Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Author Visits: Going back to my high school

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They say you can never go home again, but it turns out you can go back to high school.

After my book was published, I mailed a copy to my grade 12 Writer's Craft teacher and told him I'd love to talk to his class about the experience of writing and publishing the book. He agreed and so last December I went back to Lawrence Park to talk to the Writer's Craft class. It was pretty surreal -- I've always really loved school so I enjoyed my classes there, but overall high school wasn't the greatest time for me as all I wanted to do was graduate so I could become a writer. I also haven't lived in that area for years, so even just taking the subway there and walking on the same streets to get to the school was strange. The school itself hadn't changed and the craziest part was the room we were in for the talk was the same classroom I had Media Studies in for grades 11 and 12.

Speaking about my novel in the same environment where I spent hours daydreaming about it being published -- I wrote the first draft when I was sixteen -- was special. It was like everything came full circle. The students were so sweet and friendly and asked some great questions, and overall it was an amazing experience that flew by.

The class also wrote me a really sweet card thanking me for visiting, and so that's a great reminder of that morning when I wasn't rushing to get to my first class before the last warning bell and before Oh Canada started (I wonder if you still have to freeze in place if it starts before you reach your seat?). This time, I stepped through the doors of the building as a published author, just like I'd dreamed of all those years ago.

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Aya Tsintziras

Aya Tsintziras is the author of the YA novel Pretty Bones, which was selected for the Canadian Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens in Spring 2012. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing a Masters of Journalism at Ryerson University.

Go to Aya Tsintziras’s Author Page