Zach Hapeman is a writer and illustrator working in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He has a master’s degree in English from Acadia University and works full-time as a certified Project Manager for the Government of New Brunswick. He has worked with children and youth on a volunteer basis for over two decades, running weekly kids programs, planning and directing summer camps, and speaking at youth retreats. Zach loves the experience of teaching and encouraging people of all ages to pursue a spirit of creativity. He has visited student groups in Saint John and Fredericton regions to read poetry and discuss the creative process. His first book of poems and drawings is a self-published project that launched in November 2016.
Email or call (506) 455-1520.
Object Talks that Teach the Gospels, Standard Publishing, 1999
Object Talks that Teach the Psalms, Standard Publishing, 1999
A Crack in the Door: Poems & Drawings, self-published, 2016
What I Offer
Zach loves to engage children and youth with lively readings and discussion about the elements of poetry (structure, form, rhythm, expressive devices). He favours poems that are silly and weird, with special focus on those that employ inventive use of language and structure. Zach tailors readings and discussions according to his audiences and he likes to incorporate material from his own body of work, as well as the work of other authors and illustrators.
(All ages, 30-45 minutes)
Zach can provide seminar-style presentations on his experience with self-publishing, facilitating a step-by-step journey through the publication lifecycle (writing, editing and revision, layout and design, registration and copyright, printing, distribution, marketing and promotion). Zach emphasizes the importance of pursuing high-quality outcomes and highlights the tools and resources available to anyone with the desire and discipline to make it happen.
(Grades 8-12, 60-90 minutes)