Launch Party for ETCH 2016

by jeremylukehill

Vocamus Press is excited to be launching ETCH 2016 at the Guelph Public Library – Main Library, on Saturday, May 28, 1:00 PM, to celebrate the winners and runners-up for the Guelph Public Library’s Teen Writing Contest.

Local authors Eric Walters, Claudette Melanson, and Ryan Toxopeus will be on hand to announce the winners of this year’s contest, and local teen musician Thomas McIlwraith will provide music. There will also be refreshments, and you’ll have the chance to get your own copy of the anthology.

It should be lots of fun, so mark your calendars now.

The ETCH anthology is the annual collection of teen writing that Vocamus Press publishes in cooperation with the Guelph Public Library. Each year the library holds a writing contest for teens in the Guelph area. The winners of the contest and selected runners-up are collected into the anthology.

Eric Walters began writing as a way to encourage his grade 5 students to be more interested in reading and writing. Since then he has published over 80 novels and picture books that have won more than 100 awards. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he has presented to more than 1,500,000 students across North America and around the world.

Claudette Melanson writes and edits in Kitchener, Ontario. She has wanted to be a vampire since age five, so naturally she likes to write paranormal fiction, including Rising Tide and Undertow, the first two volumes of her Maura DeLuca vampire series.

Ryan Toxopeus has loved writing since he was old enough to know how, and though he leaned more toward math and science at times, he kept returning to writing. He is the author of The Empire’s Foundation series, a high-fantasy epic trilogy. The first two volumes, A Noble’s Quest and A Wizard’s Gambit, have been well received, and the final installment, A Hero’s Birth, is scheduled for release in early 2017.

Thomas McIlwraith is an up and coming musician from Guelph. He is 12 years old, and loves to sing and play the guitar, piano, ukulele, harmonica and drums. Thomas was named volunteer of the month by the Guelph Wellington Volunteer Centre in December, 2015 for busking at the Guelph Farmers’ Market to raise money for the Welcome In Drop-in Centre. Thomas often performs at Open Mic Nights in Guelph and has opened for Ian Reid.