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

One door closes....


Good byes always make my throat ache.

Because I have moved out of the area, this week I led my last session of the Young Writers’ Club of North Vancouver.

It was a lively two hours with lots of laughs and some moments of pure poetry.

I’m going to miss you, young writers.

Next month the amazing Lisa Voisin will be taking over and she’ll lead the club to new heights. As hard as it was for me to say good-bye, knowing Lisa is at the helm made it much easier.

One era ends. Another dawns.

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons: Wreck Beach by Jennamayyy


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

Blog for young writers

 Hello Young Writers,  

Thanks for a great turn out last week. Your talent and ability to be creative on the spot was most impressive!

If you're looking for a blog aimed directly at you, please go to the Lynn Valley Literary Society site and click on the drop down menu for the  the Young Writers' Club page. That's where you'll find Maggie's Blog.

Thank you,

Maggie

Lynn Valley Literary Society: www.lynnlit.ca 

The Young Writers' Club of Lynn Valley

The Young Writers' Club of Lynn Valley, part of the Lynn Valley Literary Society, is coming back to life. Starting November 2012, I'm leading monthly two-hour workshops for writers in grades 5 to 12.

When:                The second Wednesday of every month

                          November 2012 to June 2013

                          4:00-6:00 PM

Where:               Mollie Nye House

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                          940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Pack your favourite pen and notebook and join us. Using various techniques including free-writing, role playing, black out poetry, and round robin writing challenges you will nurture your creative energy while silencing your inner critic. 

Full details here: Lynn Valley Literary Society

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