The Festival of Literary Diversity
Festival events designed for students in grades 9-12
Festival events designed for students in grades 9-12
The Festival of Literary Diversity features a series of events specifically designed for high school students, accompanied by an Educator Guide which includes pre- and post-event activities designed by fellow educator.
While the School Group events are specifically designed for classroom viewing and discussion, teachers are welcome to watch other events in the classroom that may align with classroom outcomes and interests or that will support their professional development.
All events designed for school groups will take place virtually, presented live on our virtual platform May 3-5, 2022, between 10am and 3:00pm ET.
All live virtual events will be made available for on-demand viewing on the festival platform within 12-hours of their live presentation. On-demand events will be available to watch and re-watch until June 7, 2022.
Teachers who would like to register for FOLD can choose to do so in one of two ways:
1) Register for an Educator Pass and show your class live using your email address to login or on replay in the days following the event. This option is ideal for a teacher whose students will all be watching at the same place at the same time.
2) Register for an Educator Pass and use the Student Access Login (be sure to create a password) to share with your students to they can watch on their own devices. This option is ideal for teachers with multiple cohorts who might be watching at different places or at different times or who may want to watch and re-watch the events anytime until June 7 when the virtual platform closes.
Watch the video below to learn more about how to register and take part in FOLD 2022.
Teachers are invited to use the Educator’s Guide before/after the event to prepare students and to discuss the content of the events as a class. You can find discussion questions, activities, author profiles and the festival book list in this helpful document.
10 AM ET | INTERVIEW | The Writer’s Life with Abdi Nazemian (Grade 9-12)
Author, screenwriter and producer Abdi Nazemian joins us live from Los Angeles, California for an interview on what it’s like to write for film and television, the differences between writing for the screen versus writing for the page and what it takes to build a career as a writer.
12 PM ET | PANEL | Exploring Identity in Young Adult Fiction (Grade 9-12)
Whether a book is set in the real world or in a fantastical realm, figuring out who you are is a staple of plot in young adult fiction. Chasing your dreams, finding the person or people who understand you, and dealing with the anxiety of failure are all a part of growing up. Join authors Sarena and Sasha Nanua, H.N. Khan and Farah Heron as they explore that through their novels.
10AM ET | PANEL | BLACK IN SCHOOL
Writers Curtis Carmichael, Habiba Cooper Diallo and Kern Carter unpack the challenges of navigating their education and the important work of turning real-life experiences as Black Canadians into teachable moments for students and educators from all backgrounds and walks of life. This event is geared towards high school students.
12PM ET | PANEL | WRESTLING WITH RESEARCH
What goes into flower arranging? What did the 1920s in Shanghai, China look like? How was medicine practiced in the mid-1700s? In this panel featuring authors Farah Heron, Chloe Gong and June Hur, three young adult writers discuss the research that went into their novels and the work involved in fleshing out a fictional world. This event is geared towards high school students.
Thursday, May 5, 2022
10AM ET | PANEL | GRAPPLING WITH GRIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUNG ADULT FICTION (Grades 9-12)
In a candid panel conversation with young adult writers Kern Carter, Abdi Nazemian and Mary-Lou Zeitoun, students and educators alike will hear about the importance of careful and critical conversations on grief and mental health, and the role novels can play in cultivating safe spaces for open dialogue. This event is geared towards high school students.
12PM ET | PRESENTATION | THE SPOKEN WORD SHOWCASE (Grades 9-12)
In this new event for middle grade and secondary students, illustrators take up their drawing tools and battle it out for viewers to judge the best illustrations. This not-to-be-missed interactive and hilarious event features live drawings by illustrators Jason Loo, Cole Pauls and Anoosha Syed.
School Group events at the Festival of Literary Diversity are ideally suited for students grade 9-12 due to mature themes and subject matter. School group events in November, for the FOLD Kids Book Fest will be tailored to elementary, middle grade, and secondary students.
An educator can register for an Educator Pass individually, or with a group of five educators for a bundle discount. For this option, educators can go directly to our festival platform starting March 22, 2022 to register.
Educators also have the option of purchasing up to 20 passes for teachers within a single school OR registering your entire board. For this option, educators can fill out this form anytime before April 15, 2022. The school or the board will receive a code that teachers can then use to register on the festival platform starting March 22, 2022. Educators registering for an individual educator or bulk educator passes will be given the option to create a STUDENT ACCESS LOGIN associated with each individual educator account. Student Access Logins allow students to login on their own devices with a generic account that’s connected to their educators.
If you’re planning to show the events in class, you will not need an SAL, but we recommend selecting one in case a student is away or in case they would like to view events on their own device. The festival has a new app through vFairs, our platform provider, and students will be able to login from their phones to watch or re-watch events with your SAL.
We recommend logging into the platform as soon as you register. You’ll be prompted to create a password using your email. You should do that for your SAL as well so that you can share it with any student who needs it.
On the day of the event, teachers can login to the festival through the festival platform, the vFairs app or via the links to register on the FOLD website. Head to the Auditorium and click Play on any previously recorded or completed event. Wait for the Play button to appear for any live event. A Zoom window will pop up to view the event.
The festival will be held on an innovative, customized virtual platform through vFairs. All virtual events take place in the platform using Zoom.
The FOLD is taking every precaution to keep all guests safe. SAL’s give students restricted access on the platform. They will never appear on video. While they can pose questions in Zoom, they cannot participate in the chat or on the leaderboard. All questions will be monitored by a designated FOLD team member. Any concerns with student use will result in the suspension of that code and a follow up with the teacher associated with the account. Our Virtual Safe Space Policy will be posted on the platform and shared with teachers prior to the event. In the unfortunate event that inappropriate behaviour does occur, FOLD staff will act swiftly, in consultation with the teacher and school board.
We recommend logging in to the platform 10 mins before the event. The event will go live roughly 5 mins before start time to give people time to enter Zoom. But you can test out your sound quality by trying out any of the previously recorded events. If tech issues arise, contact tech support via the email address at the top of the screen, through the chat, or through the Info Desk.
All FOLD events will be made available virtually within 12 hours of being presented live. All videos will be available until June 7.
All passes and SALs provide full access to all virtual events. In-person event passes must be purchased separately.
Unfortunately, access to individual events is not available. However, festival passes are set at a reasonable rate, providing access to more than 25 incredible literary events. We’re confident that educators we be able to find a number of events for you and/or your class to enjoy.
To access other live events or to use the platform, teachers and students would need to purchase a FOLD 2021 pass. Patron passes are available for those in financial need.
As of March 21, the Peel District School Board and Durham District School Board purchased passes for all of their educators. Please contact your board representative and/or check your board message board to see if there are any updates. Email us if you have any questions.
Register for the tickets you MIGHT need and adjust your ticket amount once you know your class numbers. If the block of tickets are claimed and you need more tickets later, we will not be able to add more tickets, but if you adjust your tickets later, it’s possible that someone else may be able to use your leftovers.
The FOLD is a remarkable and wonderful event for authors and attendees alike. What an amazing community, dedicated to the vital need for inclusive stories and the critical role they play in building a better world.
Field Guide to the North American Teenager is my first novel and FOLD was my first Canadian literary festival. While American and Canadian culture overlap quite a bit, especially when it comes to bookshelves, Canadian literature is unique and I was very heartened by to be embraced by that community I consider home despite residing in the US. It was a homecoming I didn’t know I needed!
The Festival of Literary Diversity was an absolute joy–the organizers thought of *everything* and by anticipating authors’ needs, they freed us to focus on connecting with the audience and each other. There was no pretension, no posturing–just very genuine conversations with invested writers and engaged readers.
I have been to a lot of writers festivals and the FOLD is definitely near the top of the list of those I want to be invited back to.
Being part of such a clearly diverse, inclusive and mutually respectful group was thrilling and inspiring: a glimpse of a better world.
Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.
FOLD is a festival experience unlike any other I’ve had. The FOLD team strive to create a space that’s welcoming and engaging, while allowing for curiosity, ingenuity and the fostering of real community – and they succeed, every year.
The FOLD is one of the most important literary events on this continent. By focusing on diverse voices and giving authors space to share their stories and speak their truths, it is revolutionizing the writing and storytelling realm as we know it.
Being part of the FOLD community has provided me with a strong sense of belonging. Sharing diverse stories and listening to different voices that broaden my understanding of the world has impacted me as a person and motivated me as a writer.