Marion Crook on 7 Ways to Make a Young Reader’s Hair Stand Up!

marion-crook-featuredMarion Crook was a guest columnist for Writers’ Digest in January 2017 on 7 Ways to Make a Young Reader’s Hair Stand Up.

Marion is the author of Writing for Children & Young Adults published by Self-Counsel Press as part of the Self-Counsel Press Writing Series. The Updated 3rd edition came out in 2016.


— Marion Crook

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Booktalk on Stepping Stones by Margriet Ruurs: January 16th


The BC Literary Council and the Lower Mainland International Literacy Association have asked Margriet Ruurs to talk about her latest book, Stepping Stones, A Refugee Family’s Journey, in celebration of Family Literacy Day:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Norma Rose Point School, Learning Commons Room
5488 Ortona Road, Vancouver (near UBC off University Blvd)

Meet & Greet 4:00 pm | Program Begins 4:30 pm | BCLCIRA Meeting Follows

FREE admission! Everyone welcome! Light refreshments! Door Prizes!

refugee-boatsBooks will be available for sale & signing before and after the official program.

Attendees will be invited to make a small voluntary donation to support a Syrian refugee family sponsored by Literacy Haida Gwaii.

If you wish, memberships to the International Literacy Association will be available on site with a special discount of $10.

This also entitles you to a British Columbia Literacy Council of the International Reading Association Membership.

— Margriet Ruurs

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Celebrate the New Year with VCLR!

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Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable

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Join CWILL at VPL March 8, 2017

vpl_writingillustratingkidsbooks_17_let_col— Vancouver Public Library

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Writing and Illustrating Kids’ Books: The Inside Story

lecturesInterested in writing and/or illustrating books for young readers? Join six professional children’s authors and illustrators to find out how they broke into this exciting field and built their careers. Ask questions and get practical information on: how to improve your writing; how to find a publisher and submit your work; what agents do; what to look for in a book contract; and the financial rewards of children’s publishing.

Writing and Illustrating Kids’ Books: The Inside Story
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm) | VPL Central Branch

Come when the doors open for a book signing and to meet the authors and illustrators:

Claire Eamer | Tanya Lloyd Kyi | Suzanne de Montigny | Ellen Schwartz Holman Wang | Janet M. Whyte

Vancouver Public Library in partnership with CWILL BC

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Wishes Come True at St. Francis Xavier


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

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