I will be doffing this cap as writer in residence officially at 11:59 pm on Thursday, December 31, 2015.
It’s been a grand year. I thank all of you who trusted me with your words and who took time to visit or attend workshops and special events. Truly, it was an honour and a privilege.
2016 will see me returning to my own writng regime and travelling to Serbia, Croatia, and nearby countries to research my novel. I also hope to finish up my book of poetry. Of course, I will still be mentoring writers in my role at YouthWrite and beyond. It is a role I take seriously. If you have a few moments, please read this very fine essay by Nick Ripatrazone. I found it a piece of truth and beauty, wise words for any writing mentor or English teacher:
“You need to love words. You don’t need to love a certain type of book or a particular writer, but you need to love letters and phrases and the possibilities of language. You will spend most of your days dealing with words, and students can sense if words do not bring you joy.” – 55 Thoughts for English Teachers
I wish you peace and joy this season. May 2016 see us open our hearts and minds to this world, its creatures and people. The world could use a little more compassion.
Best wishes for your writing,
This week’s great un-/ undersung CanLit title worth checking out:
The Gardens Where She Dreams – Rebecca Luce-Kapler explores the dimensions of a woman’s experience from early memory through young infatuation toward deepening insight as an adult. A beautiful and lyrical reflection on the life and art of Emily Carr. Quintessentially Canadian!
Writing Quote: ““I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
― Douglas Adams, English writer (1952-2001)
Writing Tips: “Vigorous writing is concise.” ~William Strunk Jr.
Writing Prompt: Whilst digging in your garden, you find a…
Image by Stuart Freedman: UK – London – A performer (Mummer) dressed as the Holly Man – the winter guise of the Green Man – processes along the Thames in a traditional ‘wassail’ ritual to welcome the New Year