SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS

Matt´s presentations to high school students focus on two basic themes. These themes can either be combined into a single presentation or delivered separately.



Canadian Geography

As an adventure writer and photojournalist, Matt has been exploring Canada for more than fifteen years. In addition to hitchhiking across the country for four summers - an adventure recounted in his award-winning travel memoir The Canada Chronicles - he has taken part in many challenging expeditions to some of Canada's most remote wilderness regions.

Recent adventures include a one-month canoe journey along an old fur trade route from Lake Superior to James Bay, a multi-week circumnavigation by kayak of BC's Princess Royal Island while searching for humpback whales and Spirit bears, and a two-week trek across Baffin Island's Auyuittuq National Park during his honeymoon.

Using a selection of his most stunning photographs, Matt incorporates stories from his many adventures into a dynamic presentation about some of Canada's most "exotic" cultures and landscapes.

This presentation is perfect for geography and social studies classes.

Writing & Publishing

In the first part of this presentation Matt shares with students the story of how he became a professional writer, including candid snippets of the many challenges he has faced along the way. As with his geography presentation, this story is told using a multimedia format that showcases some of his most stunning photographs.

The second part of the presentation features an in-depth look at writing and book publishing. As the founder of Summit Studios - a publishing company that specializes in travel and outdoor humour - Matt is intimately familiar with the multi-layered process of putting a book together.

Some of the topics he can discuss include:

  • Simple rules for writing success
  • Generating story ideas
  • Fiction vs. Non-fiction
  • Two strategies for publishing a book
  • Putting a book together from start to finish (six stages)
  • Costs associated with book publishing

  • This presentation is perfect for English, journalism and creative writing students.


    QUOTES

    "Matt Jackson spoke at our school on a dreary winter day. His incredible presentation was so full of fantastic photos, tales of adventure and candid humour that it made one forget winter all together. He also talked about the process of writing and getting published. Students were blown away by the details, the time, and the money required to publish a book. Junior and senior high school students are a tough audience and Mr. Jackson succeeded in keeping them totally captivated."
      - Penny Pollack
       Head of FHS Library, Fairview High School (Fairview, Alberta)

    "It is true that pictures speak and Mr. Jackson´s photos vividly capture his Canadian experiences. His personality was warm and inviting, and the students were captivated by his many adventures. Mr. Jackson also shared his knowledge of the writing and publishing industry, which provided our Writer´s Craft students with some fantastic insight into the process and cost of getting their work published. We highly recommend him to any school, whether it be for a geography session or a presentation about writing and publishing."
      - Catherine Hatton
        Team Leader for English/Moderns, Northern Secondary School (Sturgeon Falls,Ontario)

    "Matt is a prolific storyteller who is engaging and very entertaining. Our high school students laughed from beginning to end! It was also an excellent opportunity for students to learn about journalism and the publishing process. Great pictures!"
      - Michelle Barteski
       Senior Years English Teacher, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School (Swan River, Manitoba)

    "Matt Jackson´s presentations proved a great fit for both my literature and writer´s craft classes. From his photos of the land that he´s traveled, to his stories about the people he´s met, to his experiences in his writing career, Matt connected with the students through his knowledge and good humour. I hope he comes back to visit our school again next year."
      - Wayne Jutila
       English Department, Beaver Brae Secondary School (Kenora, Ontario)

    "Matt Jackson´s presentation to our English students gave them a new appreciation for the time and financial commitments of writing and publishing a book. His presentation was captivating, funny and educational. I would encourage any secondary school to invite Matt to speak to their students. It would be well worth their time."
      - Lynda Hicks
       Head of EDSS Library (Elmira, Ontario)

    "Matt Jackson´s stories about his travels across Canada were captivating and highly entertaining. His stunning photography and engaging storytelling was a treat for staff and students alike."
      - Paul Bellmore
       English Department, Lasalle Secondary School (Sudbury, Ontario)




    As much as possible we like to create a presentation that fits your school´s specific needs. If you have questions about how we might do that, please contact Matt by email at matt@mattjackson.ca


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