Writers Workshops and interview with Don Calame

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 leetrentadue@gmail.com.

  • 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 CalameThe 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 CassidyWriting 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.
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Meg Tilly – Solace Island & Cliff’s Edge

(This is fifth of #LitFest2019 features on writers attending the Galiano Literary FestivalFebruary 22-24 on Galiano Island. Tickets on sale now (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

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.

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Sheena Kamal – It All Falls Down

(This is fourth of #LitFest2019 features on writers attending the Galiano Literary FestivalFebruary 22-24 on Galiano Island. Tickets on sale now (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

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.

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Andrea Warner: Buffy Sainte-Marie Biography

(This is second of #LitFest2019 interviews with writers attending the Galiano Literary Festival February 22-24 on Galiano Island. Tickets are on sale now (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

“Andrea Warner is, in my opinion, one of the best music journalists in Canada.” — Elaine Lui

Andrea Warner is the author of Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography  (Greystone, 2018) and We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the ’90s and Changed Canadian Music (Eternal Cavalier Press, 2015). Andrea is an associate producer at CBC Music and co-hosts the weekly podcast, Pop This!.

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Alix Hawley – My Name is a Knife

(This is first of #LitFest2019 interviews with writers attending the Galiano Literary Festival February 22-24 on Galiano Island. Tickets are on sale now (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

Alix Hawley lives in Kelowna, British Columbia and studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Oxford University, the University of East Anglia, and the University of British Columbia.

In 2008, Alix published a story collection, The Old Familiar (Thistledown Press), which was longlisted for the ReLit Award. Several pieces have won accolades from the CBC “Witching” won the 2017 Literary Awards Short Story Prize, while “Tentcity” and  “Jumbo” were runners-up  in 2012 and 2014, and “Pig (For Oma)” won the 2014 Bloodlines Contest.

Several pieces have won accolades from the CBC:  “Witching” won the 2017 Literary Awards Short Story Prize, while “Tentcity” and  “Jumbo” were runners-up  in 2012 and 2014, and “Pig (For Oma)” won the 2014 Bloodlines Contest.

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2018 FEATURED AUTHOR: Elle Wild

(This is second of Galiano Island Books features on authors attending the 2018 Galiano Literary Festival February 23-25 on Galiano Island. Tix still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)


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.

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2018 FEATURED AUTHOR: George Bowering

(This is first of Galiano Island Books features on authors attending the 2018 Galiano Literary Festival February 23-25 on Galiano Island. Tix still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)


#LitFest welcomes back Friend of the Festival George Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate.

George Bowering at Galiano Island Literary Festival

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.

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2017 FEATURED AUTHOR: Jim Hoggan – I’m Right and You’re an Idiot

(This is fifth of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix for festival and writing workshops still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

We’re so excited to welcome James Hoggan to the Galiano Literary Festival. Climate and the environment are HOT issues and Jim’s experiences and insights make him a world leader on the topics.

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He has been trained by Al Gore as part of The Climate Reality Project, an initiative designed to educate the public about climate change. He’s also the Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, an executive member of the Urban Development Institute and Future Generations and a Trustee of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. Continue reading

2017 FEATURED AUTHOR: Charles Demers, The Dad Dialogues: A Correspondence on Fatherhood (and the Universe)

(This is fourth of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

Charlie Demers caught my attention while documenting the dark corners of existence in his hilariously insightful book The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things (2015). Writing books and essays as well as performance and stand-up comedy have made Charles “Canada-famous” including appearances on CBC’s funny show The Debaters. He’s grown a huge online following as well on his Twitter account and personal blog Chuck of the Sea. We’re very excited to welcome him back to Galiano’s #LitFest 2017.

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2017 FEATURED AUTHOR: Aaron Chapman, The Last Gang in Town – Galiano #LitFest

(This is third of Galiano Island Books features on authors and artists attending the 2017 Galiano Literary Festival February 17-19th on Galiano Island. Tix for festival and writing workshops still available (250) 539-3340 or leetrentadue@gmail.com.)

Vancouver is a quickly changing city, rife with tensions and turmoil that come with progress. Amidst the shifting sands of a city on the rise, Aaron Chapman documents the nooks and crannies of Vancouver’s modern history. Music, art, street culture & nightlife.

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“Aaron Chapman first came to my attention for his Vancouver history columns in the Courier newspaper. Then came his entertaining, thoroughly researched, and well written books on the Penthouse and Commodore nightclubs (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012 and 2014), and his contribution along with myself and others on Vancouver Confidential (Anvil Press, 2014).

His most recent book on the Clark Park Gang, The Last Gang in Town (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016) grew out of his Courier article on youth gangs and firmly established him as a Vancouver historian of note, able to masterfully tackle any slice of the city’s past.” – Lani Russwurm

It’s our pleasure at Galiano Island Books to welcome Mr. Aaron Chapman back to the Galiano Literary Festival. He was with us 2 years ago sharing his work Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom that won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (BC Book Prizes) in 2015.

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