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School and Library Visits


I’m available to visit your school or library for readings and presentations about writing and literacy.

Here’s what teachers, librarians, and principals are saying about my school visits:

"The intermediate students really enjoyed Deborah's writing activity and said she was the best author that has ever visited our school. Her presentations not only inspired those who are avid readers, but she even got those who were timid and weaker in the area of reading and writing more interested. She made a huge impact on my students and I am so happy that we had the opportunity to have her visit our school."  

          -Cathy Barogianis; Principal, Somerset Academy, Markham Ontario 


"The understanding Deborah has of young adults shone through her whole presentation."  
          -Teena Mueller; Librarian, St. Anne School, London, Ontario

“Deborah's presentation was a tremendous success. She completely captured the attention of the intermediate students and kept them actively engaged during the session, which was also evident by the number of questions for Deborah at the end and the lineup afterwards of students wanting to borrow the book. I would absolutely recommend Deborah for an author visit.”

          -Frances Parker; Teacher Librarian,  Rogers P.S. Newmarket, Ontario

If you’re interested in hosting me at your school or library, please send me an email (be sure to include all your contact information).


Please note: I'm a member of The Writers’ Union Of Canada and eligible for the Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools Program, which subsidizes the costs of readings in Ontario schools. Public readings across Canada are also subsidized.


Please click here for more information on these programs.

Virtual Visits


For schools and libraries in longer-distance locations, or for those looking for a Covid-safe and budget-friendly alternative to in-person author presentations, I'm also pleased to offer virtual visits via Zoom or Google Classroom. Please email me for more details and pricing.

"The kids were talking about your virtual "visit" ALL DAY! Thanks again - it was very memorable for us all!!!!" 

          -Klara Redford; Teacher-Librarian, Eldorado Public School 


Writing Workshops


My interactive workshop is designed to help kids and teens take their writing to the next level. Participants can expect to come away with a variety of creative new ideas and material for their stories as well as the tools to implement them.


Here’s what people are saying about my Teen Writing Workshops:


"Aspiring teen writers enjoyed a writers’ workshop during an afterhours event for Teen Read Week that was facilitated by Deborah Kerbel. The first sign that the teens were incredibly engaged was that they were taking detailed notes well past 10:30 on a Saturday night! Deborah was very encouraging and valued everyone’s contributions making the teens feel empowered to reach their own writing potential.”

          - Mallory Dawson; Teen Advocate at Vaughan Public Library

“Deborah’s enthusiasm and passion for the creative writing process was inspiring to all of the young attendees of her workshop, who left brimming with ideas and excited to write.”

          - Sarah Ziolkowska; Youth Services Librarian at Vaughan Public Library


"As an educator, I loved how Deborah used a simple brainstorming activity to ignite ideas in the students, and the activity used in her Writing Workshop is something I will use with in my own classroom for years to come! Our students have been raving about her writing workshop." 

           - Stephanie Mercer; Elementary Teacher, Somerset Academy

Please send me an email if you'd like to find out more.

Literary Festivals


Yes, I'm also available to travel and present at literary festivals and conferences! Please send me an email if you'd like to host me at your next one.


"Deborah is eloquent, gripping, humorous, and absolutely lovely to work with. I had the pleasure of watching her present to a number of packed houses, and it was wonderful watching and listening to her and hearing the audience response – they adored her!  Deborah is a natural presenter, and has wonderful material to work with."

          -Jodi Green; Book Rapport Manager, Wordfest Calgary/Banff


WHAT kids are SAYing

"She gave us a better understanding of how to write a good story." 

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