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!

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree, two-spirit writer, poet and scholar from Peguis First Nation. He is working on his PhD at the University of Calgary (Treaty 7), focusing on Indigenous Literatures and Cultures. His book of poetry, full-metal indigiqueer, (Talonbooks) was the 2016 winner of the Governor General’s History Award for the Indigenous Arts and Stories Challenge, and his novel, Jonny Appleseed, which debuted in Spring 2018 with Arsenal Pulp, has been long-listed for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.


Writing With the Body: Survey your bodies in hopes of finding stories that may be written on the skin or in the blood.  The best stories are written sensually, by which I mean written with all of our senses intact. Begin orating narratives that have been encapsulated within or upon you, be they from a scar that may blossom into a poem or a wound that could flower into a world. 




 The Amazing Winter WordPlay Super Supers (Others TBA)


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!


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.






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!