Matthew Bennett Young

>Matthew Bennett Young

Matthew Bennett Young

Literary
Specialities: Creative writing, Nature-focused art

Contact Info

Email address
Website address
Resides in
English Montreal

Experience working with

  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Media Literacy

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • Yes

I have experience working with

  • Culture a L'ecole

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes

School board areas you are available to work in

  • Central Quebec - Quebec City & Environs
  • Central Quebec - Rural/Regional Schools
  • Eastern Townships
  • English Montreal
  • Lester B Pearson - outside Montreal transportation areas (STM)
  • Lester B Pearson - within public transit area

Travel

  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
I have been producing picture books for 20 years. I love the marriage of art and literature. My intention is always to stimulate discussion between adults and children, so we may share our experience of something together. My books also form the basis of some of my interdisciplinary workshops which use the senses to stimulate literary creativity and challenge assumptions that are made around us. I love to see children and youth inspired by their own sense of creativity.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

Music (7 mostly instrumental recordings) is used in my workshop as a means to stimulate feeling. Those feelings are then articulated using a word/s, expressions or images. Then the children are encouraged to use those words or images as a platform to create a basic story outline. The workshop has a very simple structure but great significance and the children love it. I also gave this workshop recently to students & faculty at McGill and they loved it too. The best way to describe it is as a 'translation of the senses'.
Interestingly, having given this workshop to so many different age groups one common kind of feedback I get from teachers is how delighted they are when their special needs students respond very positively. They do not seem to find it challenging in the same way they might a more formal approach to constructive story writing and that's because the music relieves the student of the initial creative responsibility of the development of their story.

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