Back in the fall, I ran my first youth writing workshop series through the Toronto Public Library. Public speaking ISN’T my strong point and I was TERRIFIED… but, like many things that initially scare the b’jesus out of me, the experience ended up being pretty incredible.
It reminded me of riding a roller coaster, actually. As the days before each workshop ticked by, I’d walk around thinking “I’m going to barf. I can’t do this. I’m going to barf. I can’t do this.”
And then I’d get there, and we’d have a blast. And it was like, ‘WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”
Then I’d come home on a huge high, ready to do it again… only to immediately forget how much fun it had been, and begin repeating my mantra about barfing the very next day.
But, in the end, I met some really special, incredibly talented kids, and it seems like they must have had at least a fraction as much fun as I did (hopefully minus the nerves), because the library has invited me back to do it again—-which I am very excited about, I think.
The workshop (which is called True Lies: Learning to Write Realistic Fiction) is set to begin April 4 and will run for 4 Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00. We’ll be working on short pieces of fiction that will ring true (even though they’ll be totally made up). Also, there are going to be donuts at the end. So, if you’re a young person 9 or older who lives near the Don Mills area of Toronto and likes to write, you should come! I promise not to barf on you.
You’ll find the details on the TPL site. Call in and register now, cause space is limited. Okay? Okay then! Here we go. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!