Over the past four years, Glen Huser has served as writer-in-residence for grade four classes in a series of pre-Christmas workshops at St. Francis Xavier Elementary in Vancouver.
The students develop a story plan which involves deciding on a central character who has a particular wish. Of course, there are problems along the way in making this wish come true—but, ultimately, success! During the residency they learn different ways of beginning a story, creating scenes, writing dialogue, using imagery, crafting humour, and illustrating their text. In a culminating session, they present their books to an audience of classmates, parents and other guests. Each student receives a copy of Glen’s chapter book for young readers—Jeremy’s Christmas Wish.
— Glen Huser