This winter I’ve been rediscovering the fun of working with people who are just beginning to explore their interest in writing for children. The night of the first class (which I’m teaching through the Con Ed department of the Upper Grand District School Board), I wondered how I’d do with the fact that it runs till 10 o’clock and I’m often in my jammies by that time. I needn’t have worried. I’m working with a delightful group of avid readers, keen to find their own stories to tell, and to analyze just what makes some kids’ books so great. It will be fun to see next week what they do with their homework assignment to write about “hiding”.
This summer I’m looking forward to working again with writers who already have projects underway, and who are looking for uninterrupted time to work on them in a beautiful setting and feedback on how they might further develop them. Peter Carver and I will be once again offering our week-long Seaside Writing Workshop/Retreat that has run successfully in Nova Scotia for four years now. We just have to settle on our dates, so we can begin accepting applications. August or September? On one hand … On the other hand … I will let you know as soon as we’ve decided!
In the meantime, you can find out what others have had to say about their experiences at the Seaside Writing Workshop/Retreat, to see if it sounds like something you’d like to apply for.
Or, if you’re in the Guelph area and are interested in just testing the writing-for-children waters, my Con Ed UGDSB course will be offered again in April. You can contact them to find out when the Spring Catalogue for Guelph, Elora and Fergus will be available.
In the meantime, happy writing!