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The magic of the written word with Wayson Choy

Thursday, October 11, 2018

When Wayson Choy asked a room full of Grade 9s if many of them liked to tell their friends stories, there was a sea of hands that shot into the air.  He delightedly told them they were in fact all writers since at the heart of all good writing is storytelling. The Head of Arts in the Upper School, Norm Reynolds, invited Wayson Choy to spend the day speaking to students about his remarkable life and share insight on his craft. Wayson's novel The Jade Peony won the Trillium Book Award and the City of Vancouver Book Award. His memoir Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was nominated for a Governor General's Award.  He is also a member of the Order of Canada.

Part of the workshop involved making butterflies out one sheet of paper in three minutes. Wayson then showed them how to make an origami butterfly in seconds with a reminder that everything takes education and practice.

Students worked on writing prompts and spent time sharing ideas and challenges with their classmates.