The Final Word

“If you are bored writing about something, we are going to be bored reading it.”

This was just one of many nuggets of writer’s craft wisdom that author Caroline Pignat shared with book club students gathered at Woodland Christian High School on April 4 for The Final Word. Students not only learned about the source of inspiration for novels, how to do research and how to develop engaging characters, but they also were given opportunity to write a short piece of their own.

All who attended The Final Word were warmly welcomed with a wide array of goodies and some fun team-building activities, including a lively rendition of Book Club Jeopardy (throwback to Battle of the Books!). Before socializing over pulled pork and ice-cream sundaes, students learned the results of their votes for the favourite book of the year: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.

Each year Christian high schools across Ontario are invited to participate in the Christian High School Book Club. Book club members are encouraged to read at least five books from a list of ten current Canadian titles selected by a team of librarians. These books are discussed at meetings in the individual schools throughout the school year. In the spring everyone gathers to attend The Final Word, an event where those with a passion for reading gather to meet one another and also one of the authors of the books we have been reading.

At the end of the day, we all left with a deeper understanding of the tools of the writer’s craft and we gained a whole new appreciation for the novels we read.

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