Farewell Message from
Kids writing stories, poems -
Ideas jotted down, imagination running
Developing as writers,
Sharing dreams and a love of
Words waiting to be written -
Writers of all ages
Incredible poems and stories.
Thank you, teachers for
Encouraging kids to write!
Nearly eighteen years ago, I created the KIdsWWwrite e-zine as a
way to help children share the stories and poems they wanted to write.
A meeting at Okanagan University College in Vernon led to the
never-faltering support of staff there to host this online site. Soon,
stories and poems started pouring in. Teachers discovered our online
resource and encouraged students to share their writing. I edited
thousands of stories, contacted each author, and was thrilled to see so
many kids creating stories and wonderful poems. Some submissions really
stood out and touched the hearts of readers all over the world. We
received submissions from over thirty countries.
Many years later, a new editor volunteered time and effort.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those who used,
supported, and made this site possible. Thank you, webmasters and
Together I believe we helped to create readers and writers, and helped
children to discover the joy of playing with language.
Even when KIdsWWwrite is no longer available, I hope they all
continue to be authors.
Goodbye and Thank You!
After fifteen years and 149 issues of stories, poems and reviews from
young writers aged five to sixteen,
KIdsWWwrite is ceasing publication. New technologies and new outlets
for children and teenagers who want others to
read what they have written have meant that there has been a decline in
submissions to the point where we are unable to continue producing our
The success of KIdsWWwrite
in providing such a long-lived platform for youngsters’ creativity is
due mostly to the work of Margriet Ruurs, the anthology's founder and
also go to Ross Tyner and Jeremy Beaulne of Okanagan College for acting
as webmasters, a big job, and always done
with speed and precision; Karen Packalen and Jenny Daughtry, who
coordinated the Sarah's Stars book reviews; Laura Hebert and Sasha Johnston, who
contributed in editing later issues; and Ellen Heaney, who replaced
Margriet as the editor of KIdsWWwrite two years ago.
John Lent and Craig McLuckie,
who founded the Kalamalka Institute for Working Writers with Ross Tyner,
also played an important role in the early years of KIdsWWwrite.
Click here to
read a history of KIdsWWwrite written by our original webmaster,
Click here to read about Sarah's Stars, our
book reviews feature.