Your story starts here.

Scrawler’s Academy is a creative writing program for teen authors. Come as you are. Write your story. Be heard. Make a difference.

The long-term vision is to build a North Coast-based summer and spring break camp for Canadian teen authors that is:

  • open and welcoming to all teen authors – whether you’ve scrawled barely a scribble, are a famous author already, or are somewhere in between;
  • led by teen authors themselves;
  • fun, welcoming, connecting, energizing, empowering, memory-making, rigorous, intensive, encouraging, and inclusive;
  • organizing teen authors’ programs – like workshops, writing circles, screen and play writing activities, poetry and other spoken word events, speech and debate events, conferences, festivals, summer writing camps, etc.;
  • respectful of the land itself, respectful of the First Nations on whose territory the programs are located, and based in the recognition of the literary and storymaking contributions of Indigenous authors and storytellers of the territory; and
  • committed to treating all people with respect, being welcoming and inclusive of everyone, and supporting community centred on honouring our responsibilities to one another – including being mutually respectful of one another, truly listening to one another, and supporting everyone’s needs.

Scrawler’s Academy is being developed in the territory of the Gispaxlo’ots and Gits’iis of the Ts’msyen Nation and in the territories of the Haida, Nisga’a, Gitxsan, and Haisla Nations.

For more information, contact Tom Kertes.