TORONTO, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Fifty-two students across Ontario, from
junior Kindergarten through Grade 12, have won creative writing awards
from the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) in
categories ranging from poems and short stories, to plays and
non-fiction in both French and English. A commemorative book of the
winning entries, and the list of the 2013 winners of Young Authors/Prix
jeunes écrivains are online at www.oecta.on.ca
"It is intriguing to see into the minds of young writers," says Kevin
O'Dwyer, OECTA president. "In this year's Young Authors program, topics
ranged from fantasy and science fiction, to how the Internet affects
their lives. It was also great to see students enjoying the creative
process of incorporating comedy in their work."
Students as young as five years old are experimenting with writing
styles, such as poetry and prose. Older students tackle writing about
their emotions, both positive and negative, especially when the topic
is about their relationships with their parents and peers. Other
students tackle mental health issues. The protagonist in a story by one
Grade 10 writer shared her feelings of isolation caused by a condition
called synesthesia, where a person mixes up their senses.
Encouraged by their success in the Young Authors program in previous
years, this year saw entries by several students who continued to
improve their creative writing skills.
OECTA has sponsored the Young Authors Awards as an effective literacy
program in Catholic schools since 1985. Winners are selected from
hundreds of entries from across the province. For every student who
makes it to the provincial level of competition, there are thousands
more across the province who participate in, and benefit from, the
Following the preliminary judging done by teachers at the local level,
21 teachers from different OECTA units served on a provincial selection
committee to choose the provincial winners.
Copies of the commemorative book are presented to the young authors, and
distributed to their schools, directors of education, school board
trustee associations, and main branches of public libraries in the
province. The Young Authors Awards publication is also shared with
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne; Liz Sandals, the Minister of Education,
OECTA represents the 45,000 professional women and men who teach all
grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
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