Photo Credit:
Photo credit
Andrea Gutsche
Philippa Dowding

Philippa Dowding is a Governor-General award-winning children's author, a copywriter, poet, and musician based in Toronto. As a copywriter, she has won several magazine industry awards for Maclean's, Today's Parent, Chatelaine, ZoomerCanada's History, and more. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in journals including The Adirondack Review, Taddle Creek, and the Literary Review of Canada.

Philippa's books have been nominated for dozens of literary awards nationally and internationally, and several have been optioned for television and film. Her book FIREFLY (DCB, 2021), won both the Governor General's Literary Award 2021, Young People's Literature (text), and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2022.

For more about Philippa's books, poetry, music, awards, and nominations, please visit her website.

City: Toronto, Province/Territory: Ontario
Middle-grade fiction, YA fiction, poetry
School presentation details
Audience Size
Any size
Intended Audience
Grades 3 and up
Presentation Length
1 hour sessions
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Philippa talks with students in large groups or small, and discusses the writer's life, what she does, and how she does it. Also, she'll cover why she chose to be a writer, along with the basics of how a manuscript is written, how stories and ideas come together, the technical business of creating a book, the publishing industry, and much more. Her classroom presentations are interactive, fun, thoughtful, with readings and audience participation. Philippa can discuss any of her books, fantasy, realistic fiction, science fiction, and more. 

Presentation Fee(s)
Contact Philippa for details.
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