Yolanda Ridge

Middle Grade Author

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

My final event in a whirlwind of springtime author visits (the snow is almost gone now, BTW) was at the Nelson Public Library this past Friday. The event was hosted by the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival and it’s the first year they’ve included youth programming. I’m very grateful to Antonia Baynard for the invitation and the teachers at Hume Elementary School for bringing such an enthusiastic group of 2nd and 3rd grade students to listen to my presentation NO MORE RULES!!

 

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Spring has Sprung!

Piles of snow still surround my mountain home but I know it’s spring because my schedule is suddenly packed with author visits. My favourite time of year!

Tuesday night I participated in a panel for the last event of the Rossland Library‘s AUTHOR SERIES. It was so fun to talk writing and publishing with five other local authors. It’s amazing how many different paths there are to publication!

Then on Wednesday morning I was in front of a much different audience to celebrate LITERACY WEEK at Rossland Summit School. Along with two other children’s authors, I provided 200 students from kindergarten to grade eight with writing tips before letting them loose to create their own stories. It was very inspiring to hear all their creative ideas and help them get their stories out.

Now I’m busy preparing a workshop for next week’s YOUNG AUTHOR’S CONFERENCE at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. I’m very excited to be returning for the third year in a row. This year my workshop is called NO MORE RULES!

I will also be talking about rules on May 11th in Nelson as part of the ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN LITERARY FESTIVAL. This is the first year they’ve offered this program and I’m honoured to be part of it. See the news release here.

In the meantime, I’m hoping my agent will go out on submission with my most recent project, REASONS TO TELL, before the start of summer. Other manuscripts are in various stages of development… hopefully I’ll have more to report soon. In the meantime, bring on the warmer weather!!

 

 

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Rossland Author Series

I am so excited to be part of the line up for this great series featuring so many talented authors! On Tuesday, April 10th at 7pm I will be talking about my road to publication and reading the first chapter of my current work-in-progress, Reasons to Tell. The series is geared toward adults but my presentation will be of interest to anyone from age 9 to 109 who is interested in reading and/or writing. Please come join me!

 

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Creative Spark!

artstarts-logoThis spring, I was the proud recipient of a Creative Spark Arts Starts in the Classroom Columbia Basin Trust Grant. With this grant, I visited four schools – Fruitvale Elementary, Glenmerry Elementary School, Webster & Rossland Summit School – and brought the Magic of Three! to eight different classes.

It was so inspiring to see students creatively applying the magic of three to their stories and asking such great questions about the writing and publishing process. Thanks to all the wonderful teachers who welcomed me into their classrooms and do such an amazing job of supporting their students learning!

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More Authors for Earth Day

Here’s the article about my visit from the Rossland News:

Rossland author pays Earth Day visit to RSS 

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Authors for Earth Day 2017!

I had so much fun meeting with Mrs. Cyndi Smith’s grade 4/5 class at Rossland Summit School on Thursday! As part of my commitment to Authors for Earth Day, they voted to donate my appearance fee to the World Wildlife Fund.

Looking forward to visiting three more local schools thanks ta Creative Spark Art Starts in the Class Columbia Basin Trust Grant!

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Gold Rush Bookstore Grand Opening

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Skype Visit with Unity Middle School

75039_451991017273_1237976_nToday I rolled out of bed early to meet with a class of grade six students at Unity Middle School in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. What a great way to start the day! There were no technical issues and lots of great questions! My thanks to their teacher, Greg Paulsen, for welcoming me into his classroom and preparing so well for the visit. Thank you also to the students who had thoughtful questions about Road Block, writing, being and author, and living in BC. They were such a great audience that I may need to make the 24 hour drive (468 hours on foot) to visit their lovely town and school one day!

UPDATE: Check out this video for a taste of what it’s like to meet me on SKYPE!

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First Lutheran

Today I got to meet the students at First Lutheran School in Kelowna!  We connected via FaceTime so I was able to read them a few pages from Trouble in the Trees and answer their questions from the comfort of my home in Rossland!  I wish we’d had more time together but it was great to watch them dance and hear them protest on screen. My thanks to Janine Draper for inviting me into the school to virtually celebrate their literacy week!

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Authors for Earth Day 2014

I know, I know… the school year has only just started (!) but I’m pleased to announce that my Authors for Earth Day author visit for 2014 is booked!  In April, I will be visiting with the students at Adam Robertson Elementary in Creston.

Stay tuned for further details – I am excited about having so much time to prepare!  (Plus Creston is a beautiful place to visit – this photo is from the school website.)

 
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