Photo Credit:
Photo credit
Justine Apple
Erin Silver
BIO
Biography

I’m a children’s author and with three books available and several more on the way. My middle grade novel, Just Watch Me, is a laugh-out-loud book about social media and video games (Common Deer Press, October 2020). It also deals with serious topics like divorce and bullying. What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19 (Second Story Press on October 27) is about the ways kids around the world helped others during the pandemic. Proud to Play: Canadian LGBTQ+ athletes who made history (Lorimer, January 2021), is a non-fiction book about the experience of Canadian LGBTQ athletes in professional sports. I have been writing professionally for nearly 20 years. My work has appeared in everything from The Washington Post and Globe and Mail to Harper’s Bazaar and Good Housekeeping. I have a postgraduate journalism degree and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. I’m a member of CANSCAIP, SCBWI, IBBY and TWUC. I offer virtual author visits and I'm represented by Hilary McMahon. Visit me online at erinsilver.ca.  

ADDRESS
City: Toronto, Province/Territory: Ontario
EMAIL
GENRE
middle grade fiction, middle grade nonfiction, picture books
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
Just Watch Me
Publisher
Common Deer Press
Year
2020
Title
What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19
Publisher
Second Story Press
Year
2020
Title
Proud to Play: Canadian LGBTQ+ athletes who made history
Publisher
Lorimer Kids Press
Year
2021
Title
Sitting Shiva
Publisher
Orca
Year
2022
Title
Rush Hour: Navigating Our Global Traffic Jam
Publisher
Orca
Year
2022
LINKS
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
any
Presentation Length
45 minutes
Presentation Description
Presentation description

In this presentation, perfect for families and children in grades 1 to five, we'll talk about how kids around the world helped others during the pandemic. At a time when even adults were scared, kids took action. This interactive virtual presentation focuses on my picture book, What Kids Did, and talks to kids about how they can make a difference, even if they're small. The presentation includes a discussion, a reading and a Q and A. It also includes a slide show with photos that describes how I wrote the book and found the kids in it. There are also free downloadable activities on my website for children. I've delivered this presentation to audiences of 20 to 500 and have had wonderful feedback.

Presentation Fee(s)
300
Workshop details
Audience Size
any
Intended Audience
grade 5-7
Workshop Length
45 min-1 hour
Workshop Description
Workshop description

This presentation focuses on my book Proud to Play. I've presented this workshop to a range of audiences, including classrooms and adults. It focuses on the concept of homophobia in professional sports;. We look at how the experience of athletes varied over time and from sport to sport. We also look at where we are today and what else we can all do going forward to make sports a more welcoming place for everyone. After all, if you can play, you can play. A slide show featuring athletes individual stories, followed by a Q and A and a reading is one option. I also offer this as a panel presentation that includes athletes from the book who can share their personal experiences to help audiences understand what it's like to be discriminated against in sport.

Workshop Fee(s)
300
School presentation details
Audience Size
any
Intended Audience
grades 5-7
Presentation Length
45 min-1 hour
Presentation Description
Presentation description

This interactive workshop about writing nonfiction is perfect for students in grades 5 to 7 who are learning how to write, organize and present nonfiction work. I've developed a slideshow presentation to discuss the differences between fiction and nonfiction, elements of nonfiction, the process of writing and organizing a work of nonfiction, and how to make nonfiction writing sound more like fiction. 

Presentation Fee(s)
300
Programs & Interests
Interested in participating Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
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Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
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