Sheree Fitch Workshops


shereeThe PEI Writers’ Guild and the Department of English at UPEI are co-hosting much-loved author Sheree Fitch as Writer in Residence during June 21-28.

Sheree is a children’s author, poet, and novelist with more than 25 publications. She has received numerous awards, and has given presentations and workshops on many topics in Canada and abroad. Her writing for both children and adults has been described as “exuberant, joy-filled and wise.” Her readings are “magical” and her workshops “inspirational.”

Sheree’s two workshops will be on Saturday, June 27: at 9:30-12:00

‘Writing Children’s Literature — SERIOUS Nonsense, Word Play  & UTTER Stuff’

 In a series of guided exercises, author, poet, storyteller, Sheree Fitch will lead participants in a writing workshop guaranteed to be fun, informative and spark discussion. We don’t dumb down vocabulary when writing for children. We don’t look over their heads as wise adults who know better. Instead, it’s essential that a writer  gets to the core of the child or many children selves within to create books of excellence. Whether picture books, chapter books or novels for older readers, the writing of children’s literature demands  a “kindercentric” vision. This workshop will help writers develop this vision.  The focus will be on the  importance of language in the creation of children’s books, the musicality of text and how sheer wordplay can often lead to character and narrative. Participants will share first burst writing and  have a chance to discuss the journey from concept to publication.  

 and at 1:00-3:30. “How To Write That Book You Need to Write”

 “Everyone is talented, original and has something important to say, ” Brenda Ueland in her book IF You Want to Write. In this workshop, author Sheree Fitch will give participants the opportunity to explore the seeds of stories within and discuss how to find the right container or genre in which to bring forth their authentic voice and vision. Play or novel, board book or poem, pot boiler or literary?  Writing helps us understand a little bit more about what it means to  be human. Whether tragedy or comedy, the stories within deserve to reach the light of day. In the act of creation, in setting our intention, writing can be a healing art. 

Workshop venue: UPEI Campus, University Avenue, Room 320, Main Building

Additionally, Sheree will give two public readings: Confederation Centre Art Gallery on Tuesday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m., and Montague Rotary Library on Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. Both readings are free admission.

To register for one or both of Sheree’s workshops, please fill out the Registration Form.