Student Scholarship for OWC announced!

Spencer Haze

Student Scholarship Announced!

Spencer Haze, we’ll see you at the conference!

On Saturday, May 3rd and 4th, 2013, authors, novelists, journalists, playwrights, storytellers, poets and more will gather to develop their writing, editing and marketing skills at the fifth annual Ontario Writers’ Conference, at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility in Ajax, Ontario. Spencer Haze, a writer and fourth-year Trent University (Oshawa) psychology major will be joining them. She has been selected to attend the conference on a scholarship generously provided by Ontario Power Generation.

‟We are thrilled to be able to offer a scholarship to a deserving student who invests as much time and energy in writing as Spencer Haze does,” explains Barb Hunt, president of the Ontario Writers’ Conference. ‟By partnering with community-minded groups like OPG, we are able to assist writers of all ages and skill levels to grow as writers and improve the cultural landscape.” Ms. Haze will also receive a one-year student membership with the Writers’ Community of Durham Region, generously donated by the vibrant writing group.

Chosen for her personal commitment to continuous learning, Ms. Haze seeks to improve her writing skills. ‟I tend to look at the world through the lens of being a writer, and that means I love trying new things and learning about different topics so I can one day throw them in my books,” says Ms. Haze. ‟Writing is often the way I stay sane when school pressure builds. I find that even though other things in my life seem to come and go, writing is the one thing that’s stuck since childhood.”

‟I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember…I really can’t remember a time before I was scratching out poorly spelt stories on whatever paper I could get my hands on,” she says. ‟Right now I am…as always…working on about 10 different things at the same time. I only write fiction for children and adolescents.”

A fan of reading and writing in the Young Adult genre, Ms. Haze says, ‟I really enjoy crafting fantasy tales and especially ones set in worlds a little different from our own. One thing I’ve been working on is editing a novel I wrote in my first year. It follows four adolescents who are all drawn into a big magical conspiracy in a medieval world, with chapters alternating their individual stories.”

Ms. Haze is hoping to catch up on her writing and go through some of the books that are now covering every surface in her room this summer. She says, ‟I’m very excited for the Ontario Writers’ Conference, and incredibly grateful for the chance to go!”

The final line-up of workshops and lectures has been announced and the roster is designed to attract writers from a variety of genres and skill levels. Conference attendees can look forward to the idyllic setting provided by the Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility combined with interactive skill-building workshops, lectures and an industry plenary session. In addition, OWC’s delightfully charismatic honorary patron Wayson Choy, iconic Canadian author of The Jade Peony, Paper Shadows and All That Matters: A Chinatown Childhood, will offer some words of inspiration to nudge and inspire.

For more information and to register for the Ontario Writers’ Conference visit thewritersconference.com, email bhunt@thewritersconference.com, or phone 905-985-4409.

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