SAMANTHA MARY BEIKO currently works in the Canadian publishing industry as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant in the trade book and comic industries in Canada and the U.S. Her first novel, a young adult fantasy set in rural Manitoba called The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book, as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Her next novel, Scion of the Fox, is an action-packed young adult fantasy that takes place in Winnipeg. The sequels to follow are Children of the Bloodlands and The Brilliant Dark.
Samantha currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is the co-chair of the Winnipeg ChiSeries, a reading series that highlights speculative writers in various panels, readings, and workshops.
Samantha is also the co-organizer, along with Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press) and Alicia May (Dandizette Cosmetics) of Winnipeg Geek Girls Social Club. In her remaining spare time, Samantha is the co-host of The Business BFFs podcast with Clare C. Marshall--a podcast about making a career out of writing and creative freelancing.
Samantha has travelled and spoken widely at conferences throughout Canada the U.S.A over the past seven years as an author and publisher. She is interested in getting students back to basics with creative writing, engaging them with the inception of ideas, first and foremost, and exploring the root of storytelling with games, guided meditation, and basic growth of skill sets like honing observation and hypothetical question awareness in order to tell their own stories, whatever they may be.
Currently, Samantha offers comprehensive learning sessions for grades 5 - 12 that run 40-55 minutes and include, but are not limited to, writing exercises, world-building workshops, as well as discussions about being a published author, how books are made, and the intersection of art and writing, and can speak to the ever-growing interest of storytelling with sequential art (comics) as she is both a comic script writer, as well as a comics editor. She is happy to work with teachers to craft classroom- and curriculum-specific programming given the breadth of her skills in both writing and publishing. A detailed breakdown of classroom time can be provided upon request, with built-in 'warm ups' and 'cool down' periods to get students excited and then back in the zone to carry on with their days.
Programming for K-4 is also available, with a more simplified approach to talking about storytelling and getting students engaged through art and games.
Her rates for a single session is $275 +GST, or $450 +GST for a half day for Winnipeg and the surrounding areas. Samantha is happy to travel outside of the city to rural areas, or arrange a Skype visit.