Monique Polak

>Monique Polak

Monique Polak


Contact Info

Email address
Website address
Resides in
English Montreal

Social Media

Experience working with

  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • Senior Citizens

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

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

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Media Literacy
  • Citizenship and Community Life (Identity & Belonging)

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • Yes

I have experience working with

  • MASC
  • Blue Metropolis Literary Foundation

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
  • Cree School Board
  • Eastern Shores - Gaspe/Coast
  • Eastern Shores - Lower St. Lawrence
  • Eastern Shores - Magdalen Islands
  • Eastern Townships
  • English Montreal
  • Kativik School Board
  • Lester B Pearson - outside Montreal transportation areas (STM)
  • Lester B Pearson - within public transit area
  • Littoral - Lower North Shore
  • New Frontiers - Chateauguay
  • New Frontiers - Chateauguay Valley
  • Riverside
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Lanaudiere
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Laurentian
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Laval
  • Western Quebec - Northern area
  • Western Quebec - Southern area (Hull, Wakefield etc)


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
  • I love to travel, but would need to work around my regular teaching schedule.
Monique Polak is the author of 26 books for young people. She is also an active freelance journalist, and has been teaching Creative Writing and Journalism at Marianopolis College for more than 30 years. Monique has a special interest in helping youngsters find the stories they need to tell. Monique's books include both fiction and non-fiction. Her historical novel What World Is Left is based on her mother's childhood experience in a Nazi concentration camp.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

Monique loves working with aspiring writers of all ages. In addition to sharing basic writing tips -- all things she wishes someone had told her when she was an aspiring writer -- Monique has designed a series of exercises to help young writers find the stories they most need to tell. Many of these exercises involve the use of sensory memory. Monique also has exercises to help aspiring writers develop characters, voice, setting and plot. In spring 2020, Monique moved the courses she teaches at Marianopolis College on-line, and will continue to teach on-line this fall. She also facilitated a two-part on-line Zoom workshop this summer about how to write a picture book -- an activity offered through ELAN and ArtistsInspire. All this to say, Monique looks forward to developing and offering more on-line content for young (and not so young!) writers.