I give talks on Maud, young adult books, and the life and work of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I also do school visits. If you’re interested in me coming to speak at your school, please contact me.
Here’s a list of talks I’ve given in the past:
October 2016: “In Friendship and Farewells: Finding Maud’s Story in L.M. Montgomery’s Teen Poetry.” Leaskdale, Ontario.
September 2016: “What You Think You Know is Wrong! Questioning Certainties Questioning Romance: The Anti-Perfect Man in YA Literature.” Humber Liberal Arts Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
June 2016: “Crafting Fiction from Fact: The Perfect Man Archetype in Historical YA Fiction.” L.M. Montgomery and Gender: 12th International Conference, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
October 2015: “Fairy Slopes and Phantom Shadows: L.M. Montgomery as Teen Poet.” Leaskdale, Ontario.
September 2015: “A Fine Partnership: The Development of the Perfect Man Archetype in Young Adult Literature.” A Better World: Humber Liberal Arts Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
July 2015: “The Man of the Place:” Almanzo Wilder and the Perfect Man Archetype in Young Adult Literature,” LauraPalooza 2015: “Through Laura’s Eyes:” Imagery, Illustrations, and Impressions from the Little House, Brookings, South Dakota.
April 30, 2015: “Beyond Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery’s Darker Side,” 46th Annual NeMLA Convention, Toronto, Ontario.
January 2015: “Full and Frank:” L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on her Teen Romances and Writing,” The Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on War — Idea of Canada as a Nation, North York Central Library, Toronto, Ontario.
November and December 2014: “Maud Without an “E”: L.M. Montgomery’s Legacy and Canadian Culture,” University of Toronto Continuing Education Series. Oakville and Markham, Ontario.
October 2014: “From Her Story: L.M. Montgomery as Teen Author,” L.M. Montgomery Day: Maud as Storyteller, Leaskdale, Ontario.
June 2014: “War With the Mean Girls: Clemmie Macneill vs. Maud Montgomery and the (Mock) Trial of the Century,” L.M. Montgomery and War: 11th International Conference, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
June 2012: “‘The Best Looking Boy in P.E.I.’: The Immortalization of Gilbert Blythe in Our Cultural Memory, L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory: 10th International Conference, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
October 2011: “In Shadow and Light: How L.M. Montgomery Explores Grieving in Rilla of Ingleside,” L.M. Montgomery in Leaksdale Conference, Leaksdale, Ontario.
June 2010: “Anne + Gilbert Forever: The Cultivation of “The Perfect Man” in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne Series, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga,” L. M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature: 9th International Conference, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.