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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11 – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2016 ~ (From the YABS website): Story Avenue is an annual set of writing workshops held in Edmonton for all of the Grade 5 and 6 students from five Edmonton schools…The program was started in 2007 as a joint venture betwen YABS and the City Centre Education Partnership (CCEP). Ten local professional children’s authors and illustrators teach writing workshops for approximately 400 students.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2016 ~ If your child is part of the Elk Island school district, and in elementary or junior high, they can register to spend the day a host of authors/artists/illustrators learning how to better their literacy skills and have a blast doing it!

THURSDAY MARCH 10, 2016 ~ Minnekadha Literacy & Wellness Day – A fun day for students of the Coquitlam school district. Students will spend the day with artists, authors, cooks, bakers (just to name a few of the amazing presenters).

THURSDAY MARCH 31 – FRIDAY APRIL 1, 2016 ~ (From the Bennett Centre website): œIn 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.…

SUNDAY APRIL 3 – FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2016 ~ (From the Young Alberta Book Society website): œThanks to the generous sponsorship of Cenovus Energy, Wordpower North will have a team of 8 artists traveling among communities north-eastern Alberta such as Fort MacKay, Conklin, Wabasca, Lac La Biche, Cold Lake, and Bonnyville during the week of April 25-29. Both will feature a team of Albertan children’s literary artists touring to schools in rural areas that often find themselves unable to book artist visits on their own due to prohibitive travel costs.

SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2016 ~ Foothills Young Authors Conference: (From the event’s website): œThis exciting, full day event attracts more than 500 students in grades 4 to 9 from within Foothills School Division (all FSD schools serving students in grades 4-9), Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools (High River, Okotoks & Strathmore) and École Beausoleil (Okotoks). Students have the opportunity to attend three workshops of their choice with writers, illustrators, cartoonists, music writers and other presenters.…

SATURDAY APRIL 30, 2016 ~ Calgary Young Authors Conference: Students in elementary and junior high have the opportunity to spend the day with artists, illustrators, and authors, and learn about the creative process.

MONDAY MAY 2 – FRIDAY MAY 20, 2016 ~ (from the ELLA website): œThe Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization founded in 2001 to provide lifelong learning to adults 50+. ELLA partners with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension, to offer an annual 3-week Spring Session.…

MONDAY JULY 11 – FRIDAY JULY 15, 2016 ~ (from the YouthWrite website): What a Novel Idea! – You have a great idea for a novel¦a GLORIOUS IDEA!! Only¦your characters are flatter than a pancake, your plot’s got more holes than a brick of Swiss cheese, and you’re stuck on page NOT THE END. Hang out with Natasha and learn simple tips to take your writing from good to grrrrreat (and discover the #1 secret to creating an amazing story!). To register, please visit:

THURSDAY JULY 21 (MEETING EVERY THURSDAY UNTIL AUGUST 18) ~ This five-week workshop is aimed at youth, aged 12-19. Join me at the Riverbend Public Library and learn the ropes of story-telling, writing, and putting together essays. To register, please contact the library at: (780) 944-5311.