Writer Raquel Rivera was welcomed to Heritage Elementary School in Huntingdon, in Quebec’s Chateauguay region.  In the library for a full day, Raquel conducted half hour workshops for Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. She was accompanied by the teachers and librarians as she facilitated creative writing exercises which focused on material produced by the students.  Creative and expressive techniques in fiction were explored through the lens of the students’ experiences, 

Teachers at Heritage called Raquel’s visit “an absolute pleasure”, stating that the only issue was that they would have liked longer visits!  Brooke Wilson, the Community Development Technician wrote that Raquel “adapted her workshop to each Grade level, actively participated with the students, and they all gravitated towards her.” 

Raquel Rivera is a Children’s and Young Adult writer, artist and performer who’s lived and worked in Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Barcelona. Awards and honours include the QWF Prize for Children’s and YA Literature (twice); USBBY Outstanding International Books; Quill & Quire’s “Best of 2007”(Children’s).  

Heritage Elementary School’s ArtistsInspire Grant experience was made possible by an ELAN Quebec/LEARN partnership for students from Quebec’s English-speaking communities to participate in arts and culture experiences, thanks in part to funding from the Government of Canada.

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Raquel Rivera conducting one of her library workshops at Heritage Elementary.  (Photo by Brooke Wilson)