Y O U T H PROGRAMMING
The Saskatchewan Festival of Words is committed to encouraging lifelong reading and writing. We stand by this mission by offering free youth programming to kids of all ages. For more information on current youth programs, please see below.
If you wish to support these initiatives, please consider donating.
Writers in Schools
Our Writers-in-Schools program brings professional authors into classrooms to work on creative writing and/or spoken word projects with students. The workshop involves writing and editing exercises, and an emphasis on public speaking and performance. This project will be run twice a year in Spring and Fall.
This program was run for a few years but was dropped due to lack of funding. We were happy to be able to revive this program in Fall 2016 with Johnny Trinh as our instructor thanks to funding provided by Saskatchewan Lotteries and the City of Moose Jaw! Our next instructors will be Zoey Roy in November and Marty Chan in March.
Battle of the Books
During our Spring Writers in Schools program, we partner with the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division to bring in a writer to host their Battle of the Books program. The writer also does a presentation for the Battle of the Books schools and the staff participates in mini battles leading up to the event.
The Kids Ink workshop gives children aged 9-13 hands-on experience with a nationally acclaimed author. The 2016 program will focus on creative writing. All of the children involved, are given an accepting and creative space where they can develop their potential in a positive way.
Storytime for Little Ones
Storytime for Little Ones is an hour long reading session with a professional children's author during the summer festival. Kids ages 4+ are invited to listen to their favourite author reading from their books and telling stories.
Teen Writing Experience
The Teen Writing Experience is a week-long workshop for teenagers ages 14-18. Teens get to spend the week with a professional author who will lead them through writing and editing exercises. At the end of the week, teens get a chance to perform their works at the Teen Read-Out at the Festival. The instructor for 2018 is Beth Goobie with special guest speaker, Kai Cheng Thom.
The Teen Writing Exerience is put on through a partnership with Sage Hill Writing.
We would like to thank Peggy New for her generous contribution of two student passes to be awarded to Vanier students in memory of her granddaughter, Chelsea. The students of Vanier Collegiate have always made sure to help Peggy with anything she needs so she is happy to be able to gift these passes back to the school.