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Barrie North Collegiate Institute is hosting a writers’ conference and festival of authors for students across Simcoe County and the Georgian Bay area on May 22. The L3 conference features a series of workshops throughout the day and literary readings in the evening, which are open to the public. The conference was developed by Brian Adduono, a teacher at Barrie North Collegiate Institute, as a class project for students in the school’s iDeology program.

Presenters at the L3 conference include Roger Bell, William Bell, Aaron Berhane, Josh Bloch, Michael Callaghan, Lauren Carter, Austin Clarke, Petrolina Cleto, Amy Holmes, Mark Jacquemain, Joy Kogawa, Mark Medley, Bruce Meyer, Lisa Meyers, Stephen Myers, Damon Shareski, Matt Shaw, Meaghan Strimas, Eric Walters and Ting-xing Ye.

The evening readings by Austin Clarke, Joy Kogawa, Bruce Meyer and Eric Walters run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for high school students and $5 for elementary students. For more ticket and schedule information, contact Brian Adduono at badduono@mail.scdsb.on.ca or visit http://nor.scdsb.on.ca/.

From The Barrie Examiner:
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Barrie North Collegiate Institute is hosting its first annual writers’ conference and author’s festival on May 22. The L3 Writer's Conference, which is the brainchild of Barrie North English and philosophy teacher Brian Adduono, is a class project for the iDeology program. iDeology is designed to prepare senior secondary students for studies at the college and university levels. The program is part of the school’s Broadcasting: TV/Film and Journalism Special High Skills Major (SHSM) pathway.

Adduono describes the L3 (Language, Literacy and Literature) conference as the largest of its kind in Ontario.

“The program is designed to help young people develop a clear sense of self through reading, writing and various other ideological theories,” says Adduono. “Our aim is to provide students with a rich and varied curriculum that involves studies in literature, creative writing and philosophy. The conference builds on the program’s project-based components to promote experiential learning and provide the best preparation possible for learning at a higher level.”

iDeology mixes exposure to university style lectures at Georgian’s University Partnership Centre in Barrie and in-class guest speakers with attendance at lectures, readings, theatrical performances, cultural events and concerts, and field trips to New York, Stratford and the MuchMusic studios in Toronto. The school also has a partnership with PEN Canada, which provides novelists and poets to speak to students about the importance of writing and ideas.

Several hundred secondary school students from across Simcoe County and the Georgian Bay region are expected to take part in this first-time event. The evening literary readings are open to the public.

A series of workshops throughout the day will focus on such areas as language, literature and philosophy. Participating presenters include Roger Bell, William Bell, Aaron Berhane, Josh Bloch, Michael Callaghan, Lauren Carter, Austin Clarke, Petrolina Cleto, Amy Holmes, Mark Jacquemain, Joy Kogawa, Mark Medley, Bruce Meyer, Lisa Meyers, Stephen Myers, Damon Shareski, Matt Shaw, Meaghan Strimus, Eric Walters and Ting-xing Ye.

Students will attend the day workshops and a keynote session featuring William Bell and Ye. Evening readings by Clarke, Kogawa, Meyer and Walters run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The conference and authors’ readings will take place at Barrie North Collegiate Institute.

The conference is sponsored by Page and Turners bookstore and Georgian College’s University Partnership Series.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for high school students and $5 for elementary students. Tickets are available at Barrie North Collegiate (110 Grove St. E.) and Page and Turners (123 Dunlop Street E., Barrie). For more information, contact Brian Adduono at badduono@mail.scdsb.on.ca or visit http://nor.scdsb.on.ca/.

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