Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011
Time:10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:UFV Mission Campus, Heritage Park Centre
33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission BC

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Morning Workshop Sessions

Writing Historical Fiction with Andrea MacPherson

An immensely popular form of fiction, in this workshop you will begin to learn the creative writing elements associated with writing historical fiction. We will discuss research, historical integrity and character development.

Canadian Copyright Today with Paul Whitney

With new legislation being debated in the House of Commons, the exponential growth of eBook sales and the massive Google print initiative, the impact of digital content delivery, publishing and book distribution in Canada is in flux. What are the implications for writers, readers and all of the intermediaries which bring them together? This session will give an overview of this dramatically changing landscape.

Break a Leg! with Rajneesh Dhawan

Discover how playwrights can use three dimensional theatre space to create the illusion of time and space.

Afternoon Workshop Sessions

Down the Rabbit Hole! Adventures in writing for children and young adults with Lois Peterson

Part anecdote, part craft, this will provide an overview of writing for children 0 – 17.

Make it Snappy!with Helene Littmann

How do real people talk? We’ll explore this, and learn to create dialogue that’s both realistic and lively.

The Pitch: How to get published! with Marion Quednau

Let award-winning, multi-genre writer and free-lance editor, Marion Quednau, guide you through the hoops of selling your writing. How to get noticed, how to get professional; the myths and realities.

Preview Presentations

Celebrate Our Freedom to Read Tuesday,

February 22 at 7:00 pm “Reading is freedom of choice, and it is our safety net,” says author Marion Quednau, about the importance of Freedom to Read Week in Canada. Every year hundreds of “challenged books” are taken off the shelves in schools and libraries across Canada. Let’s help our readers, old & young, to appreciate what we have!

Speed Networking

Bring your questions for a 5-minute date with writing and publishing experts:

Elizabeth Bachinsky see bio in Guest Profiles

Laurel Bieber is a library technician at the Mission Community Library with a passion for manga and teens. She’s worked for Fraser Valley Regional Library for 13 years, and is responsible for all of Mission Library’s programs for teens, including the manga and anime club.

Ken Herar was born, raised and educated in Mission, and is a columnist with the Times newspaper, focusing on diversity issues in our communities. Recognized as the Champion of Diversity in 2007 at the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards, Ken speaks regularly on diversity issues in high schools and in the community: “What I have learned through my own experience as a columnist is to become a better writer you have to keep on writing. It is as simple as it sounds. I enjoy writing and meeting people from all walks of life. We all have a story to share”.

Rhett Nicholson coordinates the Junior Optimist Club, and publishes Optimix magazine for teens. He trained in the fields of graphic arts and visual effects, and can rock a young movie maker’s world with “explosions” and “the octopus” effect. He claims the youth he works with “mostly do their own work!” So his energy and skills are inspiring!

Marion Quednau see bio in Guest Profiles

Rick Rake is a former award-winning newspaper editor who now enjoys the growth of social media platforms. The father of three is a juror with the prestigious Jack Webster Foundation journalism awards and is an entrepreneur with Click Media Works. He is working on a book for UFV Criminology Department and volunteers with Abbotsford Canuck Place, FV Child Development Centre, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and Mission Institution.

Camille Knight has been involved in theatre in Mission for almost ten years. She has written and produced a number of plays locally, one-act, full length and musicals. One of these plays she adapted into a screenplay, and the film is now in post-production. Camille has also been a staff writer for the children’s magazine Zarnoof! since its beginning in 2007.

Elsie K Neufeld, a poet and personal historian, has taught “Life-writing” for 15 years in a variety of places, including UFV, Abbotsford Learning Plus, Mission Lifetime Learning, and in hospice-related settings. She believes there is no such thing as a “boring life” and that it is the “ordinary” aspects of life that are “extraordinary”.

Guest Profiles

Elizabeth Bachinsky is the writer in residence for UFV English Department and the Faculty of Arts from January through April 2011. Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of three collections of poetry, Curio (BookThug, 2005), Home Of Sudden Service (Nightwood Editions, 2006), and God Of Missed Connections (Nightwood Editions, 2009). Her work has been nominated for awards including the Pat Lowther Award (2010), the Kobzar Literary Award (2010), The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature (2010) and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry (2006). Her poetry has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and on film in Canada, the United States, France, Ireland, England, China, and Lebanon. She lives in Vancouver where she is an instructor of creative writing and editor of Event magazine.

Rajneesh Dhawan was born in India and is currently a creative writing and drama instructor at UFV. He has been active in the theatre world as an actor and director, and has written scripts for sitcoms and documentaries: The Shadows of Preet Nagar won international recognition. His first Canadian play, That Time of Year, was performed as a staged reading at The Reach Gallery in autumn, 2010.

Helene Littmann’s book, Peripheries: Three Novellas was published in 1998 by Cormorant Books in Ontario. She has had work in progress published recently in the Capilano Review. Helene has been teaching Early American Literature at UFV for three years.

Andrea MacPherson teaches creative writing at the UFV and Douglas College. She is a poet and novelist, and has written four books: two novels, When She Was Electric (Raincoast, 2003) and Beyond the Blue (Random House, 2007) and two poetry collections, Natural Disasters (Palimpsest, 2007) and Away (Signature Editions, 2008). Her poetry has been anthologized in the UK publication, How the Light Gets In (2009). When She Was Electric was listed No. 6 on CBC Canada Reads: People’s Choice; Natural Disasters was longlisted for the 2008 ReLit Awards. Andrea holds an MFA from the Creative Writing Department at the UBC, where she was Editorof Prism International. She has also acted as the Reviews editor for Event magazine.

Jane Munro’s most recent book, Point No Point, was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2006. Its title comes from a landform — an actual point on the west coast of Vancouver Island, which seems, when approached from the other side, to be no point at all. Jane’s three earlier poetry collections include Grief Notes & Animal Dreams and Daughters, a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She is the winner of the 2007 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award.

Lois Peterson is a wonderful writing instructor, storyteller and fundraiser living in Surrey, BC. She is author of many short stories, articles and essays, and in 2007 started writing novels for kids. Her first children’s novel Meeting Miss 405 came out in 2008. The Ballad Of Knuckles Mcgraw and Elsie And The Silver Rain were released in 2010.

Marion Quednau’s first novel, The Butterfly Chair (Random House), won the Smithbooks-Books in Canada First Novel Award, and a second, Broken Entries (Thomas Allen), is forthcoming. Marion also writes for children; The Gift of Odin (Annick Press), and is an award-winning poet; Paradise, Later Years, won the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize in 2009 and the National Magazine Award in 2010. She works as a freelance editor, and has long been a creative writing instructor with Continuing Studies at UFV.

Paul Whitney is an outstanding leader in librarianship, having recently retired as City Librarian for Vancouver Public Library after 36 years in the field. Whitney has a Masters of Library Science from the University of British Columbia, and has served as President of the Canadian Library Association and the British Columbia Library Association. At present, he serves on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Governing Board and is the liaison to the IFLA Copyright Committee. He received many awards from his peers, including the Canadian Library Association’s Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award.