It’s a double header! Writing on Fire is launching its first anthology of youth writing, unapologetic hearts, as well as screening the documentary, Writing on Fire—North Shore Youth Experience on Sunday, March 18, from 1-3 in the Murray Room at the deCoste Centre, Pictou.
It will be a celebration of creativity, a revelation of the amazing authors, the incredible youth who enliven and enrich the North Shore of Nova Scotia. Over the past six years, Writing on Fire has brought authors and mentors to schools from New Glasgow to Pugwash for students in Grades 7-12. It has also sponsored a workshop Saturday, when youth who sign up spend a day with those authors, and then share their work in a Literary Café.
And, for the last two years, Writing on Fire has grown to include a mentoring weekend at the Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash. In 2017, this weekend was called Art Jam–art sparking writing, writing sparking art–with mentors Sheree Fitch and Louise Cloutier along with 12 teens creating an inspired blaze.
We have witnessed such powerful words, and youth, that we realized it was time to send them into the wider community. Special funding this year allowed the printing of an anthology and the creation of a documentary by filmmaker Catherine Bussiere. The documentary, while describing the motivation behind Writing on Fire, focuses on the creators and their ideas, these fabulous youth from our North Shore.
It has been a revelation, putting the anthology together and watching the documentary, just how much we have to celebrate here on the North Shore. There is a new generation in our midst, with strong voices and things to say.
On Sunday, March 18th, all are invited to listen to readings by these youth authors from unapologetic hearts, (which will be available for sale) and to watch the first screening of Writing on Fire’s documentary. Refreshments will be served.