YouthWrite's Winter Wordplay 2019! 



January 25 - 27, 2019 Full Weekend

January 26, 2019 Day Camp

with guest instructors

Meg Braem & Joshua Whitehead


The Bennett Centre

9703-94 Street


Calling all new and returning YouthWriters!  Work with your choice of two guest authors, reunite with your favorite supervisors, be blown away by our evening entertainers and come prepared to be completely wordplayful!

2 Ways to Participate:

Overnight Program
Ages 12 - 19   /  $200   /  January 25 -27
Day Program
Ages 11 - 19   /  $165   /  January 26
Price includes: tuition, supplies, meals, snacks, accommodation,and evening entertainment.
Price includes: tuition, supplies, lunch, supper, snacks,
evening entertainment.


Our Guest Instructors:

Meg Braem is an Alberta-based playwright.  Her plays have been nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award and won the Alberta Literary Award for Drama, the Alberta Playwriting Competition and Playwright Theatre Centre's “The News Competition.” Her work has been presented at the Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Lunchbox, The Belfry, Sage, Sparrow and Finch, and Intrepid Theatres as well as Theatre Transit and Atomic Vaudeville. Meg is currently the Lee Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Alberta.

Playful Playwriting - Ever wanted to write a play? Explore how to come up with an idea, create characters and how to make a story dramatic through stream of consciousness exercises, sharing work and discussion. Leave filled with ideas that you didn't know you had!

Lady Vanessa Cardona is a Mestiza, Colombian, first-generation immigrant artist and community builder.  She started her artistic career in Windhoek, Namibia and currently lives in Amiskwaciwaskahikan (Edmonton), Treat 6 Territory.  Lady graduated with a BFA and specialization in theatre and development from Concordia University and is a mentor of a refugee leadership group, Newcomers are Lit (Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network). Most recently, she garnered the 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion title.  Featured in the chapbook, Water, published by Glass Buffalo, Lady is currently working on her upcoming book, La Sangre Llama. 

Our voice, our poems - Our stories are sacred and should always be treated as such! People have been sharing stories on this land for thousands and thousands of years. Stories and myths ground us, provide perspective, lessons and hope.  Start with a brainstorming session; think critically and purposefully about how to share your stories.  Share your stories with integrity and healing creative energy. Leave with new skills, tools and perspectives on how to share your stories through art and words.




 With Special Evening Guest, Jana O'Connor:

Jana O'Connor is an Edmonton-born performer, improvisor, theatre instructor and playwright. She is also a cast member/writer on the national CBC Radio sketch comedy show, The Irrelevant Show. She adores improv - in performance, as a teacher, and as a catalyst for her writing. In 2010, Jana was awarded one of seven 2010 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Awards for her work as a playwright.







 The Amazing Winter WordPlay Super Supers


Deirdre Sprenger is a student at the University of Alberta pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She has performed in and choreographed for many dance and musical theatre productions throughout high school, and directed a one-act play in NextFest. In her spare time, Deirdre volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club. She loves working with young people and through a career in teaching hopes to provide students with the opportunities she was privileged to have in finding her passion. Deirdre is thrilled to be a part of the YouthWrite team, and has come to know just how much she adores Gail!



Dylan Thomas Evans is a physical theatre artist hailing from Edmonton. A graduate of MacEwan University's Theatre Arts Program, he holds his Advanced Performer’s Certificate from Trinity Guildhall London. He was Super at Youthwrite River Valley Experience 2018, but as an seasoned camper and the Beat-boxer to the Spoken Word Youth Choir, he’s delighted to work with Gail again. Dylan enjoys practicing ballet on weekdays, taking photographs, and spending time with his dog.  He cannot wait to be Gail’s favourite Super!









Jessica Ziesman graduated from MacEwan’s Social Work program in 2011 and has been providing in-home early intervention to children with autism as well as behaviour support in elementary schools. These experiences inspired Jessica to pursue a new career in teaching. She is now a student at the University of Alberta, where Gail has quickly become her favourite prof! Jessica is a self-proclaimed über-nerd. She loves trivia, puzzles, studying maps (for fun), and watching Scandinavian crime dramas on Netflix. Her husband, Scott, and cat, Taco are her two biggest fans. Jess is learning all about how much she loves Gail!









Gail Sidonie Sobat  is a multi-award-winning teacher and author, with eleven books for children, teens and adults, and a number of educational and academic articles. She is the YouthWrite creator/ coordinator, an international presenter, an instructor in the communications program at MacEwan University and in the Faculty of Education at U of A, and the Regional Representative for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut for the Writers’ Union of Canada.  She adores all of her Supers and loves YouthWrite madly!