Every Cloud has a Story Lining
Saturday, June 11th
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Fort Saskatchewan Library’s writer in residence, Marty Chan, showcases the work he has created over a 25-year career as a playwright, radio humourist, and author. He’ll share the embarrassing stories from his childhood that inspired his kids books and talk about the inspiration for his hit plays and books. And if that’s not enough, Marty will also attempt to escape from a straitjacket in honour of his steampunk fantasy series about Harry Houdini. Whether you’re 8, 18 or 80, you’ll enjoy Marty’s light-hearted and funny presentation.
Writer’s Boot Camp
Tuesday, Jun 14
7:00 – 8:30 pm
In this back-to-basics writing workshop, author and playwright Marty Chan shares his techniques for developing plot, character and conflict. Through personal anecdotes and writing games, he reveals easy-to-apply writing concepts that will help you add some muscle to your stories and get your manuscript into shape.
Saturday, June 25
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Throughout this afternoon of celebrations, Fort Saskatchewan Writer in Residence Marty Chan will have two enchanting performances:
The Dragon Pond and Other Chinese Folktales
Author and storyteller Marty Chan shares folktales from China. He’ll reveal how the Dragon Pond got its name as well as the origin of Chinese New Years. With a bit of stage magic, he brings to life stories from an ancient civilization.
Small Town Life
Author Marty Chan shares tales of his unique childhood growing up in Morinville, Alberta, as the only Chinese kid in town. With a dash of humour and a sprinkle of truth, he cooks up some funny anecdotes about trying to fit in at school and finding frozen brains.
A Writer’s Life
Tuesday, May 24
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Registration is recommended. Call 780-998-4275.
Marty Chan hosts an informative panel about the business and life of a writer. Mystery novelist Janice MacDonald, crime author Wayne Arthurson and young adult author Karen Bass share their experiences as successful writers. They’ll talk about how they broke into the industry and reveal how they’ve been able to stay in the writing business for so long. Whether you’re interested in mystery, crime or young adult fiction, this panel will answer all of your questions.
Junior Book Club (7:00 – 8:00)
Monday, May 30
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Marty will be joining the Junior Book Club to discuss his book, Mystery of the Frozen Brains! New members welcome!
Ghost Story Writing Camp (Grades 4 – 6)
Tuesday, May 31
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Space is limited. Call to register: 780-998-4275.
Want to scare your friends with a creepy story? Join WiR Marty Chan for a spooky session about how to write suspense stories that you can tell at camp and sleepovers. Learn how to create a thriller that will have your friends hiding under the covers and peeking over their shoulders.