Well done, Genny Knowles!

Congratulations, Genny Knowles!

Genny, a member of the Young Writers' Club of North Vancouver, won first prize in the Federation of BC Writers’ Young BC Writers Contest. The results haven't been posted to the FBCW's site yet but Genny received an email yesterday announcing the good news. Soon her story, Caitlyn's Book, should appear as the winner of the $400 scholarship. 

This was Genny's first competition and she is only in grade 8. She was competing against much older and more experienced writers.

Talent & hard work were on her side.

I’m sure this is the first of many writing achievements for Genny.

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons: Congratulations Beach at Druidston Haven from a road alongside Hotel by Steve Sheppard

Thank you, Eileen Cook!

I’ve read almost every book that Eileen Cook has written so when she accepted the invitation to lead the Young Writers’ Club this week, I don’t know who was more excited – me or the young writers.

I love Eileen’s books because they are funny and poignant. When she speaks, her stories are infused with intelligent humour. She recounted her journey from her earliest rejections to becoming a published, full time author. Her messages were ones we’ve all heard many times and need to hear many more times: keep on trying, keep on improving your craft. Read. Read. Read.

Her exercises fired up imaginations and led to a lot of laughter.

Thank you, Eileen, for carving out this time to visit our group. You’re a tough act to follow. I’m glad there is a month until our next meeting.

PS If you want to follow Eileen on twitter, her handle is @Eileenwriter