Jodi Carmichael’s dreams of becoming an author began to come true when she attended her first SCBWI conference in Los Angeles in 2007 and was nominated for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award.
A champion for the underdog and kids who think differently, she wrote SPAGHETTI IS NOT A FINGER FOOD AND OTHER LIFE LESSONS (2013) which won numerous awards including a Gold Mom’s Choice and a Silver Moonbeam in 2013.
In 2016 her novel about relationship abuse, FOREVER JULIA (2016) won the Manitoba Book Award; The McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards - Older Category and received a Bronze Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Fiction - Mature Issues.
FAMILY OF SPIES is a middle grade novel, launching in April 2018 and follows three cousins intent on discovering the secrets of their rogue World War 2 spy-master great-grandfather, through the streets of Paris.
Jodi has been a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for twelve years and has attended numerous conferences and workshops in Canada, The United States, and England to work on craft and to network with other writers, agents, publishers, librarians, and teachers. When not channeling characters from her books, she can be found strolling Manitoba beaches with her husband, two daughters, and exceedingly scruffy Border Terrier named Zoe.
Jodi Carmichael offers 4 distinct presentations to bring to the classroom.
Writing Books: How to grow a story from a seed of an idea to a mighty novel
How to Become an Author – The journey begins in elementary school
Reading, Writing and Editing – What it takes to be a good writer
Accepting Differences – Celebrating our uniqueness and searching for similarities to build acceptance and friendships
She also offers presentations for Adult Audiences:
Fostering Creativity - Finding and nurturing our inner creative self
"Family of Spies will grip readers from the first page and will not let go....Chock full of action, suspense, history and intrigue, Family of Spies is a must-read with something for everyone! - Highly Recommended, CM Magazine
Jodi's fees are $250 for one session, $400 for two, $550 for three, and $700 for four in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Travel outside of Winnipeg can be negotiated. Government Grants may be available to offset the cost.