Creative Writing Workshop

We’re almost halfway through our wonderful afternoon working with one of our favourite Canadian authors, David Poulsen.

Always a delight!


Library Closures

Two closures of note.

Wednesday May 24th: As noted on the announcements on Tuesday morning…

  • The Library will be closed before school on Wednesday for the Staff Appreciation Brunch hosted by Music Theatre and the Show Choir parent group.
  • Thank you in advance for what we’re sure will be a most delicious feast!

Friday May 26th: The Library will be CLOSED all morning.

  • We are looking forward to our final Visiting Author session for this year.
  • We are the ‘winners’ of a free session with TDSB Writer in Residence Jael Richardson.
  • Free visits with TDSB Writers in Residence are one of the benefits of participating in the TDSB Just Read It! programme.
  • Thanks to everyone in the ESA community who submitted book recommendations to Just Read It!… It’s because of you we’re getting this morning of workshops.  Keep submitting!!

Busy Week coming in the Library… Limited access at times

We have a very busy week coming in the Library.  Access to the Library will be restricted to participating students during the following times:

  • Monday April 24th, Period 4: Local Etobicoke Lakeshore MP James Maloney (part of the RepDay programme run by Civix, the same people that bring us Student Vote) will be in to talk to Gr 10 Civics students about how government works.
  • Tuesday April 25th, Periods 5&6: We welcome author, cartoonist, broadcaster (and more!) Kevin Sylvester in for the morning to work with Grade 9 and 10 English classes.
  • Wednesday April 26th, Periods 1&2: We welcome Canadian Poet Moez Surani.  In addition to working with students taking Writer’s Craft, Moez will be working with students in WORD and the Jewish Culture Club to help create an artistic/performance piece in response to the graffiti incident last month.
  • Thursday April 27th, before school and Period 5: All graduating Grade 12’s are invited to join us in the Library – doors open at 8:15am – for the annual Grad Breakfast.  Students who have not already completed the TDSB Grade Exit Survey or voted for Valedictorian will be able to do so at the breakfast.
  • Friday April 28th, Periods 3&4: We welcome local poet, artist and educator Andrea Thompson for a Spoken Word workshop with students from all grades…  our ‘Grand Finale’ to our National Poetry Month events and activities.

Friday April 28th is also Final Friday Fun Day… this month we have some extra special programming coming out way courtesy of PoW.

  • Details to follow on Thursday…
  • Reminder – in advance – that the Library will be tech free for the lunch hour.

Allan Stratton @ ESA

Acclaimed Canadian playwright and novelist Allan Stratton – who was formerly also the Head of Drama at ESA way back when I first arrived in 1999 – spent the afternoon in the Library…  workshopping Grade 9 English students (with additional representation from Ms. Bourne’s Gr 12 Drama majors).

Do check Allan’s website, and if interested, we have most of his books in the collection at ESA.  Drop by and check one out…


The busy week continues…

It’s been so busy I haven’t even had time to post!  (and I’m sick with a nasty nasty cold to boot!…)

We had a wonderful afternoon with Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer on Monday, and a return visit from the Sidra Project yesterday.

Today at lunch, please join us for a session with Ursula Krubnik from Women’s Habitat.

  • All are welcome to attend this most important session on ending Violence Against Women.
  • We will open by watching the first 6 minutes of the (1986) NFB documentary Silvie’s Story.
  • Sylvie’s Story was a production of the NFB’s Studio D, which existed for 22 glorious years, from 1974 – 1996, to provide a home to female Canadian filmmakers.
  • This short film recreates the experience of Sylvie, a battered woman who seeks shelter in a Montréal transition house. Faced with the threat of violence, loneliness, the lack of financial resources or information about services, the victim is often understandably reluctant to seek help. Emphasizing the importance for women of speaking out, the film also points out the role of the transition house in putting victims of abuse in touch with appropriate legal and social services. Sylvie’s Story is part of The Next Step, a 3-film series about the services needed by and available to battered women.

Then, tomorrow we host Teresa Toten all morning, and Eve Silver all afternoon.

  • There will be no access to the Library during class periods, except for those classes invited to the sessions.
  • The Library will be open before school, at lunchtime and after school…  but with very limited table seating on the lower level.


Farzana Doctor at ESA!

The Library will be CLOSED all afternoon today for visiting author FARZANA DOCTOR.

Ms. Doctor is scheduled for the following class presentations (Week B, Day One):
  • Per 4: ENG2D MIDDEL
  • Per 3:  ENG2D TINKER
In addition, some students from Social Justice and WORD have signed up to attend.

In her presentation Ms. Doctor will focus on two things:

  1. Being a writer: choosing a writing career, writing process, managing writing time, how to get published and connected in the writing world; and,
  2. Being an LGBT writer, including a discussion about coming out, and her own life as an LGBT person and writer

White Pine Spotlight: Delusion Road by Don Aker

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Delusion Road by Don Aker

  • Another solid outing from one of my favourite Canadian YA authors, Don Aker.
  • Solid writing, strong characters, and not afraid to tackle difficult issues.
  • Multiple storylines come together in a dramatic ending.
  • Life doesn’t always turn out the way we want it to, but sometimes justice is served.

Read the review at the Canadian Review of Materials.

Don will be at ESA for the afternoon on Monday May 16th to workshop Grade 9 and 10 students.  See Ms. Wray or Mr Middel if you’d like to participate.