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Reading at the Eden Mills Writers Festival, September 2003 
(Photo by Trevor Wilker)
An unorthodox reading at Idle Kids, Detroit, Michigan, July 2004. 
(Photo by Robert Earl Stewart)

Signing copies of Cheeseburger Subversive at the York Region Board of Education's 2005 White Pine Award Celebration.  (Photo collage by Tammy Chang)

Richard Scarsbrook is booking NOW for school and library appearances!. He has over fifteen years teaching experience, and can present on a variety of writing-related topics to groups of varying size and age.  Funding assistance is available through The Writers' Union of Canada Writers in the Schools Program, as well as throught The Canada Council for the Arts Readings Program.

Here is what teachers and librarians have to say about Richard Scarsbrook's presentations:

"Richard Scarsbrook's presentation at York Region District's White Pine Celebration was fantastic. He captured and held the attention of some 400 high school students as he told us about his life as an author and read from his thoroughly entertaining book Cheeseburger Subversive. Some students commented that they could even see this book adapted as a Hollywood movie. Highly recommended!"  -  Rob Baxter, Teacher-Librarian, York Region District School Board

"Richard. . . toured schools and libraries. .. for TD Canadian Children's Book Week.  Without any hesitation, I can say Richard was a huge success with students and teachers alike.  I was amazed at his ability to make each of his presentations fresh and dynamic. . .  Richard has a real passion for writing.  He also has an excellent rapport with students.  I recommend him to you without reservation." - Collene Ferguson, Manitoba Regional Officer, Canadian Children's Book Centre

"(Richard's) sense of humour was a real hit with the students.  I really appreciated the fact that Richard encourages youth to share their talents and provides useful constructive feedback. " - Elsa Ngan, Librarian, Toronto Public Library

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Readings and Events!


If you missed Richard's
November 7
Television Interview


you can watch it

Richard talks about my latest novel,
with the show's fantastic hosts.

You can also catch Richard's previous appearance on the show, in April 2014,



Monday, November 10, 2014

Creative Writing Kick Start!

6:30 to  8 PM

North York Central Library
   5120 Yonge Street,
Toronto, Ontario

Library Auditorium

As the fall Writer in Residence for the
Toronto Public Library, Richard Scarsbrook will be presenting this FREE Creative Writing Workshop!

Eliminate "Writer's Block!"
Discover new ideas for stories you didn't even know you had!
 Transform your experiences, ideas, and feelings into great stories!
Using fun, real-time writing cues and prompts, you can leave this workshop with the beginnings to up to a dozen new stories.

Please call 416-395-5639
to register for this FREE program.



Friday, November 14 , 2014


1 to 1:30 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Richard Scarsbrook will be signing copies of his latest novel, The Indifference League,
at the Dundurn Press Booth.

For more info about TIBF, click HERE!



Saturday, November 15 , 2014

Words the Orangeville Way

1 to 2 PM
Orangeville Public Library
1 Mill Street
Orangeville, Ontario

Richard Scarsbrook will be reading from and signing copies of his latest novel,
The Indifference League
and sharing some insights into the publication process in a talk called "From Brain to Book: Paths to Publication"

For more info, click HERE!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014


at the
Pickering Public Library,
1 The Esplanade,
Pickering, Ontario

This workshop is for ADULT writers.
 You can sign up for the workshop here!


Thursday, November 20, 2014


"Roaming Artistic/Literary Salon")

8 PM

The TOP SECRET location for this amazing event will be revealed soon!

Keep watching HERE!

WOW!  This is going to be ONE AMAZING EVENT!

Check out this STELLAR LINEUP!



Saturday, November 29, 2014

 Writer in Residence Farewell Event

2 to 3:30 PM

North York Central Library
   5120 Yonge Street,
Toronto, Ontario

Room 2/3

Richard Scarsbrook will share stories and insights from his residency, and participants will get to hear for the first time some of the writing he created during his residency.

As a special treat, writers who were mentored by Richard will read from their work as well.

Please call 416-395-5639
to register for this FREE program.


Creative Writing classes
taught by Richard Scarsbrook,

Click HERE!


Listen to Richard Scarsbrook reading a clip from "The Twilight Girl" from Destiny's Telescope at  Authors Aloud .

Great readings can also be heard from such Canadian literary luminaries as Steven Heighton, Nino Ricci, Trevor Cole, Russell Smith, Heather Birrell, Catherine Bush, Michael Redhill, Paul Quarrington, and many others.

Check it out HERE!

Reading at The Monkeyface Chronicles Book Luanch Extravaganza, April 2010  (Photo by Jason Thompson)
Past Appearances

Recent Residencies, Conferences, Workshops and Juries

- Hundreds of appearances and creative writing workshops delivered to thousands of students at schools
   across Ontario and Canada
- Dozens of library appearances and workshops at public libraries in Toronto, Milton, Brampton, Pickering,
   Richmond Hill, Orangeville, etc.
- Writer in Residence, Toronto Public Library, 2014
- Writer in Residence, Richmond Hill Public Library, 2012-2013
- Writer in Residence, Toronto District School Board, 2012-2013
- Writer in Residence, Orangeville Public Library, 2013-2014
- Book Camp London, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter, 2013
- Wine, Writers, Words, Kingsville, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter, 2013
- Appearances at the Ontario Library Association SuperConference, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2004
- Jury Member, 2011 Governor General's Literary Awards, Children's Text Category
- White Pine Author Panel Discussion and Workshops, Bill Crothers Secondary, 2011
- Niagara Regions DSB Student Writing Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2011
- Toronto Public Library's Young Voices Writers' Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2010
- Lead Instructor at Toronto Writers' Centre Teen Writing Camp, 2010

Recent Readings and Festival Appearances

- TD Canadian Book Week Tour, touring author, British Columbia, 2014; Manitoba, 2005
- The Eden Mills Writers Festival, 2014, 2010, 2003
- Master of Ceremonies, Ontario Library Association's White Pine Awards, Toronto, May 2013 and May 2012
- Master of Ceremonies, Ontario Library Association's Tree Awards, London, May 2014
- Word on the Street, Toronto, 2013 and 2007
- Rowers Reading Series, Toronto, 2013
- Lit Live Reading Series, Hamilton, 2013
- Canadian Quills Author Series, Aleksander Estate Winery, Ruthven, 2013
- Lakefield Literary Festival, 2012
- BookFest Windsor, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2006, 2003
- West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Ireland, 2011
- Ontario Library Association's White Pine Award Ceremony, Harbourfront, Toronto, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Word on the Street, Kitchener, 2011
- Word on the Street, Vancouver, 2010,
- Saskatchewan Festival of Words, 2010
- Week-long, multi-town author tour of BC Interior for Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, 2010
- Ottawa International Writers' Festival, 2010
- Wordstock Collingwood, 2010
- Stage adaptation of Cheeseburger Subversive, Belgium and England, 2007

Reading at the Book Launch Party for Six Weeks, at C 'est What, Toronto, October 2013 (Photo by Danielle McMann)
Reading at the Book Launch Party for The Indifference League, at The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, October 2014
(Photo by Danielle McMann)