Member Profile

Valerie Sherrard

Photo: Author Collection 2011

Born in Moosejaw Saskatchewan, in 1957, Valerie (Russell) Sherrard lived in various parts of the country before settling in NB, where she has made her home since 1980. Writing for children and young adults comes naturally to Sherrard, who was the Executive Director of a group home for adolescents for 11 years. She also fostered more than 70 teenagers over a period of nearly two decades.

Sherrard and her husband, Brent live in a converted funeral home, although the only odd noises heard there come from their cats Lilly, Thragg the Assassin, Patoot and Cody. Sherrard is the mother of three wonderful children: Anthony, Rebecca (deceased) and Pamela. Her equally delightful stepchildren are Dylan, Michelle and Bryan.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Sam's Light. Toronto: The Dundurn Group, 2004.
Chasing Shadows. Toronto: The Dundurn Group, 2004.
KATE. Toronto: The Dundurn Group, 2003.
In Too Deep. Toronto: The Dundurn Group, 2003.
Out of the Ashes. Toronto: The Dundurn Group, 2002.
Hiding in Plain SIght, A Shelby Belgarden Mystery. Dundurn, 2005
Sarah's Legacy. Dundurn, 2006
Eyes of a Stalker, A Shelby Belgarden Mystery. Dundurn, 2006
Speechless. The Dundurn Group, 2007
Three Million Acres of Flame. The Dundurn Group, 2007
Searching for Yesterday, A Shelby Belgarden Mystery. The Dundurn Group, 2008
There's A COW Under my Bed!. Tuckamore, 2008
Tumbleweed Skies. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2009
There's a GOLDFISH in my Shoe!. Tuckamore, 2009
The Glory Wind. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010
Accomplice. Dundurn, 2011
Testify. Dundurn, 2011
Miss Wondergem's Dreadfully Dreadful Pie. Tuckamore, 2011
Counting Back from Nine. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012
Driftwood. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013

Awards

Nomination, Arthur Ellis Awards for Out of the Ashes, 2003.
Red Maple Honour Book for Out of the Ashes, 2003.
White Pine Honour Book for Kate, 2005
BC Stellar Award Nomination for Chasing Shadows, 2007
Recommended by National IODE Violet Downey for Kate, 2005
Snow Willow Nomination for Sam's Light, 2006
Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award Nomination for Sam's Light, 2006
Nomination: Red Maple Award for Sarah's Legacy, 2008
OLA Best Bets Top Ten Juvenile Novels for Speechless, 2007
Nomination: Snow Willow Award for Speechless, 2008-2009
Shortlisted: Ann Connor Brimer Award for Speechless, 2008
Winner: Ann Connor Brimer Award for The Glory Wind, 2011
Winner: Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for The Glory Wind, 2011
Winner: Independent Publishers Assoc. Bronze Medal for Fiction for The Glory Wind, 2011
Shortlisted: Toronto Dominion Award for The Glory Wind, 2011
Shortlisted: CLA Book of the Year for Children for The Glory Wind, 2011
Shortlisted: The Silver Birch Award for The Glory Wind, 2011-12
Shortlisted: The Snow Willow Award for Accomplice, 2012-13
Shortlisted: The Red Maple Award for Testify, 2012-13
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

For younger students, I do a fun and interactive session with my picture book, followed by a short 'discussion' time.

For older students, I like to begin by telling students how my sixth grade teacher, Alf Lower, put me on the path to becoming a writer. This leads naturally into a short illustration on believing in oneself. Following that I touch on a variety of writing related topics, depending on the interest and grade level of the audience. (Talks can be tailored to specific topics on request.)

In the past year I have focused on literacy for part of my presentations and have been pleasantly surprised at the student reaction to the particular approach I take with this subject.

My presentations are as fun and interactive as possible since student interest remains highest when they participate. Generally, I close with a short reading from one of my books and a question and answer period.

I distribute a signed bookmark or postcard to each student.

Presentation Length:
Varies by age
Genre:
Child to Young Adult
Grades:
5-12
Audience size:
Varies by age
Workshop Description:

Grades 6 and up. Writing workshops vary by grade level but we cover things like generating ideas, finding the story's voice, learning to tune in to your instincts and a variety of other topics. The atmosphere is relaxed and participants have the opportunity to share and discuss their work.

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$250
Two sessions:
$500
Three sessions:
$750
Four sessions:
$1000
GST:
GST not applicable