The Tuesday Tell-All

At our Tuesday Tell-All, CWILL BC members answer questions about their lives, their work, and their interests. Members with their own blogs post links to their sites. Others answer directly in the comments section.

If you’d like to contribute, even if you’re not a CWILL BC member, please feel free to post a comment (or suggest a future question!). We’d love to hear your thoughts.

This week’s question is again inspired by one that the students of Maywood Community School in Burnaby asked author Deborah Hodge:

What advice would you give to an elementary school student who wants to be a writer or illustrator?

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2 Responses to The Tuesday Tell-All

  1. As someone who helped to start a creative writing program for kids, I deal with this question on an almost daily basis! What I’ve always tried to do with my students is to create an environment that nurtures their creativity and help them expand their artistic horizons. In our program, we try to provide real structure—and goals—for our students, while at the same time giving them the freedom to experiment and even fail in the different writing and art forms they attempt.

    The great thing about being a writer or illustrator is that any kid can be one NOW. They can produce stories and artwork and make their own books. When I was a kid I did it with my Hilroy notebooks and construction paper. But now, with computers, it’s even easier. So I always tell kids that, ultimately, if you want to be a writer or illustrator, then start being one right today!

  2. tanyakyi says:

    My advice: file all embarrassing moments for future use. More on this here:

    http://tanyalloydkyi.blogspot.com/2009/03/ouch.html

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