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Richard Clark

Richard Clark

Richard Clark has written ten middle grade and chapter books, one of which, My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent, was published in Canada in June, 2019, by Indigo Press and Wattpad. It is a Heather’s Kids Pick and quickly became a Kids’ Bestseller. Previously, the book was on the Amazon and iBooks free kids ebooks bestseller lists for four years with over 100,000 downloads and over 50,000 reads on Richard has also worked extensively as a screenwriter and TV story editor, both in Toronto and Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA and AFI, his credits include writing or story-editing over 150 produced TV scripts for shows broadcast on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, BBC, Netflix, CBC, CTV and many other domestic and foreign networks. He’s also developed shows for many production companies, written four TV movies for Showtime Networks, optioned several feature screenplays in Los Angeles, and worked as a director and editor. In 2010 he was nominated for both a Gemini Award (now Canadian Screen Award) and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award, and in 2012 another WGC award. In addition, Richard teaches screenwriting at Humber College in Toronto, and he wrote Scratch & Sniff, an interactive book app for kids. Richard lives near Toronto with his wife and their 12-year-old twins… and he’s lived to tell the tale.



My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent: How Chip Became C.H.I.P. and Foiled the Freaky Fuzzy Invasion. 2019, Wattpad Books
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

My presentation involves an introduction to My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent, and to myself and Rich Murray, my illustrator partner, sharing some fun visuals (both stills and video) from the book and from our creative influences. Then I do a reading accompanied by onscreen illustrations. After that, I lead the class in writing their very own Secret Agent story! Finally, I play a video of Rich showing the kids how he created the illustrations, and I give them activity pages to illustrate a scene from the story they created. I also give them a selection of illustrations from the book which they can colour and upload to Instagram for a colouring contest!

Presentation Length:
1 hour
Children's - Chapter Books
Audience Size:
up to 60 per session
Workshop Description:

The presentation is a workshop presentation, working with the kids to create their own story and their own illustrations for their story.