I Value Canadian Stories — A Way Into The Series

by | April 26, 2020 | 0 comments

You can tell that authors love to connect with their readers about their work. The energy that has been building among children and young adult authors since the COVID-19 shutdown has been exciting and inspirational. voicEd Radio has been fortunate to partner with Access Copyright and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre to produce a series […]

You can tell that authors love to connect with their readers about their work. The energy that has been building among children and young adult authors since the COVID-19 shutdown has been exciting and inspirational. voicEd Radio has been fortunate to partner with Access Copyright and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre to produce a series of podcast conversations with Canada’s writing community. The I Value Canadian Stories Podcast builds on work already started by Access Copyright and seeks to give voice to the authors who bring so much to the lives of our children, young people, parents and educators.

In addition to allowing listeners to hear author’s voices, the series is being produced with a structure that we’re hoping educators might find useful for the work that they are doing remotely during these times.

Each conversation invites authors to speak about:

  • something on which they are currently working
  • where they are getting their inspiration during these times
  • the habits and routines that nurture creative energy and ideas
  • some tips for young writers
  • a reflection on the importance of Canadian stories
  • an invitation to read from something that they would like to share

Without giving too much away, you’ll find that there are similarities AND differences in the way that each author responds to these ideas. And this is where there may be some interesting ideas for teachers and parents. Here a couple of suggestions as to how you may want to be using this content with your students:

  • Have students choose two or three of the episodes. Ask them to choose two or three of the above points and create a chart to compare responses across episodes. What are the similarities/differences between the way that Eric Walters and Melanie Florence talk about their writing process? How does Jacqueline Guest’s take on Canadian stories differ from the one expressed by Marty Chan?
  • Encourage students to find an author whose writing habits most resonate with theirs.
  • Try out one or two of the writing tips suggested by authors. Work some of these suggestions into your own work students.

And here’s my personal favourite!

  • Ask students to listen to one or two episodes and choose 2 or three poignant sound clips that might be effective for listeners to hear at the start of the episode. What parts of the conversation did they find most powerful? Funny? Important? Send these off to us at voicEd Radio and we will use some of them in the actual episode.

As you listen to the series, you may have other activities that you would like to suggest. Send those along and we will include them in a follow-up post.

Currently, there are 15 conversations in the series, but over the next few weeks, we will be adding many more names that will be familiar to you and, hopefully, a few that will be new!

Enjoy the series and, as always, your feedback is welcome!

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