Part of my resolution for 2017 is to do more teaching. To that end, I’m pleased to announce the following courses I will be offering through Selkirk College:
Introduction to Children’s Literature
Course ID: ARTS 1084A
For those wanting to know more about children’s literature in order to write a book of their own. Learn about the different categories of children’s books and how to identify your target audience. Using examples from current and classic books for readers from newborn to age eighteen, participants will examine what makes a children’s book successful. Leave with a plan for getting your book idea onto the page. Guided by Yolanda Ridge https://yolandaridge.com/
February 2 to March 9; Thursday 7:00pm – 8:00pm (6 sessions)
Creating Your Children’s Book
Course ID: ARTS 1084B
Do you have an idea for a book aimed at children ages newborn to eighteen? In this course, you will learn how to write and revise your book to suit your target audience. In each class, we will examine one aspect of a successful children¿s book and apply it to your work in progress. Includes 1:1 feedback with Yolanda, leave with up to 5 pages of a completed draft.https://yolandaridge.com/
April 6 to May 11; Thursday 7:00pm – 9:30pm (6 sessions)
If one of your resolutions is to try your hand at writing or learn more about the genre, please consider joining me! Go to http://selkirk.ca/ce/courses/arts-culture/writing find out more.
The view of Thompson Rivers University from the window of my workshop classroom:
A great conference with so many creative and talented young writers. My thanks to the amazing organizers and wonderful participants. I hope to return to Kamloops soon!
I am thrilled to be participating in the Young Authors’ Conference hosted by School District No. 73 and held at the the Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
I will be presenting a workshop titled He Said, She Said: It’s all about PERSPECTIVE. Using The Three Little Pigs as an example, we’ll discuss how telling a story from a different character’s perspective can change it entirely. From there, we will review different points of view and how to choose which one to use for your story. We will end with a fun writing exercise and leave with a better understanding of voice.
There will be lots of laughs (and funny videos) to get participants inspired. I’m really excited about this opportunity to meet with aspiring young authors from this part of the province. I am also thrilled to be working with six other talented authors who are also presenting workshops for grades 4-7 and three authors who are presenting workshops for grades 8-12.
I will be reporting back in early May and adding this workshop to my author visit page in hopes of bringing it to other schools and conferences in the future!
Today I was invited to the Grand Forks Library to give my presentation on “Getting Published.” Despite traffic and technology conspiring against me, I had a great time meeting with the writers of Grand Forks. There was a excellent turn out for the presentation and I really appreciated everyone’s questions and comments – especially those that stayed afterward.
Good luck to the NaNoWriMo participants, the enthusiastic writers guild, and everyone on the pathway to publication – no matter how far you are along that road and no matter which branch(es) you take to get there!
As part of Rossland’s Heritage Celebration at Golden City Days, Darcee O’Hearn and I will be offering our How to get Published workshop on Thursday, September 6th from 7-9 at the library. More information;.