Celebration of Authors, Books and Community (CABC) is a joint initiative of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) that brings writers into Sunshine Coast classrooms to talk about books and writing and encourage students to express themselves through both the written and spoken word.
Since its inception in 2007, CABC has organized over 120 school visits to Sunshine Coast schools with 80 Canadian writers who encouraged, supported and inspired 14,000 students (cumulative attendance) as writers, readers and storytellers.
Over 1,000 Sunshine Coast elementary and secondary school students will meet Mark Winston, Robin Stevenson, Nicola Campbell, Mahtab Narsimhan, Chieri Uegaki, Jillian Christmas and Lucia Misch during the 2018-19 school year.
The 9th edition of Coastal Voices, an adjudicated anthology of writing by Sunshine Coast students, will be published in June 2019. Parents, families, students and teachers will celebrate the launch of the anthology at a special event in the Festival Pavilion. Coastal Voices celebrates the achievements of the young writers in our community and reminds us all about the power of a story that is shared and heard.
Edmund Arceo of ZOOM Magazine has donated his time and expertise to design Coastal Voices since its inception.