Writing workshop offered at Three Hills Library

Simon Rose Author

Born in Derbyshire, England, author Simon Rose now makes his home in Calgary. Growing up near the Peak District National Park and the town of Chesterfield, famous for its medieval church with the crooked spire, his younger years lent much to his writer’s soul and imagination.
His first novel, The Alchemist’s Portrait, was published in 2003, followed by many more books, both fiction and non-fiction, for young adults, middle grade, and younger readers. He has a degree in history and is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. He has called Calgary home since 1990.
When asked what drew him to writing, Simon explained that although he did quite a lot of writing as a teenager, it wasn’t until he had children and began reading children’s books again that he started to consider writing stories of his own. Although he originally thought he might write fairy tales and picture books for younger children, after reading the first three Harry Potter novels, he realized that although he wasn’t interested in writing about the same things as J.K. Rowling, he did want to write for the age group that her books were aimed at.
Simon Rose is also a teacher and offers a variety of workshops, presentations, and author in residence programs. He works as an instructor at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Chinook Learning Services. He recently ran a workshop at Drumheller Public Library on Writing Historical Fiction and on May 25th will run a workshop at Three Hills Library on Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Over the past several years, Three Hills Library has hosted numerous author visits and writing workshops. Authors such as Laura Crowe, Margaret Macpherson, and Hazel Hutchins have been to library to share details of their writing process and to run various workshops. It is always a treat to learn from those who are further ahead on their writing journey. It is fitting to now add Simon Rose to that list.
When asked what he enjoyed about teaching writing, Simon stated that it is very gratifying to help writers deal with stumbling books, get them motivated to complete a project, and perhaps most of all convince them that they actually have a good idea. “Many aspiring writers are lacking in confidence,” he points out. “I’m always pleased to encourage them to pursue a writing project.”
Writing for Children and Young Adults is a workshop open to anyone sixteen years and up. It is a rare opportunity for our community, which houses a good number of writers. If you would like to participate, please contact the library.