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Vicki Grant

Vicki Grant

Photo: Meghan Tansey Whitton

Vicki Grant has been called “a superb storyteller” (The Canadian Children’s Book Centre) and “one of the funniest writers working today”  (The Vancouver Sun). She began her career creating ads for Chiat/Day and McCann-Erickson, moved on to writing scripts for Theodore Tugboat, Big Comfy Couch and her own Gemini Award-winning series Scoop & Doozie before graduating to young adult fiction. Her thirteen novels have appeared on shortlists for almost every major Canadian award and numerous American ones as well. Her comic legal thriller, Quid pro Quo, won Best Juvenile Crime Novel in Canada and was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award in the United States. Her YA mystery Not Suitable for Family Viewing won The Ontario Library Association’s Red Maple Award. Vicki recently wrote, directed and produced “DANCING WAS MY DUTY’, a one-hour CBC-TV documentary about love and dating in Halifax during World War Two.

Nova Scotia


Not Suitable For Family Viewing. HarperCollins Canada
Betsy Wickwire's Dirty Secret. HarperCollins Canada
Quid Pro Quo. Orca Books
Dead-End Job. Orca Books
The Puppet Wrangler. Orca Books
Pigboy. Orca Books
Res Judicata. Orca Books
Comeback. Orca Books
Triggered. Orca Books
I.D.. Orca Books
Nine Doors. Orca Books
Hold the Pickles. Orca Books
B Negative. Orca Books


Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Fiction for Quid Pro Quo
CBC Young Canada Reads Nova Scotia for Quid Pro Quo
Ontario Library Association Red Maple Award for Not Suitable for Family Viewing
CBC Young Canada Reads, New Brunswick for The Puppet Wrangler
A Best Book of 2004 - Resource Links, VOYA and OLA for The Puppet Wrangler
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens for Quid Pro Quo
A Resource Links Best Book of 2008 for Res Judicata
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book of 2010 for Not Suitable for Family Viewing
A Tri-State Book of Note for Comeback
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

I try to keep my presentations fun, lively and geared to the interests of the class.

Typically, I start with a brief overview of the long and winding road I stumbled down on my way to becoming a writer. I look at how each of my previous careers – class clown, waitress, advertising copywriter, television scriptwriter, mother – has influenced my work as an author of young adult fiction. I read from a few of my books. I disclose my best tips on how to keep moving ahead with a project even in the face of crippling fear, writer’s block and the allure of Facebook. I answer questions. If the kids are willing, I’ll get them to do a little writing too. I’ve got several exercises I’ve found work equally well for those who love to write and those who just have to. If you’d like to know more about me or my work, please visit


“A wonderful rapport with students of any age.” Tracy Hamilton, Ellenvale Junior High, Dartmouth

“Down-to-earth, funny, and informative.” Dan Rolo, Monsignor Uyen Catholic School, Chatham, Ontario

“Vicki is an absolute delight!” Linda Arsenault, Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

"A motivating and heartfelt presentation. Please – do not hesitate to book her for a guest author visit!” Darlene Charron, Immaculata High School

“She entranced our Grade 12 Writers Class.” Kathleen M. Hache, St. Paul Catholic High School

“An excellent combination of telling about a writer's creative journey and sharing some of the practical realities of a writing career.” Colleen Pierce-Price, Gloucester High School

Presentation Length:
45 minutes to an hour
Children's and Young Adult
5 through 12
Audience Size:
Up to 150 (but please - not in gyms or cafeterias)
Workshop Description:

One-hour writing workshops for students in Grades 5 through 12. I focus on idea generation, overcoming writer's block and learning how to steal creatively from the outside world.