Liars' Club

by  Author Marty Chan

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Trying to get a reluctant learner excited about writing? Marty has you covered with this introductory session to writing. The key to any good fictional story is plausibility. If the reader believes what the characters are doing, they’ll stick along for the ride. And the best way to hone your writing skills is to practise lying. 

Marty leads the students in a game adapted from “Two Truths and a Lie,” where the kids tell three stories about themselves and their classmates have to sniff out the lie. Each liar will sit in the hotseat and answer probing questions with their best straight face. If they can spin a good yarn, they’ll earn the title of master liar. More importantly, they’ll walk away with the ability to write believable stories. 

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By Request: $250.00
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60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Homeschool/Family

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Author Marty Chan

Edmonton, Alberta

Marty is an author and playwright. He’s written over 20 books for kids and nearly 100 plays for adults. He specializes in writing hi-lo fiction to encourage striving readers to pick up books. The Junior Library Guild awarded the gold medal standard to two of his novels: Haunted Hospital and Willpower. One of his early books, The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul, won the 2007 Diamond Willow Young Readers’ Choice Award. 


Looking for a dynamic workshop on how to write scary stories? An engaging storytelling session to introduce young students to folktales and story structure? An inspiring book talk to get your reluctant readers excited to visit the library? Marty has a variety of sessions that cover Kindergarten to high school. He also provides professional development sessions for teachers who need extra help getting their students excited about creative writing.


From his virtual studio in Alberta, Canada, Marty delivers interactive writing workshops and author visits with a cutting-edge blend of special effects, humor, audience participation, writing games, and storytelling. Kids won’t be able to look away when Marty turns his pen into a lightsaber to illustrate how specifics matter. Younger students will be amazed at the behind-the-scenes look at how Marty’s picture book about his cats came together. Kids will scream their guesses at the screen as they play his version of ‘I Spy’ and learn the value of sensory details. He offers programs to schools, homeschool students, and the general public. 


Since 2020, Marty has performed over 1,000 virtual sessions across North America. He can connect with classes and students via Zoom, Google Meet, MS Teams or YouTube Live. 

Marty Chan
(780) 975-9292

Program Details


1. The program begins with a tour of a writer's workspace.
2. Marty introduces his book, Kung Fu Master, and the real-life event that inspired it.
3. Marty talks about the power of lies and myth, referring to a legend about Bruce Lee.
4. Marty introduces the lying game challenge where kids must trick each other into believing a lie.
5. Marty demonstrates how the game works and invites the participants to spot his lie.
6. The participants will develop three stories about themselves.
7. Marty shares tips on how to improve the plausibility of lies.
8. The participants break into smaller groups to play the lying game.
9. The session concludes with questions and answers.


Participants will:

- develop an understanding of how to create plausible fictional situations and characters.
- discuss the differences between fact and fiction.
- explore the key elements of description and persuasion in writing fiction.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Please contact Marty for details about core standards.