One of the best parts of my job is that I’ve met so many people who also love books and reading, and through the power of social media networking I’ve been able to keep in touch with them all and be part of a great community. One of my volunteer efforts is with the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival and it’s there that I first met Adrian Hoad-Reddick. I coordinate the Young Adult site on the main festival day, and Adrian organizes the student writing seminar, which will be held this year on September 21. Last year we collaborated to bring such authors as Edeet Ravel, Arthur Slade, Andrew Hood, and Jean Mills together in a day-long seminar for young writers. It was an enormous success and a fantastic opportunity for the high school students in the area.
Adrian has an exciting new venture called The School for Young Writers, offering online writing courses taught by qualified teachers and mentored by published authors. There may be subsequent opportunity to share your writing on the Poem Repair Shop on the University of Guelph Radio station, a show produced by Hoad-Reddick.
Courses offered for March 2009 are:
Writing Because You Love It! with acclaimed author Edeet Ravel
This course teaches young writers to explore and discover both their internal creative world and the world around them. How do we transform our imaginative vision into stories and novels that communicate to readers? How do we glean details from our experiences in order to come up with our own unique voice – a voice that belongs to no one else? How do we draw readers in, and interest them in what we have to say? How do we fuse creative freedom and discipline? Which comes first? These are some of the questions we will be looking at. As a teacher, I offer young writers guidance, direction, suggestions, tips, and, I hope, inspiration.
Poetry to Go with the producer of the Poem Repair Shop, Adrian Hoad-Reddick
Are you unsure what your poetic style is? Are your poems messy, not quite as sharp as you think they could be? Learn to write and edit so your message comes across effectively. Bring your poems in for a tune up, and we’ll work together to make them ready at the pick-up window, ready to go out into the world and shine. Through the process, you will learn more about the voice that is uniquely yours.
If either of these courses interest you click here for an application form.
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