Posted by: jockmackenzie | November 20, 2013

Writers in Schools Program

I was excited and pleased to learn that I’ve been accepted as part of the Canadian Authors Association “Writers in Schools Program.” A record number (34) Alberta writers are available to speak to schools about their writing. The application deadline is December 16. 

Here’s my info followed by a list of all of the writers followed by a link to the WISP program:

Jock Mackenzie – Red Deer
Jock Mackenzie was a language arts teacher and administrator in the Red Deer Public SchoolDistrict for 31 years. Since retiring he has been writing and speaking at teacher conventions and

In February 2007, he published his first book titled Essay Writing: Teaching the Basics from the round Up (Pembroke Publishing). Jock’s second teacher reference book (yet to be published) is titled Poetry and Song. As well as educational writing, Jock has written an adult crime drama Dealing With Dymans. It too awaits publication. Most recently, he has turned his attention to writing magazine articles.

In his sessions, Jock Mackenzie shares many proven activities he has used and fine-tuned. Sessions are well-paced, practical, product-oriented, student-friendly, and humorous. All sessions are interactive and can be tailored to meet specific needs.

Essay Writing. The skills required to write an essay are the same skills required to write a speech, to prepare a persuasive argument, to explain an idea – and on the list goes. Help your students write more effective essays by “acting out” an essay – and more.

The Plot Thickens. Learn how to plan a story using the 3I-RACER plot outline. Play the Fortunately-Unfortunately game. Sequence ideas using cartoons – with and without dialogue bubbles. Learn to be a better storywriter – and a storyteller.

Poetry and Song. Teach skills and add excitement to this unit by taking a new approach. Write new words to old songs. Learn new methods for working with rhythm and rhyme, syllabication, figurative language, recitation, and compressed thought. Be a poet – and know it.

Pre-writing to Celebrating. Engage student interest and add reality to the writing process. Through a clearer understanding of the writing process as well as creative activities that involve students at each step, learn how to improve your writing program.

Presentation area: Red Deer and area; willing to travel over 100 km
Targeted grades: Grades 4-6, Junior High
Preferred class size: Classroom up to 30 students; auditorium up to 100 students

Further information:

All of the presenters:

Meet the Writers of the 2014 Writers In School Program

Edmonton and area
Lisa Anderson – Sherwood Park
Alison Clarke – Edmonton
M. Jennie Frost – Edmonton
Joan Marie Galat – Spruce Grove
Joyce Harries – Edmonton
Alison Hughes –Edmonton
Shelley A. Leedahl – Edmonton
Kath MacLean – Edmonton
Kenna McKinnon – Edmonton
Alison Neuman – Edmonton
Diane Robitelle – Edmonton
Jennifer Snow – Edmonton

Northern Alberta
Karen Bass – Hythe
Charmaine Hammond – Plamandon
Sue Farrell Holler – Grande Prairie
Audrey Shield – Barrhead

Central Alberta
Jock Mackenzie – Red Deer
Blaine Newton – Red Deer
Maxine Spence – Didsbury

Calgary and area
Maureen Bush – Calgary
Susan Forest – Calgary
Jacqueline Guest – Bragg Creek
Janet Gurtler – Calgary
Susanne Heaton – Calgary
Faye Reineberg Holt – Calgary
Kristin Kraus – Calgary
Hector Larrazabal – Calgary
Maureen Magee – Calgary
Deborah Fannie Miller – Calgary
Lorna Schultz Nicholson – Calgary
Mike Plested – Calgary
Lea Storry – Calgary
Emily Ursuliak – Calgary

Southern Alberta
Halli Lilburn – Rosemary

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