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Faye combines reading and writing pursuits with comments, visuals or
props so anticipate an interdisciplinary approach. Western Canada’s past is
often an aspect of her presentations and student writing activities. Ideas
about inspiration, a writer’s life, writing process and style are interwoven
with programs. Expect PowerPoint. Below are descriptions for presentations
and writing workshops. Choose the individual program or combination that
best serves your students’ needs. Screen, rolling cart, electrical outlet,
backup computer, projector and table, please.
Discovering Our True Stories (Presentation Grades 3-7)
Referring to real
people and events, this program inspires students with our own Alberta
stories. Source material from Alberta: A History, Amazing Alberta, Settling
In and Faye's other books extends student understanding of our people,
history, nature & geography. Accompanied by PowerPoint images and excerpts
from her books, Faye invites participants to explore the familiar and
unfamiliar concerning Alberta. Discussion about forts, soddies, other homes,
settlers and First Nations encourages them to uncover or research our past
and compare it to life today. They come away knowing that our dinosaurs,
people, agriculture, resources, transportation and mountains are truly
fascinating. Then, they are encouraged to turn our true stories into their
own fiction or nonfiction and share their work.
Blue Pencil Workshops & Individualized
Meetings (Grade 4 and up)
Whether schools prefer blue
pencil workshops with groups under 10, meetings with individual students or
both, Faye will offer feedback and help on student writing projects in any
genre except drama & film scripts. The intent is always to help students
discover how they can use language more effectively whether in stories,
poetry, essays, blogs or presentations.
Captivating Characters NEW! (Writing Workshop Grades 3-7)
Characters? Characters! Our real and imagined worlds are filled
with fascinating people. We meet them, read about them, see them on TV and
in movies, and create them for our stories. Writers, readers and viewers are
drawn to characters, but what makes them live in our memories and
imaginations? In this workshop, students discover and create amazing
characters. Then, there is time to convey and share those amazing
personalities with others. Expect talk, writing and sharing
characters–whether real or imagined.
From a Child's Point Of View I (Presentation Grades 3-7)
Pioneer children's lives were filled with challenges, heroism and sadness
just as often as they were filled with bright spots and fun. Students
discover real-life experiences that are as fascinating as fiction. Such
stories are enjoyable, scary, inspirational and even unbelievable. What
problems did kids have? What responsibilities and chores waited? And what
did they do for fun? Just listen, view, talk and learn.
From a Child's Point of View II (Writing
Workshop Grades 4-7)
True stories written by children
about their lives are important. Students are inspired to write what they
know from experience. These stories might be about experiences at home, in
school, while travelling or at special events. They might be about problems,
responsibilities, chores or even someone they know who was heroic. After
writing their stories, they have an opportunity to share with the group.
Fun is More than Fun (Presentation
Grades 1-3) - groups under 20
Based on her book, Homemade
Fun & with toys as examples, Faye suggests the types of fun children enjoyed
in Western Canada in the “old days.” Often, that fun meant developing
skills, as well as a sense of self-worth & community. When toys were in
limited supply & computers, video games & TVs nonexistent, children in the
old days were forced to be creative. From PowerPoint images, excerpts &
activities, students discover how playthings & games of First Nations &
settlers reflected life & culture. Faye reads a poem from a favourite
childhood book. Also, she reads a short excerpt requiring students to listen
carefully to determine an answer. Then students have the opportunity to
express their own preferences for fun.
Not Just a Journal (Writing Workshop Grades 4-7)
Great characters, places, memories and thoughts lurk in everyone’s life.
Many writers explore ideas through journals & diaries. Hear journal entries
from Faye's own writing and from Canada's past. Then, young writers let
loose their imaginations to express their own impressions in their journals.
Also, they discover how to use photos and art to make journals unique and
Women & The Famous Five (Presentation Grade 4 and up)
Women’s roles & rights were changed by Canada's Famous Five women. That
meant changes for men, too. From gaining the vote to serving in government,
these & other women helped create a new Canada & a new West. Two of the
Famous Five, Emily Murphy and Nellie McClung, were writers in their own
right. Along with Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney & Irene Parlby,
they inspired their contemporaries & will inspire today’s young people with
their work in writing, art, social welfare & government. Having researched &
written about all five & many other western Canadian women, Faye shares
their stories & how they impacted our lives.
Writer's Process - A Writer's Life
(Presentation Grades 4-7)
What is it like being a writer?
How do you know whether you should write poetry, short stories, novels,
magazine articles or non-fiction books? Where do you find ideas? What do you
do when you get stuck and can't finish a story? What is it like having your
work edited and published? Listen, view, talk and learn.
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