Linking Generations of Writers & Readers

How Dreams Influence Writing

The organizing committee is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Mission Writers and Readers Festival will be on Saturday March 4, 2017 at Heritage Park Centre.

Please email: lifetimelearningcentre@telus.net to be added to the mailing list for festival updates.



Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UFV Mission Campus, Heritage Park Centre
33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission BC V2V 7B1


Registration     9:30 AM

M/C Shelley Haggard
Dr. Ian Graham, President Lifetime Learning Centre


Dr. Mark Evered, President UFV
Jati Sidhu, MP Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon
Simon Gibson, MLA Abbotsford Mission
Randy Hawes, Mayor District of Mission

 Key Note           10:20 AM
Jordan Abel – UFV Writer in Residence
Workshops       11:00 AM
Michelle Vandepol
Learn the Secret Formula to Unlocking Your Freelance Writing Dreams
Daniela Elza
what’s in an image:
Jordan Abel
“Is it even poetry!?”. Found Text, Appropriation, and the Art of Conceptualization 

Lunch and Open Microphone  12:30 AM

Book Launch

Reflections – Our Canadian Experience is anthology of poetry and creative non-fiction designed to express the unique backgrounds, thoughts, and memories of the writers from the Lifetime Learning “I have a Story to Tell” class.

Workshops 1:30 PM

Sylvia Taylor
The Alchemy of Lifestory: Turning Grist into Gold
Rob Taylor
Between Dreams: Imaginative Leaps in Global Poetic Forms
Robb Lucy
What will your Legacy be?
Wrap Up and Closing 3:30 PM

Cost and Registration

  • Regular admission (after Feb. 14): $40.00
  • Students (student id required): $20.00
  • Includes Light Lunch (Subway sandwiches, fruit/chips, beverages)


Festival Committee

  • Daniela Elza – Poet and Author
  • Shelley Haggard – Poet and Author
  • Helene Littmann – UFV Faculty – English Department
  • Trevor Carolan – UFV Faculty – English Department
  • Diana Muntigl – Lifetime Learning Centre
  • Courtney Novotny – Fraser Valley Regional Library

Lifetime Learning Office Hours

Lifetime Learning Centre
32444 – 7th Ave.,
Mission, BC V2V 2B5 

Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone 604-820-0220

Book Launch

I Have a Story to Tell” – Writing Memoir and Family History

Mission Writers front cover jpgStarting in 2014, writers and would-be-writers have come to the Lifetime Learning Centre in Mission to record their stories, enhance their skills, and discuss the challenges of the writers’ craft.  Our writings are Creative Non-fiction, blending facts and recollections with some necessary ‘best guesses’ and creative story-telling to fill in where historical fact may be thin.

For many of these writers, the dream of a published book began to emerge and a core group agreed to collect some of their best stories into an anthology.  At the Writers & Readers Festival on March 4, you will have the opportunity to meet many of the writers, find out just how that process has gone, and hear a few selected readings.  The book will be available for purchase at $12 a copy.

Reflections – Our Canadian Experience is our anthology of poetry and creative non-fiction designed to express our unique backgrounds, thoughts, and memories. The collection contains essential truths about people, times and places and explores a myriad of complex emotions.  Each story and poem is a piece of the Canadian experience, the Canadian landscape as seen through the eyes and memories of our spirited Wednesday Writer

Reflections – Our Canadian Experience, an anthology by Lifetime Learning Wednesday Writers, is now at the printer.  Copies available at the Writers & Readers Festival, Saturday, March 4 at Heritage Park Centre.

Sales of this anthology will help the Lifetime Learning Centre Society provide on-going writing courses and festivals.

Presenters and Workshops



Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from BC. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on the intersection between Digital Humanities and Indigenous Literary Studies. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword).  Abel is the author of  Injun, Un/inhabited, and The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award).

“Is this even poetry!?”: Found Text, Appropriation, and the Art of Conceptualization

According to Rob Fitterman and Vanessa Place, “conceptual writing is allegorical writing.” But what do they mean by that? What is it that conceptual writing addresses that, for whatever reason, “cannot be said directly”? These are just a couple of questions that will provide us a starting place in thinking through what conceptual writing is and how we can begin to come up with concepts. As such, this workshop will focus primarily on what makes an interesting concept for a conceptual writing (or art) project, and strategies for how to discuss your conceptual practice. Likewise, I will also be providing fun exercises and numerous examples, and defining key terminology that will get you thinking in conceptual directions!



Michelle Vandepol has had articles in magazines such as New York’s Succeed and Britain’s Woman Alive. Her print credits also include newspaper reporting, museum guidebook writing, business website copywriting, and community welcome guide writing. Her published fiction works include a novel – Mother Mexico (2008) and a collection of short stories – Stories Your Mother Never Told You (2014). Michelle teaches in the University of the Fraser Valley’s Continuing Education department through their annual writer’s retreat The Writer’s Weekend and has also provided writing workshops for associations, libraries, and non-profit groups. She is the current editor of Groundwork, the trade publication of the Adult Basic Education Association of British Columbia. She blogs regularly, providing resources to help writers at www.michellevandepol.com



Learn the Secret Formula to Unlocking Your Freelance Writing Dreams

If you are looking to gain the skills to publish an article in your favorite magazine; this workshop (suitable for both the published and unpublished) is for you. Michelle Vandepol will lead this interactive workshop that includes informational background into the consumer magazine publishing industry, group identification of concepts, practice writing one’s own query letter, and group feedback/peer voting for the most effective query letter.

A prize will be provided for the winner.



Daniela Elza has had work accepted nationally and internationally in over 100 publications. Her poetry collections are: the weight of dew (2012), the book of It (2011) and milk tooth bane bone (2013) of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder.” Daniela currently works as a teacher and writer-in-residence and is completing her latest manuscript.





what’s in an image:

In this workshop we will work with images, your images. We will explore their significance in our writing and how they could help us in addressing the big questions. Bring an object with a story, your curiosity, your questions and your passion.




Rob Taylor is the author of two poetry collections, The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016) and The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011). He teaches creative writing at the University of the Fraser Valley, and co-coordinates Vancouver’s Dead Poets Reading Series. http://roblucastaylor.com





Between Dreams: Imaginative Leaps in Global Poetic Forms

Through experimentation with traditional forms from around the world, we will consider how restriction can actually be a writer’s greatest liberation.




Sylvia Taylor is an award-winning freelance writer, editor, educator, and consultant with a passionate commitment to communication. Literary Midwife to some, Hired Pen to others, she helps bring what needs to be said into the world. Her prose, poetry and articles have appeared throughout North America, and has edit-coached over 120 manuscripts. Her historical literary memoir, “The Fisher Queen” was released September, 2012 and her second book for Heritage House, “Beckoned by the Sea” will be released May, 2016.




The Alchemy of Lifestory Turning Grist Into Gold

From cave walls to computers, humans have been sharing the stories of their lives. Everyone has a LifeStory worth telling and it’s never too late or too early to tell it. Whether it’s a whole-life autobiography, or slice-of-life memoir, for family and friends or the publishing world, take your stories to the next level and contribute to a legacy of history, heritage, and understanding.

Handouts & hands-on activities included.



Robb Lucy is a natural communicator – a writer, producer, and connector. He was a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation before forming his own company, producing mixed media for corporations and governments around the world.

Robb spent 25 years on the local, national, and international boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and continues to help develop non-profits in literacy, sports history, and cancer awareness.






“What will your Legacy be?”

Robb has always found the question, “What will your Legacy be?” an intriguing one. He knows that to create your legacies you don’t have to be rich or dead! Legacies are about connecting to others, positively affecting all your lives, using your signature strengths to create those legacies… and being happier, Now. “Don’t LEAVE your legacies” says Robb. “LIVE your legacies!” After this presentation you’ll be able to create a powerful personal legacy for your family. And after reading the book, your brain will swim with hundreds of legacy ideas!


Pre-Festival  Workshops & Readings

The Importance of Books Beyond Text

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Canadian Literature: Mazo de la Roche

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Our Partners and Supportors


University of the Fraser Valley

Fraser Valley Regional LibraryMission City Record