YouthWrite®/ SWYC



a camp for kids who love to write…

just about anything!©

Designed and created by Gail in 1996, YouthWrite

  • is a multi-disciplinary approach to writing and creating;
  • is inclusive;
  • offers young writers the chance to work with superbly talented instructors from many facets of the performing, visual, musical, dance, film, and written arts;
  • is all about the creative arts and creative writing and celebrates critical and creative thinking;
  • seeks to broaden young participants’ global and environmental awareness, modelling writing as a powerful tool for activism;
  • offers classes that address multiple learning styles;
  • cares about who and where you are – past and present participants – WE want to stay in touch with YOU and celebrate your growth and achievements;
  • offers an online Blue Pencil Café for participants to work one-on-one with instructors après YouthWrite;
  • invites participants, instructors, supers, and alumni to stay connected and involved – STAY in touch! Let us know about your writing and career achievements!
  • features online writing by young writers;
  • will be crossing borders and oceans with opportunities to take the YouthWrite experience overseas;
  • is a collective of past instructors, supervisors, and coordinator working together to bring you the experience you’ve come to know and love for fourteen years;
  • is one of the passions of my life!!!
To boldly go where young writers long to go!

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Spoken Word Youth Choir (SWYC)

Created by YouthWrite participants and  Gail in 2007,  SWYC is all about embracing the spoken word!
Through our own words and others’, we create performance pieces that bring poetry to life.
To date, Spoken Word Youth Choir has performed at:
  • Spring Awakening Cabaret for YouthWrite, Edmonton, 2011, 2012.
  • Spruce Grove Winter Games, Spruce Grove, February 2012.
  • YouthWrite, Edmonton, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • International Spoken Word Festival, Calgary in 2010 and 2011.
  • WordsWorth 2009, Bragg Creek, July 2009.
  • Steeps Tea House, Edmonton, June 2009.
  • Edmonton Restorative Justice Network, Edmonton City Hall, April 2009.
  • Edmonton Poetry Festival, Audrey’s Books, Edmonton, March 2009.
  • CANWRITE – Canadian Authors Association National Conference, Edmonton, AB, July 2008.
  • Creative Cities Conference, Edmonton, AB, Fall 2007.
  • Edmonton Cultural Capital Gala, Edmonton, AB, Fall 2007.

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