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Friday, June 14, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Writing Workshop on Mayne Island: June 14

Whether you are writing fiction or a memoir, poetry or a play, or journaling, there are ways to make your writing more vibrant and engaging. This workshop will offer tips and techniques for making your writing jump off the page.
We'll start with a short writing activity, then do an editing exercise to make your piece even more precise and effective. Participants will have an opportunity to show their writing to the instructor and receive constructive feedback, and also to share their work with the group.

WHAT: Three-hour workshop on Make Your Writing Come to Life!
WHO: Well-known author Ellen Schwartz,
WHEN: Friday, June 14, 2019, 3-6 pm
WHERE: Mayne Island Library
WHY: Great instructor
"I have worked with many authors in my twenty years as a teacher, but none as organized, engaging, and respectful to my students as Ellen has been." -- Trish Weaver, teacher, Immaculate Conception School, Vancouver
STRUCTURE: Teaching, writing exercises, sharing and discussion.
COST: $75 Seven participants minimum, ten maximum
Send $75 (cheques, money orders, e-transfers made out to Pam Withers) and your contact info to Pam Withers, 764 Steward Drive, Mayne Island V0N 2J2, or drop an envelope with that amount (cash okay) into the white mailbox beside the front door at that address.
And/or contact Pam,, 604-224-1194, cell 778-384-1194. The fee is fully refundable if someone replaces you before the workshop date.
This is the fifth annual workshop event on Mayne Island sponsored by the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC ( The first was led by Kit Pearson, the second by Maggie deVries, the third by Caroline Adderson, the fourth by Susin Nielsen.

Ellen Schwartz ( has published 17 books for kids, one for adults and dozens of magazine articles. These include picture books for little kids, chapter books and novels for middle-grades kids, information books for tweens, and young adult novels for older kids. Some are funny. Some are sad. All make you think and laugh and cry.
Before she became a writer, she was a school teacher who taught children with learning disabilities and also primary grades.
Ellen was born in Washington, DC, but grew up in New Jersey. As a child, she read Dr. Seuss, Nancy Drew, comic books and Charles Dickens. Her two all-time favourite books were The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth.
Her favourite thing to do, though, was dancing.
In 1972, she moved with her husband, Bill, to Canada, going “back to the land” and building their own cabin. They grew huge gardens and raised honeybees and chickens.
Now they live in Burnaby, British Columbia. They have two grown daughters, one a pastry chef and the other a filmmaker/copy editor.

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