|Literacy Matters||December 2008|
NWT Literacy Week - Author Visit
We would like to thank Canadian author, Maureen Ulrich for coming North of 60 to share her new book and writing ideas with students in Yellowknife and Fort Simpson.
Maureen Ulrich was born in Saskatoon, but grew up in Edmonton and Calgary. She taught middle-years students for 23 years and also worked in the oil-field industry. She has lived in Milestone and Lampman, in southeastern Saskatchewan, for the last 27 years.
She recently published her first book called Power Plays. Power Plays is about a young girl who moves to a new town and experiences bullying in her school and community. She tries out for the local girls' hockey team and finds friendship and community at the rink.
Maureen went to schools and adult education programs to share her book Power Plays and share ideas for writing books and plays. She also had some good discussions with students about bullying.
We gave the books to schools ahead of time and most of the students working with Maureen had a chance to read her book or at least read part of her book. Students were thrilled to meet Maureen and hear about her struggles and triumphs with writing Power Plays.
One young girl told Maureen that she had not read a book for years, but when she read Power Plays she couldn't put it down.
Maureen also traveled to Fort Simpson to deliver writing workshops at the high school. Her workshops encourage students to be creative with their writing. Students wrote a scene from a play and then acted it out.
Maureen also participated in a family literacy event at the library. She read books and entertained children and families.
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