Blue Metropolis has created numerous educational programmes since 2000, engaging over 15,000 students. This section showcases the great diversity of projects organized in the last few years together with teachers, administrators, authors and artists.
Under the guidance of professional playwrights, anglophone students will write and produce a short radio play based on a real or imagined dramatic incident in their community. The students will record and edit the finished play which will be available as podcasts on the Blue Metropolis and other Web sites.
Online writing workshops led by well-known authors, teleliterature helps develop literary interests and creativity in students living in distant regions.
Working with an author, a broadcast journalist, a sound editor and an oral history consultant, students produce short audio documentaries. Participants tell other students across Quebec about their own communities, Listen to their voices!
Students take a text created by another class, add illustrations and keep the story going.
In Writing for a Song students will work with contemporary Canadian songwriters in person, through videoconferencing and an Internet platform. This new programme is intended to help students use their language skills to create song lyrics. The French-language version of the programme is entitled Parole, parole, parole.
Give us shivers! Blue Metropolis invites young Anglophone Quebecers in Secondary III, IV & V to write a fantasy or fictional story based on real facts set in their community.
Beginning in 2004, a number of students had the opportunity to explore the art of cartooning and explore the sensitive issue of violence. Professional authors and illustrators, assisted by a psycho-educator, helped the young people create their own cartoons. A creative and fun way to introduce children to books and reading.
A lipogram is a literary work in which the author refrains from using one or more letters of the alphabet, in this case the letter "e": a daunting creative writing challenge!
Neighbours / Voisins is an extracurricular programme aiming to help young people aged 14 to 19 improve their communication skills in a second language through the production of an electronic magazine. Guest experts such as an experienced editor, a photographer, a broadcast journalist or a cartoonist will work with young people in person, through videoconferencing and on an Internet platform. Designed for community groups, Neighbours / Voisins will establish Web hosting in order to make it possible for communities to develop the e-zine further as an ongoing community resource.
Offered in collaboration with the Quebec Writers’ Federation, the project invites Anglophone adults from across the province to explore their identity by writing their own original story, showcasing this rich heritage to the wider Canadian community.
Who is the person behind the work of literature? In this unique programme, students chat with an author and learn about his or her technique and inspiration. They get to know the writer, discover his or her work, and develop an interest in literature.
Working with a broadcast journalist and a sound editor, students produce short audio documentaries. Participants tell other classes across Quebec about their own communities while learning about radio production techniques.