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Hi Shiuli and Claudia! I had a great time, too. It was fantastic to meet you guys in real life and I left feeling very inspired. Some people have asked to be in touch with others who were there, so I might send one last email about that. Otherwise, the residency is done, so I'm not checking the email anymore. But keep writing and being awesome! Cuz you are. Emily
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Heyya! Authentic action shot of the E-Writer in Residence in her "office," complete with pajamas, bedhead, no makeup, tunes, and a dazed expressionHeyya! I've had an amazing couple of months as the Toronto Public Library's Young Voices E-Writer in Residence. The residency launched with a public event celebrating this year's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at TPL Teens
Have a book you want to get out there? Young writer (and Young Voices veteran) Benjamin Gabbay has been kind enough to write up a guide to the inner workings of self publishing. Benjamin is the author of the fantasy novel Wingheart: Luminous Rock and soon-to-be-published sequel. He was a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at TPL Teens
Photo by Dana Putnam In this last edition of #FridayReads, TPL's Editorial Youth Advisory Group member Atara Shields reached out to Vancouver author Hiromi Goto. Hiromi is the award-winning author of many books for youth and adults. Her adult novel, Chorus of Mushrooms was the recipient of the regional Commonwealth... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at TPL Teens
Did you know Toronto library system has 99 branches and over 12 million books in its collection? It's the largest neighbourhood-based library system in the world. So impressive! What's your personal history with the library? What do you value? What do you take for granted? I thought I'd make use... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at TPL Teens
What makes teen readers relate to characters? Watch this video to find out... What makes you relate to characters? Let us know! Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at TPL Teens
Young writer Amy Shacherl is back, this time with a story about her long-time involvement with Young Voices Magazine. Amy is a writer, feminist, and one of those people who will stop you in the street to talk to your dog/cat/ferret. She also has an amazing short story titled "Binary,"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at TPL Teens
It's the last week of our 2014 Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence. Now's your final chance to send in a manuscript for critique! And come join some fantastic teen writers and meet our outgoing E-Writer Emily Pohl-Weary at a farewell reception. Chat with Emily about the writing life and hear some amazing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at TPL Teens
This edition of #fridayreads is a little interview with someone whose work I stumbled over when I was combing through old issues of Young Voices Magazine. Matthew Blackett is the publisher, creative director and one of the founders of Spacing magazine. (Also see a three-panel comic he drew in his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at TPL Teens
In this video, a group of Toronto teens tell us what makes them dislike a book based on its cover. Turns out advertising love triangles, girls with long flowy dresses on the cover, sexist characters, giant swords and war are cringeworthy. And once they get past the cover, they hate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at TPL Teens
This week's writing exercise comes to you straight from Lynda Barry. I can't take any credit! But I promise it will be good. In fact, it would be good to do this regularly. Do you all know Lynda? You should! What It Is is a transformative book about creativity and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at TPL Teens
I've been posting one writing tip a week during my TPL eWriter Residency for Young Voices. If you are a teen writer between the ages of 12 and 19, you can submit writing for feedback (from me) via that page until Dec 8. -- Rather than give advice here, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at TPL Teens
Today's #fridayreads interview is with graphic novelist Willow Dawson and it was conducted by TPL Editorial Youth Advisory Group member Maria Yang. Willow Dawson's books include Ghost Limb (self-published), Hyena in Petticoats (Penguin Books), No Girls Allowed with Susan Hughes (Kids Can Press), and more. She is currently raising a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at TPL Teens
I talked young adult fiction with Toronto teens. Who are their favourite authors? What do they recommend? Why do they love what they love? Are they even reading teen-specific books? Find out now! Who are your favourite authors and why do you love them so? Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at TPL Teens
I recently found a couple strips from the now-defunct M@B comic online and it reminded me how much I used to love reading it. Of course, Matthew Blackett has gone on to do wonderful things, such as Spacing Magazine, but he used to create a semi-autobiographical comic set in Toronto.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at TPL Teens
I've been posting one writing tip a week during my TPL eWriter Residency for Young Voices. If you are a teen writer between the ages of 129 and 19, you can submit writing for feedback (from me) via that page until Dec 8. --- Today, we're going to focus on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at TPL Teens
You're welcome, Nadia! I really liked both your pieces. Keep writing! :)
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Hi Nadia, Yeah, Maria asked some thoughtful questions... and Paul had great answers. I hope she sees your comment! E
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This edition of #fridayreads is an interview with author Paul Yee led by TPL Editorial Youth Advisory Group member Maria Yang. Paul was born in Saskatchewan but grew up in Vancouver. For thirty years, he has written about Chinese Canadians, both in fiction for young readers (from picture books to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at TPL Teens
To follow up Monday's rant about the importance of editing, I thought it might be interesting to show you what happens when you submit something to me. You can do that with the press of a button over at the Toronto Public Library's eWriter in Residence page. Nadia Fernandez is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at TPL Teens
Each Wednesday, during the eWriter in Residency, we're featuring a video of Toronto teens talking about writing. You can watch all the ones you missed over on the TPL's YouTube Channel. This week, I asked teens whether they want to publish their writing or if just doing it is satisfaction... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at TPL Teens
I'm posting a list of other poems about specific Toronto neighbourhoods that were mentioned when I asked for examples on Facebook. Because: what a wealth of responses I received! 1. The Martyrology Book 5 by bpNichol is all over Toronto; many specifics, but especially the Annex. (There' s a map at the beginning) It plays with the street names. 2. The poet Raymond Souster uses Toronto place names a lot. I know he’s got one called "Girl at the Corner of Dundas and Elizabeth" but I’m sure there are many more by him. 3. The Rosemary Sullivan poem "Double Take" that begins “It happened walking along Bloor Street.” When I google her I see she’s also got one called “Euclid Street” which references the Eaton Centre. Here's "Double Take." 4. Richard Greene "On Sherbourne Street." 5. Rob McLennan wrote a piece on erin moure writing on toronto: "Translating Pessoa: Winnett, Taddle, Garrison": "From Garrison Creek I see the earth to the antipodes of the Universe In this, my street is as big as any planet Because I..." 6. Would Dennis Lee's "Alligator Pie" have one? Like "Wiggle to the Laundromat" 7. Dionne Brand (anything from Thirsty); 8. Raymond Souster (try anything from Queen City) 9. Dorothy Livesay's "Queen City" 10. Erin Moure's "Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person" 11. Lynn Crosbie's poetry, especially from Queen Rat. 12. Paul Vermeersch's "The Light Keeps Changing." 13. Corrado Paina -- plenty of Italian Toronto streets in his books. 14. Pier Giorgio Di Cicco's "Six Months of the CN Tower." 15. Maggie Helwig's Glen Gould poem in Talking Prophet Blues (invokes the Don Valley, Toronto, Gould in myriad and powerful ways). 16. Ken Babstock's "Ledger" (in Methodist Hatchet) references the corner of Galley & Roncesvalles. 16. Karen Shenfeld has many poems set in Bathurst Manor. One is called "Bathurst Manor." Also "My Father's Hands Spoke in Yiddish" 17 "Anglosaxon Street," by Earle Birney doesn't name the street, but I think it's near Cabbagetown. It's definitely late 1940s Toronto. 18. Patrick Quinn did a whole book of Toronto poems, I beleive. 19. Al Purdy has a poem, rather humorous, set in Cabbagetown about a midnight visit to the monkeys in the zoo (back then). I think it's called Cabbagetown. --- Thanks to Rob McLennan, Gary Barwin (last year's eWriter in Residence), Lena Coakley, Sarah Elizabeth Ennals, Karen Shenfield, Rosie Lewis, Kate Sutherland, Joyce Grant, Amy Lavender Harris, Marni Jackson, Matthew Blackett, Susie Petersiel Berg.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2014 on Writing Exercise: Poem For a Poem at TPL Teens
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This week's writing exercise involves doing a trade. I want you to craft a poem based on a word, concept, rhythm or theme you uncover in someone else's poetry. No copying of entire lines! Make the new poem entirely your own. Just use the original one to inspire you in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at TPL Teens
This is my fourth writing tip. One will be released each week during the TPL eWriter Residency for Young Voices. This week, I'm going to focus on the single best way to make your writing better. Get ready for it... Editing. Seriously. If you're like me, and first learned about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at TPL Teens
This is a great post, Amy. It should really get people thinking more about gender and not boxing their characters into stereotypes. Thanks for writing it!
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