Category: young writers

Halloween Student Stories

It’s almost Halloween. To build the spooky atmosphere — and also to encourage creative writing — I’m offering these nine read-alouds, spooky stories written by students aged 11-17, all featured on my Cabin Tales podcast last October. They range from silly fun to gory… Continue Reading “Halloween Student Stories”

Awesome Authors is on!

MAY 2021 Update: The Library has just announced the winners of the this year’s Awesome Authors contest! Check out the announcements on YouTube. You can watch right here (below) or visit the OPL’s YouTube channel and view the Ages 9-12 results or the Ages… Continue Reading “Awesome Authors is on!”

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)”

Author Interviews about Tension (Episode 5.5)

Listen at: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-jbg7f-ef7635 Interviews with Canadian children’s and YA authors on the subject of tension and how to make a reader turn the page. With guest authors Kate Inglis, Lisa Dalrymple, David McArthur, Jeff Szpirglas, and Marty Chan. Hosted by Catherine Austen. 40 minutes.… Continue Reading “Author Interviews about Tension (Episode 5.5)”

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.

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