Winter WordPlay 2023
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Winter WordPlay 2023
For Ages 10+ daycamp 12+ overnight
An unforgettable experience for creative writers to spend time with quality instructors and other talented peers discussing ideas and sharing their work.
An Important Note on COVID-19:
YouthWrite Society Canada remains committed to the safety and health of our youth participants and employees. As such, we are adhering to the guidelines and recommendations of Alberta Health Services and the Public Health Agency of Canada. We recognize this is an evolving situation and will make updates on our website as information from Alberta Health Services becomes available.
At this point in time, our plans for a live, in-person Winter WordPlay experience remain in place.
As of November 11, 2022 our policies for camp will be as follows:
- All staff and YouthWriters will be masked while indoors at Winter WordPlay, aside from when those staying overnight are in their own rooms.
- We will be taking temperatures and asking screening questions as YouthWriters arrive.
We thank you for your patience during this turbulent time.
Guest Instructors & Workshop Description
Three great authors
+ one great weekend (or day)
+ fun and hijinx
= the wordplayfully delightful camp you’ve come to
know as YouthWrite®!!!
Titilope Sonuga, Lauren Seal & Mary Pinkoski: Poet Laureate Palooza!
3 Separate workshops form 3 amazing YouthWrite Favorites... did we mention they're all Poet Laureates?
- Strut your stuff at the Inklings!
- Guffaw at the BEEG LEETLE show!
- Be wowed by our evening entertainers!
- Wordplay because YOU’ve got the write stuff!!!!
- Bring along a friend and win a YouthWrite® prize!
Meet Your Instructors!
Meet Your Coordinator and Supers!
Gail Sidonie Sobat
is a multi-award-winning teacher and author, with twelve books for children, teens and adults, and a number of educational and academic articles. A Global News Woman of Vision and an Arts and Culture Citation Award recipient, she is the YouthWrite creator/coordinator, an international presenter, an instructor in the professional writing program at MacEwan University and in the Faculty of Education at U of A. Gail was The Writers’ Union of Canada Regional Representative for Alberta, NWT and Nunavut, and writer in residence with the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries
She has moved forty times in her life from Badlands to Siksika Nation Reserve to hideous suburbs to Istanbul to the Sunshine Coast to her writer’s garret in a century-old temperamental house. She adores all of her Supers & Coordinators equally, and loves YouthWrite like a Madwoman!
YouthWrite River Valley Coordinator
has been involved with YouthWrite for approximately 16 years…she can’t remember the exact number, because she’s been having so much fun! She completed her BEd degree at the U of A, and since then has had the wonderful opportunity to apply her love of education with her passion for movement, teaching Dance at various schools with EPSB. She also works as a freelance dance teacher/choreographer, dances with the local contemporary company ViVA Dance, and performs in aerial circus with Firefly Theatre and Circus. Marla is beyond excited for the magic that once again will be taking place at YouthWrite's Winter WordPlay and to work with Gail who loves her best!
Super Joey Lucius
Joey Lucius is a writer and performer from Edmonton. He is a Canadian Comedy Award Winner and Canadian Screen Award nominee for his work on YTV’s That’s So Weird. He's also been a staple at Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre since 2007. As a writer, Joey is a contributor to the online Beaverton, and is currently developing a project about the Filipino-Canadian experience that received a letter of interest from the CBC. He thinks birds are cool!
He is so excited to be spending this winter weekend with some amazing YouthWriters! Yeet! …Did I use that right? Oh, yes, and Gail - did I mention how delighted I am to be working with Gail?
Joey is also delighted to be wearing his hat as Super Joey for the weekend!
Super Mason Repka
when in this world, likes to write, create, play, explore, build LEGO, tell stories, and sword fight. Otherwise, you'll find Mason flying through galaxies far, far away, or trudging through mountains with a sword in one hand and staff in the other, readying another group of adventurers to face off against a mighty dragon, or perhaps befriend it. Mason also works as a Communications Manager for YouthWrite and is very excited to be a part of Winter Wordplay this year, and looks forward to all the word playful fun and being Gail's favourite!
Communications Manager Tania Gigliotti
Tania is a powerhouse administrator, amazing client services manager, excel wizard, and an adorable little hobbit. She spends her spare time researching youth engagement in living history museums for the Young People are the Future project, as well as reading a lot of good books and eating a lot of good food. She's also Gail's favorite.
For any inquiries about Winter Wordplay, other YouthWrite Programing, or to contact us, email us at email@example.com
Hope to see you at camp!
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