Gateway student published in anthology

Amber Westlake likes to write, but her favourite thing to do is sing and play the piano. Acting and drawing are also favourite pastimes.

By Rhonda Cooper

Gateway Elementary Grade 6 student Amber Westlake is a published writer. The 11-year old’s short story “Some Things Will Never Change” is part of the short story anthology Monsters at Midnight.

“She is a strong LA (language arts) student,” said teacher Tanya Ellis. “What is really impressive is she took the initiative to do the contest on her own. I simply gave her the information and did the paperwork for the entry.”

Westlake began writing in Grade 3 and really enjoyed her Grade 4 creative writing classes with Brian Dyler at Jubilee Elementary School.

“I really like to write but I prefer to write longer stories,” she said. “It is really hard to write short stories.”

The maximum length of the entry was 365 words and Westlake used all 365 in her story.

In August she was notified by letter about her inclusion in the anthology.

“I never thought I would get picked,” Westlake said. “I was too stunned to be excited and it is still hard to believe.”

She said the news with both Dyler and Ellis who were both excited for her. She received a copy of the anthology recently and she plans to keep writing and is eager to enter more writing contests.  

The nationwide Young Writers of Canada contest offers both short story and poetry contests. The Monsters at Midnight anthology includes submissions from students ages 7-11.

One Response to “Gateway student published in anthology”
  1. Doug Watson says:

    Congratulations Amber! We are good friends with Mr. Dyler and every time he visits us in Kelowna, BC he talks very highly of his students. He is very proud of them and he is very passionate about making them into the best they can be. It’s obvious you have benefited from his ability and of course Ms. Ellis’ as well. You are so talented and we wish you success in your future!

    Doug and Linda Watson

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