Forest of Reading Ceremony
Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena
This year's list of nomintated titles brought readers into a world of informative and thought provoking literature. Join us in awarding the talented Canadian author with the Waterloo Regional Silver Birch and Red Maple awards.
HOSTED BY: To be confirmed
|11:30||12:00||Workshop - Sylv Chiang (Cross Ups 02: Anyone's Game)||Waterloo Region - Teaching Theatre||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.|
|11:30||12:00||Workshop - Kevin Sands (Call of the Wraith)||Waterloo Region - Viewing Lounge||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!
|11:30||12:00||Workshop - Helaine Becker (Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13)||Waterloo Region - Wright Auto Sales Lounge||https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Counting-on-Katherine.jpg||Katherine Johnson was a genius who figured out how to get astronauts to the moon and back safely. But you don’t have to be a genius to understand how she did it! In this fun (and entertaining!) workshop, you’ll go to the moon and back with Katherine. You’ll also learn about how she overcame huge obstacles in her life, and stepped in to become a hero when there was a life-threatening explosion in space. Bonus material – learn about the robots who will be going to space in the future to set up colonies (From Hubots!) – and meet the famous CREEPY BABY ROBOT face to face.|
|12:15||12:45||Workshop - Philippa Dowding (Oculum)||Waterloo Region - Wright Auto Sales Lounge||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.
|12:15||12:45||Workshop - Nhung Tran-Davies (A Grain of Rice)||Waterloo Region - Teaching Theatre||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.
|13:00||13:30||Workshop - Natasha Deen (In the Key of Nira Ghani)||Waterloo Region - Wright Auto Sales Lounge||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!|
|13:00||13:30||Workshop - Laura Weymouth (The Light Between Worlds)||Waterloo Region - Viewing Lounge||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.
|13:00||13:30||Workshop - Anna Humphrey (Mega Bat)||Waterloo Region - Teaching Theatre||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).
|12:15||12:45||Workshop - Lena Coakley (Wicked Nix)||Waterloo Region - Viewing Lounge||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!
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