MTYP Workshops on Writing for Young Audiences


MTYP’s new Artist-in-Residence, Herbie Barnes, invites submissions for his upcoming series of intensive workshops on creating plays specifically for young people. An Ontario-based director, writer, actor and teacher, Barnes has worked extensively in television, film and theatre, including numerous engagements with MTYP. The residency, which is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, continues through October 2008. The workshops will be led by Barnes through the support of Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

Up to ten writers will be invited to participate in three development sessions to be held at MTYP in the summer and fall. Participation is invited from both new and emerging writers. The sessions will concentrate on the structure of story and narrative, writing technique, and the distinguishing features of theatre for young audiences (TYA). The final workshop will focus on script development and include collaboration from a professional design and directing team, with the goal of producing draft scripts.

The workshops will be held on the following dates at Manitoba Theatre for Young People: June 10 -20, 2008; August 18-22, 2008; September 22-26, 2008.

Those interested in applying should submit a writing sample (2-3 page piece of fiction) by email to Rose Condo, at MTYP by April 14, 2008. Interviews to select participants will be held from April 21 to 23. For more information, please contact Rose by email or at (204) 947-0394 ext. 234.

CFP – From Mission: Society to Mission: Ego

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Literature for children and young people in the 1960s and 70s encouraged readers to become aware of the societies in which they were living and to give collective expression to their concerns. Today, the focus is more on the individual (“all these egos”). Barnboken wishes to stimulate analysis of this shift of perspective and of the impact general literature and social change may have had on development of new narrative techniques and on how young protagonists are portrayed. We therefore welcome scholarly articles in English or Swedish on the theme “From mission:society to mission:ego in literature for children and young people” for submission to issue 2009:1 of Barnboken – tidskrift för barnlitteraturforskning. Papers should not have been published previously, or submitted elsewhere simultaneously.

Abstracts of 300 words should be emailed to and include:

1) paper title
2) name, affiliation, and email address

The deadline for abstracts is 1 May 2008. The abstracts will be vetted by the editorial board by the beginning of June 2008. Deadline for finished papers relating to the selected abstracts is 1 September 2008. A style sheet is available on or by contacting Lillemor Torstensson, editor. The journal is refereed by members of the editorial board – a group of distinguished Swedish academics working in the areas of children’s literature, Stefan Mählqvist, PhD, Professor Maria Nikolajeva, Agneta Rehal, PhD and Associated professor Sonja Svensson.

For further information please contact:
The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books
Lillemor Torstensson
Odengatan 61, 113 22 Stockholm
Phone: +46(0)8 54 54 20 51