The Vicious Circle returns 

The 6th annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival, produced by the Vicious Circle, is Whistler's premier literary celebration and a key fixture in the resort's growing cultural calendar, taking place Sept. 14th through 16th. The festival has something for everyone, including opportunities for good discussion, chances to meet some of Canada's brightest literary talents and hear them read and perform their work, and if you're a writer or a prospective writer, this is the place to kick start or re-ignite your efforts.

This week our third writer, Sara Leach, with help from Paulette Bourgeois, weighs in on writing for children. Sara is working on her third manuscript for middle-grade readers. She gains inspiration from her children, her students, and the local environment. Her work has been published in several Canadian publications including Pique Newsmagazine and the Whistler Question. Paulette Bourgeois will be offering a workshop on writing for young adults on Saturday, Sept. 16th at Millennium Place. To register, contact Stella Harvey at 604-932-4518 or .

The festival is brought to you by the letter W, the number 15, and the funding support of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Community Foundation of Whistler and the B.C. Arts Council.


Writing for imagination


By Sara Leach

Imagine creating a new world. Imagine immersing yourself to the point you don’t realize where you’ve been for the last hour. Imagine the satisfaction of taking something mediocre and working with it, tweaking it, massaging it until it becomes something good.

Those are the joys of writing for me.

Now imagine writing a story that impacts a child — a story that changes the way she sees the world.

“Writing for children is enormously gratifying,” says author Paulette Bourgeois, “because the author has the potential to create a lifelong love of reading in a child.”

Do you have a children’s story inside you, waiting to be told? Or a story you’ve been telling your kids that you think would make a good book? Or, like me, a pile of manuscripts that need improving? (I’ve written 14 drafts of my first book for young readers, and I’m still working on it.)

Bourgeois, famous for the Franklin the Turtle picture books, is now writing young adult fiction. On Sept. 15, as part of the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival she will offer a two-hour workshop on writing for young adults.

The workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in writing for the 9-16-year old age group, whether you are a beginner with a story percolating inside, an experienced writer with a manuscript you think could be better, or someone who really loves to read young adult fiction and wants to hear about some good titles.

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