Sharpen your pen­cils!

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Ben­jamin Va­chet ben­jamin.va­chet@transcon­ti­nen­tal.ca

de in early March, the young au­thors min­gled with sea­soned writ­ers to as­sem­ble a col­lec­tive work en­ti­tled Sur­prise! , pub­lished by Vents d’ouest .

"Since I was a kid I al­ways dreamed of be­ing pub­lished," tells Diego El­i­zondo, of Or­léans, who en­tered the con­test in 2011. I’ve had the chance to be pub­lished over a hun­dred times for my writ­ings on her­itage and his­tory by news­pa­pers, but this is the first time I pub­lished a fic­tion text. "

In­spired by the lit­er­ary world by Al­bert Ca­mus L’étranger and by the writ­ings of Mal­raux, El­i­zondo has cho­sen to take the path of the ab­surd and have his main char­ac­ter board bus route 95 to Bar­rhaven. The pub­lisher of Gatineau’s Vents d’ouest re­newed his sup­port for young 12-18 year old au­thors and en­cour­ages young fran­co­phone writ­ers to sub­mit their writ­ten be­fore June 1. In the last Sa­lon du livre l’ou­taouais

"Some­thing has just changed his life and he talks about his thoughts dur­ing the jour­ney. I had first shared the story on Face­book and the re­ac­tions were very strong. It en­cour­aged me be­cause I re­al­ized I could arouse emo­tion in the reader. "

A fu­ture writer may well be born, and it is also one of the ob­jec­tives of Michel Lavoie, co­or­di­na­tor of Vents d’ouest . and di­rec­tor of the youth col­lec­tion.

"I had the idea of this con­test when I was a teacher. This helps en­cour­age kids to read and write be­cause they are young peo­ple who write for young peo­ple.".

Il­lus­tra­tion: Eric Pe­ladeau

The pub­lisher of Gatineau’s Vents d’ouest re­newed his sup­port for 12-18 year olds and en­cour­ages young fran­co­phones to sub­mit their writ­ten work be­fore June 1.

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