NWT Power Corporation and NorthWords NWT presents
WordPlay Under the Northern Lights: A creative writing workshop for youth

Are you a young writer between the ages 11 and 16? Are you a storyteller? A graphic novelist? A poet? A songwriter? An artist?

Then come and dabble in wordplay that explores life and stories under the spell of the north and the northern lights.

Join YouthWrite founder and author Gail Sidonie Sobat and local storyteller Tanya Roach for a two-day creative writing workshop where you’ll:

  • create lively characters
  • develop exciting storylines
  • raise the stakes and the tension
  • perform your dazzling words
  • create stories/ poems from your life and/or this place

Whether your passion is fiction, adventure, fantasy, graphic novels, spoken word, poetry, or even drama, this workshop is for you.

This is a free event.
Sign up here.

What would you like to learn about during the workshop?

Location: Northern Heritage Museum Auditorium
Saturday, February 25: Workshop registration 9:30 am.
Creative Writing, drama, spoken word, individual and group activities 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Lunch at 1:30 (lunch will be provided) 

Sunday, February 26: 10:00 am until 12:30 pm.
Location: Northern Heritage Museum Auditorium

Participants are invited to attend the 2017 NorthWords Festival launch at 1:30 pm in the museum auditorium.

We encourage participants to purchase a NorthWords membership, but it is not required.

Gail Sidonie Sobat is the creator of YouthWrite® a camp for kids who love to write…just about anything!©. She coordinates YouthWrite programs with a focus on diversity, multicultural youth voices, and critical and creative writing. Gail is the founder and director of the Spoken Word Youth Choir (SWYC), and an instructor in the communications programs at MacEwan University and in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

completed a Master’s degree in English at the University of Alberta in Children’s Literature, specializing in fantasy. She is also a multi-award-winning teacher. For the Legacy Project, a high school program addressing the gulf between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, Gail and her co-creators (Wally Diefenthaler and Kaye Steward) were named finalists for the Governor General Excellence in Teaching Award and garnered national recognition and international attention.

Gail has been writer-in-residence in several Canadian schools, at Queens’ University, in Doha, Qatar, at the University of Alberta through the Canadian Authors Association, and most recently for the Metro Edmonton Federation of Public Libraries. Her work has been published in academic and literary journals, anthologies, and has been broadcast on radio and performed on stage. She is the author of 11 books and has received a number of awards. Gail is a 2016-2017 Global Television Woman of Vision.

Tanya Roach was born and raised in the Hudson’s Bay Area. She spent time in Churchill, Baker Lake, and Rankin Inlet with her family.  Her mother is Inuit and her father is Scottish. Her family has spent many winters shoveling their way out of their house, and many hours out in the 24-hour summer sunlight. 
At the age of five her family moved to Yellowknife. In this small city, she met different kinds of people began to foster an appreciation for people and where they came from. She began writing to express the interesting and peculiarities of people and culture from the perspective of an Inuk. 
In September 2016, Tanya won the grand prize for the Sally Manning Award Writing Contest for Aboriginal Non-Fiction in association with Up Here magazine. She is currently working on a personal memoir and a collection of poetry.