|10:00||11:00||Forest of Reading Ceremony||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo 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. |
HOSTED BY: Karen Murray-Hopf
With a background in Early Childhood Education, including 18 years in a library setting, Karen’s experience as a performer, singer-songwriter and local TV personality allows her to share her energy and enthusiasm with all-ages!
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Michelle Kadarusman (Silver Birch Express - Theory or Hummingbirds)||Waterloo Region - Teaching Theatre||Love hummingbirds? Just like Alba and Levi in The Theory of Hummingbirds, author Michelle Kadarusman is crazy about these feisty little birds. Join her for a fun-facts birdie quiz and learn how to fold your very own origami hummingbird.|
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Kevin Sylvester (Silver Birch Fiction: The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem, Silver Birch Non-Fiction: Basketballogy: Super Cool Facts You Never Knew)||Waterloo Region - Viewing Lounge||Design your own super-hero outfit!|
Using a template from the book Mucus Mayhem, kids will draw and design their own super-hero logo, cape and outfit.
It all starts with Kevin's patented 5-second cartooning class, and his own demonstration of how to draw a logo and come up with a super-power.
This will involves lots of interplay with the audience as they yell ideas at Kevin that he has to incorporate into HIS design.
Then the kids get some time to do their own work.
|12:00||12:30||Workshop - Eric Walters (Silver Birch Fiction: Elephant Secret, Red Maple: Fourth Dimension)||Waterloo Region - Wright Auto Sales Lounge||Hanging with the Herd|
What would it be like to hang out with a herd of elephants? Or have a tiger on your front lawn? Or spend time with a baby beaver, swim with sharks, have a 2 meter long boa constrictor trying to squeeze the life out of you? Join Eric Walters as he talks about his encounters with animals in his researching of his stories.
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Natalie Hyde - (Silver Birch - Mine!)||Waterloo Region - Wright Auto Sales Lounge||There are strange things done in the midnight sun…and just like the|
characters in her story, Mine!, Natalie has been to Dawson City, Yukon to
see them for herself. Join her to hear the tales of this cool and quirky
place that have inspired her writing. Ask her about her writing process,
what it’s like to be an author, and if she dared to join the Sourtoe
|12:00||12:30||Workshop - Rob Laidlaw (Silver Birch Non-Fiction - Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night)||Waterloo Region - Viewing Lounge||Rob Laidlaw: Improving the future through writing non-fiction (author of Bat Citizens, Defending the Ninjas of the Night)|
Can non-fiction writing help make the world a better place? You bet it can! Rob will talk about why he writes books about animals and the process he uses. He’ll also answer any questions you have about non-fiction writing or his previous books and the wildlife protection work he features in his writing. You’ll definitely pick up some useful tips that will help you research and write your own non-fiction, so you too can make a contribution to improving the world.
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Catherine Rondina (Silver Birch Non-Fiction - Carey Price: How a First Nations kid became a Superstar Goaltender)||Waterloo Region - Teaching Theatre||Go behind the mask with author Catherine Rondina as she invites readers to experience the incredible story of superstar goaltender Carey Price. Catherine’s interactive workshop will have hockey-reading fans cheering from their seats! Follow this inspiring tale of a young First Nations kid who had a dream as big as the country he plays for. Catherine will delight her audiences with facts, fun and some insider talk about Canada’s favourite game. Let Catherine take you between the pipes to see how a great athlete became a national hero.|
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Red Maple - Don't Tell the Enemy)||Waterloo Region - Viewing Lounge||Ask Anything! Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Don't Tell the Enemy, Making Bombs for Hitler and 20 other books offers an open forum about all questions book and writing related. How to deal with blank page syndrome? How do authors get paid? How do you do research? ... What do you want to know?|
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Lorna Schultz Nicholson (Red Maple- A Time To Run: Stuart & Sam)||Waterloo Region - Wright Auto Sales Lounge||Let’s Write a Story!|
Where do ideas come from? How do you take that idea and make a story? How does it end up being full-length a novel? Lorna is passionate about stories, and loves talking about the writing process. This session will be an interactive Q and A. Come with your questions!
|12:00||12:30||Workshop - Pam Withers (Red Maple - Tracker's Canyon)||Waterloo Region - Teaching Theatre||Make Your Writing Real!|
To write a wilderness survival novel that involved snowboarding, Pam took up the sport, interviewed avalanche survivors and studied helicopter accident reports. To write a novel about a kayaker who was kidnapped, she read a pile of books about people who'd actually been kidnapped. Her workshop on how to make fiction writing "real" is jam-packed with entertaining stories about her research, and includes a session in which students partner up and interview one another as experts, then write from the information gained, emphasizing the five senses. This has participants laughing and learning at the same time. Bring nothing but a pencil and pad of paper. Fourth grade up, no maximum number of participants.
What participants will learn
how and why to conduct research that will make fiction writing more authentic
how to find, approach and get information from experts
|13:30||14:00||Workshop - Wesley King (Red Maple - A World Below)||Waterloo - Wright Auto Sales Lounge||During this workshop we will touch briefly on general points of creative writing and Wesley’s process, followed by more book-specific points for A World Below: researching fiction stories, writing about culture, and utilizing multiple perspectives to build suspense. And of course themes of self-identity and why we so often keep our struggles 'in the dark.'|
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