Writing on Fire 2017

Pictou Advocate Arts and Entertainment

Instigate Art and Writing on Fire are delighted to announce the 2017 edition of Writing on Fire, which will take place November 3rd and 4th.

Six amazing creators from around Nova Scotia:  Chris Benjamin, journalist and author, Catherine Bussiere, photographer, videographer and filmmaker, Gwen Davies, veteran creative writing teacher and plain language consultant, Kate Inglis, author of the Dread series, the world’s first adventure novel on the virtues of pirate-styled environmental warriorship, Shalan Joudry, oral storyteller, hand drum singer and poet, trained at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, and Josh MacDonald, professional writer and actor for stage, film, and television, will go to targeted middle and high schools from New Glasgow to Pugwash on November 3 to meet young writers and lead interactive presentations.

On November 4, sparks will ignite during an exciting day of workshops, ranging form poetry to playwriting, from videography to social justice. Workshop titles give a sense of the range of topics that will be offered for teens: Social Justice Writing, The Creativity Myth, Power of Spoken Word and Personal Story, Writing for the Movies, Making a Documentary.  As well, an inspiring workshop for adult writers and educators will be offered by Gwen Davies. The day culminates with a celebration of youth and adult voices at our Literary Café, which has been a highlight every year. This year the event will take place at North Colchester High School.

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We’re celebrating our fifth anniversary year with two special, additional projects. The first is a Teen Writing Anthology, which will contain both writing and artwork from grade 7-12 authors and artists. It’s an opportunity for teens to see their work published, and shared in schools and libraries throughout the North shore communities. All students are invited to submit work to be considered. The submission deadline is November 10, 2017 and submissions are to be made to: writingonfirens@gmail.com. Details will be posted in libraries and schools and facebook: Writing on Fire.

The second new project is a documentary about Writing on Fire. We have commissioned film maker Catherine Bussiere to create a film that looks at the evolution of Writing on Fire over the past five years through interviews, photos, videos, and filming of current programs, including ArtJam! 2017 and Writing on Fire 2017. The students who choose the Film making workshop at Writing on Fire will also contribute their work to the documentary. Both the Anthology and documentary will be launched in the North Shore community. There’s lots to look forward to from Writing on Fire 2017.