The New Shoots Experience

“I was, so very long ago, a student at Kitsilano Secondary School and two of my short stories were published in the New Shoots anthology. As a grade 11 creative writer who struggled with dyslexia, this was a huge accomplishment. And, unbeknownst to me, it was a career sealer. Now, nearly 30 years later, I am signing my first book deal for two of my novels.”

– Aviva Bell, New Shoots Anthology 1989

“I first began to think of myself as a writer because of the New Shoots program, which I signed up for at Templeton Secondary in the 1980s. My mentor there was Leo McKay, Jr., a Nova Scotian writer who has since gone on to great acclaim. Working with him, and with other students, opened up an entire world of possibilities to me, and began a life-long passion for writing. I was able to gain some skills, and saw my writing in print for the first time, both of which were invaluable experiences. But more than that, it was through New Shoots that I saw how one might seriously become a writer — how a life might be lived in a way that foregrounded literature, and what pleasures awaited someone who went down this path of perpetual self-discovery, thought, and creation. I will be forever grateful that New Shoots existed when I needed it most. It was the perfect sandbox for a self in formation.”                         

-Wayde Compton

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