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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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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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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Kootenay Book Tour

I’m nearing the end of my  Kootenay Library Tour.  Sad in so many ways… in part because it was only on this last trip that I actually remembered my camera! So, here you go, the tour summed  up with as many pictures as I have (plus a few that I didn’t take!)

My hotel (Park Place Lodge) in Fernie

My hotel (Park Place Lodge) in Fernie

Walking in Fernie

Walking in Fernie

Radium

Radium

942843_423454661086628_692304060_nMy last set of thanks go to the Fernie Heritage Library and the grade 5 students and teachers that attended my talk in their beautiful space. Fernie’s library is definitely worth a visit – if you are travelling through, pull off the highway and take a look. While you are in town, check out the Toys&Books store and one of the many coffee shops – I highly recommended the blended coffee/chocolate/banana drink I had (and wish I could remember the name of it!)

1013948_423455184419909_1817735157_nThanks to Emma Dressler, I was put up at a fabulous hotel for the night and got to explore the network of trails around town – thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

P1160778And finally, my thanks to the Radium Hot Springs Library who have done amazing things with a small space. And thanks to all the students at Edgewater Elementary – it was great fun talking to people who had already read my books! What great questions you all had and I love your ideas of book titles and future plots featuring Ethan Matheson. I was sorry to have to get back on the road so soon but really appreciate the quick lunch I shared with Jane and Trudy. I will be back!

And in case that isn’t enough – here’s a huge thank you to the Kootenay Library Federation, Joanne Richards, and Helen Graham. You are truly an amazing team that does a lot of work with very little. THANK YOU!

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The tour continues…

Leading the protest at Salmo Elementary

Leading the protest at Salmo Elementary

This week I got to visit with the students at Salmo Elementary and JV Humphries School in Kaslo. My list of thanks continues to grow but today I am particularly grateful to Marianne Hansen from the Salmo Public Library for reuniting me with my laptop’s power cable!

I am so proud to live in the Kootenays. It is such a beautiful area, full of wonderful librarians and teachers… and, of course, great kids.

Next week I’m off to Fernie and Radium. Look out East Kootenays… here I come!

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Earth Day at Rossland Library!

My Authors for Earth Day visit has been booked!

I will be visiting with grade two and three students from Maclean Elementary School at the Rossland Public Library on Wednesday, April 17th.  One hundred percent of my $250 visit fee will be donated to a non-profit environmental organization of THEIR choice.  Yes, that’s right – the students will be learning about the organizations and voting for their favourite.  I am currently trying to select the nominees.  It’s much harder than I thought it would be… there are so many people out there doing so many amazing things for the planet.
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