YouthWrite's Winter Wordplay 2017! 



January 27 - 29, 2017

with guest instructors

Wayne Arthurson, Dawn Carter, and Natasha Deen


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 14 - 19   /  $195   /  January 27 - 29
Day Program
Ages 11 - 19   /  $160   /  January 28
Price includes: tuition, supplies, meals, snacks, accommodation,and evening entertainment.
Price includes: tuition, supplies, lunch, supper, snacks,
evening entertainment.



Our Guest Instructors:

Wayne Arthurson is an Edmonton based indigenous writer, author of the award-winning and bestselling Leo Desroches crime series and the new book in the Sergeant Neumann crime series, The Traitors of Camp 133. He was the 2016 Writer in Residence for the Edmonton Public Library and plays drums in an indie rock band called $1.49 Day. 
Writing Saloon 
This informal salon is for writers with an interest in any genre. Dabble in writing exercises, lively discussion and yes, readings, all to awaken your creative spirit and explore techniques to get you writing.
Dawn Carter is a performance poet and creative non-fiction writer known for her engaging style. She explores themes of race, womanhood, mental health, self-empowerment, and self-discovery, always challenging herself to write, perform, and speak what should not be left unspoken. She was a regional finalist in CBC’s 2005 Poetry Face-Off, and counts Vue Weekly, Other Voices, and Contemporary Verse 2 among her publication credits. In her workshops, she creates collaborative and compassionate spaces for writers of all ages to confidently write and share their truths.
Words That Matter
The world around us spins faster than a Tardis through time. Changing, moving, growing, shrinking. Swirling, twirling, unfurling. There we are, pulling levers and pushing buttons, shifting our gears, and discovering ourselves as we try to understand the world around us, our place in it, and what matters to us. Let's write about those things, and share our hopes and questions for the world we live in.
Natasha Deen’s family moved from Guyana, South America to Calgary, Alberta, which she found terribly exciting—until she met her first minus-forty-degree winter day, at which point she began to question the sanity of the grown-ups around her. She writes for children, teens, and adults, and her recent books include Lark Holds the Key, Sleight of Hand, (CCBC Best Picks for Kids and Teens, starred selection), Gatekeeper (Moonbeam Award), and Guardian (CCBC Best Pick for Kids and Teens, Moonbeam Award, Sunburst Award nominee). 
The Many-Headed Liar: Creating 3D Characters  
Ever struggled with paper-thin characters? Learn simple, effective ways to develop believable, relatable characters that readers love or love to hate.




The Amazing Winter WordPlay Super Supers (including a Super-in-Training)


 Marla Albiston has been involved with YouthWrite for over ten years now, and she has been Coordinator of JustWrite for two years. Marla also teaches dance at Eastglen High School, advanced Jazz dance for Orchesis at the U of A, works as a freelance dance teacher and choreographer, dances with the contemporary company, ViVA, and trains in aerial circus with Firefly Theatre and Circus. Most importantly, she is beyond excited for a weekend of wordplayful fun with the lovely Gail whom she loves.






Cole Feth, our Super-inTraining, is a newly translated Edmontonian pursuing an education after-degree at the University of Alberta. He is a self-designated nerd, trapped in a pseudo-athlete's body. Cole has passions for golf and refereeing hockey, which he has been involved with at the highest amateur levels. Outside of sports, Cole finds immense pleasure in travelling, spawned by a 5-week backpacking adventure throughout Europe. Writing is a newfound joy of Cole’s, with notions of sense of place, and the unpacking of power/social inequality falling in his current niche. “The thing they tell you that you cannot do is the thing you must do”.  And Cole does not yet know how much he loves Gail.


Noel Taylor has been a supervisor with YouthWrite since 2007 and has loved every minute of it! During the day Noel is a theatre teacher in Edmonton, Alberta. During the night time Noel is an improviser and actor with Hey Ladies at the Roxy Theatre Network as well as Rapid Fire Theatre. Noel loves Gail the mostest. 


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!