, 2016
When We Had Sled Dogs: A story from the trapline - ācimowin ohci wanihikīskanāhk. YNWP, 2019
Qaqavii - A novel. Red Deer Press, 2019

Awards

Moonbeam GOLD Medal - Mulitcultural Non-Fiction for When the Trees Crackle with Cold, 2017
CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens starred selection for Yellow Dog, 2017
VOYA's Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers for Yellow Dog, 2017
Saskatchewan Book Award for When the Trees Crackle with Cold, 2018
Willow Award (Snow Willow Category) for Yellow Dog, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Miriam’s presentation to Yellow Dog (Grade 4 to 8) includes a slideshow highlighting what inspired her to write Yellow Dog, the process of becoming a writer (or nearly not becoming a writer), and why she loves to live in a remote northern community. She will also read from her novel and engage students in a Q+A discussion.

When the Trees Crackle with Cold (co-authored by Bernice Johnson-Laxdal) (k-4) includes a powerpoint presentation of the picture book with oral storytelling to each moon/month, practicing of the Cree moon names, insight into the illustration process and an engaging Q+A discussion.

Presentation Length:
45 - 60 min.
Genre:
Young Adult and Picture Book
Grades:
k-12
Audience size:
max. 60
Workshop Description:

Writing (k-12): From Story Idea to First Draft. Miriam offers writing/storytelling workshops adaptable from k -12. She creates a collaborative story with each group. By the end of a sixty-minute (40 minutes for k-2) workshop students will have developed characters, story arch and understand the difference between a character’s wants and needs. Her unique method brings out unexpected stories (for her and the students) and taps deep into the creative process.

Writing & Illustrating: This 40-60-minute workshop is adaptable for k-6. It is based on the picture book When the Trees Crackle with Cold(a book about a family’s traditional activities according to the Woodland Cree moon calendar, that won the 2017 Gold Medal in the Moonbeam multi-cultural non-fiction category), but no prior knowledge is necessary. The students will create a page of their own favourite seasonal activities setting it into context with nature’s cycle and then create an illustration to accompany their writing.

Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$$ 300
Two sessions:
$$ 500
Three sessions:
$$ 700
Four sessions:
$$ 800
GST:
GST not applicable