With creative writer and author Ben students will learn to power up their imagination alongside fellow young writers. Discover how to create, remember, find, borrow, and steal inspiration for stories, poems, memoirs, essays, comics, and more. Learn the rules of the trade and then see if they can be broken. Students will engage with the entire writing process: from idea to first draft, from analysis to revision. There will be technical talk, about the nitty-gritty details of how to get a sentence popping off the page, as well as exploration of larger questions like what drives a writer to do their crazy job in the first place? By the end of the year, students will have found confidence in their ideas, purpose in their work, and beauty in their words.
Your Educator – Ben Stephenson
Ben Stephenson is an internationally published author and artist, originally from New Brunswick. His first novel, A Matter of Life and Death Or Something (Douglas & McIntyre, 2012), was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, translated into Spanish and Romanian, and prompted CBC Books to name him one of ‘Ten Canadian Writers to Watch.’ He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC. He has taught various art and writing workshops, and he helped to build Word Wrestlers, UBC’s creative writing summer camp for kids. As a teacher he emphasizes the value of experimentation, imagination, collaboration, and play, and loves learning alongside his students and stoking their natural curiosity. In his spare time you’ll find him making books, cooking, drawing, watching the Toronto Raptors, and skateboarding. His most recent book is a self-published collection of stories called Good Dog.
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