Lynn Davies grew up in Riverview and Newcastle, New Brunswick. She writes poetry, stories for children, and essays, and works part time at Westminster Books in Fredericton. Lynn has taught English as a Second Language and has worked as a private reading tutor. She’s also taught creative writing at UNB and at the Maritime Writers’ Workshop. Lynn has designed and taught classes on creative writing and book making for children at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and in the local schools. In her spare time she reads, reads, reads, folds boxes of frogs, knits socks, and enjoys cross-country skiing, camping, hiking, and long rides on her bicycle.
Email or call 506-451-9593.
“The Bridge That Carries the Road” (Brick Books, 1999)
“Where Sound Pools” (Goose Lane Editions, 2005)
“How the Gods Pour Tea” (Goose Lane Editions, 2013)
What I Offer
I usually combine a brief talk and reading with a workshop, discussing how I started writing and bringing in some of my journals. I read some poems and show students the many drafts I write before finishing a poem.
For workshops, we might play with ideas and where they come from; point of view and/or place; words and word play; riddle, poster, list, or found poems.
For grades 5-8, I might bring in my magic bag, box of hats, or fadoodle bottle.
For grades 9 and up, I emphasize how much of my material comes from my daily life, and a popular exercise is writing poems from fortune cookies. I also spend some time talking about self editing techniques. For students who think they can’t write or don’t like writing, I include collaborative writing exercises – they often enjoy creating with someone else. I always leave time for questions, and during the presentation, I have lots of questions for them.
During the winter, I prefer not to travel far. I am available Monday to Wednesday.