Tales of the Young Authors’ Conference

Posted On Monday May 16, 2022

A number of young writers came together in various ways recently to work with professional authors for the 43rd annual Young Authors’ Conference

This year, nearly 2,000 students in grades 4 through 12 took part in the hybrid event featuring online workshops on May 5 and in-person sessions at Thompson Rivers University on May 6.

"It was a joy to return to hosting this special event with a long history of celebrating young authors and their creative writing talents,” said Tricia Persad, District Literacy Coordinator. “We are very proud of the conference and of everyone who participates in it."

In-person sessions in TRU’s Old Main building on May 6 had students working on prose and typing it out on typewriters, creating their own pictographs, using real-life experiences to create fiction, analyzing popular movies and novels, and learning how to create great hooks and compelling twists to keep the reader engaged, among many other activities.

Young Authors’ Conference virtual and in-person workshop presenters included:

  • Raymond Nakamura: Cartoonist/writer/educator
  • Kevin Sylvester: Author/Illustrator/Broadcaster
  • Sarah Suk: Author of young adult novels
  • Miranda Krogstad: Poet
  • Kelsey Jules: Secwepemc/Syilx artist and author
  • Tiffany Stone: Children’s poet and picture book author
  • James McCann: Writer, Dungeons and Dragons connoisseur
  • Tamara Vukusic: Author, poet, former TV host, and lover of typewriters
  • KC Dyer: Author of books for teens and adults
  • Monique Gray Smith: Award-winning, best-selling author
  • Holman Wang: Lawyer and children’s book author
  • Murray Kimber: Governor-General award-winning artist
  • Garry Gottfriedson: Secwepemc Nation author and poet
  • Roz Nay: Best-selling thriller author

Special congratulations to Chace McLellan (grade 7 at Pacific Way Elementary) for The Harp and Fyfe Brookes-Gillingham (Grade 12 at NorKam Senior Secondary) for A Forgotten Voice, recipients of the Marg Van Dusen Award, named after a former Kamloops educator.

"The Young Authors' Conference organizing team was extremely impressed by the quality of this year's manuscripts,” said Persad. “We noticed a wide variety of genres and a focus on current topics. It was hard to choose the recipients of the Award because there were so many excellent submissions."

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