Julia Caceres Booth

New writer in residence program will run in three Nelson schools

A new Writer in Residence program is set to run at three School District 8 schools, including L.V. Rogers, Trafalgar and Mount Sentinel.

The Kootenay Literary Competition has secured funding from the Columbia Basin Trust Youth Grants Program to develop the talents of young writers this winter.

A new Writer in Residence program is set to run at three School District 8 schools, including L.V. Rogers, Trafalgar and Mount Sentinel.

Writers visit classrooms occasionally, but to have an experienced creative writer available to work with students over multiple visits allows for more depth and skill development. The author who will take on the residency is Julia Caceres Booth, who grew up in the Slocan Valley, graduated from Mount Sentinel, and studied creative writing at Selkirk College.

Caceres Booth started her post-secondary studies in psychology, but found her voice in writing courses.

“The creative writing program [at Selkirk College] really is an exceptional program,” she said, adding she  hopes to help local students experience empathy and connection to community through the process of writing.

“Youth can a be a lonely time. Kids struggle with questions like, ‘what to do, where to go next?’ Writing can be a solace… it reminds us that we are in this together.”

The residency will begin at LVR in February for one month, then move to Trafalgar middle school followed by Mount Sentinel.

Young writers as well as adults from the region are invited to submit work to the Kootenay Literary Competition, which closes on January 17. Cash prizes and publication will be awarded to the winners; details are available on the KLC website.

Questions about the competition can be emailed through the website (kootenaylitcomp.com), or directed to Morty Mint at 250-352-7844.

Just Posted

MP Cannings’ long-awaited wood-use bill passes in House vote

The private member’s bill is his first to pass the House, a rare feat for rookie MPs in opposition

Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback to play Nelson

The duo will be at the Civic Theatre on May 31

Grease comes to the Capitol Theatre

The production runs Thursday to Sunday

COLUMN: Watching water, thinking about elections

Columnist Donna Macdonald spoke to Prince George councillor Jillian Merrick about inclusiveness

UPDATE: City opens emergency operations centre

Lakeside Park, its sports fields, and parts of the waterfront could soon be underwater

Vancouver Island girl scores with winning song for BC Summer Games

‘Colours’ is a perfect theme for 2018 BC Summer Games

B.C. pipeline goes ahead despite scrapped Pacific Northwest LNG

NEB approves amendment for $1.4-billion natural gas North Montney Mainline Project

Update: Wildfire northwest of Kamloops jumps from 60 to 800 hectares

Ground crews and aircraft are responding to an estimated 50 hectare wildfire approximately 55 kilometers northwest of Kamloops, near the Deadman Vidette Road.

Feds limit chinook fishery to help killer whale recovery

Chinook is main food source for only 76 southern residents killer whales left

B.C. mom who died just before daughter’s wedding wanted family to be happy: twin

Ann Wittenberg was pulled into the ocean while on a surf board in Tofino last weekend

Courtenay-Alberni MP calls for lifeguards at popular surf spot near Tofino

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is defending its decision to cancel the surf guard program.

Harvey Weinstein to surrender in sex misconduct probe: officials

Would be first criminal charge against Weinstein since scores of women came forward

Second commercial acid spill in Kootenay city

Station 374 Trail was called to a Hazmat scene Wednesday night on Highway 3B

Kootenay village pot survey reveals a mixed bag

The majority of Warfield respondents were for cannabis sales, but with dispensary restrictions

Most Read