Catch my literary readings Aug. 12, 13 at Arts & Words in Davis Bay, BC

I’m delighted to present new literary material, inspired by a painting by Gibsons artist Paula O’Brien, at the inaugural Arts & Words event in Davis Bay on Aug. 12 and 13. My Aug. 12 reading, in the 10:30 to noon time slot, is generously sponsored by Canada Council through the Writers’ Union of Canada. The event features at least a dozen local artists, each teamed up with a different local writer. Come on out to Mission Point House, see an exhibition of original art by our talented locals, and hear the literary works that they inspired.

My Aug. 13 event is part of the 4:30 to 6 pm group time slot. I’ll also be starting the Open Mic event at 4:30 pm on Sunday. My readings will include creative nonfiction regarding my 1990 travels in Kashmir, India under curfew and rocket launcher conditions, and poetry, old and new.

My creative writing classes return in Port Moody

I’m happy to be back as an in-person instructor at the City of Port Moody, BC, facilitating creative writing classes again. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, it’s great to see some of our regular students again and to meet new faces. It’s a joy to workshop high-quality content in multi-genres from poetry and screenwriting to fiction, historical romance, and nonfiction. Always a delight.

For this session, the weekly program runs from April 4 to June 13, 7 to 8:30 pm.

I’m facilitating March 27 SCWES writers’ group

I’ll be facilitating the March 27 session of the Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society. We’ll meet at Mission Point Lodge by Davis Bay, BC from 4 to 6 pm. Participants are asked to bring a donation to go towards the facilities rental. Thank you.

Writers of all levels and genres are welcome.

My online course Writing From Pain to Power begins Feb. 23

I am teaching an 8-week, online creative nonfiction class Writing From Pain to Power in the spring of 2022 through the University of King’s College in Halifax. My students are from across the country, writing about real-life traumas in their lives. Most are hoping to publish a memoir or essays. Using a trauma-informed approach, we create a safe, supportive atmosphere that honours everyone’s response to pain and trauma. Class runs from Feb. 23 to April 13.

Click here (scroll to the end) to see the course description.

Pleased to return to in-person teaching at Powell River Digital Film School

It was a joy to be back in person teaching at Powell River Digital Film School in early February. Spent two days with the grade 12 students analyzing and discussing short documentaries and learning how to write and conceptualize them. Also did a day of hands-on SoulCollage(R) exercises and learning.

Thoroughly enjoyed the students’ level of awareness of social justice issues and their willingness and courage to share sensitive personal and family stories. I look forward to seeing what films they produce this year.

Discover what Kashmir under curfew felt like in 1990

Rocket launchers blast through a night sky as clashing rebel groups exchange fire in India’s contentious Kashmir region. My then-partner and I huddle on the bow of a cozy houseboat on Dal Lake. Find out what it was like to be there under curfew in my travel essay Two Realities. It appears in the debut issue of a new online literary anthology published by the Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society. Click here and then scroll down to read.

Want to support literacy in a fun way?

Check out Simbi.io

Guess what? Kids can interact and learn in a fun, new way with my picture book Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch. By using the Simbi web platform, they can see and hear me read the book and follow along, page by page. Then, they can record themselves reading aloud, at their own pace, and listen back. They can also hear children in other countries read aloud. Isn’t that a great idea? Simbi founders, in Vancouver, BC, Canada, wanted to promote literacy in a globally accessible way. I am proud to be participating in this effort. Check out readings of my book here.

Buy my books at Night Market Dec. 1

I’ll be at the Roberts Creek Legion Dec. 1, selling my popular picture book Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch, anthologies, and my nonfiction Vancouver’s Glory Years, which is now out of print. Only limited copies left. Will also have kermode bear photo cards, postcards, and fun sasquatch Christmas tree ornaments. Come and support local artisans and creators. Free coffee. Hope to see you there.

Gibsons Craft Fair Nov. 20-21

It was fun to be Queen for a Day (actually, it was two days)
at Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons

Once again, I had a great time signing and selling Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch and my other books Nov. 20-21 at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons, BC. Bought a crocheted crown from Ruby, the vendor beside me, and wore it both days. For people who prefer to buy online, Six Stinky Feet is available at Chapters/Indigo, Amazon.ca, and Peppermint Toast Publishing.

Christmas Craft Fair Nov. 13

Bringing Bigfoot to Madeira Park on Nov. 13, 2021

Had a great time selling and signing books in Madeira Park, BC at their Christmas craft fair in the community hall. Made my best one-day sales ever. Thank you to everyone who supported local authors and artisans. I love sharing Six Stinky Feet and a Sasquatch with new buyers looking for something fun for nieces, nephews, grandchildren etc. Also sold my nonfiction books and anthologies.