Brent van Staalduinen is the author of the novels NOTHING BUT LIFE, BOY, and SAINTS, UNEXPECTED, as well as the short story collection CUT ROAD. He is also an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in journals on both sides of the Atlantic. A recovering high school English teacher, tree planter, army medic, and overnight radio host, Brent now finds himself writing books, working at the local public library, and figuring out what it means to be a family man. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
I have been making presentations to groups of all sizes for decades. My range to topics is wide, but generally I explore concepts related to writing, as well as expanded discussions of the themes in my work.
Nothing compares to a live, real-time session (online or in person) with an expert instructor/writing coach!
I am a certified, knowledgable educator with more than a decade of teaching and classroom experience, and am available to lead single and multiple sessions in any of the below areas (and more). Or, if you prefer, I can be your writing coach, working one-on-one with you to accomplish your writing goals.
I am based in Hamilton, Canada, but am also an experienced world traveler—let me come to you, wherever you are.
(All can be expanded and/or broken down to meet programming requirements)
The elements of short fiction
Teaching creative writing
Submitting work to literary journals and magazines
Editing and proofreading
Setting up a writing workshop
Publishing with small presses
Contests and “making a mark”
Finding and landing the right literary agent
Self-publication and the digital marketplace
My school sessions are tailored to the specific school and setting to which I'm invited. Please contact me to discuss how I can reach and inspire your students!