|10:00||11:00||Forest of Reading Ceremony||Waterloo - Kinsmen Arena||This year's list of nomintated titles brought readers into a world of informative and thought provoking literature. Join us in awarding the talented Canadian author with the Waterloo Regional Silver Birch and Red Maple awards. Even though though awards will be given in Toronto on May 15-16, 2018, the 2018 Waterloo Regional winners will be announced. Hosted by: TBC|
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Kathy Kacer||Waterloo - Wright Auto Sales Lounge||Finding and writing personal family stories|
In addition to answering any and all questions about me and the many books I’ve written, I'll talk about interviewing family members or important people in your community, and developing stories about their history and background: interviewing, listening, and turning that information into courageous stories.
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Vicki Grant||Waterloo - Viewing Lounge||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.
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Mary Beth Leatherdale||Waterloo - Teaching Theatre||Mary Beth Leatherdale: It All Starts With a Question (author of Stormy Seas)|
Where do ideas come from? How do they become books? Mary Beth Leatherdale answers your questions about how to turn interviews and research into writing. Learn tips for researching your own family’s stories.
|12:00||12:30||Workshop - Heather Camlot||Waterloo - Wright Auto Sales Lounge||Heather Camlot: Ready to write? (author of Clutch)|
Is your head bursting with an idea that just has to get out? That’s what happened to Heather! She’ll share the inspiration for Clutch and answer questions about writing, researching and knowing very little about baseball. Be ready: she’ll also have questions for you!
|12:00||12:30||Workshop - Sara Cassidy||Waterloo - Viewing Lounge||When is the sky a frying pan? Why would a shoe seller's ears be filled with snow? The best writers draw, sculpt and even make music with words. Sara Cassidy, author of A Boy Named Queen, will share tips for you can invite your readers to see, hear and feel when they read your stories.|
|12:00||12:30||Workshop - Lorna Schultz Nicholson||Waterloo - Teaching Theatre||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!
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Wesley King||Waterloo - Wright Auto Sales Lounge||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.
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Shari Green||Waterloo - Viewing Lounge||Eat These Words -- Shari Green shares tips for choosing delicious words, then answers your questions about MACY McMILLAN, writing, and what it's like being an author.|
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Katie Smith Milway||Waterloo - Teaching Theatre||In The Banana Leaf Ball, Deo is an orphan in a Tanzanian refugee camp where bullies form gangs and steal what they can. When a coach gathers all the camp’s children together to play soccer, those who were afraid of one another begin to laugh together and collaborate in other ways. Kids Can Press author Katie Smith Milway shows 7-12 year olds how understanding each other’s stories can build empathy and how “play” can build trust, leadership and common ground. In her workshop, Katie will:|
· take students through the story
· show some slides of the real “Deo” (Benjamin Nzobonankira), now returned to his home country of Burundi as a soccer coach
· involve students in a simple trust-building game (they can just turn to their neighbor – no running around)
· engage in Q&A
|13:30||14:00||Workshop - Anne Innis Dagg||Waterloo - Viewing Lounge||Do you want to be a biologist when you grow up who studies animal behaviour? If so, why not start now? Keep notes about what your dog or cat does, or what you see animals doing in the wild. Your efforts could lead to becoming a professional who can help improve the lives of various species!|
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