Philippa Dowding is a Governor-General award-winning children's author and copywriter, a poet, and musician based in Toronto. As a copywriter, she has won magazine industry awards for Maclean's, Today's Parent, Chatelaine, Zoomer, Canada'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 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.
Philippa talks with students in large groups or small, from 5 to 5000 kids, 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 always interactive, fun, thoughtful, with at least one reading and plenty of time for audience questions. Philippa can discuss any of her books, fantasy, realistic fiction, science fiction and more.