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Sylvia McNicoll

Photo: Bob McNicoll 2019

A graduate of Concordia University with a B.A. specialization in English, and minor in economics, Sylvia has worked in corporate cash management, raised three children, and edited Today's Parent Toronto for eight years. She's also written over 35 novels for young people, many published internationally, served as president of CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators, and Performers) and as a director of Access Copyright. Currently she teaches Writing for Young Audiences at Mississauga Living Arts Centre and enjoys touring to visit schools and libraries.

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A Different Kind of Beauty. Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2003.
Caught in a Lie. Scholastic Canada, 2000.
Grave Secrets. Stoddart Kids, 1999.
Project Disaster. Scholastic, 1997.
Walking a Thin Line. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1997.
Beauty Returns. Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2006
Last Chance for Paris. Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2008
crush.candy.corpse. James Lorimer, 2012
Dying to Go VIral. Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2013
Dog on Trial. HIP Publishing, 2013
Revenge on the Fly. Pajama Press, 2014
The Best Mistake Mystery. Dundurn, 2017
The Artsy Mistake Mystery. Dundurn, 2017
The Snake Mistake Mystery. Dundurn, 2018
Body Swap. Dundurn, 2018
The Diamond Mistake Mystery. Dundurn, 2019


Explora-Toy Best Novel for Children, Hamilton Region, 2001.
Manitoba Young Reader's Association Award for Bringing Up Beauty, 1997.
Ontario Silver Birch Award, "The Children's Choice" for Bringing Up Beauty, 1996.
Korean War Veteran's Award for Short Fiction for Note from Home, Today's Parent Toronto, 2006
Hamilton Arts Multimedia Award for Best Young Adult Novel for Beauty Returns, 2007
Creative Burlington Arts Recognition Award for Literary Arts for Last Chance for Paris, 2011
Hamilton Arts Award for Best YA for Last Chance for Parise, 2011
Hamilton Fiction Award for Body Swap, 2019
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Presentation Description

A highly energetic presenter experienced in arts education, this author enjoys a unique rapport with young readers, demonstrating the writing process through the use of Powerpoint, props, and dramatizations. She also enjoys leading creative writing workshops with students as well as speaking at family literacy nights or teacher professional development sessions.

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Having taught creative writing to adults for ten years and working with young people through Ontario Arts Artist in the School for more than five years, Sylvia can design a learning experience for the specific needs of a classroom. Currently she conducts mood and description writing as well as character development workshop.

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