15. Mixed Bag Mayhem: A Ripple Foundation Writing Workshop - The FOLD

15. Mixed Bag Mayhem: A Ripple Foundation Writing Workshop

Designed for ages 9+

Session Description

Brought to you by the Ripple Foundation, the Mixed Bag Mayhem workshop focuses on the importance of characters and character development.Developed by a certified grade school teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience, this workshop is geared towards young writers and is designed to help writers who want to improve their creative writing skills find their literary voice and gain confidence in their writing choices.

Ripple Foundation workshop facilitators will lead participants through an activity sheet and will use breakout rooms to facilitate interactive engagement.

Designed for ages 9+

60 mins.

November 6, 2021 – 6pm ET

This event and all other FOLD Kids virtual events are included with your festival pass.


This session will be recorded in meeting-mode and will be available to watch on the FOLD Kids Book Fest platform until December 7. If attendees do not wish to be filmed on camera, please ensure cameras and mics are switched off.

This is one of Ripple Foundation’s three-strong Write It Workshop series. To sign up for the other free sessions in the lineup, visit ripplefoundation.ca.


All FOLD Kids Book Fest are available live and on-demand (until December 7) with a festival pass.Festival passes are $14 and provide attendees with additional opportunities to connect with exhibitors, chat with authors and attendees, and compete in a virtual scavenger hunt for the chance to win prizes.

Purchase a pass with four friends for our “Bulk Pass” discount. This year, you can also “Gift a Pass” to a teacher or educator.


If the cost of the festival is prohibitive, we encourage you to register through our patron pass program.

Featured Speaker(s)

Photo of author Omar Mouallem--a young Lebanese-Canadian man with short dark hair, a small beard, and glasses
Omar Mouallem
Photo of author Omar Mouallem--a young Lebanese-Canadian man with short dark hair, a small beard, and glasses

Omar Mouallem

Omar Mouallem is an author, filmmaker, and educator. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, WIRED, and NewYorker.com, and his latest book, Praying to the West, was named one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2021. His documentary The Last Baron, about the unlikely link between a Canadian fast-food institution and the Lebanese civil war, was hailed as “one of the best Canadian food documentaries” by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Omar is also the “fake dean” of Pandemic University, a virtual school he founded in support of writers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his family.

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