SD46: Writers in schools

Three outstanding writers will be visiting Sunshine Coast schools and classrooms in February to share their books, stories and insights about writing and storytelling. 

Robin Stevenson, the author of over 20 books, will be visiting eight schools Feb. 6 to 8 to talk about her latest book, Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community. Stevenson has spoken to thousands of kids and teens at hundreds of schools and libraries across Canada. She is a strong and committed advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. 

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Mark Winston will meet the Creative Writing class at Chatelech Secondary School on Feb. 8 to discuss writing non-fiction: how to tell a true story about personal experiences, real people and events in a compelling and creative way. Winston won the Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction for his book Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive. 

Nicola Campbell returns to the Sunshine Coast to visit five elementary schools at the end of February. Campbell is Nłe7kepmx, Syilx and Métis and is the award-winning author of four books for children. In her words: “I heard an elder speak of the importance of our languages and our culture. He said that our words are powerful; our stories are elastic; our languages are music: they dance, they move and they are medicine for our people. He said they are a spirit within themselves and we are only the channel that brings them to life. I write because I know what he said is true.” 

These opportunities are made possible through Celebration of Authors, Books and Children (CABC), a joint initiative of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast). CABC brings professional writers and storytellers into Sunshine Coast schools and classrooms to inspire and support student development as readers, writers and storytellers. 

For more information about CABC, contact Jane Davidson at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts at or 604-885-9631.

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