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How Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Grew a Canadian Writer

by Girl with a Pen, about 3 years ago

In a split classroom of grade 2s and 3s (I was in the 2s) my teacher read us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I was transported. I knew I wanted to create stories that moved people like that story moved me. Whether it was exploring magic, clarifying a situation or educating others, that's where I longed to hang my hat - or pen, as the case may be.

It was Canada, the early 1970s and I had no idea what options were available, but I was encouraged and told I could write. It wasn't until a few decades later that I really sunk into it - deeply. Now I am led by my fellow Canadian writers who prove they can stand on the world stage - and I can too.

We have a unique perspective and I can contribute. It's time. My heritage, longing and background demands it. I don't know if I'd feel so optimistic about my writing future if I weren't Canadian.

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