Book Camp

I’ve been teaching the non-fiction workshop at the Vancouver Public Library’s book camp this week, and whew… this whole teaching thing is tiring. Nonetheless, it’s been a ton of fun. Here are some of the things I’ve learned so far:

  • There are 12-year-olds more talented than I am.
  • Ivan E. Coyote is cool. (And the new writer in residence.)
  • The word “fascinating” should be banned from all non-fiction writing.
  • Kari-Lynn Winters knows actual techniques for writing funny stuff. (I would like to know them. But then I’d have to skip my own workshop to go to hers.)
  • Stories about little brothers poisoning themselves are all the rage.
  • I really don’t have the wardrobe necessary to leave the house five days in a row.

And, my personal favorite, overheard from Christopher Millin’s character workshop:

  • Characters don’t have to be human.

Well, they do in my non-fiction workshop. ‘Cause I’m all about the FACTS!

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