Monthly Archives: June 2010

The A-Z of Bowen Island writers: a detailed list

Bowen Island has always attracted writers.

Malcolm Lowry, Earle Birney, Margaret Lawrence, Jane Rule and many other famous writers all came here to write and relax at Lieben – an unofficial writers’ colony hosted by the Neilsons off Eaglecliff Road. More recently, Nick Bantock, of Griffin and Sabine fame, lived on Bowen for a decade. Science fiction writer Spider Robinson currently lives here, as well as the multi-talented Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas, author of the bestselling Flight of the Hummingbird.

Bowen Island is also home to an impressive number of other published writers. The list below demonstrates the breadth of talent here on The Rock: Continue reading

Q. and A. with non-fiction writer Daniel Wood

By Carol M. Cram

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Writer and teacher Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood has taught non-fiction writing at Simon Fraser University for 20 years, and is the author of 15 books (fiction and non-fiction), and hundreds of magazine articles for many of the world’s major periodicals.

Wood is giving a workshop on Writing Narrative-Based Non Fiction at the Write on Bowen Festival on Sunday, July 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Q. Can you define what you mean by narrative-based non fiction?

Wood: Modern non-fiction is rooted in story. In documentary film, in TV “news magazine”-type shows, in most good magazines, in feature newspaper articles, the information is packaged to appeal to a reader’s willingness to succumb to a story.

So, in this way, today’s non-fiction employs – without making anything up! – all the elements of fiction: scenes, characters, dialogue, drama, story structure, which combined, drive the flow of information and ideas. That’s narrative non-fiction. Continue reading

A lot of longing, permafrost and never enough kindling

By Carol M. Cram

“I am a good old fashioned kitchen table storyteller who tells maybe not so old fashioned tales,” says Ivan E. Coyote.

“For Bowen Island I am planning to tell a couple of Yukon love stories from my newest book Missed Her, which will be released in September.

“They are love stories, but they are my family’s Yukon love stories, so they are kind of drunk and tragic and heartbroken and lovely. People die and there is a lot of longing and permafrost and never enough kindling.”

The focus of Write on Bowen is to provide writers with opportunities to learn and write. Coyote’s advice for writers?

“Hopeful writers and storytellers should write, and write some more and write some more again, and then take every opportunity possible to put their work out there.
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Storyteller Ivan E.Coyote to kick off festival

It’s less than two weeks away to Write on Bowen’s opening night, which kicks off Friday July 2 with renowned writer and storyteller Ivan E. Coyote.

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Storyteller and author Ivan E. Coyote

Called a “natural-born storyteller” by the Globe and Mail, Ivan believes in the transformative power of storytelling, and that collecting and remembering oral history not only preserves a vital part of our families and where we come from, but that a good story can help inspire us to reinvent a better future.

Originally from the Yukon, Ivan recently relocated to Vancouver from Ottawa. She is an award-winning author of four collections of short stories, one novel, two CDs, and four short films.

“Coyote is to CanLit what k.d. lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.” – Ottawa X Press.

Opening night is sponsored by Bowen Library and the Canadian Department of Heritage is also supporting the festival via a grant. The event starts at 8 p.m. in The Gallery, Artisan Square, Bowen Island.

Superb language a must when writing for children

By Tina Nielsen

Do you have an idea for a great children’s book? Maybe you’ve already got a story in progress?

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Children's author Cynthia Nicolson

If you are looking to find out more about writing for children, you will want to register for the children’s panel at the Write on Bowen Festival.

On Saturday, July 3, the panel will discuss Mining Memory when Writing Kids’ Books. This two-hour interactive panel features Norma Charles, Sally Fitz-Gibbon, Ainslie Manson, and Cynthia Nicolson—four respected children’s authors with more than fifty published books between them.

The panel discussion will focus on the role of our memories and experiences in writing for children.

Cynthia Nicolson sees the panel as an opportunity to explore “the mysterious and elastic link between real life and fiction. Participants will learn about different ways they can use memories to enhance their own writing.”

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Anthony Dalton on adventures in real-life and in writing

By Bernice Lever

Anthony Dalton, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at Write on Bowen festival, is a sailor at heart, and earned his worldwide traveling lifestyle from his writing.

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Nautical author Anthony Dalton

His rare and dangerous adventures – backed by a solid business sense of publishing – are told with a chuckle at his own survival.

“A writer is someone who can focus and type 8+ hours to meet deadlines,” says Dalton, the author of five non-fiction books, co-author of two others, and writer of numerous adventure and nautical articles.

Dalton, currently national president of the Canadian Authors Association, will kick off the Saturday sessions on July 3, 2010 with his opening plenary: Where Do You Get Your Ideas? Then on Saturday afternoon, he will host a workshop on Writing Adventure Travel Articles and Books.

Dalton and other workshop facilitators will also offer blue pencil editing or pitch sessions to conference-goers. Here’s your chance to have your work critiqued by a professional writer and to maybe even pitch your book to a publisher! To sign up for one of these sessions, or for more information, visit our main website.