MYAIF: More Fun for Young Writers in Ottawa/Gatineau

[Updated March 18th 2022] Hey kids, I know you’re hustling to get your poems, stories, and graphic narratives finished in time to enter the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Youth Writing contest. Some of you might even be prepping for tomorrow’s Awesome Author teen workshops or fondly remembering the pre-teen workshops of the past few weeks (thanks — I had a blast). But why not sign up for even more writing and illustrating fun this season?

Registrations are open for MASC’s annual Young Authors and Illustrators Festival (aka MYAIF).

Virtual once again this year on account of Covid, the Festival will be one day of online fun and virtual workshops with great Canadian children’s authors and host JustJamaal ThePoet. Register for a day of workshops with Vikki VanSickle, Sarah Raughley, Brian McLachlan, Jeff Ross, and Angela Misri. (I was originally listed as one of the 2022 presenters but I had to step down for this year. I hope to be there next year in person.)

The Festival will take place on April 23, 2022. It’s open to young writers and artists in grades 6, 7, and 8. (Registration is limited and you should sign up by March 4th.)

Read the day’s schedule, presenter bios, and registration information on the MASC website. You’ll find a video and glowing testimonials from kids who attended in previous years. It’s a seriously fun event.

So take a moment to learn more and sign up. Then get back to those stories, poems, and graphic narratives because the deadline for Awesome Authors is February 25th, just one week from today.

Good luck!

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