Festival Field Trip – September 28, 2017

Preparations are underway for our 9th season of events designed to excite high school students about reading and writing, and pique their interest about a variety of topics.

New fiction:

  • High school life for Janna, a Muslim student, in S.K. Ali’s novel, Saints and Misfits and for Sidney, a Jewish student, in Leanne Lieberman’s novel The Most Dangerous Thing look at universal themes of identity, family, and friendship, moderated by Shelley Tanaka.
  • Amanda West Lewis bases her novel The Pact on a true story, relating what life was like for a boy growing in World War II Germany, navigating a path between propaganda and truth, conscience and survival.
  • Two historical fiction novels imagine the lives of early Canadian writers. Cecily Ross gives us The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie and Melanie Fishbane presents her idea of Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s teen years in Maud.

New Non-Fiction:

  • Arctic adventures abound in Kevin Vallely’s Rowing the Northwest Passage, a daring feat and up-close look at the effects of global warming.
  • Craig Davidson takes us on another kind of ride – one experienced by the “Special Needs” kids who he gets to know while working as their bus driver, and who influence his own growth and redemption, in his acclaimed memoir, Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077.

TeensWrite! Studio:

  • YA novelist and teacher, Leanne Lieberman, helps students come to grips with “Writing Difficult Subjects.”
  • Richard Scrimger, prolific author of over 20 books for children and adults will direct students how to “Show not Tell.”
  • Armand Garnet Ruffo is a poet and associate professor of English at Queen’s University, whose writing also extends to stories, biography, and film-making that reflects his Ojibway heritage. He offers a poetry workshop.

Teachers - Buy your Class Tickets Here!

To add multiple events to your cart, simply click on the first event you want to purchase, enter the desired quantity, then return to this page and click on the next event. Each event selected will automatically show up in your cart.

Festival Field Trip

Event # 4. The Other Side of the Conflict: WWII Fiction
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Amanda Lewis



Festival Field Trip

5. Living Large: Rowing the Northwest Passage
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Kevin Vallely




6. Writing Engaging Characters
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Richard Scrimger

***SOLD OUT***

Festival Field Trip

7. Differences and Similarities: YA Fiction
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

S.K. Ali, Leanne Lieberman
Moderator Shelley Tanaka


Festival Field Trip

8. A Compassionate Career: Memoir
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Craig Davidson





9. Writing Poetry
11:10 am – 12:40 pm

Armand Garnet Ruffo

***SOLD OUT***


Festival Field Trip

11. Susanna and Maud: Biography Meets Fiction
12:30 pm – 1:30pm

Melanie Fishbane, Cecily Ross
Moderator Danika Lochhead


12. Writing Difficult Topics
12:50 pm – 2:10 pm

Leanne Lieberman




Festival Field Trip is sponsored by Peter Candlish – CIBC Wood Gundy, the Retired Teachers of Ontario/ Les enseignantesenseignants retraités de l’Ontario (RTO/ERO) District 20, Keystone Property Management Inc, the Limestone District School Board, and the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.