Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Writing Workshops

Finding your Voice

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Quotes From Middle School Students

" Youth needs to be heard. Youth needs rights. Youth needs you.
—Zane
" You helped me get out of my comfort zone by encouraging me to be a poet on a stage with a mic.
—Xue
" I have no words for how many great emotions I have. I have learned more about myself than how I would by myself.
—Ellie
" This opportunity was such a gift. In my poem I wrote: use your present as a gift. You definitely helped me do that with this opportunity.
—Kennedy
" Thank you for teaching me lots of cool things.
—Takeru

About Our Writing Workshops

This year, our writing workshops will engage a diverse group of children and youth in Ottawa and beyond in learning about the rights of the child and imagining a future informed by the voices and visions of young people. The student participants will work with acclaimed local authors and graduate student facilitators to develop their own creative pieces. The participants' original works will be published as chapbooks, and, between November 20-22, 2019, the young writers will be a part of the Republic of Childhood Youth Forum, where they will share their visions for the future and discuss the pressing challenges for and concerns of Canada's children and youth.

2019 Writers and Classrooms