Writing Workshops & Presentations for Children
A bit about Wendy
Wendy Kitts has been a freelance writer since 2000 writing over 200 articles for publications such as Pacific San Diego, More, Reader’s Digest and the Globe & Mail. She writes everything from political speeches for national politicians, to children’s books, to movie scripts.
Wendy was a regular contributor to the much-lauded books section of the Globe & Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, for five years reviewing middle grade and Young Adult books. Wendy was a weekly book review columnist for two different provincial publications: The Metro Marquee (adult books); and the New Brunswick Reader (children’s books) for three years. She was also a regular contributor of children’s book reviews for Atlantic Books Today (regional) and the Canadian Children’s Book News. And for two consecutive years, Wendy was honoured to be part of a committee choosing the best in Canadian kid’s lit for Our Choice, an annual publication of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
She has a long history with literacy initiatives and organizations helping both children and adult learners. For three years, Wendy ran an after-school literacy program for the Greater Moncton YMCA for students K-6 challenged by low literacy skills. Her newspaper writing was often focused on social justice issues including literacy, and in 2009 she co-authored an anthology, Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read (Goose Lane Editions). BWB was not marketed to the public, but was a labour of love by all involved and distributed free of charge to New Brunswick schools, libraries and literacy organizations.
In 2011, Wendy wrote Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar (Nimbus), a non-fiction children’s book for ages 8-12. This book about a windswept isle in the North Atlantic inhabited by wild horses was shortlisted for several prestigious children’s choice book awards in Canada: the 2013 Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch and the Golden Oak; and the 2013-14 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award. Sable Island received great reviews and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Gift Books for 2011 by the Globe & Mail, as well as one of the Top Five New Brunswick Books for 2011 by CBC-Radio.
Wendy has since written three more non-fiction children’s books. All three books are aimed at teens and are published by Reference Point Press: The Art of Graphic Communication; Great Jobs in the Skilled Trades and Careers in Animation and Comic Books. Wendy also has an agent now representing her children’s writing — the wonderful Jenna Pocius of Red Fox Literary.
At the end of 2015, Wendy was chosen to be part of another anthology, The Empowerment Manual (Visionary Insight Press), which was picked as the Top 12 Spirited Women Book Pick List for 2015. Wendy contributed a piece about writing as a way to share one’s voice and vision and was aimed at coaches, speakers and workshop facilitators. An essay about Wendy’s connection with her father who transitioned in 2007 was chosen to be included in When Heaven Touches Earth, A Little Book of Miracles, Marvels, and Wonders (Hierophant, 2016) featuring James Van Praagh. Wendy’s writing is also featured in Spiritual Leaders: Top Picks (Visionary Insight Press, 2017).
Wendy's a member of various Writers-in-the-Schools programs and has done hundreds of presentations, both in person and virtually, for schools in Canada and the US. She has spoken to thousands of students and has facilitated writing and illustration workshops for children K-12. She has organized workshops for schools, community events, international literature festivals and various literacy organizations like the YMCA and Laubach Literacy.
In 2001, Wendy created and facilitated Art & Soul—an after-school fine arts and writing program for children 8-14. This wildly popular program which ran for several years, included hands-on instruction in drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture, cartooning, as well as writing and illustrating books.