Mahtab Narsimhan

Virtual Visits

Virtual Visit Information: Mahtab Narsimhan

Mahtab’s presentations are tailored to the age of her audience and are peppered with personal anecdotes about the challenges she faces as a writer, trying to meet her daily word quota. She likes to have a fun and interactive session with her audience and encourages participation.
Her books include a strong element of her Indian roots and she encourages discussions and questions on her culture, and diversity in children’s literature. Mahtab immigrated to Canada in 1997 and will share the struggles she faced while trying to fit into Canada and what she did to overcome these challenges.
She is comfortable with Zoom or Skype but happy to work with the School or Library’s preferred technology platform.
Her presentations are as follows:
Grades JK-1: 30 minute of storytelling which includes a Q&A session. The focus will be one of her two picture books: LOOKING FOR LORD GANESH or YOU AND ME BOTH
Grades 2-3: 30 minute of storytelling which includes a Q&A session. This will focus on her chapter book GENIE MEANIE , where she got her ideas and the process of writing this story.
Grades 4-6: 45 minutes duration which includes a Q&A session. Mahtab will focus on any one of the following novels/series: THE TARA TRILOGY , THE TIFFIN , MISSION MUMBAI and EMBRACE THE CHICKEN . She will talk about the inspiration behind these stories, the process of writing, revising, and share writing tips.
Grades 7-8: 45 minutes duration which includes a Q&A session. Mahtab will focus on any one of the following novels/series: THE TARA TRILOGY , THE TIFFIN , MISSION MUMBAI and EMBRACE THE CHICKEN . She will talk about the inspiration behind these stories, the process of writing, revising, and share writing tips. This will be at a higher level than the grades 4-6.
Curriculum Links:
English Language Arts:
Big Ideas:

  • Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and the world
  • Texts can be understood from different perspectives
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view, contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.

These translate to:

  • Apply a variety of thinking skills to gain meaning from texts
  • Identify how differences in context, perspectives and voice influence meaning in texts.
  • Explain the role of language in personal, social, and cultural identity.

Social Studies
Big Idea:
Immigration and multiculturism continue to shape Canadian Society and identity
This translates to:

  • Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to—ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; communicate findings and decisions.
  • Develop a plan of action to address a selected problem or issue

Cost for the Virtual Sessions:
Please contact me for more details. An invoice will be sent once the date and time have been agreed upon and it will be payable in advance of the visit. If requested, a rain date will also be provided.
Equipment:
A computer with webcam, and a stable wired Internet connection with video conferencing capability. I am comfortable with Skype and Zoom but happy to work with whatever the school prefers. The school/library is responsible for sending the video conferencing link to join the presentation.
Other Details pertaining to Virtual Visits
Questions will be written down in advance after having read at least one of Mahtab’s books. Each student will come up to the webcam and read out the question. Alternatively, the Teacher/Librarian can send questions via chat during the presentation.
Writing Workshops for Grades 4-8: Max of 16 students per workshop
Please contact Mahtab for more details and costs.
   1) How to use your own background in your fiction
   2) Creating interesting, multi-dimensional characters
   3) The Basics of Outlining a story.
  4) The fun of Worldbuilding and when to stop building and start writing.
   5) Revision Techniques for your stories.