Young Writers' Camps

Young Writers' Camp

In partnership with YouthWrite®, Metro Continuing Education and The Bennett Centre are pleased to offer Young Writers' Camps to students in grades 4-9. Camps are offered during Teachers' Convention and Spring Break.
 Young Writers’ Camp is held at Avonmore School (7835-76 Ave) during Teachers' Convention and
The Bennett Centre (9703-94 Street) during Spring Break.
All camps run from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Two day camps are $89.95 (including GST)
 Grades 4, 5 & 6 March 1 & 2, 2018 March 26 & 27, 2018 Grades 7, 8 & 9 March 28 & 29, 2018
*Pre and post camp supervision is available from 8:00-9:30 am and 3:30-5:00 pm for an additional cost.

YouthWrite®, a prominent organization in Edmonton's writing community, has organized and hosted writing camps for kids the past 20 years. At Young Writers' Camp, students will work with top-notch published authors, learn writing techniques for specific genres, and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance from experienced writers. YouthWrite® specially hand-picks our instructors! For more information, contact The Bennett Centre at 780.468.1439. For information on additional upcoming camps, visit the YouthWrite® website. Register online here or by phone at 780.428.1111!

 

The 2018 instructor line-up is now available! 

 

Teachers' Convention - March 1 & 2, 2018 (Grades 4, 5 & 6)

Spyder Yardley-Jones was born in the darkest jungle of Alberta and is an award winning visual artist who has been illustrating for printed publications, solo and group art shows , teaching art to youth and adults for more years than he has fingers and toes to count on. Not to mention he also works as an assistant preparator at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

AIM – Artificial Intelligence Manual - You've just invented the newest A.I. (artificial intelligence ) home unit. But where's the manual?  You'll write and draw an 8-page (zine format) manual with beautiful illustrations that exalt your invention’s amazing abilities.  Join cartoonist/artist Spyder for oodles of toon fun!

Minister Faust is a novelist, print/radio/television journalist, blogger, sketch comedy writer, playwright, and poet. He first achieved literary accolades for his debut novel, The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad. He contributed to BioWare’s Mass Effect 2, co-wrote the Kasumi DLC for Mass Effect 2, and wrote BioWare’s Gift of the Yeti and Maxis’s Darkspore.

HERO-MAKER - What do Katniss Everdeen, Luke Skywalker, Avatar Korra, and Bilbo Baggins all have in common? It’s more than just being heroes—it’s that they’re archetypal heroes.  But what are archetypes? They’re patterns, formulas, or algorithms that exist in all stories and religions and lives. If you understand them, you can make heroes that are exciting, the kind people dream of being, the kind that you want to talk about forever and ever with friends and fans to debate what you hate and what’s great.

Angela Flatekval is simply always singing and dancing and telling story after story? Angela comes to YouthWrite via a vast and varied creative life. She’s been a dancer of dances, a singer of songs and a player of parts. Developing and re-inventing a creative voice is a lifelong process. It is an honour and an incredible joy to be a part of your journey.

Inside and Out - Powerful characters are created by authors and performers. Using open scenes as a launch pad, we’ll create a process for you to deepen the characters you write and play by discovering the answers to questions such as: Who are you? Where are you going?? What are you doing??? And most importantly… What Were You Thinking????

Spring Break - March 26 & 27, 2018 (Grades 4, 5 & 6)

Tyler Enfield is the author Wrush, Madder Carmine, and most recently, Hannah And The Magic Eye. He’s also a published and exhibiting photographer, and his interactive film, Invisible World, was produced by the National Film Board this year. In his free time Tyler enjoys interstellar travel, dream photography, and sugar cereal. He has a dog, a wife, and two daughters.

Write A Fantasy Story That Would Blow The Socks Off Harry Potter If He Read It - Ever wanted to write your own fantasy story, but not sure where to begin? Learn the "Fantasy Blueprint" every young author needs to write their own Harry Potter. We'll explore the key elements to good fantasy writing, the importance of developing magic, world-building, point of view, and much more in this fun workshop especially designed for those with a passion for fantasy.

Dawn Carter is a performance poet and creative non-fiction writer known for her engaging style. She explores themes of race, womanhood, mental health, self-empowerment, and self-discovery, always challenging herself to write, perform, and speak what should not be left unspoken. She counts Vue Weekly, Other Voices, and Contemporary Verse 2 among her publication credits.

Upside Downtown, Inside Outerspace - In this workshop, we get to shift our perspective on just about anything! We’ll look inwards, outwards, from up above and down below at ourselves, people we know, and our surroundings in ways we might not have thought of before. Let’s remake what we know and set our imaginations to “slant”!

Melissa-Jo Belcourt Moses comes from a rich Metis ancestry and possesses a wealth of cultural skills, acquired from Metis and Aboriginal elders throughout northern and central Alberta.  As a certified instructor, she has taught decorative arts and creative skills within Native Cultural art programs on Native reserves and Metis settlements.  A deep connection to her roots is the inspiration for much of her artwork and ongoing research in developing, in others, an appreciation for the Metis contribution in Canada’s history.

Art and Words - Why choose one word over another; why choose one image over another? How do images have an uncanny power?  How does metaphor connect us with the unsaid and the spiritual?  Discovery is at the heart of this hands-on workshop – find how you can weave together your art and words.

Spring Break - March 28 & 29, 2018 (Grades 7, 8 &9)


Mel Hohn is an illustrative designer from Edmonton who lives in a land on the other side of a closet. Her favorite part of her life is being able to travel all over Canada to display her work! She enjoys creating in her home studio, painting with watercolour, carving linocuts, and learning about new topics.

Text Art: Images in books and comics are often helpful to convey scenes and feelings that are difficult to describe textually. What happens when you are the one who is writing the text as well? How do you find the beautiful balance between images and words? Learn about text art and how to write the content of text art: create your own artwork to accompany your words.

Jeff Page is a teacher, actor and director with 30+ years professional experience in the performing arts. Currently, he is a writer, director and editor for NewComer Television, which creates videos helping newcomers adapt to life in Canada. He has taught at the University of Alberta, both main and Augustana campuses, and Red Deer College. His work with children includes residencies with Trickster Theatre, Theatre Prospero, and YouthWrite.

“I Write Who I Am” gives you an opportunity to create characters through improvisation in a playful and collaborative environment. Inspired by this creativity, embark on a written exploration of extraordinary characters in a make-believe world.