Writing on Fire
In March and April, Grade 8 and 9 students from PDHS (and five other schools along the North Shore) participated in Writing on Fire, a pilot project organized by Read by the Sea to encourage and inspire young writers. It had three components:
1) In early March, members of the Writing on Fire committee (me and Norene Smiley from Pugwash) visited Grade 8 and 9 ELA classes to promote the program and “spark” student writing. During these half-hour presentations, students were provided with postcards on which to write flash fiction. These fantastic poems and short stories displayed on the first floor of PDHS.
2) On Friday, April 5, the same Grade 8 and 9 students were visited by Sue Goyette, an award-winning Halifax poet and novelist. During her hour-long presentations, Ms. Goyette shared writing tips, hilarious stories, and had students write short poetry. It was an entertaining and inspiring visit.
3) Writing on Fire culminated in a full-day writer’s workshop held at River John School on Saturday, March 6. Six Maritime authors – Don Aker, Sheree Fitch, Sue Goyette, Kathleen Martin, Philip Moscovitch, Steve Vernon – delivered workshops on writing fiction, nonfiction, comics, poetry, and more. The fifty students who attended – including three from PDHS – not only learned many great writing tips from authors, but they also had a chance to meet other young writers from along the North Shore. It was an incredible experience for all involved. For more details and to see photos from the day, search Facebook for “Writing on Fire.”