From 2002-2008, Wordscapes featured creative writing, environmental essays and visual art by over 40 youth writers and artists from British Columbia. The later editions also include a Contemporary Writing section showcasing work by many award-winning Canadian authors, including Douglas Coupland, Christian Bök, Rachel Zolf, Brian Fawcett, M.A.C. Farrant, Billeh Nickerson, Wade Compton, Michael Hetherington, David Watmough, Stephen Osborne, Ryan Knighton, Carolye Kuchta and Janina Hornosty.

To order backlist copies of any edition of Wordscapes, or for more information, please contact Vanessa Violini: vanessa_violini@yahoo.com or 604-719-4332. Individual copies are $4 each plus S/H. Complete libraries of all 9 editions are $30 plus S/H. Discounts are available for larger orders.


Wordscapes Youth Arts Journal #3 / Fall 2008

ISSN: 1916-1816

8.25 in x 5.25 in, 112 pages.

Printed in Canada on 100% post-consumer waste paper.

Featuring environmental essays by youth authors Laura Pederson and Katherine Taneille Johnson, front cover photo by Elisabeth Hill, and honourable mentions from the 8th annual Writing and Design Contest. 

Contemporary Writing section features acclaimed authors Douglas Coupland, Pauline Johnson, Brian Fawcett and Stephen Osborne.


Wordscapes Youth Arts Journal #2 / Spring 2008

ISSN: 1916-1816

8.25 in x 5.25 in, 96 pages.

Printed in Canada on 100% post-consumer waste paper.

Featuring youth poetry by Annelies Bekes and Daniela Loggia, essay winners Andrew Johnson and Lisa Liu, front cover art by Ji Yeon Lee, and honourable mentions from the 7th annual Youth Writing and Design Contest. 

Contemporary Writing section features poetry by Christian Bök, Rachel Zolf, Billeh Nickerson, Wade Compton, Judy MacInnes Jr., Ryan Knighton, Barbara Adler, and more.


Wordscapes Youth Arts Journal #1 / Winter 2008 

ISSN: 1916-1816

8.25 in x 5.25 in, 128 pages.

Printed in Canada on 100% post-consumer waste paper.

Featuring youth fiction by Diandra Barsalou and Lowell Fleming, front cover art by Brianne Tweddle, and honourable mentions from the 7th annual Youth Writing and Design Contest. 

Contemporary Writing section includes fiction by Michael Hetherington, David Watmough, Janina Hornosty, Judy MacInnes Jr., Hilary Smith, Graeme Kelly and more.

See also the Wordscapes launch parties on our events page.


From 2002-2007, Wordscapes was published annually as the British Columbia Youth Writing Anthology.


“The anthology of student writing and artwork that Ripple Effect publishes each year… is a formidable resource for the classroom. It allows students to look at work by their peers, work that has been judged exceptional, and these examples provide models for them to imitate. I have taught English in the classrooms of BC for nearly twenty-seven years, and I know that teachers need resources badly when it comes to creative writing.”

Terence Young, Head of English

St. Michaels University School

Author, After Goodlake’s (Raincoast, 2003)

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“I am proud to be numbered in the pages of your beautifully-produced journal.”

David Watmough, author of over 20 works of fiction

Published in the Wordscapes Youth Arts Journal (#1 Winter 2008).

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 “The work which has been done by Ripple Effect… has made a significant contribution to the creation of a community of young writers in the schools. I sincerely hope this work will be carried on in the future. Wordscapes has become a teaching tool in my English classes. The published pieces are though-provoking and provide inspiration for students.”

Marlena Morgan, Head of English Department,

The Mulgrave School, West Vancouver

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“Ripple Effect has established a high degree of credibility amongst educators by producing an outstanding anthology of student work. A great tool for the classroom teacher.”

David Ellison, Surrey Learning Centre

Past president, B.C. Teachers of English Language Arts (BCTELA)

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“…the Wordscapes books Ripple Effect donated were a welcome gift to about 55 young, talented writers. Thank you for your generosity! And thank you for treating them like real writers; what a gift to give these fresh voices a place to be heard.”

Liisa House

Teacher, Van Tech Secondary

Past director of BCTELA’s youth writing program.

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“The book launch was great—listening and talking to the other young authors really gave me a sense of community with writers, whereas before this whole experience I felt like a lone pen in a sea of words.

“Thank you Ripple Effect for a wonderful experience full of excitement and pleasure, a chance to feel like a real author—a life-long dream for many youth, and definite bragging rights for years to come!”

Lise Levesque, Kelowna

Wordscapes 2007 student author

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 “Many of the teachers at the table are new and haven’t heard of Ripple Effect or how to teach writing. They need resources like this… and encouragement. Once the teachers are on board, it doesn’t take any time for the students to follow suit.”

Susan Stenson

English Teacher and Author

Claremont Secondary, Victoria

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 “Thank you for your time and effort with this outstanding publication, I use samples in my classes all the time.”

Tara Orme, English Teacher

Claremont Secondary, Victoria