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ottawa's Festival for Young Readers

Click here for information on the Spring 2010 program.

This Fall, thanks to your help, about 4,000 children and youth participated in our free Step Into Stories and Think Ink programs - bringing our total for the year to more than 8,000!

That’s more kids than we reached all last year.

It also represents students from less than half the schools that applied.

Literacy is a birthright. Every $4 donation opens the door for one more student. Click the button below to make a tax-creditable donation or call (613) 562-1243.

The Bywords.ca/Think Ink Poetry Contest

This winter, the Writers Festival is teaming up with Bywords.ca to inaugurate our first annual poetry contest for secondary school students. The winner receives $100 in music or books, and a chance to read at the Spring 2010 Writers Festival! The deadline to enter is February 28th. Download the contest details here.

The Think Ink/Bywords Poetry Contest 2010

Our free program for young readers is open to all schools, parents, and students in Ottawa. During the Spring and Fall Editions, and throughout the school year, we provide readings by acclaimed authors of fiction and non-fiction, poets and illustrators, for school groups and classes around the region, from kindergarten to grade 12.

Events take place in participating schools and community centres, at public library branches and bookstores, and onsite at our Festival venue.

Parents are welcome to bring their children to any of these events, as are any youth organizations, clubs, etc. Call 613-562-1243 for complimentary tickets.

Click here for information on the Spring 2010 program.

To apply to have an author come to your school this Spring between April 22-27, please download the application form below and email it back to Kate Hunt at kate@writersfestival.org.

Think Ink/Step Into Stories Spring 2010 Application

The Masterclass Series

The Masterclass Series is a series of public daytime events during the festival, designed for emerging authors, in which established writers give hints, tips, techniques and advice for new writers. Our authors cover the secrets of biography and autobiography, playwriting, graphic novels, editing, poetry, fantasy, and much more - all with plenty of time for audience questions. For all the events and times, visit www.writersfestival.org/events.

These events are ideal for emerging writers in high school and university; students always attend at a reduced rate, and groups arranged through schools attend free! Call 613-562-1243 for more information.



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