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Kevin Mackenzie
Audience Age Groups
Secondary (Grades 10-12)
Any Age
Middle (Grades 6-9)
Elementary (Grades K - 5)

Kevin Mackenzie

The Truth

In the '70s and '80s, Kevin was the boy who couldn't sit still, stop wiggling or chatting, and wore a path to the principal's office.

Forty years ago, you may not have wanted Kevin in your class.  OK, you certainly wouldn't have wanted him in your class. But today - you definitely do.



One story, I told it to my grandmother! - Oscar age 9 - Collegio Americano De Torreon, Mexico

Never do something else than telling stories. It's amazing how fascinating stories can be if you tell them in the right way! Thanks! - Fenna, Age 15 - exchange student from Germany - Hazlet School, Saskatchewan

Your improvised story, weaving suggestions from the students into a humorous tale, had a great impact on the students. Grades 5s are still talking about the event. Some have promised me their own story based on what they watched you create. - Meredith MacKeen, Teacher Librarian, - Glen Stewart School, Prince Edward Island ...


The Short of It

Kevin tells child powered improvised stories, folk and fairy tales, myths, legends, life stories, multilingual tongue twisters, and teaches explosive first draft and motivational writing workshops.  

Kevin has told stories and taught storytelling at schools, festivals, conferences, residencies, retreats, in libraries, prisons, colleges,and public events across Canada and in Brazil, Great Britain, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico and the USA.


The Pudding.

An experienced teacher of storytelling, Kevin served as the storyteller in residence for the Regina Public Library, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Regina Board of Education. For five years, Kevin shared his stories on a weekly basis with vulnerable youth for the Ranch Ehrlo Society. His considerable experience with teens is matched by his expertise with younger children, as Kevin is an early childhood educator, and the author of two DVDs of original fingerplays called Fingersplay: Fingerplays and Action Rhymes for Children, and Moo Buzz Splash! Fingersplay garnered a place on the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Our Choice list.

Kevin has given keynotes and workshops on creativity, storytelling, and fingerplays and classroom-based self regulation at conferences and teacher training days around the globe. ...


The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart. - Scottish Traveller Saying



  • Children's
  • Storytelling


Lecturing/Public Speaking
  • Conferences
  • Keynote Addresses
  • Special Events
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Writer-in-Residence
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