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School and Library Event Organizers
Robert J. Sawyer has spoken at countless libraries, schools, and universities.
He spoke to a grade 7 class that studied his novel Far-Seer.
He has spoken to many Writer's Craft classes in Ontario schools.
He has read in libraries and schools across Canada and the USA.
- Ontario schools can
E-mail Rob about booking him under the Ontario Arts Council's
Writers in the Schools program.
- Groups anywhere in Canada can
E-mail Rob about booking him under the Canada
Council's Public Readings program.
- Anyone else can E-mail Rob
about arranging a booking to meet their specific needs.
Here are some quotes from event organizers who have used Rob in the past,
followed by comments by students:
"Thank you for the memorable event. The kids were duly impressed,
enlightened, inspired... I think you caught them all off guard as
they expected someone as 'bright and successful' (their words) as
you to be inaccessible. Instead, they came back relating to other
students the degree of warmth, charisma, passion, and downright
good ol' 'Canadian Politeness' you displayed."
Canandaigua Middle School, Canandaigua, New York
"Once again, thank you so much for visiting our class. The kids wrote
a news report for the school newspaper describing what they learned that day,
and let's just say, they were completely blown away with your words of
wisdom and your sense of humour. It was truly an exceptional experience
for all of us and we are very grateful to you."
The Woodland School, Mississauga, Ontario
"It was obvious from the easy rapport you had with the people in your
audience that they thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear you and
to meet with you. We appreciated very much the candor with which you fielded
questions from the audience."
Paul E. Blower
Head of Adult Services
St. Thomas Public Library, St. Thomas, Ontario
"I can attest to Rob Sawyer's poise and zeal in teaching, having invited him
into my own classroom to speak on many occasions. Always, he has proven to be
the consummate professional: knowledgeable, engaging, prepared, flexible.
I recommend him with complete confidence, in the highest way possible,
without reservation or qualification."
Terence M. Green
East York Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario
"What a dynamic speaker you are! It was very gracious of you to
stay and chat with the young people after your talk, and it was
abundantly obvious they were inspired by you, since they kept you
talking for ages!"
North York Central Library, Toronto, Ontario
"Thank you so much for taking time out of your very busy schedule
to come and talk to my class. You were terrific! You brought so
many insights and suggestions that you left everyone spellbound.
I know I learned a lot."
Instructor, Master Writing Workshop
Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Ontario
"The feedback is now in our students were thrilled and very impressed
with your presentation yesterday. Many more are reading your books and
planning to use them in English and Science projects at the school. We
are using your comments as models to show students how to develop
topical science issues (cloning and airport security for example) into
future scenarios that can be explored through fiction or scientific
"I was personally impressed, not only at what you had to say, but also at
the way you connected so effectively to students and spoke for two and a
half hours with almost no break and never seemed to lose energy and
enthusiasm... No wonder people want you as a
"You've set the standard against which other visiting speakers will be judged."
Don Mills Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario
"I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for coming into Mrs.
Manchester's writers craft classes the other day. I found the experience
very informative, and it has given me that extra motivation I needed to get
myself back into writing. Also, not only myself, but many of the people in
my class (and friends from the other class) have all said that your Q & A
session gave them a fresh look at their own writing. And so I thank you on
behalf of myself, the class, and our multitude of fans we are sure to get
when each of us become successful writers such as yourself."
Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario
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