Kids in my workshops built fictional characters, showed them in action individually, then mashed them together in a team plot-building exercise that got loud and silly and impressively imaginative. It was so much fun.
If you want to attend next year, check out MASC online and keep your ears open for the registration call next fall. There will be a whole new batch of professional authors and illustrators from across Canada coming to Ottawa next Spring, ready to expand the minds and improve the skills of another 450 kids through a day of fun workshops.
It’s a special event that’s been going on for more than twenty years, and it was an honour to be a part of it in 2019. My favourite of the all the great moments of the three days was at the book signing at day’s end when a little girl, bright eyed and smiling, shouted, “You inspired me so much!” Can’t beat that.