Presented in partnership with:

Algonquin School Board logoLimestone District School Board logoOntario Trillium Foundation

Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Limestone District School Board
Faculty of Education at Queen’s University

Funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation SEED Program

A new Education initiative for 80 area high school students, selected to participate by their school boards to work with the following authors:

Tim Wynne-Jones

“Who am I?”
“Wouldn’t you like to know?
This workshop focuses on how a narrative scene can work to reveal character by what he or she does and says.


Author Tim Wynne-Jones lives in Perth Ontario and is an award-winning author of children’s books (Blink & Caution), young adults (The Boy in the Burning House) and adult books. His characters are complex and vividly portrayed, while his stories, both supernatural and realistic, are creatively written. He is a faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts teaching the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program.

Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang

Poetry: Experimenting with Voice 

This workshop will encourage students to explore and experiment with different voices while searching for their own.


Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is the author of the award winning poetry books, Status Update (2013) and Sweet Devilry (2011). She has been widely anthologized in such collections as Best Canadian Poetry 2013 and is also the editor of two poetry collections, Desperately Seeking Susans (2013), and the forthcoming Tag: Canadian Poets at Play.  As well Sarah is a children’s writer of picture books, non-fiction, and young adult fiction and her forthcoming books are Sugar and Snails and Everyone Has Toesy Toes. Sarah teaches at Sheridan College.

JM Frey

World Building – Writing Speculative Fiction

Science Fiction and Fantasy both rely on building imaginative worlds that feel real and plausible. Learn how to world-build by a master writer.


J.M. Frey is a science fiction and fantasy author, and fanthropologist and pop culture scholar.
She is also a freelance voice actor and speaker. She appears as a guest on podcasts, television and radio programs, and is currently the recurring pop-culture contributor on AMI-audio’s daily morning show‘s “Live From Studio 5”. Her books include the meta-fantasy series: The Untold Tale, The Forgotten Tale and the Silenced Tale. She is currently working on Skylark Song, a steampunk action novel.

Sean Michaels

Writing Online: Why Write for the Internet?  

Writing for the Internet is not only a vital and important means of communication but it is also another way to create art. Learn how writing on-line can prepare you for writing a novel.


Sean Michaels is a Canadian novelist, music critic, and blogger. Michaels was the founder of Said the Gramophone, one of the first mp3 blogs, where he was among the first music critics to write about Arcade Fire, Beirute, Nicolas Jaara and Feist. His music criticism is known for a dreamy, literary writing style, contributing to his work as a writer in residence for events like the Dawson City Music Festival and, since 2009, Sappyfest. Six years after its founding, Said the Gramophone was recognized by Time as one of the world’s 25 best blogs. His first novel Us Conductors won the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize.