Write to Film Registration is Open

Wanting to write for film and television–YouthWrite has you covered. There are scholarships for youth–please see their page for full information.

July 14-19: Write 2 Film in Calgary, AB. Ages 14-19. Day camp (Ages 18+ may arrange with the facility to stay overnight at an extra cost, but there will be no supervision from YouthWrite staff.)

Join me on June 24th for the ANNEthology Launch!

You’re invited to an online celebration of The ANNEthology, with authors Paul Coccia, Hope Dalvay, Matthew Dawkins, Natasha Deen, Judith Graves, Shari Green, Mere Joyce, Deirdre Kessler, Susie Moloney, Susan White, and editor Robin Sutherland in attendance.

Join us for this FREE online event.

DATE: Monday, June 24, 2024

TIME: 7PM Atlantic Time, Register for the event here.

The ANNEthology: A Collection of Kindred Spirits Inspired by the Canadian Icon

Book Summary:

Join ten of Canada’s top young adult fiction writers as they set Canada’s favourite red-haired orphan, Anne Shirley, on brand new adventures.

With its futuristic settings, cybernetic beings, ghosts, mysterious books and boxes, and racial and sexual diversity in its cast of characters, The ANNEthology offers serious “scope for the imagination” for all readers. 2024 marks the 150th anniversary of L.M. Montgomery’s birth and the 30th anniversary of Acorn Press, Prince Edward Island’s longest-running traditional publishing house. What better way to celebrate these milestones than publishing a collection of stories inspired by the Island’s (and one of Canada’s) most beloved authors?

Sure to include something for everyone, this is a must-have collection for Anne of Green Gables fans.

ISBN: 9781773661537 | Price: $24.95 | Pub Date: June 30, 2024

An Afternoon with the Nominees

Much thanks to the hard work of the Writers Guild of Alberta & Audreys Books for the lovely afternoon of reading.

Award nominees: Mieko Ouchi, Katherine Abbass, Alice Major, Thomas Wharton, Premee Mohamed, Astrid Blodgett, Jennifer Bowering Delisle, Ben Lof.

Get Published! Writing Fiction for Young Readers

Get Published! Writing Fiction for Young Readers

What does it take to get a middle-grade/teen novel published? What are children’s book publishers looking for? Let our panel of experts show you what you need to do to get your manuscript published!

Panelists include industry professionals Vicki Grant, author; Michelle Kadarusman, author; and Patricia Ocampo, Senior Editor, Kids Can Press.

“I attended this seminar and it was a great chance to be surrounded by professionals in the industry and get real answers and insights. The Book Centre is an excellent connector, and the opportunity to get exposure with publishers, editors, and other writers is inspiring.” —Lucy Leiderman, author of the Seven Wanderers Trilogy

Saturday, May 11, 2024
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT



REGISTER NOW at bookcentre.ca/getpub2024

Each participant will also receive a digital copy of the CCBC’s best-selling guide, Get Published! The Writing for Children Kit.

Panelist Bios:

Vicki Grant has been called “a superb storyteller” (The Canadian Children’s Book Centre) and “one of the funniest writers working today” (The Vancouver Sun). She began her career as an advertising copywriter, moved on to writing scripts for Theodore Tugboat, Big Comfy Couch and her own Gemini-winning series Scoop & Doozie before graduating to YA fiction. Her novels have won the Red Maple Award, the Arthur Ellis Award and CBC’s Young Canada Reads, as well as been shortlisted for the Edgar, CLA Children’s Book of the Year and numerous Forest of Reading awards. Her novel, 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You, has been translated into 17 languages and optioned for film. Publishers’ Weekly called A Green Velvet Secret, her latest middle-grade novel, a ‘winning novel,” with “quirky, full-fleshed characters and a tender third-person narration.” Vicki lives in Halifax, NS.

Michelle Kadarusman is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning children’s author. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and has also lived in Indonesia and Canada. Her novels have earned many awards, nominations and honours, including the Governor General’s Literary Awards, Freeman Book Awards, Green Earth Books Awards, USBBY Outstanding International Books and Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year. She lives in Toronto, Canada, and Byron Bay, Australia.

Patricia Ocampo is Senior Editor at Kids Can Press and previously worked at HarperCollins, Annick Press, Simon & Schuster, and Transatlantic Agency. Patricia is past president of the Canadian section of the International Board on Books for Young People. She teaches children’s book editing at The Chang School.

Millie’s Heading into Battle! 🥳

Delighted to hear Millie & the Great Drought will be part of the Fort Worth ISD Battle of the Bands! Wishing all the luck to the students—have fun reading and battling (although, spending your day reading amazing stories feels like a win, all around!).


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