School Program

THIN AIR School Program

2017 SCHOOL PROGRAM


What is the THIN AIR school program and how can it benefit my students?

Our School Program showcases acclaimed writers for kids, from new readers to near-adult readers. It has two streams: Writers to the Schools, where the youngest and oldest students welcome writers to their classrooms or school libraries, and the School Stage, where middle-years students take in theatre-style shows.

For many kids, the School Program will be their first introduction to a real writer-and the impact can be dramatic. Students are inspired to read. They also imagine themselves as potential writers. Reading is obviously a crucial skill in today’s world. New research also shows that literary texts actually support the development of the emotional centres in the brain, fostering empathy and creativity in our children and youth.

How does the WRITERS TO THE SCHOOLS option work?


 

Primary students (K-3) can meet a writer for a half-hour or full-hour slot. Presentations generally include reading time followed by a chance for students to ask their millions of questions.

High schools (grade 10-12) are also eligible for in-school visits for one hour. Writers will read from new work and talk with students about how they handle their craft. Writers exercises may be an option as well.

Scheduling is tailored to accommodate both school and writer. Whenever possible, we’ll put the teacher and writer in contact in September to plan the visit.
Group size: approximately 50 students

Fee: $225/hour (or 2 half-hour slots for younger kids)


PLEASE NOTE:
Half-hour slots are only available for Kindergarten and Grade 1 groups. Writers must be booked for a minimum of one hour (ie: one hour long presentation or two half hour presentations).

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A VISIT TO YOUR SCHOOL!

Please note: each writer/visit requires its own booking form. If you wish to book more than one writer/visit, please submit another form.

K – 3


Kyo Maclear (available Monday, Sept 25 – Tuesday, Sept 26) FULLY BOOKED!

Barbara Reid (available Monday, Sept 25 – Tuesday, Sept 26) FULLY BOOKED!

JonArno Lawson (available Wednesday, Sept 27 – Thursday, Sept 28)

Raphaëlle Barbanègre (available Wednesday, Sept 27 – Friday, Sept 29)

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A VISIT TO YOUR SCHOOL!

Please note: each writer/visit requires its own booking form. If you wish to book more than one writer/visit, please submit another form.

 

 

10 – 12


Monia Mazigh (available Tuesday, Sept 26 – Thursday, Sept 28)

Colleen Nelson (available Wednesday, Sept 27)

Michael Fraser (available Thursday, Sept 28 – Friday, Sept 29)

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A VISIT TO YOUR SCHOOL!

Please note: each writer/visit requires its own booking form. If you wish to book more than one writer/visit, please submit another form.

 

How does the SCHOOL STAGE option work?


Middle years students (grade 4 – 6 and grades 7 – 9) attend the School Stage at the Shaw Performing Arts Centre (MTYP) at The Forks. Each event features a writer presenting new work, then answering questions from the audience. One school will win the featured book in our door prize draw. Shows last 75 minutes.
Theatre capacity: 300, first-come-first-served
Fee: $3 per person (including teachers and chaperones)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK SEATS FOR OUR SCHOOL STAGE!

Please note: each writer/visit requires its own booking form. If you wish to book more than one writer/visit, please submit another form.

4 – 6


Cary Fagan (Tuesday, Sept 26 – PM only)

Anne Fleming (Wednesday, Sept 27 – PM only)

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK SEATS FOR OUR SCHOOL STAGE!

Please note: each writer/visit requires its own booking form. If you wish to book more than one writer/visit, please submit another form.

7 – 9


David A. Robertson (Wednesday, Sept 27 – A.M. only)

Allan Stratton (Thursday, Sept 28) MORNING SESSION FULLY BOOKED!

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK SEATS FOR OUR SCHOOL STAGE!

Please note: each writer/visit requires its own booking form. If you wish to book more than one writer/visit, please submit another form.

How do I purchase books by the THIN AIR School Program writers?


 

We are proud to have McNally Robinson Booksellers as the official bookseller for THIN AIR. If you would like to purchase the featured book, or any books by our THIN AIR School Program writers, please visit McNally Robinson’s online store.

 

How do I register my students?


 

Click on the BOOKING links embedded above. These will take you to a page where you can fill in the necessary information. Your school may register for more than one session. Registration is open all summer and will continue into September. All bookings are subject to writer availability.

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Steve Locke
School Program, Volunteer & Events Coordinator
marketing@thinairwinnipeg.ca
204-298-0335

or

Keith Cadieux
Administrative Coordinator
info@thinairwinnipeg.ca
204-927-7323