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Young Writers Register for the 2014 VPL Writing and Book Camp!

I am excited to be invited back this year as a teen mentor at the 2014 Writing and Book Camp. Last year I had an emergency appendectomy on Day One, so I missed all of the fun and learning and writing and creating. This year will be a lot better! This is a great environment for young creators, at every level and every genre. Hope to see you there. Follow the link below to register.

Calling all aspiring writers and book lovers! Sharpen your skills and spark your imagination at the Library’s Writing & Book Camp!

This unique day camp lets youth with a passion for reading and writing connect with well-known authors and illustrators. Each day features a new keynote speaker from the Canadian literary world. Campers also experience a variety of creative workshops that will help them to strengthen their writing skills and .

Our inclusive program welcomes youth who want to try creative writing for the first time, aspiring authors with mountains of manuscripts and everyone in between!

Writing and Book Camp – Let your imagination run wild!

Writing and Book Camp – Let your imagination run wild!

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Happy Birthday Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art

On Saturday, August 18th, Christianne’s Lyceum in Vancouver, celebrated its 5th birthday with bubbly, scrumptious eats and a line-up of local authors reading from their work. I was excited to be one of those writers and read a short piece from a work in progress. Other readers included Irene Watts, Gayle Friessen, Sarah Ellis, and many more. As the first reader, (racing to catch a water taxi to Bowen), I had the opportunity to thank Christianne for her huge contribution to the children and young adults in the Vancouver Literary scene – she’s done so much over the past five years to bring books and art to young people.

Throughout the year, the Lyceum offers bookclubs (often with an author visit), workshops and much more. Because Christianne wants everyone to have the chance to participate, she often holds fundraisers so that she can offer scholarships when necessary.

For authors interested in reading their work (and sometimes that’s the best way  polish a manuscript, there are open mic nights for both teen and adult writers on Friday nights. Check out her website for dates and times.

And if you love literature, art and kids, there are always volunteer opportunities.

Over the past five years, I have been lucky enough to have facilitated a few bookclub meetings and I’ve also taken part in other events at the Lyceum. I am so thankful both for the support I’ve received, but more importantly, I am grateful that there is someone who is giving kids who love art, reading and writing a supportive, interesting and encouraging place to be creative. I’m sure that if I had had that as a kid, I would have started my writing career much earlier!

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The Kamloops Young Writer’s Festival – an Inspiring Event

Further to my previous post about the Kamloops Young Writer’s Festival:

On Thursday morning Norma Charles, Lee Edward Fodi and Lori Sherritt-Fleming piled into Norma’s van and headed for Kamloops. We stopped at my favourite café in Hope, The Blue Moose, because it’s impossible to pass Hope and not give into my craving for their fair trade, delicious coffee and chocolate chunk brownies. All of us indulged before heading up the very wet and cold Coquiahalla Highway. We made great time, possibly because when you put four writers in a van, there is never a lack of things to talk about.

We arrived at the Thompson River University around 4 and what a lovely campus. We were treated like stars – put up in lovely suites and pampered by the teachers and volunteers with a wine and cheese and snack reception. I can’t say enough about these volunteers and the huge amount of work they put in to make this weekend such a success for all of us.

On Friday Morning my helpful colleagues made sure I limped into the Clock Tower on campus on time – these torn tendons are really slowing me down. I had two seminars to teach, each just over two hours long and despite some issues with technology (nothing new about that for me), my morning class got off to a great start and just got better and better. We focused on character in both the morning and afternoon classes with some fun YouTube vids dispersed throughout.

Every student in my classes, whether they were in grade twelve or grade seven put all of their creative energies into the exercises I’d designed for them and the results were impressive and incredible. I know for a fact that some of these kids will be tomorrow’s great writers. Because of their high level of interest and participation, the day flew by and pretty soon all of us were back in Norma’s van and heading toward home; a happy and exhausted group.

As we approached Hope, we came upon Crystal Strangahan and KC Dyer by the side of the road.

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As can be seen from the looks on their faces, they too had been chatting the whole way and somehow missed that sign just outside of Merritt that says something like: You will not find a single gas station between here and the end of the world.

We didn’t keep driving, but they had Roadside Assistance and within the hour we all met up again at the Blue Moose for more tasty calories and a group debrief about the great time we had in Kamloops.

Big thanks to all of the students, the staff and the volunteers. I was thrilled to be a part of this festival!

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I’m Excited for the Kamloops Young Writer’s Festival

Today I finished up my creative writing workshops for the Kamloops Young Writer’s Festival and I’m really excited about the two workshops I will be leading for older teens. For fun, I’ve put together a powerpoint with some great vids, along with some really creative and fun interactive exercises all designed to help the students with any current projects they might be working on, whatever their chosen genre.

Talking to Students and teaching creative writing –Satisfying!

Roadtrip! On Thursday morning, Norma Charles is picking my up, then we will scoop up Lee Edward Fodi and Lori Sherritt-Flemming, grab some java and hit the road, arriving in Kamloops in time for the Welcome Reception, that involves wine, cheese, nibblies and good conversation. Altogether, there will seven of us running workshops to cover both elementary and secondary students. Here is the list of presenters and I’ve seen most of them in action, so I know the kids are in for a treat. Prepare to be amused and creative!

Elementary

Lee Edward Fodi
Lori Sherritt-Fleming
Norma Charles

Secondary

Denise Jaden
Crystal Strangahan
Julie Burtinshaw
Susan Buis

In the meantime, I’ve got a toothache because I got a crown today and my torn tendons continue to force me to hobble around in an ankle brace. I’m hoping Kamloops will distract me from the world of hurt 🙂

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Young Author’s Conference, Kamloops, BC – 2012

Kate would miss me. So would Mom and Dad…and lots of other people.
I’m pretty sure of that….
What I’m not so certain about is whether they’d be better off without me.

From Darkness Between the Stars

I super excited at being asked to participate in the YOUNG AUTHORS’ CONFERENCE, being held on Friday, May 4, 2012 at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, which is one of the prettiest places in our province. I drove there from Ashcroft a few years ago, got totally lost trying to find the airport and wished I could stay longer and go for a swim in the lake.

I will be doing two creative writing workshops with secondary students – it’s going to really fun – love working with this age group.

Thanks to the BCLCIRA 2011 conference for letting me attend last year’s conference, which is how I initially got onto the radar of the Kamloops/Thompson school district.

 

Darkness Between the Stars

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February 29, 2012 · 1:20 pm

First White Pine Workshop — St. Augustine High School

I spent this morning at St. Augustine Catholic School in Brampton, Ontario workshopping a talented group of young people. I enjoyed them so much and was quite shocked when our hour together was up. I can say for sure that these kids have a big future in front of them. What a great way to start my week in Ontario, and my fingers are crossed that the every day will be as successful. The librarian was sweet and drove me to Toronto where I got on the TTC and rode to the Art Gallery of Ontario. I was here a year ago — but too early — a day before the grand opening and I was so disappointed. Today they are closed as well — Monday — I forgot about how Monday is a dead day here.

So I am in a little cafe across the street from the OAG and I guess I will return on my only free day, Friday and hopefully with my artist pal, Martha Eleen. Good to be back in the city, although I had a great visit in Caledon, but there was no WiFi and I felt so cut off from the world and work.
Maybe today I will hop a street car and head to the old stomping grounds – High Park/Parkdale.

Tomorrow I go to Oshawa on the Go Train — will report in.
I am loving being in Toronto again.

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My Reading Workshop Schedule for Ontario – May 2010

Here are my scheduled appearances. I still have a few open slots and would be willing to extend my trip into the week of May17th, if need be!

Monday May 12th: St. Augustine Secondary School – Brampton
Tuesday May 13th: John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School – Oshawa
Wednesday May 14th: Harbourfront Toronto – White Pine Awards and Seminar on SEO
Thursday May 15th: Dunbarton High School – Pickering (all day event)

White Pine School Visits

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