Young Writers’ Camps

Nurture your young writer's talent

Bennett Centre’s Young Writers’ Camp

In partnership with YouthWrite®, Metro Continuing Education and The Bennett Centre are pleased to offer Young Writers’ Camps to students in grades 4-9. Camps are offered during Teachers’ Convention and Spring Break.
 Young Writers’ Camp is held at The Bennett Centre (9703-94 Street) during Teachers’ Convention and during Spring Break.
All camps run from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Two day camps are $89.95 (including GST)
 Grades 4, 5 & 6
February 28 & March 1, 2019
March 25 & 26, 2019
Grades 7, 8 & 9
March 27 & 28, 2019

*Pre and post camp supervision is available from
8:00-9:30 am and 3:30-5:00 pm for an additional cost.

YouthWrite®, a prominent organization in Edmonton’s writing community, has organized and hosted writing camps for kids the past 20 years.

At Young Writers’ Camp, students will work with top-notch published authors, learn writing techniques for specific genres, and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance from experienced writers. YouthWrite® specially hand-picks our instructors! The 2019 instructor line-up is below.

For more information, contact The Bennett Centre at 780.468.1439. For information on additional upcoming camps, visit the YouthWrite® website.

Register online here or by phone at 780.428.1111!


The 2019 instructor line-up: 

Teachers’ Convention – February 28 – March 1, 2019
(Grades 4, 5 & 6)

  Catherine Dubois – When she realized her dream of becoming a frog would not be achieved, Catherine turned her attention to the graphic arts and has not looked back. She graduated from Pixel Blue College in 2015 with a diploma in 2D Animation and Illustration. After being awarded a scholarship at the Gotta Minute Film Festival, she returned to school to complete a diploma in Digital Illustration and Sequential Arts at the Edmonton Digital Arts College in 2017. Catherine was the Artist-in-Residence at Happy Harbor Comics from May 2017 to January 2018. She now works as a freelance animator and illustrator.

Making Your Own Comics – Learn how to start making your own comics. Cover a few general drawings tips to make your characters be more alive, including how to layout and thumbnail your comics, the basics of storytelling. Then apply what you’ve learned to create your own zine or small comic book. 

Tololwa M Mollel writes books and stories for the young and the not so young. He’s author of over twenty titles in English and Swahili, the national language of Tanzania where he was born. He performs solo or with co-performers stories he writes and adapts for performance and he runs writing and story workshops for all ages.

Going on a Trip with an Idea – What makes one idea good for a story, another for a poem, essay, a letter, a reflection, a performance piece or whatever, or a combination of some or all those things? In writing we can’t tell where an idea will take us until we allow it to take us on a trip with it. Gather inspiration and an idea for writing. Take a guided trip with your idea to a type of piece you’ll write.  Then who knows what wonderful places your idea will take you?

  Brandon Wint is a poet, spoken word artist and teacher who is devoted to revealing beauty and kindness in his poetry. His writing, performance, and teaching all affirm, in their different ways, that there is beauty to be found in the struggle, and solace to be found in sincerity-of-spirit. He is a two-time national champion slam poet, a nationally published writer, as well as arts-educator and curator of artistic events.

Poetry Writing Through The Senses – Explore fun, collective poetry exercises to help transform everything you can see, feel, hear, taste or touch into poetry. Through a combination of reading, writing and poetry-related games, discover how and where poetry can be found in every moment of our lives.

Spring Break – March 25 & 26, 2019
(Grades 4, 5 & 6)

  Laurel Deedrick-Mayne loves to write… just about anything! Her book, A Wake For The Dreamland, has been on Edmonton’s Best Seller List more than 65 times and won the 2016 Alberta Readers Choice Award. Something Laurel hears often is how much people “love the l letters!” in her book. She’s looking forward to breaking out the stationary, licking the stamps and instilling the joy of writing and receiving letters to YouthWriters.

Writers of the Lost Art – Forget texting, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook messaging. Explore the old-timey lost art of handwriting letters to loved ones, or the famous or the dead. There’s nothing like sending and receiving something in the mail or discovering long-lost letters in an old attic trunk or in a bottle or behind the walls of an ancient house.  Bring your favourite pen and as many postal (mailing) addresses as you want, but at least four. Find out how letters in your fiction can be wonderful for shaping character, developing plot and adding tension or mystery.

  Angela Flatekval – Do you know anyone who is simply always singing and dancing and telling story after story? I do. It’s me! I was lead to YouthWrite via a vast and varied creative life. I’ve been a dancer of dances, a singer of songs and a player of parts. Developing and re-inventing a creative voice is a lifelong process. It is an honour and an incredible joy to be a part of your journey.

Inside and Out – Powerful characters are thoroughly considered by the author and the performer. Using open scenes as a launch pad, we’ll create a process for you to deepen the characters you write and play by discovering the answers to questions such as: Who are you? Where are you going?? What are you doing??? And most importantly… What Were You Thinking????

  Joan Marie Galat is the author of more than 20 books that contain facts, true stories, and not-so-true stories, including the Dot to Dot in the Sky series. She loves to explore nonfiction topics from the stars in space to nature on our own planet. Joan’s book Dark Matters includes true stories set in Alberta, while her book on wild and wacky engineering shows how to stop a candy thief and solve other problems. Joan also enjoys reaching for new heights as a nearly nine-foot tall stiltwalker.

Tell a True Story – You’re more interesting than you might think! Find out how to tell a true story, with you as a key character. You’ll discover fun and easy ways to come up with ideas, build a story, and organize facts. The session begins with a creativity game that gets you set for writing.

Spring Break – March 27 & 28, 2019
(Grades 7, 8 &9)

  Tololwa M Mollel writes books and stories for the young and the not so young. He’s author of over twenty titles in English and Swahili, the national language of Tanzania where he was born. Presently Tololwa is writing his life story, a book for adults that will be titled Why We Have Two Ears and Only One Mouth: A Tanzanian Memoir. When he isn’t writing (or reading or listening to them), Tololwa is telling stories. Or performing them in theatre. By himself, or with other performers and artists.

Gift of Story – Celebrate the challenge and fun of story making through writing, drama, narrative, performance and play. Make use of your pen and words, and — as much as you’re comfortable — your body, hands, voices, and your face, to bring to life a story you will create on your own, or with others.

  Spyder Yardley-Jones, created in Area 51, was developed to create visual art in many disciplines. An award-winning and published illustrator, Spyder’s art has been exhibited internationally. He is a preparatory at the Art Gallery of Alberta and has also taught at YouthWrite for 24 years.

A Drifter’s Guide to New Worlds – Create a 5-page illustrated guide to a fictitious country or world. Write and draw why someone should visit your world. Discover the creatures and critters who live there…