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Rebecca Wood Barrett

Photo: James Barrett 2019

Rebecca is an award-winning writer and filmmaker living in Whistler, British Columbia. Her short fiction has been published in RoomThe Antigonish Review and Pique Newsmagazine. She has made over 35 short films, which have broadcast on TV and been screened at festivals around the world. Her films have won the People’s Choice Award three times. Rebecca is a passionate advocate for the literary arts, and enjoys supporting emerging and established writers in their projects through teaching, editing, career consultation and assisting writers’ critique groups in their formation. Her middle-grade children’s book My Best Friend is Extinct (Orca Book Publishers) releases March 2021.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

My Best Friend is Extinct. Orca Book Publishers, 2021

Awards

Rebecca Sian Wood Barrett
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

MY BEST FRIEND IS EXTINCT PRESENTATION (Grades 4 and up)

My middle grade novel is about ten-year-old Henry Springs who discovers a strange creature that is seriously injured. While he nurses him back to health he discovers the creature is not the only unusual beast lurking in the neighbourhood. This is a story about friendship, bullying, finding your true self, and discovering animals believed to be extinct. Using a Powerpoint presentation, I describe where my ideas originated, and how pre-historic creatures like the short-faced bear and sabre-tooth tiger roamed our lands a mere 10,000 years ago. I describe my creative writing methods, how the book evolved, and the editing process through multiple drafts with my writers' group, editor and illustrator. The presentation includes a reading, activities, a question and answer period and a book signing. The duration is approximately 50-60 minutes. I'm available in-person or via Zoom depending on the location.

 

Presentation Length:
1 hour
Genre:
Literary Children's Middle Grade Fiction
Grades:
4-6
Audience size:
any
Workshop Description:

WORLD BUILDING CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP (all ages)

Join me for a one-hour writing workshop on how to build an invented world. I draw on examples from my middle-grade novel My Best Friend is Extinct, featuring pre-historic creatures like the short-faced bear and sabre-tooth tiger that roamed our lands a mere 10,000 years ago. I talk about where ideas come from, how to world-build, and discuss some of the rules of world-building. Bring a pen and paper or a keyboard and get ready to brainstorm fantastical creatures, one big fib, and a little bit of weirdness in a short writing exercise during the workshop. The duration is approximately 60 minutes. I'm available in-person or via Zoom depending on the location.

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$$300
One session:
$$150
GST:
GST applicable