Writing on Fire workshop

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Writing on Fire 2018 is just around the corner, and it’s going to be ablaze this year. Six amazing authors will work with teens in schools from New Glasgow to Pugwash on  October 25.

On October 26, (the Provincial Inservice Day), the new Tatamagouche Regional Academy will host the annual day of writing workshops for any youth who wants to spend an inspiring day with fellow writers and five dynamic mentors. This year those mentors include: Natalie Corbett Sampson, a prolific YA author whose books include, Game Plan, Aptitude, It Should Have Been a Good Day, and Take These Broken Wings;  Andre Fenton, spoken word artist, filmmaker, and author of Ode to Teen Angst and Worthy of Love; Kate Inglis, photographer and author of Flight of the Griffon, The Dread Crew, and Pirates of the Backwoods; Bria Miller, a mixed media visual artist, activist, and musician who leads creative workshops across Nova Scotia; and Steve Vernon, a storyteller who has presented on CBC radio, Breakfast TV, Halifax Fringe Festival, and is the author of  several ghost story collections, including, Halifax Haunts: Exploring the City’s Spookiest Spaces.

These mentors will be offering a wide range of workshops to choose from: Build Your Writing Skills, Body Mapping, Writing and Storytelling Basics, Intro to Spoken Word Poetry, and The Personal Manifesto as Creative Fire. Teens can choose one morning and one afternoon workshop; lunch is provided in between.

As well, for the first time this year, Writing on Fire’s workshop day takes place on the Provincial Inservice Day, and a special workshop is being offered for Educators and Adult Writers.  Sylvia Gunnery, an inspiring, experience teacher of students and teacher of teachers, who has written not only books for teens, but also books for educators will lead a workshop titled, Focus on Fiction, and Sylvia describes this as a full day workshop that will, “fill up those blank pages; get your daydreams off the back burner; demonstrate successful strategies to engage young writers and encourage them to think critically about their draft writing.”

The workshop  closes with the always amazing Literary Café, where participants can share their writing.

For more information: www.readbythesea.ca, writingonfirens@gmail.com, Writing on Fire FB.