Lori is an arts educator, performer, children’s author, playwright and producer who has created and implemented many programs for the Vancouver School and Parks Boards including a circus program, a film and video program, and a Harry Potter literacy program. An accomplished children’s performer, Lori founded the Tickle Trunk Players having previously traveled internationally playing such classic characters as Anne of Green Gables and the Velveteen Rabbit. A published writer, her current focus is on children’s literature with manuscripts featuring lively poetry and characters. Lori continues to be a mentor artist with the Creative Writing for Children Society and has been on the Learning Through the Arts roster as a mentor artist. She has toured with ArtStarts in BC and is on their roster as a classroom artist where she delights in doing many residencies. She is also the current president of Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC). See more at lorisherritt.com.
Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning children’s author, playwright, presenter, and academic scholar. Sixteen of her picture or poetry books have been published or accepted for publication. She is also an experienced teacher of writing, who has taught a range of students in Canada and the United States, including pre-school, special education, primary and intermediate, high school, and university teacher education. Kari is an assistant professor at Brock University in Ontario, see her Brock page for more information. Her research interests are children’s literature, print literacy and multi-modal forms of learning. See more at kariwinters.com.