You are a creative Writer between the ages of 13 – 18. You would like to write, play and create with other inspiring Writers…..If this in some small way describes you, then spend a long weekend with us! You’ll get to work with experienced writers, explore a variety of forms of writing – spoken word, poetry, short stories – create pieces of your own, and collaborate to complete a ‘zine.Writers at all levels will be challenged and supported in a friendly, creative atmosphere. Everyone will be encouraged to offer respectful feedback, celebrate differences and to write, write, write!
Check out the video made by the Young Writers 2012
Program Cost: $590 ($360 tuition + $230 meals/accommodations)
We fundraise to make the program accessible for all youth who want to attend. Bursaries available!
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program.
Shauntay Grant is a writer, spoken word performer, musician, and creative arts facilitator. She has shared her blend of poetry and music internationally at festivals and events, and as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate in 2010.
Shauntay regularly conducts arts workshops and performances for youth and adults. She is the artistic producer for Wordrhythm Productions, and she coordinates the arts-for-social change project Poets 4 Change. Shauntay is the recipient of a 2011 INSPIRE Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters and a 2010 Poet Of Honour prize from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She serves on the board of Youth Voices of Nova Scotia, and she is the host of CBC Radio’s regional music program All The Best. www.shauntaygrant.com.
Joanne Jefferson has been passionately active in the Nova Scotia writing community ever since she helped create Quod Libet, the QEH arts and literary magazine, in 1981. She was a contributing editor with the Halifax-based newspaper, Pandora; a founding member of the Oxford Street Writers Group; and she helped establish the Community of Writers, and annual program of the Tatamagouche Centre. In 2006 and 2007, Joanne facilitated a poetry stream at last years Young Writers’ program.
Joanne contributes a regular arts column to the Chronicle Herald and has sold her writing to national and regional publications including the Globe and Mail, Atlantic Books Today, and Nova Scotia Craft News. She received a BA from Acadia University and an MA from Dalhousie University. In May 2007, her work was selected for the Vagrant Press’ anthology “The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction”, a collection of 15 short stories by gifted Atlantic Canadian writers.
Brian Braganza, Program Resource Group (PRG) facilitator. Brian is a Program Associate with HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development and co-founder of the Bridgewater Community Christmas Society. Brian’s other pursuits include wilderness travel and he has been leading wilderness trips for 15 years. Brian lives on a farm in rural Nova Scotia with his wife and daughter and is currently writing a poetry manuscript that is an exploration and a building of home.