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 Celebrating the Craft

The St. Eugene Writers Conference gathers writers of all genres to work on their craft. From the person just putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to the authors of several books, the gathering celebrates our craft.

The central building at St. Eugene Resort was once the Ktunaxa residential school. Over the last seventeen years, the band developed a championship golf course, a casino, a 125-room hotel, an RV park and several restaurants on the property. What once stood abandoned and a darkness in their history is today a bright light providing income and skilled employment for their people. This transformation and the positive energy surrounding St. Eugene Resort create the perfect environment for improving and celebrating the craft of writing.

2019 WORKSHOPS

The writing workshop is the long established and proven method of dramatically developing writing skills. Most MFA writing programs center on the workshop. Many of us cannot take the time out of our lives to dedicate two years to a MFA or even a semester to take a conventionally offered workshop. By offering three and four day workshops, the St. Eugene Writing Conference provides a venue for writers to develop their craft without the substantial time and financial commitment of academically offered workshops.

Our faculty all have extensive workshop experience, both as participants and as leaders. The sessions are supportive and yet, at the same time, provide substantive feedback to the writer. While most writing is done “in a closet”, there comes a time when it should see the light of day. In a workshop, within a peer group of fellow writers, your writing is valued. The critique is positive and forward moving.

How To Register
Workshop registration is directly through Keith Liggett, the Workshop Director.
t.keith.liggett@gmail.com

 

Featured Speaker at Workshop Dinner – Dave Butler
7:00PM Sat. Feb. 23, 2019

Arthur Ellis Award winning author Dave Butler will present a keynote talk at the Workshop Dinner.

“From The Lorax to the Monkey Wrench Gang to Full Curl: How eco-fiction influences conservation.”

The third book in his popular Jenny Willson mystery series from Dundurn Press will be out mid-2019

Mixed Genre Three-Day Workshop – Tom Wayman
A piece of writing is like a fire. The fire looks different from the side you sit on. On one side there will be smoke. On another a clear view of the coals. We all bring a personal approach to a piece of writing. Poets look at words differently from a pure fiction writer. And both are different from a memoir writer.

By creating a workshop with mixed genres, we bring the perspective of each to bear on each individual piece of writing.

Tom Wayman is particularly suited to a multi genre workshop. While primarily a poet, he’s published a novel,, collections of short stories and collections of essays. His eye and pen in each is careful and pointed in building the work.

This workshop is a unique opportunity to study with a diverse group of writers with a talented and proven leader.

Finding Your Voice – Keith Liggett
The blank page chases many an emerging writer away. Like a journey of many miles, you start with one step. In the case of writing, you start with one word. And another. And another until you have a string. And another string. Eventually, you have a story. Wow.

In Finding Your Voice, Keith takes materials from other writers to demonstrate the development of voice and character. Then he tosses it all off the cliff and says “Don’t follow them. Make your own way.”

The workshop allows the writer to experiment and delve into new material in a supportive and encouraging environment

Youth Workshop – Danielle Gibson
The world’s filled with incredible writers from different backgrounds and ages. We celebrate them in their endeavours to create beautiful word combinations in song, fiction, plays.

Ed Sheeran.
JK Rowling.
William Shakespeare.

The young adult writers’ session will focus on collaboration, editing skills, and critiquing. We’ll find our own writing spaces and learn from each other and our writing styles. There’ll be an emphasis on every participant finding his/her voice.

Dive in. Take a chance. Join other like minded people on the amazing journey of writing.

Tuition & Accommodation
Early Bird tuition for the three-day workshops is $295 and includes the workshop and the Workshop Dinner on Saturday evening. Two weeks before the Workshop starts, the tuition rises to $325.

The Youth Session Tuition (two-day) is $50.

St. Eugene is offering a special discounted rate of $109 a night to Workshop attendees. Please call the Front Desk at St. Eugene Resort to make your reservation. 1-866-292-2020

Fiction/Non-Fiction

In fiction and non-fiction, the narrative is driven by strong characters and plot. This session takes portions of a writers work and workshops them to enabling the writer to see how that may be applied to the larger work.

Fiction/non-fiction five-day(TBA)
May 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2019

Fiction/non-fiction three-day(TBA)
May 10, 11, 12, 2019

Early Bird tuition for the three-day workshops is $295 and includes the workshop and the Workshop Dinner on Saturday evening. Two weeks before the Workshop starts, the tuition rises to $325.

Early Bird tuition for the five-day workshop is $550 and includes the workshop and the Workshop Dinner on Saturday evening. Two weeks before the Workshop starts, the tuition rises to $625.

St. Eugene is offering a special discounted rate of $179 a night to Workshop attendees. Please call the Front Desk at St. Eugene Resort to make your reservation 1-866-292-2020

Poetry, three-day – Anna Marie Sewell
May 10, 11, 12, 2019

Poetry is one of the earliest forms of writing. From Homer’s Odyssey to the work of Shane Koyczan, poetry strikes to the heart of the matter and carries the reader/listener along into unexpected worlds.

Anna Marie Sewell bridges the forms of poetry. She performs. She writes. She speaks. As the former Poet Lauriete of Edmonton, Anna connect with the people and creates new experiences.

Early Bird tuition for the three-day workshops is $295 and includes the workshop and the Workshop Dinner on Saturday evening. Two weeks before the Workshop starts, the tuition rises to $325.

St. Eugene is offering a special discounted rate of $179 a night to Workshop attendees. Please call the Front Desk at St. Eugene Resort to make your reservation 1-866-292-2020

Playwriting, three-day – Hiro Kanagawa
May 10, 11, 12, 2019

The play on the page is a bare bones sketch. But a sketch with hints of the flesh to be filled in. The form allows for interpretation and at the same time the author’s intent carries forward.

Hiro Kanagawa brings all the elements together in a single workshop showing how to sketch, to provide the idea of the flesh and how to keep the author’s intent.

Early Bird tuition for the three-day workshops is $295 and includes the workshop and the Workshop Dinner on Saturday evening. Two weeks before the Workshop starts, the tuition rises to $325.

St. Eugene is offering a special discounted rate of $179 a night to Workshop attendees. Please call the Front Desk at St. Eugene Resort to make your reservation 1-866-292-2020

Young Adult, three-day –  Luanne Armstrong
May 10, 11, 12, 2019

The Young Adult genre is booming. From the introduction of Harry Potter on, this genre caught the passion and turmoil of growing up. The cusp between childhood and adulthood.

Luanne Armstrong will lead the group through the twist and turns of creating a riveting YA tale. The characters, the plot, and how far into adulthood the characters can move.

Early Bird tuition for the three-day workshops is $295 and includes the workshop and the Workshop Dinner on Saturday evening. Two weeks before the Workshop starts, the tuition rises to $325.

St. Eugene is offering a special discounted rate of $179 a night to Workshop attendees. Please call the Front Desk at St. Eugene Resort to make your reservation 1-866-292-2020

Manuscript Review, three-day – Mark Kusnir
Manuscript Review, three-day – Sioux Browning
May 10, 11, 12, 2019

For writers with a work in progress, the Manuscript Review offers a chance to workshop and polish 50-70 pages in depth. The materials must be in the hands of the instructor and class 15 days prior to the start of the session. Everyone is expected to have read and critiqued the materials by the start of the session.

By working over three days, the group will have time to critique the initial piece and rewrite a portion for a second round of workshoping.

Early Bird tuition for the three-day Manuscript Review is $395 and includes the workshop and the Workshop Dinner on Saturday evening. Two weeks before the Workshop starts, the tuition rises to $435.

St. Eugene is offering a special discounted rate of $179 a night to Workshop attendees. Please call the Front Desk at St. Eugene Resort to make your reservation 1-866-292-2020

Finding Your Voice, three-day – Keith Liggett
May 10, 11, 12, 2019

The blank page chases many an emerging writer away. Like a journey of many miles, you start with one step. In the case of writing, you start with one word. And another. And another until you have a string. And another string. Eventually, you have a story. Wow.

In Finding Your Voice, Keith takes materials from other writers to demonstrate the development of voice and character. Then he tosses it all off the cliff and says “Don’t follow them. Make your own way.”

The workshop allows the writer to experiment and delve into new material in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Early Bird tuition for the three-day workshops is $295 and includes the workshop and the Workshop Dinner on Saturday evening. Two weeks before the Workshop starts, the tuition rises to $325.

St. Eugene is offering a special discounted rate of $179 a night to Workshop attendees. Please call the Front Desk at St. Eugene Resort to make your reservation 1-866-292-202

Youth Sessions, two-day – Danielle Gibson
May 11, 12, 2019

The world’s filled with incredible writers from different backgrounds and ages. We celebrate them in their endeavours to create beautiful word combinations in song, fiction, plays.

Ed Sheeran. JK Rowling. William Shakespeare.

The young adult writers’ session will focus on collaboration, editing skills, and critiquing. We’ll find our own writing spaces and learn from each other and our writing styles. There will be an emphasis on every participant finding his/her voice.

Dive in. Take a chance. Join other like minded people on the amazing journey of writing.

Each year sponsors step up to help with the cost of the Youth Sessions keeping the tuition to a minimum. The tuition for the Youth Session is $50 and includes the workshop, lunch each day and the Workshop Dinner on Saturday evening.

St. Eugene is offering a special discounted rate of $179 a night to Workshop attendees. Please call the Front Desk at St. Eugene Resort to make your reservation 1-866-292-2020

WRITERS

Keith Liggett
Finding Your Voice
www.keithliggett.ca   

Keith Liggett is a ski bum and writer. His ski writing has appeared in major ski journals and in over 75 newspapers. In 2009, Whitecap Books published Island Lake Lodge: the cookbook, which won a Gourmand Award, and went into a second printing in May 2010. like socks in the dryer, his second collection of poetry was published in 2013. The Fernie Originals, a series of profiles of Fernie businesses and essays about Fernie appeared in 2015.

Keith has led writing workshops and organized writing conferences in the United States and Canada for close to thirty years.

Keith blogs at:
www.fernie.com/off-camber
www.keithliggett.ca

Danielle Gibson
Youth Session

Danielle Gibson lives in Fernie, BC with her two kids and husband. She’s a high school language arts teacher, with experience teaching both in English and French language arts at all school levels. She has a master’s degree and has been part of writing groups for the better part of a decade. As an avid skier and hiker, her love of the outdoors helps her in the writing of her young adult fiction series.

Danielle has an agent in New York working to sell her series of three young adult novels to publishers this spring.

Tom Wayman
A piece of writing is like a fire
www.tomwayman.com  

Tom Wayman has published innumerable books of poetry and prose over a long career. His recent collections of poems include The Order in Which We Do Things
(Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014) and Helpless Angels (Saskatoon: Thistledown, 2017). His newest fiction is short stories, all set in the Slocan Valley of southeastern B.C. where he lives, The Shadows We Mistake For Love (Madeira Park, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 2015). A selection of his essays and interviews 1994-2014, If You’re Not Free at Work, Where Are You Free: Literature and Social Change, was published by Toronto’s Guernica Editions in spring 2018.

In 2015 Wayman was named a Vancouver, B.C. Literary Landmark, with a plaque on the city’s Commercial Drive commemorating his contribution to Vancouver’s literary heritage through his championing of people writing for themselves about their daily employment. Since 1989 he has been based in Winlaw, BC, although he has taught widely in the BC community college system, and most recently (2002-2010) at the University of Calgary. Currently he is on the organizing committee for two West Kootenay literary events: New Denver’s Convergence Writers’ Weekend and Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

Dave Butler
Featured Speaker at Workshop Dinner

Dave Butler is the author of the Jenny Willson mystery series, published by Dundurn Press. He’s a forester and biologist living in Cranbrook, British Columbia, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. His writing and photography have appeared in numerous Canadian publications. He’s a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal winner, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. When he’s not writing, Dave is professionally involved in sustainable tourism at local, national and international levels and he travels extensively. He’s a Professional Author Member of the Crime Writers of Canada, and a member of The Writers Union of Canada.

Dave is married to wife Heather, and has two grown daughters, two caring sons-in-law, and a pair of amazing little grandchildren who make the world a better place.

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Celebrating the Craft
The St. Eugene Writers Workshop offers several general scholarships granted on both need and craft. All applications are evaluated as a group, but awarded first according to the parameters of the scholarship. The scholarships are for the three-day sessions.

The St. Eugene Scholarship (tuition only)

The Jeanne and Don Liggett Memorial Scholarship (tuition only)

Indigenous Scholarships
The St. Eugene Writers Workshop offers several Indigenous scholarships. For the smaller Workshop there will be one At-Large and two Ktunaxa Scholarships. For the larger Workshop, there will be one At-Large and four Ktunaxa scholarships.

Applications for scholarships close 60 days before the first day of the Workshop to be attended.

To apply for a scholarship, send the following in hard copy to:

St. Eugene Writers Conference
St. Eugene Resort
Attention: Keith Liggett
7777 Mission Rd.
Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 7E5

  1. A cover page with the applicant’s name, address, phone number and email.
  2. A brief one page cover letter stating your need, your writing background and a description of your project.
  3. For fiction/non-fiction send 10 pages of writing. This need not be a single piece, but may be several short pieces. For poetry send three to five poems of one page or less. For playwriting send a one page treatment of your project. For Finding Your Voice your cover letter will suffice as a writing sample.
  4. The submission should be in standard form—single-sided white paper, serif 12 pt. type, 1” margins all around. Pages should be numbered sequentially with the applicant’s name in the header or footer. Prose should be double spaced. Poetry single spaced with double spaces between stanzas.

Hard copies only will be accepted.

All materials must be received at St. Eugene Resort by 5PM, 60 days prior to the start of the Workshop. Late materials will not be considered. If you wish to have your materials returned, please enclose an SASE.

The scholarship awards will be made 45 days prior to the start of the Workshop and all applicants will be notified of the results by email and/or by phone, as they prefer.

 

Indigenous Scholarships
Celebrating the Craft

 

She nodded. “It’s all we are in the end. Our stories.”
Richard Wagamese, Medicine Walk

In an effort to encourage the writing craft within the aboriginal community, the St. Eugene Resort will offer a special group of Indigenous scholarships to the St. Eugene Writers Workshops The scholarships are for tuition to one of the three-day literary workshops. The individual workshops range from playwriting, poetry, fiction/non-fiction and Finding Your Voice for emerging writers. The offerings change for each Workshop. Please visit the main Workshop site to determine what will be offered at the session you wish to attend.

The scholarships include tuition and the Workshop Dinner Saturday night. Travel, lodging and all other meals are the responsibility of the attendee.

The application process and adjudication are the same as the other scholarships. Please read the instructions above and submit your application to the Resort.

Indigenous Scholarships: One At-Large literary scholarship
The St. Eugene Resort is sponsoring one scholarships for At-Large Indigenous writers. Any Indigenous writer may apply.

Ktunaxa Scholarships
St. Eugene is sponsoring two scholarships to the smaller Workshop and four scholarships to the larger Workshop for Ktunaxa Nation members. Any Ktunaxa Nation member may apply.

Ktunaxa Emerging Voices Travel Scholarship
One scholarship to cover travel expenses for a Ktunaxa aspiring writer to attend the St. Eugene Workshop. The fund is available to anyone of Ktunaxa ancestry who has not yet published a book. The travel scholarship can be accepted in conjunction with one of the Ktunaxa Tuition Scholarships. Donated by Angie Abdou, author of In Case I Go.

If you have specific questions do not hesitate to contact the Workshop Director

Keith Liggett

t.keith.liggett@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a published writer to attend?
No. Writers with books and emerging writers all benefit from the workshop setting. We will work to place you in a workshop that allows you to progress and develop at a comfortable pace.

Why are Fiction and Non-fiction a single workshop?
Fiction and Non-fiction are prose genres and share many characteristics. They must have a strong narrative arc. They must have tension to lead the reader into the story. The fact that one might be ‘true” and the other “made up” has little to do with the craft of the story. In both, to engage the reader, you must tell a great story. That’s what the workshop teaches.

Do I need a body of work or a collection of poetry to workshop?
No. If you have not written much or are wondering which workshop to take, sign up for Keith’s Finding Your Voice workshop. The session will include guided exercises in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. At the end, you will be singing in your new voice (on the page).

How do I know which instructor to sign up for?
If you have questions, Keith Liggett, the Conference Director will chat with you and help you determine the correct session. He’s led workshops for almost 30 years and has a great feel for how people fit into sessions together. Please contact Keith directly at info@steugenewriting.ca

What are the afternoon panel discussions?
In the afternoons, before dinner, we will have discussions on literary publishing, writing a great query letter, how to find an agent an so on. The panels will be set shortly before the Conference begins. You can attend or not, but they are an interesting way to meet and discuss issues with the other participants and instructors.

One afternoon session will be on our hosts at St. Eugene Resort, the Ktunaxa. The Ktunaxa are an interesting band culturally. The oldest habituated land in Canada is in traditional Ktunaxa territory. Their language is an isolate, no known root in another language. Their traditions are a mix of woodland and prairie cultures.

There is also a wonderful Ktunaxa Interpretive Center at the Resort.

Can I bring a guest?
Sure. They can stay in your room for no extra charge and there are special meal and Conference Dinner tickets for purchase for guests.

Can I share a room?
Yes, but the Conference will not set up roommates. If you have a friend who wants to attend, one person would pay the tuition and lodging rate, the other only the straight tuition. This would be quite a saving over coming as a single conference attendee.

If I have special food requirements, can they be accommodated?
For special food needs, please write to the Conference info email with the details and we will consult with our Executive Chef on our ability to meet those requirements. In most cases, it will not be a problem.

How do I register?
Workshop registration is directly through Keith Liggett, the Workshop Director.
t.keith.liggett@gmail.com

For the three-day workshop, the Early Bird Tuition is $295. Twenty days prior to the start of the workskhop the tuition rises to $325.

The Manuscript Evaluation Session is $395 and includes the workshop and the Workshop Dinner with the featured speaker on Saturday evening. Twenty days prior to the start of the workskhop the tuition rises to $450.

For the five-day workshop the tuition is $550 and includes the workshop and the Workshop Dinner with the featured speaker on Saturday evening. Twenty days prior to the start of the workskhop the tuition rises to $625.

The Youth Sessions tuitions is $50 and includes lunch each day and the Workshop Dinner Saturday evening.

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to the start of the worksop will receive a full refund less a $50 handing fee. After that point, cancellations will only be refunded if the spot is filled.

St. Eugene Resort offers rooms at a substantial discount to those attending the workshops. The reservatons should be made directly with the Front Desk. 1-866-292-2020. Please mention you are attending the workshop and the staff will book you at the workshop rate. You are welcome to share a room with a friend to mitigate the cost.

ARCHIVED WORKSHOPS

Writer’s Conference – Celebrating the Craft

CLICK HERE to see the May Schedule

Fiction / Non-Fiction – Timothy Taylor
May 11, 12, 13, 2018
www.timothytaylor.ca

Timothy Taylor crafts work with strong characters and driving narratives.
Bring a short piece to share in the workshop and between critiques work on developmental exercises.

Writing the Truth – Deryn Collier
May 11, 12, 13, 2018
www.deryncollier.com

All writing is subjective-written from the author’s viewpoint. This is the “truth.” In memoir, fiction or non-fiction set in the past, or plots that turn on technical details and procedure. This truth comes from meticulous research—diaries, journals, newspapers and personal interviews. How the story is framed, how the story arcs determines the connection with the reader. While only ten to twenty percent of the research actually makes it into the story, character, setting and historical or technical detail are woven in, providing depth and veracity to the work.

Finding Your Voice – Keith Liggett
May 11, 12, 13, 2018
www.keithliggett.ca

  The blank page chases many an emerging writer away. Like a journey of many miles, you start with one step. In the case of writing, you start with one word. And another. And another until you have a string. And another string. Eventually, you have a story. Wow.

In Finding Your Voice, Keith takes materials from other writers to demonstrate the development of voice and character. Then he tosses it all off the cliff and says “Don’t follow them. Make your own way.”

The workshop allows the writer to experiment and delve into new material in a supportive and encouraging environment

Section 1: Manuscript Evaluation – Mark Kusnir (One position open)
May 10, 11, 12, 13, 2018

This workshop is by application only.

Only six participants will be accepted into the Manuscript Review Session. Applications will be accepted starting January 15, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the sessions are full and then a waiting list will be started.

St. Eugene Writers Conference
St. Eugene Resort | 7777 Mission Rd. | Cranbrook, BC

To apply to the Manuscript Review Session, send a cover letter and bio (two pages max) and 10 to 12 pages of the manuscript you wish to workshop with a brief synopsis (one page). The cover page should include the title, name and pertinent contact information—address, phone and email. Standard manuscript conditions—12-point serif type, double spaced, 1” margins, single-sided on white paper. Pages should be sequentially numbered. Your name should be in the header or footer of each page.

Once registration open, the application process will be rolling, accepting standout manuscripts as they arrive at the office. We will notify qualified participants by email or phone as we receive manuscripts. If the session fills, we will post the closure on the web site and start a waiting list.

Hard copies only will be considered. No email applications.

Please send an SASE if you wish to have your manuscript returned otherwise they will be recycled.

Youth Workshop – Danielle Gibson
May 12, 13, 2018

The world’s filled with incredible writers from different backgrounds and ages. We celebrate them in their endeavours to create beautiful word combinations in song, fiction, plays.

Ed Sheeran.
JK Rowling.
William Shakespeare.

The young adult writers’ session will focus on collaboration, editing skills, and critiquing. We’ll find our own writing spaces and learn from each other and our writing styles. There’ll be an emphasis on every participant finding his/her voice.

Dive in. Take a chance. Join other likeminded people on the amazing journey of writing.

 

Plein Air Painting Workshop & Keith’s Writing Workshop

Postponed to May 11, 12, 13 

Writing Workshops

Finding Your Voice – Keith Liggett

March 2, 3, 4, 2018
www.keithliggett.ca

 The blank page chases many an emerging writer away. Like a journey of many miles, you start with one step. In the case of writing, you start with one word. And another. And another until you have a string. And another string. Eventually, you have a story. Wow.

In Finding Your Voice, Keith takes materials from other writers to demonstrate the development of voice and character. Then he tosses it all off the cliff and says “Don’t follow them. Make your own way.”

The workshop allows the writer to experiment and delve into new material in a supportive and encouraging environment

Writer’s Gathering in Chief David Room
February 18, 2018
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Open to public & writer’s wishing to read a passage from their work. Cash Bar available.

Finding Your Voice – Keith Liggett
February 16, 17, 18, 2018
www.keithliggett.ca

  The blank page chases many an emerging writer away. Like a journey of many miles, you start with one step. In the case of writing, you start with one word. And another. And another until you have a string. And another string. Eventually, you have a story. Wow.

In Finding Your Voice, Keith takes materials from other writers to demonstrate the development of voice and character. Then he tosses it all off the cliff and says “Don’t follow them. Make your own way.”

The workshop allows the writer to experiment and delve into new material in a supportive and encouraging environment

Keith Liggett
Finding Your Voice
www.keithliggett.ca   

Keith Liggett is a ski bum and writer. His ski writing has appeared in major ski journals and in over 75 newspapers. In 2009, Whitecap Books published Island Lake Lodge: the cookbook, which won a Gourmand Award, and went into a second printing in May 2010. like socks in the dryer, his second collection of poetry was published in 2013. The Fernie Originals, a series of profiles of Fernie businesses and essays about Fernie appeared in 2015.

Keith has led writing workshops and organized writing conferences in the United States and Canada for close to thirty years.

Keith blogs at:
www.fernie.com/off-camber
www.keithliggett.ca

Danielle Gibson
Youth Session

Danielle Gibson lives in Fernie, BC with her two kids and husband. She’s a high school language arts teacher, with experience teaching both in English and French language arts at all school levels. She has a master’s degree and has been part of writing groups for the better part of a decade. As an avid skier and hiker, her love of the outdoors helps her in the writing of her young adult fiction series.

Danielle has an agent in New York working to sell her series of three young adult novels to publishers this spring.

Tom Wayman
Title to come
www.tomwayman.com  

Tom Wayman has published innumerable books of poetry and prose over a long career. His recent collections of poems include The Order in Which We Do Things
(Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014) and Helpless Angels (Saskatoon: Thistledown, 2017). His newest fiction is short stories, all set in the Slocan Valley of southeastern B.C. where he lives, The Shadows We Mistake For Love (Madeira Park, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 2015). A selection of his essays and interviews 1994-2014, If You’re Not Free at Work, Where Are You Free: Literature and Social Change, was published by Toronto’s Guernica Editions in spring 2018.

In 2015 Wayman was named a Vancouver, B.C. Literary Landmark, with a plaque on the city’s Commercial Drive commemorating his contribution to Vancouver’s literary heritage through his championing of people writing for themselves about their daily employment. Since 1989 he has been based in Winlaw, BC, although he has taught widely in the BC community college system, and most recently (2002-2010) at the University of Calgary. Currently he is on the organizing committee for two West Kootenay literary events: New Denver’s Convergence Writers’ Weekend and Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

Deryn Collier
Writing the Truth
www.deryncollier.com   

Deryn Collier is a master at weaving history and action, with just the right level of veracity, into a riveting story. This workshop will allow participants to bring their ideas to the table and practice the tools of the trade with Deryn in a supportive and safe environment. Suitable for writers in any genre whose work in progress requires integrating research into narrative.

 

Alice Helwig
Plein Air Painting
www.helwigart.com

S. Helwig was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. From an early age she drew and painted. In fact, she has painted in acrylics since she was 14 years old in the coulee hills close to her family home. Helwig took a two-year commercial art program at the Medicine Hat College and then a Bachelor of Education Degree (with Distinction) from the University of Lethbridge.   Looking for adventure Helwig moved to Fox Lake, a small remote Indian village in Northern Alberta.  There she taught English and art while maintaining a studio in her home.

Presently residing in Calgary, Helwig remains an art educator and studio artist. You might have even seen her teaching a painting show called “Canvas” that aired on  Calgary Shaw TV’s Channel ten.

Mountain Galleries in Banff and Jasper, Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond and Rouge in Saskatoon represent her work.  Helwig’s award winning paintings are also in many private and public art collections.

Timothy Taylor
Fiction / Non-Fiction
www.timothytaylor.ca

Timothy Taylor is a Canadian novelist, journalist and creative writing professor.

Unlike many such profs, Taylor didn’t start out in the creative writing field. Look for the blog post “NYC vs. MFA vs. MBA vs. RCN”. Yes, that’s right, he studied economics and business while serving as an officer in the Canadian Naval Reserves first with HMCS Nonsuch and later with HMCS Cataraqui. He has an MBA from the Queens University’s Smith School of Business and a BA Economics from the University of Alberta. He spent time with the Toronto Dominion bank and later as a management consultant before becoming a freelance journalist and novelist in the late 1990s. In 2013 Taylor took a position with the UBC Creative Writing Program where is now an Associate Professor with tenure.

Taylor’s first novel Stanley Park was published in 2001. It was an immediate bestseller and a critical success. He’s since published a prize-winning collection of short fiction, Silent Cruise, and two further bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, Story House and The Blue Light Project, which was award the CBC Bookie Award in the literary fiction category. He is also the winner of the Journey Prize, and has been finalist or runner-up for six other major national fiction prizes in Canada, including the prestigious Giller Prize. His work has also been chosen as the ‘One Book One City’ selection for Vancouver and named a finalist for Canada Reads.

Taylor’s most recent nonfiction title is Foodville, a tongue-in-cheek account of his life as a food writer and self-identified non-foodie who is nevertheless a passionate eater. And his newest book, with Doubleday Canada, is the novel The Rule of Stephens.

Hiro Kanagawa
Play Writing
www.hirokanagawa.com

 

Although perhaps best known as an actor, Hiro is an award-winning playwright and sought-after story consultant.  He was story editor on several critically-acclaimed Canadian television series: Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Intelligence, and Blackstone. His plays Tiger of Malaya and The Patron Saint of Stanley Park have been performed across Canada. His most recent play, Indian Arm received the 2015 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script and the 2017 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Drama.

Anna Sewell
Poetry/Spoken Word
www.prairiepomes.com

Anna Marie Sewell is a multidisciplinary artist, specialising in poetry; within poetry, she specialises in performance, informed by her background in theatre, love of song, and flare for improvisation. Being of Mi’gmaq/Anishinabe/Polish descent, she is fascinated by cross-cultural exchange: at present, she serves as Story Support consultant for Ancestors&Elders, a dance theatre work exploring Ukrainian/Indigenous connections on the prairies, in production by Shumka Dance for an April, 2018 debut; as a mentor for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Borderlines program; and as a freelance collaborator with various groups and individuals.

Anna Marie has been an Instructor for YouthWrite for over 20 years. She spent 6 years facilitating an Adult Literacy writers’ circle. She’s taught ESL in Japan, Mexico and Canada, and currently serves on the editorial board of The Writers’ Union of Canada. Her own work can be found on prairiepomes.comwebofvisions.wordpress.com and in her poetry collections, Fifth World Drum (Frontenac Press, 2009) and the forthcoming  For the Changing Moon (Thistledown Press, 2018).

Mark Kusnir
Manuscript Evaluation – Section 1 

For twenty-five years, Mark Kusnir has been developing writers at every level and of every description. After earning his MFA at New York University, he continued with graduate study in writing and literature at UBC.

Since starting teaching at the university level, Mark led classes in the novel, the short story, drama, poetry, screenwriting, fiction and creative non-fiction in both traditional and on-line settings. He was principle curriculum writer and lead instructor for the Research Foundation, City University of New York, MS Writing Program.

In addition to teaching, Mark has worked as a copywriter, a copy editor, a narrative editor. He ghostwrote two books, We Are No Fun Anymore (Routledge, 2011) and The Fresh Start Promise (Llewellyn, 2008).

Mark’s broad background and depth of experience make him the perfect fit for the St. Eugene Manuscript Evaluation Workshop.

Sioux Browning
Manuscript Evaluation – Section 2

Sioux Browning’s produced work has aired on CTV, The Comedy Network, Space, The New VI and the former Life Network (now Slice). She works as a story editor, script consultant and writer-for-hire for private clients, Canadian production companies and funding agencies. She also consults with novelists looking for help with structure/plotting.

Sioux teaches screenwriting and television writing for UBC’s MFA program. She lives in the Kootenays with her family.

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THE RESORT

St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino is a 125-room property with an 18-hole championship golf course, the Casino of the Rockies, three dining outlets, the Ktunaxa Nation Interpretive Centre, a health club with outdoor heated pools and a spa.

With sweeping views of both the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, the 300-acre Resort in the heart of the East Kootenays provides an inspiring, one-of-a-kind environment for meetings of all sizes.

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THE LOCATION

Conveniently located in the heart of the East Kootenays in British Columbia, the Resort is just five minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport and only a 50-minute direct flight from Calgary or a 1.5 hour direct flight from Vancouver.

ACCOMMODATIONS

With 125 guestrooms and suites, St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino can easily accommodate conferences, retreats and events of any size. All rooms underwent a full renovation in 2013 with upgrades including new carpets, bedding, TVs, coffeemakers and new furniture.

The Resort features several room and suite styles, with 100 of those rooms in the newer Lodge building and 25 deluxe rooms in the heritage Mission building.

Standard Lodge Rooms boast new upgrades and comfort at the best possible value, with a variety of bed choices available including one king, two queens or two doubles and with some rooms featuring balconies.

Premier Garden Lodge Rooms provide guests with wonderful south-facing views of the front courtyard and gardens, all with newly upgraded amenities and with some featuring balconies. Our mid-value rooms, bed choices include one king, two queens or two doubles.

Deluxe Mission Rooms are all beautifully appointed and uniquely designed within the heritage Mission building, featuring exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, replaces and rounded windows. West-facing rooms enjoy expansive views of our golf course while east-facing rooms face the courtyard and gardens in front of a magni cent backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

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