Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North, Interior, North, Remote, Kootenays, Virtual
Grant Eligibility: Eligible to apply for AIC
Lee Edward Fodi is a children's author, illustrator and educator who specializes in creativity workshops for young people. He has worked as an artist/writer-in-residence at numerous schools in Canada, the United States, Korea, and Thailand. He has worked with the Gifted Learning Program with the Vancouver School Board and as an art therapy teacher for at-risk teens. He is also the co-founder of The Creative Writing for Children Society (CWC), a not-for-profit program that was started to help immigrant and first-generation Canadians write their own books. Lee is extremely proud of the work he does with students, helping kids from a range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds to tap into their creativity. As an illustrator, he brings a very visual approach to the craft of writing; as a writer, he brings the power of stories to illustration and prop-building. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and has a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fine Arts. He is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including Spell Sweeper, The Secret of Zoone, The Guardians of Zoone, and the Kendra Kandlestar series.
School Year: 23-24
In this workshop, Lee Edward Födi helps students write a set of focused scenes based on the idea of a magical marketplace where characters can find interesting foods and enchanted items—and get into a little trouble along the way. During the session, Lee shows photos of his own travels through markets in countries such as Egypt, China, Guatemala, Thailand, and Korea. He inspires students through interactive brainstorming, drawing, and writing exercises of “show-don’t-tell.” The project can include prop-building units in which students create magic potions, dragon eggs, and other artifacts. There are even opportunities for cross-curriculum connections, such as writing a scientific entry in a book of magical creatures or creating a currency system that students can use to sell or trade items that they have created. Handouts and worksheets, personally designed by Lee Edward Födi, are provided for the students throughout the sessions. Throughout the sessions, many fantasy books by a variety of diverse voices will be referred to and recommended as a way to guide students, and to encourage them to explore and be inspired by their own cultural identi
School Year: 23-24
In this project, Lee Edward Födi draws on his experience as a successful fantasy author to help students discover the "art" of building strong fantasy worlds. He demonstrates how he employs visual techniques such as doodling, mapping, diagramming, and illustration to help construct intricate worlds replete with cultures, customs, languages, and symbols. He then leads students in a number of sessions to "build" their own worlds (and the characters who populate them) through words, pictures, and prop-building projects. The scope of this project varies, depending on the number of sessions with students, but can involve any number of artistic enquiries, such as designing and creating magical objects that are connected to the students' worlds. Several handouts and worksheets, personally designed by Lee Edward Födi, are provided for the students throughout the sessions. This project has many deliverables, including writing a short story, drawing a detailed map of a world, or creating a world-building "journal." Throughout this type of program, many fantasy books by a variety of diverse voices will be referred to and recommended as a way to guide students, and to encourage them to explore and be inspired by their own cultural identities and experiences.
School Year: 23-24
In this workshop series, Lee Edward Födi helps students explore perspectives by creating two key characters: a thief who is trying to steal from a dragon, and the creature who is having something stolen. As part of the project, students participate in a discussion of these types of characters in literature, folklore, and film. Students then go on to write "mirror poems", taking the individual-and opposite-perspectives of both characters. Depending on the sessions available, these two poems can be used as fuel for writing a longer story. Students may also design and/or custom-build items such as dragon eggs, dragon scales, magical gems, and enchanted tools as part of the project. Several handouts and worksheets, personally designed by Lee Edward Födi, are provided for the students throughout the sessions.This type of project has many possible deliverables, including poetry, stories, illustration, and fantasy props. Throughout this type of program, many fantasy books by a variety of diverse voices will be referred to and recommended as a way to guide students, and to encourage them to explore and be inspired by their own cultural identities and experiences.
The residency with Lee Edward Födi exceeded my expectations. I had never seen my students so engaged in writing and creating their own character's profile. They really enjoyed having a real author come and share with them his tips and techniques and several students discovered an interest and/or a talent for art and writing. I was also impressed at how he tried to work individually with each child. He built a strong relationship with them and made them feel like 'real authors. Emilie Prunier, Early French Immersion Teacher, Ecole Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary, New Westminster
Lee Edward Födi came in for 8 sessions to work with our vulnerable youth, creating hands-on individualized projects. The students were able to use these projects to really express their own unique interests and creative flare. Our students, who suffer from severe anxiety, really came alive during Lee's art workshops and really came to love Mr. Födi as a warm, energetic adult who gave them to opportunity to really be themselves in a safe and accepting environment. Margarita Asher, Coquitlam School District
A natural educator, Lee’s warm and playful style engages kids and creates community instantly. His thoughtful presentations and hands-on learning projects spark genuine curiosity and are perfectly calibrated to the needs and interests of gifted learners. Students remember him for his energy, creativity, and deep knowledge of the writing process. Above all, Lee makes writing fun. I hope to collaborate with him every year. Ahmed Rahim, District Resource Teacher, Gifted/Outreach Seminars, Vancouver School District