Sylvia McNicoll

Canadian Author for Young People

Writing tip: Getting the Idea

This video is the first tip in a series of six aimed to help you feel confident in expressing yourself through words for Writing the Rollercoaster. We hope it shows you how to mine for the ideas you want to write about. It was designed with younger writers in mind but...

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Adding Media Fun to Reading

You never know how you're going to engage your young person with books. I love series reading because the entry point into the story becomes a safe home you've already visited. That is for the second, third and fourth book. How do we hook a new reader enough to...

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Acting in character

After reading 70 mystery books in three months in order to judge them for the Arthur Ellis (novel) Crime Writing, I felt inspired to write one. Just one. Endlessly I walk my dog in Brant Hills so I instantly found a natural setting. An inciting moment was when I took...

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Happy I Read Canadian Day!

We created this video as a special thank you to all the authors and illustrators who took the time to be videoed with my son Craig McNicoll at Epilogue Productions. You can view them reading, drawing and discussing their work at the Canadian Children's Book Centre...

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