YouthWrite's Winter Wordplay 2018! 



January 26 - 28, 2018

with guest instructors

Mark Haroun & S.G. Wong


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 26 - 28
Day Program
Ages 11 - 19   /  $165   /  January 27
Price includes: tuition, supplies, meals, snacks, accommodation,and evening entertainment.
Price includes: tuition, supplies, lunch, supper, snacks,
evening entertainment.


Our Guest Instructors:

Mark Haroun is an award winning screenwriter and playwright. He is currently a co-executive producer and writer on CBC’s hit series HEARTLAND.  He has also written for Hallmark Channel’s CEDAR COVE.  His plays include UNDER COVER (Concrete Theatre, Persephone Theatre) and A GIRAFFE IN PARIS (Citadel Theatre, Geordie Productions).
Trippingly on the Tongue: Writing great dialogue starts with great characters...

S.G. Wong, Arthur Ellis Awards finalist and Whistler Independent Book Awards nominee, writes the Lola Starke series and Crescent City short stories: hard-boiled detective tales set in an alternate-history 1930s-era "Chinese L.A." replete with ghosts and magic. She speaks four languages, usually only curses in one of them, and is based in Edmonton, where she can often be found staring out the window in between frenzied bouts of typing.


Creating your WHAT with your WHO(s):  No matter the genre you write, every story benefits from a bit of mystery...  




Mark Kozub is author of the notably strange non-fiction bestseller Weird Edmonton and a founder of Edmonton’s Raving Poets, the wild beatnik-style performance poetry & improv music experience featured in the TV documentary, Backroom Beat. As a professional writer for over 20 years, Mark has written for magazines, books, radio, web, speeches, stage and more.  A musician and author of the bestseller Weird Edmonton, his new foray into fiction is I'm in Love with a Ghost.


RAVE ON: How to Write Powerful Poetry!  Get in touch with your innermost creative core and get it on the page! Through fun and loopy exercises, you’ll learn how to break free from that dreaded “writer’s block” and write everything from hilariously half-baked concepts to poetry to performance poems and more.


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 three 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 is 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 spent this summer at YouthWrite so now knows how much he loves Gail.




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 does not yet know how much she adores 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!