We are pleased to announce that as the next step in its evolution, we are forming a society whose board will run the Galiano Literary Festival in future years. This is a complex task and as a result the festival will not be held in 2020, but keep looking for announcements as we get the society board in place and they make plans for 2021!
This is our biggest year yet for Writer’s Workshops, we’ve got 5 different sessions lined up for you Friday, February 21st. To purchase all tickets, call (250) 539-3340 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audrey Thomas – Writing Short Fiction: Participants will explore the process of writing short fiction. Bring paper and pens, but no electronic devices. Expect to have lots of fun!
Marilyn Norry – Writing Women: In this two hour workshop you will experience the writing template used in the project My Mother’s Story to effectively and efficiently capture the essence of your mother’s life
Don Calame – The Art Of Screenwriting: How To Write For Film And Television: Learn the basics of plotting and writing a film or television show and then learn how to apply those same techniques in writing just about anything else.
Sara Cassidy – Writing for Children: What makes for an excellent children’s book? What is the difference between YA, MG, picture book and board book? How do I get my book into a publisher’s hands? This two-hour workshop will answer those questions. But best of all, you will dive in and write fresh material.
Bill Stenson –Writing the Matrix: The matrix that encourages literary fiction: Language, character, plot. Participants will be instructed on the role of language, character and plot in the creation of literary fiction, have samples presented and will engage in a few short writing exercises that explore the function of these three elements. Students should bring paper and pen.
She may be best known for her acclaimed Golden Globe-winning lead performance in the movie “Agnes of God,” but Meg Tilly is taking on an exciting new persona these days, as a romance novelist.
After successfully publishing six standout young adult and literary women’s fiction novels, the Canadian American actress/author decided to write the kind of books she loves to read—romance novels. She self-published SOLACE ISLAND, a romantic suspense set in the Pacific Northwest, to rave reviews in spring 2017.
“…a romantic thriller with a clever ending. You may think you know exactly where the story is going, but looks, and people, can be deceiving.” —USA Today
However, that experience taught her she’s happiest when she’s writing and not involved in the myriad tasks of publishing. She closed out 2017 by signing with Berkley Books for three novels, including a new, improved edition of SOLACE ISLAND which was released on November 6, 2018. Book 2 in Meg’s series, CLIFF’S EDGE, will be published in May 2019.
Sheena Kamal was born in the Caribbean and immigrated to Canada as a child. She holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness.
Her bestselling debut novel The Lost Ones won her a 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, a Strand Magazine Critics Award and Macavity Award for Best First Novel. The sequel It All Falls Down is now available and has been called “a stunning, emotionally resonant thriller” in its Kirkus starred review.
Her next thriller in the Nora Watts crime series and her first YA novel Fight Like A Girl will both drop in 2020.
Her writing has been featured in The Guardian, Bustle, The Irish Times, Writer’s Digest and Entertainment Weekly.
The book published by Heritage House is “A stunning retrospective highlighting the playfulness, power, and subversive spirit of Northwest Coast Indigenous artist Sonny Assu.”
Through analytical essays and personal narratives, Candice Hopkins, Marianne Nicolson, Richard Van Camp, and Ellyn Walker provide brilliant commentary on Assu’s practice, its meaning in the context of contemporary art, and its wider significance in the struggle for Indigenous cultural and political autonomy.
The Galiano Island #LitFest is excited to welcome novelist Elle Wild.
Elle grew up in a dark, rambling farmhouse in the wilds of Canada where there was nothing to do but read Edgar Allan Poe and watch PBS mysteries. She is both an award-winning short filmmaker (Diary of an Alien, Swimming Lessons) and an award-winning author.
#LitFest welcomes back Friend of the Festival George Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate.
George Bowering (photo by Kris Krüg)
After serving as an aerial photographer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bowering earned a BA in English and an MA in history at the University of British Columbia, where he became one of the co-founders of the avant-garde poetry magazine TISH. He has taught literature at the University of Calgary, the University of Western Ontario, and Simon Fraser University, and he continues to act as a Canadian literary ambassador at international conferences and readings.