The workshop, sponsored by the Prairie Quills Writers’ Group, supports the writing goals of their members, while enabling writers in the larger community.
To this end, the group is providing a day-long event.
Though a Saskatchewan-based writer, Silverthorne has travelled the world researching people and events that inspire the ideas she weaves into her books.
Silverthorne’s stories speak to people of all ages and backgrounds, because she has found a unique way of telling them.
“Developing your writing voice and creating structure are both elements of writing that define the uniqueness of your story,” Silverthorne said, in describing the morning workshop.
She feels it will help writers who are struggling to find their unique voice, and structure their stories at the next level.
The afternoon session will focus on the process of editing, using work produced in the morning.
Silverthorne’s writing resume is impressive.
She is, “a multiple-award-winning Canadian author of more than a dozen books.
Convictions, her first young adult historical novel, won gold in the 2016 Moonbeam Children’s Writing Award for Young Adult — Historical/Cultural. It’s also nominated for two Saskatchewan Book Awards.
She has many children’s novels published, one of which has been translated into Japanese, plus two adult non-fiction biographies. Her first picture book, Honouring the Buffalo, published in English and Cree in 2015, has won two international awards, and in 2016 it was published in French and Cree.
Her newest children’s novel is Ghosts in the Garden, released in spring 2017.
She has presented hundreds of readings and writing workshops at libraries, schools and other educational institutions, and has given numerous presentations at conferences and literary festivals. She teaches writing classes.
Members of the Prairie Quills feel they advance our writing skills each time they bring in a writing presenter of her expertise.
The Prairie Quills want to make this opportunity available to other writers from beginner to advanced levels. They invite you to join us.
The workshop schedule:
• 9 a.m. to noon — Elements of Writing: Voice and Structure;
• One-hour lunch break catered by Johnnie’s Lunchbox;
• 1-4 p.m. workshop on Editing Your Work.