We at RIO love to get our nerd on. Lately some of us were found wandering the halls of the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo visiting our resident web comic creator and leader of Pen & Panel kids' cartooning club, Sebastien Ringuette. Here are a few pictures we snapped.
It's been a while since I've done a RIO Vlog (Vampire Blog - for those of you not in the know, not video blog). I've published two books, made a giant website (www.boiledcat.com), and had a book launch. All through it I haven't missed editing an E-Zine. Not once. I have however let the contests and camps and classes pages slip. Sorry about that. It's all updated now, so check out the excelent summer camps that are out there for young writers. There's some good ones.
I must say, I'm always impressed by what my young writers pass to me - mostly willingly. They are really good with their words. They are agile not only on paper but also in front of a camera, or just gabbing. It inspires me to be around them. I know that the writers who come after me will be as good or better than I am. But it's worth being humbled twice a month, if only to be around these spark-filled minds.
So enjoy our month's latest E-Zine. We have done more. Infomercials to be exact. But they need some editing and I'm still recovering from the heady flight into my four book published status. So next E-Zine you'll get to see them. Trust me, it will be worth the wait.
Until then, happy reading!
Drink the Wild Air - youth writing retreat
Come join us at the WordsWorth Winter Retreat! March 1-3 at Camp Chief Hector. Why there, you ask? “Nature has no outline. Imagination has” William Blake
March 1-3 we’re heading back to the mountains for another Creative Writing Re-treat and of course, we hope you’ll be there! But why do we keep bringing our writing to the outdoors?William Carlos Williams said things close to the nose aren’t proper subjects. Not all writing can be direct self-expression. Looking inward can keep poets and writ-ers from looking outward. And so we’re taking you outdoors this time to Camp Chief Hector to partner with the outdoor staff to notice evocative new images and to have fresh adventure. And then we’ll create time to take these new images and experiences
...and collaborate them with language. So even if you already have a relationship with
the natural world, this one will be new.The locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it novelist Elizabeth Brown observed.
So join us and DRINK THE WILD AIR March 1 – 3, 2013 at Camp Chief Hector YMCA in Kananaskis, Alberta. Thaw your brainfreeze with warm words and we hope you will find an unexpected connection between the outdoors and words.
To register or click here: http://drinkthewildair2013.eventbrite.ca/
We will be outdoors, indoors writing, up late writing under the stars, sleeping late -ish. There will be campfire, music, parlour games, Exquisite Corpse Games...the fun will never end.
Oh, yes it will. On Sunday just after lunch. But in true Words-worth fashion, we will pack the fun in. We’re even offering a bus out on the Friday night.
We've been having lots of fun at RIO. We've done our make up (okay, it might have been horror make-up but whatever). We've played with poetry in Space. And now we're going to be learning from RIOites themselves, because that's what we're about. Kid's learning and sharing and exploring with each other. There is no minimum age because age isn't what it's about. It's about being amazing no matter how many years you've been on the planet.
Check out one of our amazing members here: http://www.youtube.com/user/MrsPeaceItOut/videos?flow=grid&view=0
Emma Jones, promoting peace and human rights.
I had a great time at the We Should Know Each Other #100. Olive, Emily, Alexis, and myself met all kinds of great kids, shot some fun commercials (see our new E-Zine), and most importantly ate mini-doughnuts. We explored the space and I got to scare Olive, which was pretty sweet. For some reason she didn't seem to appriciate it. Go figure. The night was ended with a game of D&D. A wonderful day. I'm looking forward to hanging out with all my RIO friends again once Thanksgiving is over. But until then - TURKEY!!
Fall is just around the corner. It's time for school (Boo!) and after school activities (Yay!). RIO has a few choices for you. Not only do we have our awesome and insane writing club but we also have DramAntics drama classes and Write This writing class. And if these don't work for you - you can also check out other classes and clubs, markets to submit to, or contests to enter. There is so much to do this fall. Check it out!
Kim Firmston is the director (read slave) of RIO and the only adult in the group. To see her troubled mind, visit her website http://www.kimfirmston.com/