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Edmonton author creates online workshops for Alberta students stuck at home

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An Edmonton-based author will host two online writing workshops for Alberta students whose second semester has been suspended.

Marty Chan cited the delayed start of the winter semester for K-12 students as his inspiration for creating the workshops – among other motivations.

“I have a personal agenda, a personal passion, to inspire kids to read and write,” Chan said.

Chan was scheduled to make virtual visits to classrooms in Alberta when he learned the semester would be postponed to Jan. 10.

“And I thought, you know what, we have the technology. We can find a way to give those kids access to authors who are doing presentations,” he said.

“It’s a chance for kids to do something other than play a video game or watch endless YouTube videos or TikToks. It’s a way for them to have fun, but also to learn a different skill.

The Liars Club workshop will take place Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Zoom, focusing on picking fact from fiction and paying attention to detail. The Write to Fright workshop will take place on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and will teach kids how to write stories to scare their friends.

Parents can register their children for either workshop by emailing Chan.