Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Focusing

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The three main things I focus on in my life are writing for youth, teaching youth writing, and youth writers themselves. With the exception of only a couple of my plays, everything I write is either for youth or in conjunction with youth. I teach at WordsWorth youth writing residency in the summer, as well as DramAntics (a theatre camp for kids), and RIO Word Adventure Camp (where the kids actually plan the camp – as scary as that sounds). During the rest of the year I run Reality Is Optional kids’ writing club or RIO as the kids prefer to call it. In these awesome programs I meet some pretty amazing writers, both seasoned and new.

When I was offered this gig to be the November Writer in Residence for Open Book Toronto I saw it as a great opportunity to share not only my views on writing and teaching, but the views of others working in the world of youth writing and writing for youth. So over the next month, that’s what you’re going to see. I’ll be posting interviews with children’s editors, authors for youth, youth writing educators, and youth writers themselves. I hope you enjoy it!

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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Kim Firmston

Kim Firmston is a writer and creative writing instructor in Calgary. Her teen novels Schizo and Hook Up were Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Bet Selections. Her short story "Life Before War" was shortlisted for the 2008 CBC Literary Awards. Her most recent novel for teens is Touch, about a teenage hacker with a troubled family life.

Go to Kim Firmston’s Author Page