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Festival Authors Visit with UCDSB Students
UCDSB Students Visit with Authors During 1000 Islands Writers’ Festival
Posted on 05/02/2019
Eric Walters and students

May 2, 2019 (Gananoque, ON) - Canadian authors gave hundreds of Upper Canada District School Board students insight into the writing process April 24-26 as part of the recent 1000 Islands Writers’ Festival, held in the Gananoque area. 

Authors Heather T. Smith, Eric Walters, Lesley Crewe, Ted Barris and storyteller Deborah Dunleavy inspired a love of reading, discussed life as an author, and stressed the importance of research when producing quality material during presentations to students at area UCDSB schools and community locations. 

“It was really an opportunity to build relationships between our school communities and the greater community and provided a wonderful opportunity to encourage literacy,” said Nancy Clow, a Learning Commons Informationist at Gananoque Intermediate and Secondary School (GISS), who helps organize the author visits.

“Students are given insight into a career they may know nothing about, and we’re hoping that author visits will turn a non-reader into a reader through something they heard that day, or that our students will be inspired to consider writing in a different light,” said Clow.

Events hosted at UCDSB schools, or involving our students, included:

  • Smith visited Linklater Public School to address several classes. She spoke about writing, her resiliency and the coping mechanisms she relies on to deal with common challenges of writing, such as receiving rejection letters from publishers.
  • Walters spoke to GISS students about the writing process and the necessity of planning and research to reach success.
  • Dunleavy led storytelling sessions at Thousand Islands Elementary School
  • GISS Grade 11 students enjoyed a writer's workshop led by Cape Breton author Lesley Crewe 
  • Linklater Public School students attended a musical performance by Andrew Queen and the Campfire Crew, which stressed music as literacy.
  • GISS history students enjoyed lunch at the Gananoque Legion while listening to a talk by author/historian Ted Barris about his recent book Dam Busters.

The authors were brought to the school by the festival throughs sponsorships from the Town of Gananoque, as well as the local Rotary and Lions clubs. 

For more information, please call: 

Nancy Clow
Learning Commons Informationist
Gananoque Secondary School

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