CHEK Upside: Victoria charity launching two new publications by youth writers


For the past decade, Story Studio has been fostering Victoria’s next generation of writers.

“We focus on inspiring, educating and empowering youth through the power of storytelling,” says executive director Sean Rodman.

However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the writing classes have taken a decidedly different look, moving online.

“We managed to really pull through with everything that’s gone on with COVID and just really work with the online options that were available to us,” says program coordinator Rebecca Ruiter.

“Through working in Google classrooms and things like that we’ve really been able to reach a lot more individuals.”

Two of those classes are part of Story Studio’s latest books, Imaginary Victoria and A Portal to Our World.

“Imaginary Victoria was a program that was run in connection with the City of Victoria and we re-imagined the City of Victoria in terms of an outbreak of magic,” says Ruiter.

“The Summer Writing Studio program with the Greater Victoria Public Library, they had the option of having their story included in an anthology.”

For those with the charity, watching the young writers’ development has been half of the fun.

“The talent that is out there is amazing and I’m a published author, I know hard it is to write and these kids they make it look easy,” says Rodman.

Imaginary Victoria and A Portal to Our World both launch Saturday, Nov. 20th at the Greater Victoria Public Library.

For more information visit the Story Studio website.

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