Yolanda Ridge

Middle Grade Author

Prince George!

3 days,

7 schools,

1 epic Battle of the Books

….a quick recap of the time I spent in Prince George last week!

Now, the longer version:

The Battle of the Books was an amazing event. My compliments to the hard-working committee of teacher-librarians that organized it. What a great way to both encourage and honour reading! You can find out more about the battle in this front page article from the Prince George Citizen. The Prince George school district has been doing an event with the Red Cedar Nominated books for the past 20 years. Other school districts should check it out!

Between school visits, I had a chance to explore Prince George and connect with friends. I’ve never been this far north in BC and I hope to come back. The people are so friendly and welcoming and the city certainly has a lot of great amenities and outdoor activities to explore!

Thank-you to everyone who made my visit possible and for all the students for being such enthusiastic participants!

 

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Girls Empowered Together

Today I did a writing workshop at the Trail District Public Library. The Girls Empowered Together group came up with some truly inspired ideas. Thanks for sharing your time with me, GET!

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Grade 4 is where it’s at!

 

I had so much fun talking to the fourth graders at Rossland Summit School about the Magic of Three.

Even though I totally believe in the Magic of Three, I’m totally inspired by the Creativity of Four (or the kids in grade four, anyway).

Thanks for hosting me and good luck with your writing!

 

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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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