Writing Workshops for K-W Teens

Once again, I am offering a free series of writing workshops for teens through the Kitchener Public Library. The workshops begin on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 and will be at the Forest Heights’ Branch from 4 to 5 pm.  I’ll be working with teen writers to help them  develop story ideas, write dialogue, create characters and add action and  suspense to their writing. Check the KPL website for registration details.

Back in High School

Last Thursday and Friday I had the great fun of teaching writing workshops to the Grade 11 English students at Ridley College in St. Catharines. Everyone at the school made me feel very welcome and I’ll repeat a big “thank you” to Andrew Leach for the invitation. It was a wonderful two days talking about my passion (writing) to my favourite audience (teenagers)–and I even got a few laughs at my jokes.  Who could ask for more?

Here’s a look at what I was up to from the school blog: http://blogs.ridleycollege.com/blog/2011/11/10/how-to-become-a-writer-with-the-help-of-ms-wright/

Teen Writing Workshops

Here’s what I’m doing later this month at the Kitchener Public Library. I ran a similar series of workshops earlier this year and had a fantastic time. It’s so much fun to be around creative teen writers. I always learn so much.

Writing Workshops for Teens
with Heather Wright, author of Writing Fiction: A Hands-On Guide for Teens

In a series of four 1-hour workshops, Heather will work with teen writers to help them develop story ideas, write dialogue, create characters and add action and suspense to their writing.

Heather Wright is a freelance writer and part-time professor at Conestoga College. She is a regular contributor of writing prompts to The Writer, and a former columnist for What If? Canada’s Creative Teen Magazine.

Register by calling Christy at 519-743-0271 ext. 277 or christy.giesler@kpl.org.

Mondays at 4 pm

October 31 – November 21

Country Hills Branch

Mixed Bag

It’s the end of a great week in Southampton. I’ve had the pleasure of working with three young writers and seeing their creativity at work at the Southampton Art School.  I also got to share my classroom with artist, Mark Thurman, and watch the progress of his cartooning students and enjoy the walls filled with his illustrations.

I had planned to do some creative writing of my own, but it didn’t happen. As a teacher, I often find that my mind is full of my students’ stories instead of mine, so it can be tough to put creative pen to paper. I put together a proposal for a textbook instead, which called for a different set of writing muscles. I also caught up on emails and read and read and read. I’m reading my first Amanda Quick novel and finished two more by another author new to me, Barbara Cleverly. I also treated myself to a revisit of A&Es Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. Lovely.

This week, I was sent this link to a great piece by William Zinsser that I passed along via Twitter–Zinsser at his best on writing good English. Drop by and give it a read, though I know I’m preaching to the converted. http://www.theamericanscholar.org/writing-english-as-a-second-language/

Hope your week was as good as mine. Have a great weekend.

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