I am still learning about all the hard work done by the learners and volunteer tutors in the literacy program. I see all the extra workshops the tutors attend and I see all the enthusiasm of both the tutors and learners every week. I was lucky enough to sit in on the tutor orientations held by Denise, to facilitate Jenni Blackmore’s writing session and to attend Michael and Evelyn Kennedy’s Personality Dimensions & Learning Styles workshop.
I am inspired by the dedication of the HCLN board members, the learners, the tutors and all the people in the library who make literacy possible. It is what will make me work even harder next year to reach our common aim; a more literate community to make people’s lives easier.
By Jenni Blackmore
I was delighted to be invited to lead the creative writing workshops organized by the Halifax Community Learning Network again this year. I met some old friends and made many new ones and I heard so many amazing stories. Stories, stories, stories! For me that’s what writing’s all about! Everyone is brimming with stories, mysterious ribbons of fact and fantasy that are unique to each and every one of us and also poems that express mysterious depths of emotion or point out the beauty of a single moment that might otherwise have been overlooked. For me, the pencil is the wand, writing is the spell that releases all this magic.
My amazement is doubled by the fact that these magical mystery tours are mapped out by scratch marks on paper, lines and curves that somehow become letters which join together to become words that in turn link into sentences…and before I know it I’m transported to a foreign country or back in time to a childhood lived decades earlier or to the very deepest core of someone’s not-so-very-good day.
Jenni Blackmore and Linda Oakley at the captain William Spry Library creative writing workshop