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 – Curtis LeBlanc
Curtis LeBlanc was born and raised in St. Albert, Alberta. He is the author of Little Wild (Nightwood Editions, 2018) and Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation (Nightwood Editions, 2020). His fiction and poetry have been published in print and online, both in Canada and the United States. In 2010, he moved to Vancouver to pursue his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at UBC. He recently completed his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at UBC as well. During that time, he taught a wide range of topics to students at the elementary, high school and post-secondary levels, including English, Poetry, Fiction, Songwriting, New Media and Sports Writing. He loves adapting his lessons to students’ interests and opening the door to an array of materials and critical viewpoints. When he’s not working on his own writing, you can find him in the kitchen or reading his poetry around Vancouver. He’s also a huge hockey fan, with a special interest in analytics and sports culture, and has covered the NHL for a variety of publications.
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