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.

Candace Campo celebrates her Indigenous history, culture and ancestors through Talaysay Tours

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.

Click here to read the feature and see photos.

 

 

 

 

Talaysay Tours photo

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.

Jessica Silvey weaves the legacy of ancestors in cedar

 

 

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.

Click here to read the feature and see photos.

 

 

Heather Conn photo

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.