Category: short stories

Spooky Student Stories (Halloween Special Episode)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tt9f2-f0c7ba A special Halloween episode featuring 5 spooky stories written by students aged 11-17, including a terrifying musical awakening, a horrifying futuristic drug, a demonic yoga class, a pizza you don’t want to order, and a phone call you don’t want to answer. PG.… Continue Reading “Spooky Student Stories (Halloween Special Episode)”

Squirm (Episode 5: Tension)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-g252g-eecd34 A “telling tales” episode about how to build tension in fiction, with stories, excerpts, and prompts. Featuring guest authors Lena Coakley, Sarah Raughley, and Don Cummer. 45 minutes. PG.

Bad Things Happen (Episode 4: Plotting)

Listen at: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dpacy-ed0563 An episode about plotting stories, with guest authors Robin Stevenson, Wendy McLeod MacKnight, and Amelinda Bérubé. Featuring an original story, “The Critter Cam.” With excerpts from Harold and the Purple Crayon; “The Band-Aid;” and Holes. 45 minutes. PG-13. (A “fright-free” version… Continue Reading “Bad Things Happen (Episode 4: Plotting)”

2020 Winners Announced

Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest

The Award Ceremony for the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest had to be cancelled this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So the judges (including me) made short videos to announce this year’s winners and honourable mentions, and the wonderful folks… Continue Reading “2020 Winners Announced”

Awesome Authors 2019 – Decision Time

Every year, the Ottawa Public Library holds a youth writing contest for which hundreds of local kids write stories, poems, and comics. The winners and honourable mentions are published in the annual anthology, Pot-pourri. But the contest’s title — Awesome Authors — applies to… Continue Reading “Awesome Authors 2019 – Decision Time”

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