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ROBERT J. SAWYER
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Quotes from
School and Library Event Organizers

Robert J. Sawyer has spoken at countless libraries, schools, and universities. He spoke to a grade 7 class that studied his novel Far-Seer. He has spoken to many Writer's Craft classes in Ontario schools. He has read in libraries and schools across Canada and the USA.

  • Ontario schools can E-mail Rob about booking him under the Ontario Arts Council's Writers in the Schools program.

  • Groups anywhere in Canada can E-mail Rob about booking him under the Canada Council's Public Readings program.

  • Anyone else can E-mail Rob about arranging a booking to meet their specific needs.

Here are some quotes from event organizers who have used Rob in the past,
followed by comments by students:


"Thank you for the memorable event. The kids were duly impressed, enlightened, inspired... I think you caught them all off guard as they expected someone as 'bright and successful' (their words) as you to be inaccessible. Instead, they came back relating to other students the degree of warmth, charisma, passion, and downright good ol' 'Canadian Politeness' you displayed."

John Michalko
Teacher
Canandaigua Middle School, Canandaigua, New York


"Once again, thank you so much for visiting our class. The kids wrote a news report for the school newspaper describing what they learned that day, and let's just say, they were completely blown away with your words of wisdom and your sense of humour. It was truly an exceptional experience for all of us and we are very grateful to you."

— Lori O'Brien
English Department
The Woodland School, Mississauga, Ontario


"It was obvious from the easy rapport you had with the people in your audience that they thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear you and to meet with you. We appreciated very much the candor with which you fielded questions from the audience."

— Paul E. Blower
Head of Adult Services
St. Thomas Public Library, St. Thomas, Ontario


"I can attest to Rob Sawyer's poise and zeal in teaching, having invited him into my own classroom to speak on many occasions. Always, he has proven to be the consummate professional: knowledgeable, engaging, prepared, flexible. I recommend him with complete confidence, in the highest way possible, without reservation or qualification."

— Terence M. Green
English Department
East York Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario


"What a dynamic speaker you are! It was very gracious of you to stay and chat with the young people after your talk, and it was abundantly obvious they were inspired by you, since they kept you talking for ages!"

— Betsy McDonald
Senior Librarian
North York Central Library, Toronto, Ontario


"Thank you so much for taking time out of your very busy schedule to come and talk to my class. You were terrific! You brought so many insights and suggestions that you left everyone spellbound. I know I learned a lot."

— Lucie Costin-Hall
Instructor, Master Writing Workshop
Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Ontario


"The feedback is now in — our students were thrilled and very impressed with your presentation yesterday. Many more are reading your books and planning to use them in English and Science projects at the school. We are using your comments as models to show students how to develop topical science issues (cloning and airport security for example) into future scenarios that can be explored through fiction or scientific speculation.

"I was personally impressed, not only at what you had to say, but also at the way you connected so effectively to students and spoke for two and a half hours with almost no break — and never seemed to lose energy and enthusiasm... No wonder people want you as a keynote speaker!

"You've set the standard against which other visiting speakers will be judged."

— Cam Macpherson
Vice-Principal
Don Mills Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario


"I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for coming into Mrs. Manchester's writers craft classes the other day. I found the experience very informative, and it has given me that extra motivation I needed to get myself back into writing. Also, not only myself, but many of the people in my class (and friends from the other class) have all said that your Q & A session gave them a fresh look at their own writing. And so I thank you on behalf of myself, the class, and our multitude of fans we are sure to get when each of us become successful writers such as yourself."

— Adam Kirkham
Student
Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario


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