Eric Walters was an elementary school teacher at Vista Heights Public School in Streetsville. In 1993, he was teaching a grade 5 class, where many of the students were reluctant readers and writers. To encourage them to become more involved in literature, Walters began writing his first novel, Stand Your Ground, for his class. The novel was set in the school and included features from the community and the names of many of his students. He continued writing and has since written more than seventy novels for young adults.
His novels have garnered more than 100 awards, including being the only three time winner of both the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch and Red Maple Awards – voted by over 100,000 students throughout the province of Ontario. His books have been translated in various languages and published in many countries.
We were honoured today to have him come and share the genesis of many of his most popular novels with the students. Perhaps the most engaging speaker to ever work with our students, Eric began by using two of our perfects as examples to explain how a story is conceived and the vital role real people and places play in his stories.
It was an amazing couple of hours, with one of North America's most successful authors for students.