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About MeI'm the author of twenty books for kids and teens. They include middle grade novels (The Summer We Saved the Bees, Record Breaker), young adult novels (The + read more World Without Us, Inferno, A Thousand Shades of Blue), and non-fiction (PRIDE: Celebrating Diversity and Community). I live in Victoria with my partner and our son. I used to be a social worker, but these days, when I'm not writing, I teach creative writing, edit other people's books, and visit schools and libraries to offer talks and workshops for young people. I'm passionate about social justice issues and I see writing and teaching as among the many ways we can work to make our world a better place for everyone. Show Less

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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Middle Grade Nonfiction
  • YA Fiction
  • YA Nonfiction
  • Educational & Information Books
  • Editorial Services

Published WorksPride Day: Celebrating Diversity and Community. Juvenile non-fiction. Orca, 2016

Under Threat. Young Adult Novel (hi-lo). Orca, 2016.

The Summer We Saved the Bees. Juvenile novel. Orca, 2015.

The World Without Us. Young Adult Novel. Orca, 2015.

Attitude. Juvenile novel. Orca, 2013.

Record Breaker. Juvenile novel. Orca, 2013.

Hummingbird Heart. Young Adult Novel. Orca, 2012.

Damage. Young Adult Novel (hi-lo). Orca, 2012.

Escape Velocity. Young Adult Novel. Orca, 2011.

Ben the Inventor. Early Chapter Book. Orca, 2011.

Outback. Young Adult Novel (hi-lo). Orca, 2011.

Liars and Fools. Juvenile novel. Orca, 2010.

Ben's Robot. Early Chapter Book. Orca, 2010.

Inferno. Young Adult Novel. Orca, 2009.

In the Woods. Young Adult Novel (hi-lo). Orca, 2009.

A Thousand Shades of Blue. Young Adult Novel. Orca, 2008.

Big Guy. Young Adult Novel (hi-lo). Orca, 2008.

Impossible Things. Juvenile Novel. Orca, 2008.

Dead in the Water. Juvenile novel. Orca, 2008.

Out of Order. Young Adult Novel. Orca, 2007.

Speaking InformationI am available for author visits, school and library presentations, author-in-residence programs, writing workshops and conferences. All presentations, + read more workshops and programs can be tailored to the needs of the particular group. Please contact me to discuss your group's needs and for information about my rates and availability. I am happy to provide reference letters on request.

Workshops and Presentations:

Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community (grades 4-12; also available as an LGBTQ inclusion workshop for teachers and librarians):

For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it? In this engaging and interactive presentation, Robin draws on her new non-fiction book, Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community. She talks about the history of the LGBTQ rights movement and the challenges still faced by LGBTQ people and communities today. Using images and anecdotes from the book, Robin shares historical photographs, stories of contemporary kids and teens, and images of Pride celebrations from around the world.

2016 Red Cedar Special: All About Bees! (grade 4-8; Vancouver Island, Vancouver and Lower Mainland only):

A bee-themed presentation with two authors on this year's Red Cedar short list! This fall, Robin is teaming up with non-fiction writer Merrie Ellen Wilcox, author of What's the Buzz. Using elements of Robin's novel, The Summer We Saved the Bees, and Merrie Ellen's knowledge of bee science and experience as an urban bee-keeper, the authors will talk about bees, why they are in trouble, and what we can all do to help. Robin and Merrie-Ellen will discuss their writing process and how non-fiction and fiction differ.

Becoming a Writer: Finding & Telling Your Stories (grades 4-8; grades 9-12):

In this engaging presentation, Robin shares how she became a writer, where her ideas come from and what her creative process looks like. She discusses some of the challenges she experiences and share some tips for young writers. She also facilitates a group brainstorming exercise to illustrate how to develop a story through an understanding of its characters. Students will work together to develop a character, explore possibilities for conflict, and uncover the myriad of story possibilities that this leads to. In this session, Robin's goals are to share her passion for the writing process and to inspire students to pursue their own creative interests.

Creative Writing Workshops (grades 6-12; maximum 30 students):

Robin is available to facilitate hands-on creative writing workshops for small groups. Participants will explore how they can use their own experiences and curiosity to create compelling writing and convincing characters; discuss strategies for finding story ideas; develop their skills at creating complex and believable characters; and discover how well-developed characters can help uncover new story possibilities.

The Art of Revision (grades 10-12):
According to Roald Dahl, “Good writing is essentially rewriting.” Nabakov agreed, saying, “My pencils outlast their erasers.” Hemingway rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times. And yet this essential part of the writing process is often oversimplified and reduced to proof-reading- or over-complicated and made mystifying. In this interactive and engaging presentation for high school students, Robin draws on her experience revising her own books as well as her role as an editor of middle grade and young adult novels. Students will learn how to take a rough first draft and make it shine. Show Less


    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • Northern British Columbia
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Kootenay Rockies
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA
  • International

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Primary School
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • High School
  • College / University / Adult

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Testimonials“Thank you for your inspiring presentation... I was touched by your sincerity and the gentle way + read more you challenged the children to think of social justice. In my experience, adults often undermine how strong children are and how important it is for children to think about their world critically. We had a very special group of young people in the room yesterday and I think they all benefited from the opportunity to be challenged and inspired.” (Public librarian, after a recent talk on LGBTQ Pride with grade four classes) Show Less
Awards and Recognition:Robin's books have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including:

Red Cedar + show more finalist (current year)- The Summer We Saved the Bees

Chocolate Lily finalist (current year): The Summer We Saved the Bees

Silver Birch Award winner, 2014- Record Breaker

Three-time BC Book Prize finalist (Record Breaker, Inferno, A Thousand Shades of Blue)

Governor General's Literary Award finalist- A Thousand Shades of Blue
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