|1:00:00 PM||14:00||The Blue Spruce Award™ Ceremony||Toronto - Concert Stage||For early readers, The Blue Spruce Award™ has served as the first introduction to the world of books for many years! This collection of nominees showcases the very best in Canadian literature and illustration. Our readers decided their favourites based on the stories and the pictures. HOSTED by Jackie Farquhar from Chirp Magazine and Kendra Brown from Owl Kids.|
ABOUT THE HOSTS:
Jackie Farquhar, Editor, Chirp Magazine
Jackie has been with Owlkids since 2001 and has been the editor of Chirp since 2008. She oversees the magazine's content and attends as many events with the Chirp mascot as she can.
Kendra Brown, Editor, OWL Magazine
Kendra has been with OWL since 2009, most recently as editor. She has been busy researching, writing, and editing in the children's publishing industry for over 10 years. She thinks her job is awesome.
|11:30||12:30||The Red Maple Award™ (Fiction) Ceremony||Toronto - Concert Stage||This year, The Red Maple™ Award program swept up readers into many exciting fictional stories by talented Canadian authors. Including a variety of tales, from hilarious to hearbreaking, this selection of nominees has it all! Our readers chose the winners, so come on out to see your favourite author awarded the well deserved Red Maple™ Award! |
HOST: David Carroll, Author and CBC personality
David Carroll is the author of the novels 'Ultra' and 'Sight Unseen.' His new book, Splinterverse, will be published in 2018.
At CBC Radio, David writes and produces 'Because News;’ Canada's Funniest News Quiz. He's also highly in demand as a motivational speaker and creative writing instructor.
|10:00||11:00||The White Pine Award™ Ceremony||Toronto - Concert Stage||This year, The White Pine™ Award reading program offered teenagers the opportunity to read the best of Canada's recent young adult fiction titles. This year's exciting nominees tackled everything from fantastical worlds to the real life experiences of today's modern teenager. Our readers chose the winners, so come on out to see your favourite author be awarded The White Pine™ Award! |
HOST: Richard Scrimger, Award-winning Author and entertainer
Richard Scrimger has written more than 20 books for children and adults, and won a few more awards than he deserves. He teaches a bit and talks a lot. Recent novels feature an upside-down world and the back of Laura Secord’s cow. His latest hero is both irresistible and a doofus. Fortunately, confusion is Richard’s natural state. Just ask his children. He has four of them - no, wait, they have him. Visit him at http://www.scrimger.ca or follow @richardscrimger
|11:45||12:15||WORKSHOP: Mireille Messier (Blue Spruce: The Branch)||TBC||The Story of the Story (author of The Branch)|
Before writing a story, you need an idea. Mireille Messier will show you the true events that inspired her to write her picture book The Branch. Followed by a Q&A with the author, if time permits.
|13:30||14:00||WORKSHOP: David Poulsen (Red Maple: And Then the Sky Exploded)||TBC||David Poulsen’s presentations with students are high energy, informative, infused with his passion for reading and writing and, most of all, they’re fun. He begins by sharing his journey to becoming a writer; it is sometimes hilarious (“The world’s worst rejection letter” and “The scariest moment of my life” are two examples), sometimes poignant (his first successful story was inspired by the tragedy of the Battle of Dieppe), sometimes inspiring (“if I can get my picture on the back cover of a book, so can you”) and always entertaining. Next, David’s reading will focus on a recent book written for the age group to whom he is presenting and as a former actor, he admits to ‘performing’ his readings. And finally, there is David’s favourite part of the presentation—the Q and A as audience members pepper him with questions that ‘never fail to amaze and delight.’ It is a time that students and adult audiences alike have called everything from “inspirational” to “totally a blast.”|
|10:15||10:45||WORKSHOP: Lorna Schultz Nicholson (Red Maple: Bent Not Broken: Madeline and Justin)||TBC||Creating Real Characters!|
Characters are the heart of stories. They stir up emotions and can make you laugh and cry. Lorna enjoys answering questions about how she develops her characters. This session will be an interactive Q and A. How do characters evolve? What is a character sketch? How many drafts does it take to get a character right? Yes, it always, always takes many more than one. Bring your questions!
|13:15||13:45||WORKSHOP: Jennifer Dance (Red Maple: Hawk)||TBC||Flying over the Oil Sands: Join Jennifer Dance as she travels to Northern Alberta in search of the facts about the Oil Sands Industry, its effects on the environment and the health of the people who live downstream. With personal video and photographs, Jennifer will show you the importance of good research and how to differentiate between fake news and the truth.|
|13:15||13:45||WORKSHOP: Wesley King (Red Maple: Laura Monster Crusher)||TBC||Release your Inner Monster Crusher|
Join author Wesley King for a fun-first exploration of how he became Laura Ledwick and saved the world. We will discuss how writing and fantasy can tackle real world issues like bullying and self-doubt and create something magical. He will also discuss his journey from reader to author in the Forest of Reading. The short presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A session so bring your questions! Wesley always looks forward to discussing all things awesome with readers.
|10:15||10:45||WORKSHOP: David Skuy (Red Maple: Run)||TBC||Letting your character write the story - How grit and determination wrote RUN. David Skuy speaks about the journey in writing RUN, and how a fictional character taught him not to quit in his fight to bring his story to light. |
|12:45||13:15||WORKSHOP: Vicki Grant (Red Maple: Short for Chameleon)||TBC||WHAT’S SO FUNNY? (author of Short For Chameleon)|
Love to make people laugh? Whether you’d like to write punchier punchlines or more comical comics, this is the workshop for you. Vicki Grant gives you her top ten tips on creating LOL stories, characters and situations. Q & A to follow.
|10:15||10:45||WORKSHOP: Joel Sutherland (Red Maple: Summer's End)||TBC||Are you obsessed with Stranger Things, Goosebumps and Stephen King? Join "Canada's answer to R.L. Stine," Joel A. Sutherland, to discuss all things horror. For the bravest of readers only…|
|12:45||13:15||WORKSHOP: Allan Stratton (Red Maple: The Way Back Home)||TBC||Allan Stratton will answer any of your writing questions: How do you build a story? How do you get inside the heads of your characters? How do you get unblocked? In addition to tips, he’ll also answer any questions you have about The Way Back Home and read one of your favourite scenes.|
|10:45||11:15||WORKSHOP: Vikki VanSickle (Red Maple: The Winnowing)||TBC||In her workshop Vikki will talk about the process of creating an alternate history and delve into some of her favourite conspiracy theories and how they inspired THE WINNOWING|
|11:45||12:15||WORKSHOP: Danielle Younge-Ullman (White Pine: Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined)||TBC||Danielle Younge-Ullman will give you the inside scoop on the true events that inspired her novel, EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED, talk about the process of turning real life into fiction, and get you thinking about the stories from your own life that might make for great fiction.|
|11:30||12:00||WORKSHOP: Fonda Lee (White Pine: Exo)||TBC||Fonda Lee: Aliens, Soldiers, and Spaceships! What Makes Great Science Fiction? (author of Exo and Zeroboxer) |
Fonda Lee answers your questions, and talks about the inspiration behind her books and how she creates exciting and believable futuristic worlds based on real science.
|11:15||11:45||WORKSHOP: M-E Girard (White Pine: Girl Mans Up)||TBC||Want to hear about what it’s like to have a college education and career in something completely unrelated to writing—like say, being a registered nurse—and wanting to get creative on the side? Join M-E Girard as she talks about why it’s totally legit to have writing be your creative side gig while you build on an unrelated career to pay the bills.|
|12:30||13:00||WORKSHOP: J.M. Kelly (White Pine: Speed of Life)||TBC||J. M. Kelly: Stuck for Ideas? Get Unstuck and Get Writing! (author of Speed of Life)|
We'll start with a Q&A where participants can ask me questions about ideas, and I'll also explain where I found mine for Speed of Life, and more importantly, how I combined smaller ones into something big enough for a novel. Then we'll do some idea generating as a group and you'll leave with a fun, inspiring tool to help you get unstuck in the future.
|12:30||13:00||WORKSHOP: Karen Nesbitt (White Pine: Subject to Change)||TBC||Writing About You – Good stories happen in believable settings, with characters that readers can relate to. Writers write what they know. Karen will talk about where her ideas for writing about teenagers come from, and offer tips on memoir for young writers who want to tell their own stories. Bring your pen!|
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