Amanda West Lewis

AMANDA WEST LEWIS is dedicated to words. Words on the page and words on the stage. How words sound, how they look, and what they mean. She combines careers as a writer, theatre artist and calligrapher.
   Amanda’s eight books for children and youth range from non-fiction books to historical novels. Her 2014 novel September 17 was nominated for the Silver Birch Award, the Red Cedar Award, and the Violet Downey IODE Award. Her recent novel, The Pact, was listed as a 2017 USBBY Outstanding International book. Previous books include Writing: A Fact & Fun Book; Lettering; Making Memory Books; The Jumbo Book of Paper Crafts; and Rosie Backstage (co-authored with Tim Wynne-Jones).
   Amanda has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She has a particular interest in creating historically relevant stories for young people and is currently working on a new novel about youth activism in 1968. 
   As a theatre artist, Amanda has worked as an actor, director, producer and dramaturg. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of The Ottawa Children’s Theatre, an organization dedicated to drama and arts education. In her calligraphy and book art, Amanda specializes in exploring the interface between words, lettershapes, and thoughts. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. Her work explores the sculptural possibilities of books and meaning.
   Amanda shares her love of words by presenting workshops in theatre, writing and calligraphy to children, youth and adults. She lives and works in the woods outside of Perth, Ontario, with her husband, writer Tim Wynne-Jones.

Curriculum Links

Listen to an author presentation based on World War II; use elements of story and poetry writing; cross-curricular link to visual arts.


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Online Program: Young Poets Workshop

New Program Residency Workshop English

Poetry encourages you to play. In your writing playground are words, thoughts, images and emotions. This workshop will dive into that playground to use writing prompts, vocal games, creative drama and readings to create individual and group poems.

Participants:
Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One 45 minute session $140 + HST
Two 45 minutes sessions $200 + HST
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Online Program: Starting with Pictures: Writing Original Characters

New Program Residency Workshop English

A picture can tell you a lot about a person. But it’s the writer who discovers who that person is and how they fit into a story. This workshop will use photographs and pictures to get participants creating characters. Those characters will then lead us into unique, vibrant and unexpected places. We’ll let the characters take charge as we develop scenes, scenarios and stories.

Participants:
Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
15
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One 45 minute session $140 + HST
Two 45 minutes sessions $200 + HST
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Online Program: Conflict from Both Sides

New Program Residency Workshop English

In this workshop, author Amanda Lewis talks about the story behind the story of her novels September 17 and The Pact. Amanda will show photographs to illustrate the lives of the real children who inspired the stories told in her books. The focus is on an empathetic understanding of World War 2 from a child’s perspective view. There will also be an open discussion about the writing and research process. A brief reading will be included, and students are welcome to come with questions.

Participants:
Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One 45 minute session $140 + HST
Two 45 minutes sessions $200 + HST
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Author Reading: Conflict From Both Sides

Residency Performance English

Hear the story behind the story, revealing the true events and people that inspired the novels September 17 and The Pact. Slides show children from England and Germany and illustrate the challenges they faced during wartime. The focus is on an empathetic understanding of World War II from a child’s perspective, touching on propaganda, indoctrination, racism and survival.

Participants:
Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
300
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One session: 50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $340 + HST
Half day: two 50 minute sessions $450 + HST
Full day: three 50 minute sessions $575 + HST
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The Look and Sound of Words

Residency Workshop English

Working with sound and visual cues and drawing on aspects of theatre improvisation, participants explore character creation, point of view and dialogue. The workshop focuses on playing with words as the basic building blocks of writing.

Participants:
Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
Half day: one 2 hour session $350 + HST
Full day: two 2 hour sessions $475 + HST
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The Story Behind the Picture

Residency Workshop English

A picture can tell you a lot about a person. But it’s the writer who discovers who that person is and how they fit into a story. Using photographs and pictures, participants will create characters and invent unique and vibrant stories. Participants will be encouraged to develop scenes and scenarios into short, character-driven stories.

Participants:
Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
Half day: one 2 hour session $350 + HST
Full day: two 2 hour sessions $475 + HST
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Illuminated Letters

Residency Workshop English

Beginning by writing simple poems based on their own names, students are then shown how to draw Versal letters in the style of 15th Century Books of Hours. These illuminated letters will be used to create a uniquely decorated poem. The workshop helps to develop a love and passion for letters, combining writing skills with artwork.

Participants:
Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Time and Price:
Half day: one 2 hour session $350 + HST
Full day: two 2 hour sessions $475 + HST
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