Saskatoon Literacy Conference



L4L-website-headerI’m just back from the tenth annual Saskatoon Literacy Conference, held at the University of Saskatchewan in  cooperation with Saskatoon Public Schools. I was one of ten presenters, who included illustrators, authors, and a storyteller – a pleasure to be with such an interesting group.

There was a banquet with a thousand guests, then we each did eight presentations, four per day, and finished with book signing at the local Indigo. The conference was hosted by Florence and John Barton – such a terrific job of organizing such a huge event (2000 students were involved), and such warm and hospitable people. Thanks!

Check out the website at

home_truths-cover-2012If you click on Student Author Connections, and follow Jill MacLean, you’ll come across two trailers for “Home Truths,” my 2010 YA novel told from the point of view of 14 year-old Brick MacAvoy, who is a bully.

Thank you to Alex and David, two grade 8 students who made the video, and to the actors and photographers – I feel you really “got” the theme of the book.

For the grades 6 to 8, I did a writing exercise around the theme of bullying, that led – so I was told – to some interesting discussions. Heartening to see how that book still has an impact.


The lakes were frozen in Saskatchewan and no green grass visible – I’ve stopped complaining about our late Maritime spring!


For the banquet, grade one students were given the photos of the presenters from their websites and asked to draw portraits – then we had to pick out our own.  No problem with mine – I was the only grey-haired woman!

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Then a grade 8 student did a painting for each of us, and we were given these later on at the banquet. Mine is based largely on “The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy” – and I love it! Thank you, Sarah.


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