Passionate about working with students from K to 12 in schools throughout Manitoba, Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon is a longtime participant in the AIS program in the Literary Category. An eclectic artist, with a degree in Fine Arts and an M.A. in English, she teaches all ages - with rollicking fun story-writing and illustrating as well as sophisticated creative writing workshops. To Margaret, there is no greater pleasure than when a teacher tells her "That student hasn’t written a word all year! How did you do it?"
A lifelong student of literature, up to PH.D level, Margaret is an award-winning published author, (Tiktala, fairytale, The Beech Nut of Big Water Beach, anti-bullying novel). She has a wealth of tools in her toolbox that she uses to generate enthusiasm in kids, empowering them to find their voices. Working with students in many locations, Margaret inspires them to write out of their own place and experience.
*Willing to use remote learning platforms; familiar with Zoom.
"It was a joy to have Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon present her writing workshop to my students last spring. She has a warm, engaging manner in front of the class as she shared her experiences with life and writing and invited them to do the same. In turn, they felt inspired to convey their passions and experiences in powerful, authentic writing. Definitely a worthwhile experience!"
—Cathrine Wall, ELA teacher, Vincent Massey Collegiate
“Students looked forward to each session and loved watching Margaret draw… ‘I like making books and art.’ Emilie, and ‘I want to be an author.’ Ginger”
—Christelle Edel, Grade 3-4 Teacher with Students, Morris School
“I had a student who was missing a lot of classes but when we started reading The Beech Nut and using the anti-bullying guide, she told me she would come every day—and she did! Her mark doubled.”
—Marie McCormick, ELA Teacher, R.B. Russell Vocational High School