This past week, a bevy of CWILL BC authors took to the stage to perform at venues around the lower mainland.
On Friday, September 25th, Lori Sherritt-Fleming and Silvana Goldemberg led a fantastic workshop—Writing with Writers—to celebrate Canada Culture Days at the Brighouse branch of the Richmond Public Library. Lori and Silvana led an interactive, hands-on workshop that featured word games with rhymes and puns that inspired attendees in the creative process.
Tiffany Stone did a reading and drawing activity connected to her new picture book, Teatime, and—most magically—shrunk down to fit into a teacup. Not a believer? Here’s the photographic evidence:
Afterwards, Kathy Beliveau, author of the Yoga Game, read from her book and led kids in a dynamic session of yoga.
Finally, author and illustrator Lee Edward Födi read a scene from his latest book, Kendra Kandlestar and the Search for Arazeen, and then did a short presentation to show the audience the source of the scene’s inspiration: exotic markets from around the world.
It was a packed house—and no wonder! After all of the performances, the young attendees got to embark on a treasure hunt in the fairy garden! (And how awesome is it to get to read at a venue that has a fairy garden?)
On Sunday, a whole slate of CWILL authors participated at the Word Vancouver festivities at the downtown branch of the library, starting with two writing panels.
Panel #1, “Getting Started and Staying Motivated as a Published Children’s Book Author,” featured authors Aleesah Darlison (a guest of CWILL BC, visiting from Australia), Janet M. Whyte, D.R. Graham, Lori Sherritt-Fleming, and Mark David Smith.
Both panels had standing room only! Attendees not only got to hear from each of the authors speak about a particular area of expertise, but came away with a stack of handouts.
Later in the afternoon, illustrator Kathryn Shoemaker hosted the Kids’ Words tent, where many CWILL authors performed, including . . .
Tiffany Stone (Tea Time) . . .
Kallie George (Clover’s Luck) . . .
Robert Heidbreder (Song for a Summer Night) . . .
Jeremy Tankard (Melvis and Elvis) . . .
Melanie Jackson (Eyesore) . . .
and Brandee Bublé (Jayde Jaybird), shown here with Kathryn Shoemaker.