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Myrna Neuringer Levy

Levy
Photo: Ian Crysler 2001

Myrna Neuringer Levy was born in Brooklyn, New York, received her Bachelor's degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her ME.d. degree from the National College of Education in Evanston, Illinois. She lives in Toronto and is a retired teacher/librarian. She has one husband, two children and four grandchildren.

School Presentations: Where do authors get their ideas for stories? What are the stages a manuscript passes on its way to becoming a printed book? Who are the people who work on it? Myrna will describe the journey from first draft to printed book and encourages questions from the students. Alternatively, the author, a former teacher/librarian, can design a presentation to meet the needs of the students.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

My Grandpa Plays With Trains. AMA Graphica, 2001.
The Summer Kid. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1991.
Steven Writes A Story. Scholastic Canada, 2007

Awards

Federation of Women Teachers of Ontario Writers Award for The Summer Kid.
Celebrate Literacy Award, Ontario Reading Association, 1987.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Author visits are based on the books Myrna has written:

For "My Grandpa Plays With Trains", a picture book illustrated with photographs, she takes the students through the process of writing and publishing a picture book and describes the roles of the editor, illustrator, designer and printer. Included are out-takes of the photographs as well as layout sketches that were done by the graphic designer.

For "Steven Writes A Story" Myrna describes the writing process, from finding the story, to drafts and revision, to using writing aids such as the dictionary, thesaurus and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.

Presentation Length:
40-60 min.
Genre:
Fiction
Grades:
2-8
Audience size:
50
Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$150
Two sessions:
$200
Four sessions:
$300
GST:
GST not applicable