This workshop is a practical behind-the-scenes look at the everyday experiences Jessica Scott Kerrin curates to develop material for her stories. In so doing, she demonstrates how everyone has experiences worth sharing. She shows step-by-step how she hones an observation and turns it into a completed manuscript ready for publication. She also includes video clips, short readings and several writing exercises to help you cultivate your voice, your stories. This workshop is intended to benefit writers who are particularly interested in creating works of fiction for children and young adults.
Participants will need to bring a notebook/paper to participate in the writing exercises.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
The best-selling author of 15 works of fiction (chapter books, middle readers and picture books), Jessica Scott Kerrin has presented at literary conferences across Canada and the United States. She has taught writing workshops for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Association of English Teachers of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers and the International Reading Association. In addition, she has served on juries for many national and Atlantic Canadian writing competitions, including the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards. She lives in Halifax and favours Atlantic Canadian settings in her work.