The Festival of Literary Diversity
School Group Events
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.
All events designed for school groups will be presented live on our virtual platform May 2-4, 2023 at 10:00am and 12:30pm ET. Events on Thursday, May 4 will be live-streamed from the Rose Theatre. In-person tickets are available for these two events through The Rose Theatre Box Office.
All virtual and live-streamed 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, 2023.
While the School Group events are specifically designed for classroom viewing and discussion, teachers are welcome to watch other events in the classroom.
10 AM ET | INTERVIEW | The Writer’s Life with Zoulfa Katouh (Grade 9-12)
In this Writer’s Life series event Syrian author Zoulfa Katouh discusses her writing process and routine as Kids Coordinator Ardo Omer digs into the journey of writing her debut best-selling young adult novel, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow.
12:30 PM ET | PANEL | Telling Truths (Grade 9-12)
Writing nonfiction can be tricky, especially for emerging writers. In this panel for young people, three memoir writers discuss how they turned their real life stories into a memoir. How do you share those difficult moments? How do you write truthfully without betraying friends and family?
10:00AM ET | PANEL | WRITING COMPELLING CHARACTERS WITH DANIEL ALEMAN
Great characters are a critical part of great stories. In this workshop for young people, young adult author Daniel Aleman explores tips and techniques for creating incredible characters.
12:30PM ET | PANEL | COMPLICATED FAMILIES
Families are messy — which makes them perfect subject matter for great stories and story-telling. In this panel discussion designed for school groups and readers and writers of young adult fiction, three authors discuss the family dynamics in their most recent novels and the process for creating and cultivating believable relatives and relationships.
Thursday, May 4, 2023 – IN-PERSON + VIRTUAL
10:00AM ET | PANEL | GREAT ESCAPES AND EXPECTATIONS (Grades 9-12)
Being a teen can be tough. From managing the weight of expectations to dealing with big topics and world issues, it can feel like life is too big and too much to handle. In this panel designed just for students, four young adult authors discusses the ways reading and writing can be a tool for escape and entertainment, as well as a powerful tool to tackle everyday issues.
12:30PM ET | PRESENTATION | THE SPOKEN WORD SHOWCASE (Grades 9-12)
In our annual teen spoken word showcase, three poets take the mic and present incredible poetry. Hosted by poetry curator The Wild Woman, this event is geared towards high school students.
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 a virtual pass starting March 23, which will give them access to all of the virtual events from April 30 – May 7. If your board has purchased a board pass, you’ll receive a code to register for a virtual pass. You’ll have the option to add in-person tickets at check out.
Educators registering for a virtual pass will be given the option to create a STUDENT ACCESS LOGIN (SAL) to provide students with access to the platform as well. Student Access Logins allow students to login on their own devices with a generic account that’s connected to their educators. SALs limit a student’s reach on the platform for safety and security reasons.
If you’re planning to show the events in class, you will not need an SAL, but when you register as an educator who will be showing the events in class, one will automatically be created for you. SALs are helpful if a student is away or if they are planning to watch events on their own device.
You can login to the platform by going to our website or by visiting fold2022.vfairs.com. We recommend logging into the platform on the website or though the vFairs app as soon as you register. You’ll be prompted to create a password using your email. Please do this for your SAL as well so that you can share the code and the password with any student who needs it. On the day of an event, login and head to the Auditorium. Click on the screen and click “Play” on any completed or pre-recorded event.
The virtual festival takes place on an innovative, customized virtual platform called vFairs. All virtual events take place in the platform using Zoom. Events can also be viewed on the vFairs mobile app.
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 and specialty tickets must be purchased separately.
Other than our in-person school group events at the Rose, 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.