Help us relaunch Wordfest’s Inspirational Speakers Program in 2022! Our unique series of in-person experiences connects Canada’s most compelling, generous authors with kids in Grades 5 to 12, a pivotal time for educating, inspiring, and activating the next generation. We are also honoured to make life-changing connections with the world’s leading Indigenous authors accessible to even more students and families through video and audio engagement.
We just wrapped up an incredible spring season for Wordfest’s Youth Program! As part of LitCon, in partnership with the Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Board of Education, Wordfest presented a virtual session on “How to Spark Your Own Story.” More than 60 classrooms from schools across Calgary joined the interactive, online experience showcasing Indigenous creativity, featuring Christian Allaire, David A. Robertson, and Jen Storm.
In May, Grade 12 English students at Henry Wise Wood were visited by Omar El Akkad and Elamin Abelmahoud (author of the current bestseller Son of Elsewhere).
“The interview with the authors and the questions from the students was nothing short of inspiring.The amazing donation of a class set of What Strange Paradise to our English department was beyond generous and greatly appreciated.” –CBE teacher
Fuelled by your donations, copies of Lawrence Hill’s Beatrice and Croc Harry were sent to every junior-high school across Calgary. On Sept. 28, 750 students (made up of classes from across Calgary) will be able to attend an in-person show with this extraordinary author, including asking questions and having their group photos taken with Hill. Similar in-person experiences will be made available to Calgary students, again at no charge because of your generous support, on a regular basis moving forward.
“I want to extend my heartfelt thank you to Wordfest. The gesture is a truly kind and generous one in difficult financial times for public education and coming out of a global pandemic. Our students will love this addition to our library and we have been trying hard to diversify our collection with authors of various ethnicities. As well, our student population loves seeing themselves represented on the cover of books.” –CBE library assistant