RIVER JOHN - Youth from pre-school to teens have an opportunity to share their own written work during Read by the Sea's WordPlay this month.
Hosted at the River John Consolidated School on July 21, youth can also participate in reading and workshops, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Three Nova Scotian authors will be featured at this year's event - Kathy Kaulbach, Philip Roy and Don Aker.
Kaulbach, also known as Hilda Rose, will read to the younger crowd from one of the books she's illustrated - Johnny and the Gypsy Moth. She's illustrated more than a dozen children's books and is currently studying education with an interest in visual literacy.
Roy will take middle readers along for further adventures in his multi-award winning Submarine Outlaw series.
He's been known to bring along a submarine and a helicopter to his readings; rumour has it that he's been constructing a shark for this event.
These readings and workshops will be followed by open mic, where the kids are the authors and illustrators, sharing their own work. It may be something they've created during the WordPlay morning, or writing or illustrations that they've brought from home. Everyone is invited and readings and workshops are free.
Don Aker will start out by reading from and discussing his work from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., a free event open to all teens.
From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aker will offer an intensive writing workshop. The $10 registration fee for this workshop includes lunch. Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited. To register, please call Adeline Hewey at (902) 485-4129 or go to www.readbythesea.ca.