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.
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’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.
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.
I profiled and photographed Candace Campo, co-founder of Talaysay Tours and a shishalh Nation member, for the winter 2022 issue of Sunshine Coast Life Magazine. Each year, her First Nations ecotour company hosts visitors from around the globe, introducing them to Pacific Northwest Indigenous culture, history, ancestors, local flora and fauna, and the spiritual significance of all of them.
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.
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.
It was a delight to profile Jessica Silvey, who’s shíshálh and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) with the ancestral name Kwahama Kwatleematt, and has been weaving cedar baskets, hats, and décor for more than 30 years. I profiled her, the owner of Red Cedar Woman studio, as the cover story for the winter 2021 issue of Sunshine Coast Life Magazine.
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.
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.