Printing workshop at KAG

The Kamloops Art Gallery is hosting a workshop on mini-book printing and binding.

Coinciding with Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books, an exhibition of books made by artists, the workshop will provide an introduction to creating handmade books.

It will be led by Kamloops-based artist Darlene Kalynka, who will discuss forms including “instant” and “accordion.”

Kalynka is an associate professor at Thompson Rivers University who teaches printmaking.

With a bachelor in fine arts from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree from Montreal’s Concordia University, Kalynka has exhibited her books and other print-based works in exhibitions nationally and internationally.

She has participated in a number of artist residences, including stints at the Banff Centre, Toronto’s Open Studio, GAU in the Netherlands and Kloster Bentlage in Germany.

The workshop will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Kamloops Art Gallery, 465 Victoria St..

All ages are welcome, all materials are provided and there is no fee.

For more information, go online to kag.bc.ca.


Young writer? Enter this

The Vancouver Writers Fest is launching a new writing contest open to young writers across B.C.

Winners of the contest will be awarded a cash prize and have their work published in a magazine that showcases aspiring young writers.

For the last 15 years, the Writers Fest has run a successful poetry and short-story contest for writers of all ages.

Last year, more than 340 entries were received from around the world.

The new contest is restricted to only those writers enrolled in grades 8 to 12 in B.C., which will give young aspiring writers a better chance of winning.

Just like the established poetry and short-story contest, the Spreading the Word Youth Writing Contest will accept entries of poetry, with a 500-word limit, and creative short fiction, with a 1,500-word limit.

The work must be previously unpublished in each category.

First prize in each category is $300, with a second-prize award of $200.

Prize winners, selected by a panel of publishing and writing professionals, will be published in The Claremont Review and on the Vancouver Writers Fest website at writersfest.bc.ca.

Closing date for entries is 5 p.m. on the final day of the Vancouver Writers Fest, Sunday, Oct. 27.

Students can enter online at writersfest.bc.ca/youthwritingcontest.

Spreading the Word, the Vancouver Writers Fest’s schools program, offers K-12 students and teachers the rare opportunity to engage with internationally renowned writers at the Festival and in the classroom.

Other Spreading the Word programs include 34 events for K-12 at the festival, classroom visits for inner-city schools and a week-long writer residency program.


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