Forest of Reading Ceremony
London - Main Stage
This year's list of nominated titles brought readers into a world of informative and thought provoking literature. Join us in awarding the talented Canadian author with the London Regional Silver Birch and Red Maple awards. At this ceremony the London Regional winner for the Silver Birch and Red Maple awards will be given. The official awards will be given out in Toronto on May 12-14, 2020.
Hosted by: To be determined
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Joe Morse (Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes)||London - Tent #1||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Go-Show-the-World.jpg||Heroes without Capes: audio/visual presentation on the super powers each one of us has using the real life characters from the book Go Show the World. Focus: history, personal storytelling, culture, empowerment, empathy, diversity, environment and media awareness.|
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Nhung Tran-Davies (A Grain of Rice)||London - Tent #3||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Grain-of-Rice.jpg||So you don't think you can write? Join Nhung in a Q&A session on taking chances and putting your story down into words, |
and realizing the power of words to effect positive changes in the community.
|11:45||12:15||Workshop - Sylv Chiang (Cross Ups 02: Anyone's Game)||London - Tent #2||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Cross-Ups-02-Anyones-Game.jpg||In ANYONE'S GAME, the characters in the|
Cross Ups video game all have awesome Super moves. Have you ever thought about your own talents? What might the video game version of you be like? Bring a pencil so you can sketch your own
Cross Ups character while author Sylv Chiang answers your questions.
|12:15||12:45||Workshop - Laura Weymouth (The Light Between Worlds)||London - Main Stage||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Light-Between-Worlds.jpg||THE ART OF FINDING YOUR OWN VOICE, with Laura E. Weymouth|
Through a brief exploration of several notable artists, we'll explore what creativity is, discuss the fundamental nature of art, and learn how we all, at some point or other, function in the role of artists as we find or make meaning within the world around us.
|12:15||12:45||Workshop - Kenneth Oppel (Inkling)||London - Tent #1||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Inkling.jpg||Using Powerpoint visuals, and a short reading from INKLING, Ken will introduce readers to the world of his imagination and answer as many questions as humanly possible.|
|12:15||12:45||Workshop - Anna Humphrey - SB Express (Megabat)||London - Tent #3||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Megabat.jpg||Truth + Lies = Fiction|
Find out which parts of Megabat were inspired by true-life events, learn 5 tips for borrowing real details and making stuff up in your own stories, and ask Anna Humphrey anything you want about how she spends her days as a professional liar (AKA fiction writer).
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Philippa Dowding (Oculum)||London - Main Stage||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Oculum.jpg||OCULUM is a middle-grade dystopia … but what’s a dystopia? What real-world issues did the author research, and which books did she read (and re-read) to write this story?|
Join Philippa Dowding to hear more about how she became a writer, where she goes for inspiration, and what goes into creating a book cover. Plus, discover what made her write OCULUM, a story about climate-change, robots, and hope for the future.
One key outcome will be a deeper understanding of the DYSTOPIA genre.
A second key outcome will be a greater knowledge of a writer’s life, how research informs our work, and where ideas come from.
A third key outcome will be to see how real life (climate change, the global seed vault in Norway, William Shakespeare, electronic waste and more), is reflected in a book.
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Natasha Deen (In the Key of Nira Ghani)||London - Tent #2||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/In-the-Key-of-Nira-Ghani.jpg||Ever wonder if there’s a secret to being a great writer? There is! Join Natasha to find out the Three Things a writer should do if they want to write good stories, and the TOP THING they need to do if they want to write great stories. Natasha will also answer your writing questions, so bring those, too!|
|13:15||13:45||Workshop - Kevin Sands (Call of the Wraith)||London - Main Stage||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Call-of-the-Wraith.jpg||Crafting a Story|
Come talk stories with Kevin Sands, author of the Blackthorn Key adventures. We'll discuss where ideas come from, break down the parts of a story, and learn what you need to be a successful writer. Bring all your questions!
|13:15||13:45||Workshop - Lena Coakley (Wicked Nix)||London - Tent #1||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Wicked-Nix.jpg||Cooking Up a Story!|
Lena and her workshop group will create a new story from beginning to end—learning the recipe for a great story along the way. Participants will discuss the importance of the right ingredients—main characters, antagonists, and allies—and will learn how to stir them into a great plot and turn up the heat.
No pen or paper necessary, just bring your imagination and your hunger to create!
|13:15||13:45||Workshop - Pam Withers (Stowaway)||London - Tent #3||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Stowaway.jpg||Make Your Writing Real!|
To write a novel about a grizzly-bear poaching gang (that was caught by teens using their drones), Pam visited the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia and watched grizzly bears from a safe perch. To write a wilderness survival novel that involved snowboarding, Pam took up the sport, interviewed avalanche survivors and studied helicopter accident reports. To write a novel about a kayaker who was kidnapped, she read a pile of books about people who'd actually been kidnapped. Her workshop on how to make fiction writing "real" is jam-packed with entertaining stories about her research, and includes a session in which students partner up and interview one another as experts, then write from the information gained, emphasizing the five senses. This has participants laughing and learning at the same time. Bring nothing but a pencil and pad of paper. Fourth grade up, no maximum number of participants.
What participants will learn
how and why to conduct research that will make fiction writing more authentic
how to find, approach and get information from experts
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