CHILDREN’S STORY JAM
We’re delighted to announce that celebrated author-artist Chris Wilkie is coming to Children’s Story Jam, the popular new workshop series wherein leading KidLit authors get feedback on works-in-progress from their most discerning critics: young readers.
Wilkie will present her much awaited debut picture book Rocket Ship Soup to readers between 2-8 years old, during an afternoon hosted by noted novelist Vikki VanSickle, featuring out-of-this world games and a group drawing session.
To encourage a spirit of anything goes during the Jam sessions, we've come up with a few ground rules:
• Authors aren’t giving a public performance.
• Readers come to participate in a closed workshop process, rather than to get a ‘sneak peak’ of a new work.
• Adults ride free as long as they behave themselves.
While it may be new to Toronto, Children’s Story Jam is part of a long tradition. After all, countless classic works of children’s literature stem from ‘jam sessions’ between an inventive author and a group of young listeners.
CHRIS WILKIE is a highly accomplished commercial photographer, designer and wordsmith. Her creative photography and poetry have been published in various anthologies. She has exhibited her photography, and most recently her lino block prints in numerous locations in Ontario. Chris also designed the Children's Story Jam logo. Rocket Ship Soup is her debut picture book.
VIKKI VANSICKLE is a writer, playwright,and workshop facilitator. Her middle-grade novels include Words That Start With B and Love is A Four Letter Word.
Saturday, June 9th – 11am FREE
We’re teaming up with Toronto Public Library, St Clair/Dufferin as part of the Kick It Festival!
Kick storytelling skills into action with a hands-on, soccer-themed, goal-inspiring story studio.
Every sporting event is a story with a beginning, middle and unpredictable conclusion. At the Starting Lines Story Studio, young sports fans can explore the parallels between their favourite stories and games.
Soccer fans between 8-12 years old will work with Chris Reed and Rani Sanderson of Small Print Toronto to write stories inspired by such mysteries as whether you can stay best pals with someone who decides to cheer for a rival team.
After they hear a few soccer-based picture books, fans between 2-7 will create crafts based on questions like, what does the flag for an intergalactic soccer team look like? And what is their mascot called?