In Spring of 2020 I was given the opportunity to work with a published author, Lori Weber when I was chosen as on of the Quebec Writers' Federations's mentees. I worked on a draft of my Young Adult Manuscript with Lori who helped me shape my plot and breath life into my story. It was an exciting learning experience and I'm grateful to the QWF for the opportunity. Although we we couldn't have our public reading due to the pandemic, we had an online even with all 7 mentees and their mentors.
When I first sat down to write my novel a few years ago, I had no idea the journey it would take me on. I've learned I don't just love telling stories, but researching as well. I've spent countless hours online, in libraries and in interviews building my characters and their story, and what I've learned so far is there is so much out there I don't know, and I can't wait to find out! I'm grateful for the time and experience to write, and am always searching for the next story.
What's Behind My Mask
My secondary three students discuss what they hide, how they hide it, or what they wish others knew about them.
The Quebec Roots project is part of the Blue Metropolis Festival. For the 2018-2019 school year, my students decided to write about the topic of What's Behind my Mask. They came up with the idea after several brainstorming sessions. The photographs you see are their personal and global messages related to who they are, how they portray themselves, or how they want to be perceived. The result is beautiful: Three table-sized collages of their writing and drawings. The purpose was to get them thinking about and discussing what they hide behind their own mask. The second part of the project consisted of photographing subjects related to their topic. The end result had their words and photos published in the Quebec Roots anthology. I have an overwhelming sense of pride for their work and participation in this project.