Yolanda Ridge

Middle Grade Author

Selkirk College Course on Children’s Literature

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New Year’s Resolutions

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/
Trail Campus
Section W17T01:
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/
Trail Campus
Section W17T01:
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.

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The view of Thompson Rivers University from the window of my workshop classroom:

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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!

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Young Authors’ Conference

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.YoungAuthors_logo_no_date_small

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!

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Grand Forks Library

Grand Forks & District Public Library - Grand Forks, BC

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!

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RSS Rocks!

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with the grade 6 and 7 classes at Rossland Secondary School.  My visit was organized by Sam, a grade 12 student, who was awarded a grant through the Columbia Basin Trust to develop RSS Reads.  Through this initiative, she has developed a comfortable place for students to read and is currently running a program called “caught reading”.  To further increase literacy, she has brought in several authors to give presentations and talk with various groups of students.  

My presentation “So… what’s it like to publish a book?” outlined the path I took to publish my first two books.  I read a small section from each book and then concluded by talking about the position I’m in now – still searching for book #3.  There were 90 students in the audience – the largest group I’ve ever presented too (which was booked just after my October 16th post about crowd control.  Coincidence?  I think not…)  It is also the best audience I’ve ever had with great attention and excellent questions.  Thank you, RSS!

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Rossland Heritage Celebration

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;.

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