A week of culture and literacy

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.

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Later that evening, several CWILLers participated in “Adventure Awaits!” at Christianne’s Lyceumn as part of the Word Vancouver festivities.


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.


Panel #2, “The Creative Process . . . Tips and Techniques for Mapping Out Stories,” featured authors Lee Edward Födi, Tiffany Stone, Lois Peterson, and Melanie Jackson.


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) . . .    wots2015_reading_tiffanystone

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.


About Lee Edward Fodi

I’m a children’s author, illustrator, and specialized arts educator—or, as I like to think of myself, a daydreaming expert. I'm the author of the Kendra Kandlestar series, The Books of Zoone, and Spell Sweeper. During my free time, I'm a traveler, adventurer, and maker of dragon eggs. I live in Vancouver with my wife and son.
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