Author to host Banff workshop April 23: The Power and Pitfalls of Creative Nonfiction Onscreen

What can happen to a nonfiction story when you add a fictional narrator? Discover the pitfalls and benefits of this approach while viewing the 20-minute documentary A New Way: An Organic Garden Changes Lives.

I’ll be hosting a 1.5-hour seminar April 23 at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alta. It’s part of the 2016 conference hosted by Canada’s Creative Nonfiction Collective Society.

This workshop will reveal how creative nonfiction techniques on the page translate to the screen: what works, doesn’t work, and why. What are the similarities and differences in storytelling? I will screen three short films, including a five-minute personal essay and 4.5-minute inspirational poetic piece, and encourage participants to analyze and deconstruct them. The use of dialogue, structure, tone, voice, visual detail, and other elements will be examined. In addition, the workshop will include a short in-class written exercise.

My mixed-media collage from Joni Mitchell exhibition sells in early December

Delma and I with collage

Here I am (left) with Del Lobo, who purchased my mixed-media collage “No Regrets, Coyote.”

I am thrilled that my mixed-media collage, entitled “No regrets, Coyote,” has sold to Gibsons, BC resident Del Lobo. The collage appeared in the recent juried exhibition Both Sides Now, which ran from Nov. 12 to Dec. 6 at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. The show, inspired by the musical repertoire of Joni Mitchell, featured works from dozens of B.C. Sunshine Coast artists.

My collage incorporates magazine pictures, photos, rope, thread, and cigarettes. It was fun to start with a visual concept and let it unfold.

For me, Joni’s song “Coyote” evokes the call of the open road and reminds me of my early hitchhiking days. Joni is a huge popular favourite among locals on the Sunshine Coast; until her recent hospitalization following an aneurysm, she spent half of every year at her home in this area.

Gibsons book sales and signing Dec. 5

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I will be signing and selling books at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons on Saturday, Dec. 5 from noon to 2 p.m. Look for my author banner and display table outside the Windows on the Water Gallery. The following sale items will be available:

  • Vancouver’s Glory Years hardcopy book
  • Gracie’s Got a Secret picture book
  • Emails from India anthology
  • Raincoast Chronicles 22 anthology.

Please note that the finger puppets of animals featured in my Gracie book are SOLD OUT.

If you can’t make it Dec. 5, the Gallery carries my books and DVD A New Way: An Organic Garden Changes Lives. Hope to see you there.

My collage No Regrets, Coyote in juried show

I’m delighted to have my mixed-media collage No Regrets, Coyote in the current Joni-Mitchell-themed art exhibition in Gibsons. The juried show called Both Sides Now runs Nov. 12 to Dec. 6 at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery.

Joni Mitchell, who lives half the year on the Sunshine Coast, had planned to attend the event but could not, due to her recent aneurism and stroke. Instead, her manager sent a signed poster featuring three of Joni’s self-portraits. This is the first thing that Joni has signed since her stroke, she said.

Check out the gallery’s website for more information regarding music and poetry events related to the show.

Word Vancouver contest winner announced

The winner of my free two-hour editorial consultation is Tanja Scott. She wants to write about father-daughter relationships in the Balkans. I look forward to working with Tanja and helping her make her writing and publishing dreams come true.

Many thanks to all who entered my contest at this year’s Word Vancouver event outside the downtown public library on Sunday, Sept. 27.

I enjoyed hearing everyone’s writing dreams and encourage you all to pursue them. Don’t let rejections stop you; they’re a normal part of the process.

Remember: I offer free 15-minute phone consultations, so please feel free to contact me if you’d like some ideas on a writing project. I also providing one-on-one writing coaching and mentoring.

Meet the Author Sept. 27 at Word Vancouver

Look for me outside the downtown Vancouver Public Library on Sunday, Sept. 27 at the annual Word Vancouver event. I’ll have a Meet the Author banner and a display table with all of my books for sale, including anthologies that feature my writing, such as Emails from India and Raincoast Chronicles 22.

Win a chance for a free two-hour consultation with me regarding your next book or other writing dream. I’ll have details at the event.

Join me in a Victoria, BC panel “Writing Past Fear: Trauma, Taboos, and Finding a True Voice”

What are the challenges of writing about trauma, whether it’s sexual abuse, incest, or a life-altering illness? How do you connect with others through a personal story of crisis?

These are some of the topics to be addressed next month at an event I’m co-hosting. Manitoba author Donna Besel and I are presenting a panel discussion April 24 in Victoria, BC called “Writing Past Fear: Trauma, Taboos, and Finding a True Voice.” Event facilitator is aboriginal author Monique Gray Smith.

This panel, which will run from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., is part of the conference of Canada’s Creative Nonfiction Collective Society. It will be held at the Laurel Point Inn.

For more information, or to register, please see Creative Nonfiction Collective Society.

I’m selling books Sept. 28 at Word Vancouver

I’ll be selling my books and staffing a table at Word Vancouver this Sunday, Sept. 28 outside the downtown public library. Come by and chat any time between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Word Vancouver is hosting a variety of readings and other events Sept. 24 to 27 at venues around the city, including Joy Kogawa House and SFU Harbour Centre. Look for an event program or check out Word Vancouver’s website.

Sun, Sand and SoulCollage(R): a New Drop-in Session

I’m hosting my first drop-in session of SoulCollage(R) on Saturday, June 28 at beautiful Mission Point House in Davis Bay. Enjoy the gorgeous waterfront views, forest shade, and tall cedars and Douglas firs while creating art that reflects a deeper you.

This is NOT a structured workshop. Those already familiar with SoulCollage are welcome to come and make cards. I will provide an informal overview to those who are new to the process. All materials provided.

Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lemonade, tea, and snacks will be available. Drop-in fee: sliding scale, $10 to $20.

Mission Point House is on the Sunshine Coast Highway, just south of the Davis Bay change room/washroom building that has a new mural. Parking is available on the Davis Bay waterfront or across the street.

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Publicity poster for Divine Waters, a Bravo! TV short film
that I co-wrote with director Steve Rosenberg

Books. Musical and environmental DVDs. A funny essay about raccoons. A landlocked mermaid. . .

Besides the Arts and Culture page that you’re viewing right now, my website features a lot more of my published work such as Book Reviews, Personal Essays, Corporate content and so on.

So, stay tuned and do not adjust your surfing fingers. Sample these options:

Click here to read book reviews that I have written

Click here for my film and TV work

Click here for my personal essays

Click here for my books