Word History

If you’re a word nerd like me, you’ll love Merriam-Webster’s word history site. I found out all sorts of interesting things like, words that came into use the year I was born…hallucinogen, double helix, and solar battery, words from the year I graduated high school…slam dunk, slo-mo, and sound-bite.


And, if you’re an historical fiction writer, this site will help you from using historically inappropriate words.

Thanks to Laurie Wallmark for the heads up. This was just too good not to pass on.

writing workshop on a budget

A wonderful morning spent at Kelset School…

I was invited to offer a writing workshop for grades 4 & 5 at Kelset School in Saanich. What a lovely and creative group of students.  The premise was that I would work with a small group of students who were keen writers. After the workshop, these same students would share their experiences and learning with other students who had not attended. What a great idea, and a good way to stretch presentation dollars. And, the students who participated consolidate writing skills by passing on what they learned to others. The wonderful teacher-librarian, Julie McManus, her tech extraordinare, and the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival who generously sponsored this event.

Writing Work Shop for Teens



Kids’ Lit. Breakfast coming up

If you happen to be in Vancouver this weekend, this would be an awesome event to check out.


And the Winner Is…


The 2017 Bolen’s Book Prize for Children’s Books was announced last night. And the winner is…




Congratulations all!

Kisses coming soon

Advanced reading copies are out. Coming to a book store near you soon.


Victoria Kids’ Lit Roundtable Event

Author Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
Telling It Straight (With a Few Curves): Writing Nonfiction for Children

Monday, Oct. 23rd at 7:30 pm
Saanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 3110 Tillicum Road (by Pearkes Arena)

Local author Merrie-Ellen Wilcox will describe her experience of writing her first book for children (after 30 years as a writer and editor) and her writing process, and offer a brief brainstorming exercise to get you started on your own process.

Merrie-Ellen is the author of What’s the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight. More info at www.merriellenwilcox.com


VCLR Steering Committee members will also book talk some more of the titles nominated for the Information Book Award. Voting will take place at this meeting.
Doors open at 7 pm; presentation begins at 7:30 pm. Browse books for sale from School House Teaching Supplies and Children’s Bookstore.

The VCLR is open to the public. New members and drop-ins welcome. Members free; $7 drop-in; $5 with valid student card.

Annual memberships are now only $20 (valid for 12 months). Your support helps us support and promote local authors and Canadian children’s literature. Thank you!

Questions? Contact Vruti Patel: vpatel@gvpl.ca

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