WordPlay 2012




When:    January 27, 28, 29, 2012
Where:   The Bennett Centre
               9703-94 Street
               Edmonton, AB

Two great authors
  + one great day
  + supervisors many of you know and love
  + evening entertainment
  + the BEEG LEETLE Show
  + fun and hijinx
  = the wordplayfully delightful camp you’ve
     come to know as

But there's even more fun at Winter WordPlay...

  • Perform at the Poet’s Café!
  • Strut your stuff at The Inklings!
  • Guffaw at the BEEG LEETLE show!
  • Be dazzled by Joe Vanderhelm and Rapid Fire Theatre, our evening entertainers!
  • Experience snowy delights on nearby Gallagher Hill!
  • WordPlay because YOU’ve got the write stuff!!!!

And three friendly and familiar faces will be on hand to greet you and be your fabulous hosts and supervisors: Gail Sidonie Sobat, Super Noel Taylor, Super Marla Albiston

How little does this amazing weekend cost you ask? We strive to make this opportunity available to any young writer across Alberta (and beyond). There are two options to choose from:

January 27-29, 2012
(overnight program) ages 14 and up: $175.00 + $8.75 GST
(or $183.75 total)

Price includes: Tuition, supplies, meals, snacks, accommodation, evening entertainment.

January 28, 2012
(day program) ages 12 and up: $150.00 + $7.50 GST
(or $157.50 total)
Price includes: Tuition, supplies, lunch, snacks, evening entertainment.

YOUTHWRITE Winter WordPlay 2012

is thrilled to introduce our guest instructors:

Richard Van Camp, award-winning writer of novels, comic books, picture books, poetry, and the current U of A Writer-in-Residence.

Richard  is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, Canada.
His poems, short stories and novellas have been published in anthologies and journals since 1992. Three of his short stories from Angel Wing Splash Pattern, "Mermaids", "Sky Burial" and "The Night Charles Bukowski Died" have been narrated by Cree actor Ben Cardinal and broadcast nationally as radio dramas on CBC. Richard wrote for CBC's North of 60 television show for two months under their Writer Internship Program and was a script and cultural consultant with them for four seasons.
Richard is also the author of two children's books with the Cree artist, George Littlechild, A Man Called Raven and What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?
He has performed at both the Winnipeg International Authors' Festival as well as the Vancouver Writers' Festival; he's been a Literary Mentor at the British Columbia Festival of the Arts (1998) and performed at the 2nd Annual Moose Jaw Festival of Words, the Aboriginal Voices Festival, the Baltic International Canadian Studies Conference in Riga, Latvia, and the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies' 2003 Conference in Rovaniemi, Finland as well as the two Honouring Words Literary Festivals across Canada (2002) and throughout Australia (2003).

Christine Wiesenthal, poet, biographer and editor.  
Christine is pleased to be returning to YouthWrite where she has previously instructed and been guest presenter on numerous occasions.

She most recently edited The Collected Works of Pat Lowther, and her previous books include a poetry collection, Instruments of Surrender, and The Half-Lives of Pat Lowther. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines including Fiddlehead, Geist and In Fine Form: Canadian Form Poetry (eds. Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve), and she has also contributed interviews to collections such as Tim Bowling's Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation (with P.K. Page). Instruments of Surrender was shortlisted for the Stephan G. Stephannson and Gerald Lampert Poetry Awards in 2001 and 2002; The Half-Lives of Pat Lowther was awarded the Canadian Historical Association's Clio Prize for British Columbia in 2005, and shortlisted for the 2006 Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction.