Catherine Austen

Literary

Contact Info

Email address
Resides in
Western Quebec

Social Media

Experience working with

  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • CEGEP

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Personal and Career Planning

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • Yes

I have experience working with

  • MASC

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes

School board areas you are available to work in

  • Central Quebec - Quebec City & Environs
  • Central Quebec - Rural/Regional Schools
  • Eastern Townships
  • English Montreal
  • Lester B Pearson - outside Montreal transportation areas (STM)
  • Lester B Pearson - within public transit area
  • New Frontiers - Chateauguay
  • New Frontiers - Chateauguay Valley
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Lanaudiere
  • Sir WilfridWilfrid Laurier – Laurentian
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Laval
  • Western Quebec - Northern area
  • Western Quebec - Southern area (Hull, Wakefield etc)

Travel

  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
Catherine Austen writes stories for children, teens, and adults. Her novels have won the CLA Young Adult Book Award, the QWF Prize for Children’s Literature, and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award. Her short fiction has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and Write. She has given writing workshops and presentations from coast to coast. She is the host and creator of the creative-writing podcast, "Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers." She lives in Gatineau.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

My weekly podcast, "Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers" can replace or supplement school visits in 2020-21. Each episode has a creative-writing focus (e.g., character; setting) and offers an original story; excerpts from classics with commentary; story prompts and writing exercises; and author interview clips. Learn more at at https://CabinTales.ca. Use the podcast on your own or contact me regarding supplementary virtual visits. The original podcast is PG-13; "Fright-free" versions are offered for younger listeners.

When it's not a pandemic, I lead creative writing workshops tailored to the age of the audience (grades 4 through CEGEP), focussed on Character, Setting, Plotting, and Revision. Multiple sessions take students from story ideas through drafting and editing. I also give 1-hour author presentations tailored to the age of the audience (grades 1 through CEGEP), with a slide show, talk, reading and Q&A. Visit www.CatherineAusten.com for more information.

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