Young Authors' Conference 2018

Young Authors 2018

On May 4, 250 grades 4-12 students from all over the region gathered for the Young Authors’ Conference at TRU. Students attended writing workshops hosted by JP Baker, Chris Bose, kc dyer, Sylvia Gunnery, James McCann, Kevin Miller, Yolanda Ridge, Dennis Staginnus, Crystal Stranaghan, Tom Van Walleghem, and Tamara Vukusic.

Students learned about the writing process as they developed their skills in poetry, historical fiction, publishing, journalism, and more.

As always, the Young Authors’ Conference ended with a tribute to the year’s top writers. Congratulations to all our young authors!

Marg van Duesen Award Recipients & Honorable Mentions


Recipients of Marg van Dusen Award

  • Shaelynn Jones, Grade 5, Rayleigh Elementary: “Death Leaves a Heartache No One Can Heal”
  • Alexandra Rudge, Grade 7, RL Clemitson Elementary: “Winter’s Ember”

Honorable mentions

  • Gr. 4 Evangeline Middleton, Beattie Elementary: “The Other Real Story of Goldilocks”
  • Gr. 5 Kiara Aldana, Kamloops Christian School: “A Journey to Heaven”
  • Gr. 6 Maggie Sinclair, Aberdeen Elementary School: "Geometry” and “Snowflakes”
  • Gr. 7 Gemma Hughes, Dallas Elementary: "Society” and “Bullying”


Recipients of Marg van Dusen Award

  • Vivian McLean, Gr. 10, Desert Sands Community School: “A Poem for Chocolate” and “Today, on the Streets of Vancouver”
  • MacKenzie Sewell, Gr. 12, South Kamloops Secondary: “Groceries”

Honorable mentions

  • Gr. 8 Fyfer Brookes-Gillingham, Brock Middle School: “Valerie”
  • Gr. 9 Marysia Drozdz, St. Ann’s Academy: "Growing Up” and “Rain”
  • Gr. 10 Alia Sandeman-Allen, South Kamloops Secondary: "Exhaustion" and “Good Days”
  • Gr. 11 Jaida Barker, South Kamloops Secondary: “Fallen Stars”
  • Gr. 12 Kaila Hindle, NorKam Secondary: "Perfection"

Watch for the digital 2018 YAC Anthology (with all student manuscripts) coming soon on the Young Authors’ Conference website.