Prince Rupert was exposed to three writing workshops sponsored by the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council on May 13.
Works shop participants were able to sit down at the library with graphic novelist Jon Clayton who penned an adult focussed book featuring Prince Rupert after an eight-week road trip across Canada and time as the 2019 Artist in Residency at the Cassiar Cannery. Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic author from the Yukon and presented a youth works shop with educator participants at Charles Hays Secondary. As well as children’s author Samantha Beynon and illustrator Lucy Trimble offered combined talents for a children’s workshop on their book “Oolichan Moon.”
Event organizer Jeseka Hickey said the events were a great success and were funded through an art grant for a writing event. Having attended university with Claytor and knowing the Beynon/Trimble team from living in Prince Rupert, Cole Pauls was the middle ground to bring art to the youth age group.
“I liked the whole spectrum of different art and storytelling from infancy to adulthood that these different artists represent,” Hickey said.
“I didn’t think about how ambitious it was to hold three events with four artists at once. I would hold the events again. The reception has been really great,” she said.