Inspiring Students to Read, Write and Create
Session E 2:15 – 3:15
Eric will explore his beginnings as a teacher who started to write to inspire his students to feel confident in creating their own narratives. He traces his work and role as a teacher and writer, and the fusion of fiction and non-fiction, that inspired his students, his readers, and the inspiration that began when he was a student.
Eric is a teacher and began writing for his class to entice them to become more enthusiastic readers and writers. He has published 114 books which have been translated into 15 languages and have won over 150 awards, including 4 Red Maple, 3 Silver Birch, a Golden Oak and children’s choice awards from across the country. Most recently, The Rule of Three won the Sakura Medal – voted the favourite book of international school students in Japan. In 2014 he received the Order of Canada. Eric presents each year to more than 100,000 students across Canada and around the globe. He is the co-founder of a children’s program in Kenya (www.creationofhope.com) that provides for over 300 orphans and impoverished children in Mbooni District.