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Month: April 2015

10 Ways to Raise Great Readers

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1. Read aloud together. Tell stories. Share stories. Make this a family activity. Relaxing, stillness, contemplation and shared experiences are essential in today’s hectic world. Families and communities have shared stories for thousands of years. Stories swapped, shared and discussed have always been an essential cultural pursuit. There are so

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Creative Writing: Getting Surreal

Creative Writing: Getting Surreal

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Recently, at the Centauri Arts Academy, I’ve been using surrealist experiments as a part of the writing workshops. Most people take writing workshops for one of three reasons. The first two are usually evident to them: they want to learn techniques that will help make them better writers, and they

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The Finding Place: Getting Published

The Finding Place: Getting Published

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In just a few weeks my novel for young readers, The Finding Place, will be published in both Canada and the States, by Red Deer Press. I’ve been asked quite a few times about my experiences with this novel, so I thought I would share some of those here, with

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