High School Writers

Today I talked for an hour to a grade 12 writers arts class in Toronto. I was invited by the teacher of the daughter of a friend of my sister’s. (How’s that for a complicated relationship.)

It was really great and inspiring (for me), and I hope, most of all, that I didn’t completely discourage them from seriously pursuing writing… Because I told the truth–mostly–about publishing.

Looking back at myself at that age, I would have loved to meet a published author and ask questions. But since I didn’t have the guts to try writing as a career back then, hearing the truth about how difficult it is to earn a living as an author probably would have just reinforced what I’d already decided. To do something else…

But still, I really hope that I didn’t say anything today to discourage these budding young writers.

It took me a lot of years to discover (or admit to) who I really am. Here’s hoping the kids I meet today get there sooner. :)


  4 comments for “High School Writers

  1. March 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I’m sure you were amazing, Maureen. If anyone can be truthful, yet inspiring, about the writing biz, it’s you!

    I may ask you for some tips as my daughter (Grade 12) just texted me to say her Writer’s Craft teacher wanted me to come and speak to her class. So not only do I have to think about the things you mentioned I also have to do it without embarassing my daughter!

  2. March 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Bet you did a fabulous job, Maureen!!!

  3. March 26, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Want to take it on the road? I have a class here in Kitchener that would lvoe to hear you. I’d feed you dinner and ply you with libations!

    NO pressure. I really wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Deviants. I was telling Molly this yesterday. I’ve been flogging it with the kids at school.

    How’s the next one coming?
    Sue Danic

  4. May 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I’m so glad you did this – I would have loved to meet a published author at that age as well…especially as I was already a literary, but I probably needed help not being so cheesy and cliche in my writing. =p

    I’m sure you were honest and approachable. And inspiring. And that’s probably what they needed.

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