Public lectures and events
The Writer's Studio Reading Series in Vancouver
Our creative writing program, The Writer’s Studio, hosts a popular monthly reading series featuring local and out-of-town writers and authors. These mixed-genre readings are open to the public.
Date(s): Thursday, May 7, 2015, 8–10 p.m.
Location: Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5V 3R2
Admission: By Donation
Related topic(s): Writing and Communications
Joan McEwen (TWS 2006) is a lawyer, arbitrator and the author of Innocence on Trial (Heritage House 2014). Joan is involved in helping long-term inmates—innocent or guilty—transition back into society. Joan speaks publicly regarding criminal justice issues, including Correctional Service Canada’s mandate to ensure not just public safety, but also the rehabilitation of offenders.
Jónína Kirton, a prairie-born Métis/Icelandic poet, currently lives in the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people. Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, described as dark and delicate, was released in April 2015 from Talonbooks. Visit her website.
Carrie Saxifrage is an avid outdoorswoman and former lawyer. Her sustainability reporting helped The Vancouver Observer garner a Canadian Journalist Foundation award in 2012. Her first book, The Big Swim, pioneers the “climate memoir” genre. The Globe and Mail called it “a fine balance between the ecstatic and the level-headed.”
Chelene Knight (TWS 2013) was born in Vancouver. She has been published in a variety of Canadian and American literary magazines and is the poetry coordinator at Room Magazine. Her debut book, Braided Skin, (Mother Tongue Publishing), is now available and has given birth to numerous other writing projects, including her second manuscript, Dear Current Occupant.
Kate McCandless (TWS 2001) has published poetry in several journals, essays on Zen practice, and translations from Japanese, most recently A White Tea Bowl: 100 haiku from 100 years of life by Mitsu Suzuki (2014).
Raoul Fernandes was a finalist for the 2010 Bronwen Wallace Award and a runner-up in subTerrain’s Lush Triumphant Awards in 2013. He is an editor for the online poetry magazine The Maynard. His first collection of poems, Transmitter and Receiver, is available now from Nightwood Editions.
Cathie Borrie graduated from TWS in 2005 (creative non-fiction) under the excellent tutelage of Betsy Warland. Her memoir, The Long Hello, released in January 2015 (Simon & Schuster Canada), has been adapted for stage, and is currently being marketed to theatres in Canada and the USA.
The author of 11 books, Betsy Warland’s most recent book is Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing. For excerpts from her work-in-progress, Oscar of Between, along with several guest writers’ and artists’ work and readers' comments, visit Oscar’s Salon at www.betsywarland.com. Betsy directs the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive.
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