Mette Bach's stories have appeared in Prairie Fire, Vancouver Review, Plenitude and various anthologies. Her first book, Off The Highway (New Star, 2010), was called one of Vancouver's best reads by the Georgia Straight. Her second book, Femme, is due out in the spring of 2015. Bach has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC.
Regan D'Andrade is a writer of poetry and prose and has been an Instructor at Langara Continuing Studies since 2003. Her work has been published by the City of Vancouver in, A Hurricane in the Basement, and is inscribed on a Story Stone at Kits Point as part of the City of Vancouver's Millenium Project.
Clare E Coughlan has worked as a speechwriter and researcher for the British Minister of Technology, on the Saturn (General Motors) overall brand strategy, and with Bell Canada as Advertising Manager. Clare became associate editor at Geist magazine in 2004, subsequently taking on circulation and advertising management. In 2008, Clare launched Clevers Media Ltd, a marketing, brand strategy and sales consulting firm that is based in Vancouver.
Mark is a stand-up comedian and veteran instructor of over 20 years. With plenty of stage time clocked and numerous television appearances, Mark has been teaching comedy writing since 1986.
Lucia Frangione is the author of over twenty five plays including: Fresco (Bellaluna), Paradise Garden (Arts Club)Espresso (Belfry, PTE, Pacific), Cariboo Magi (Lambs Players San Diego), MMM (Ruby Slippers) Leave Of Absence (ACTivist theatre), Wobbling Madonna (Solo Collective), Chickens, Cinderella and Christmas On The Air (Chemainus Theatre) and Holy Mo (Pacific). Her short film, Pop Switch, directed by Jason Goode, won a Kickstart grant, and screened at film festivals internationally. She is the recipient of two Gordon Armstrong Awards, the Sydney Riske award and the Stage West Emerging Artist Award through CAEA. As a performer, Frangione recently starred as “Estelle” in No Exit: (ACT San Fran./Electric Co/Virtual Stage). Other credits include: “Myrtle” in Brief Encounter (Vancouver Playhouse/MTC) “Pam” in The Full Monty (Persephone) “PG” in Nix (ATP) “Diana” in Via Beatrice (Fugue) “Leyla” in Paradise Garden (Arts Club) and “Claire” in The Family Way (Touchstone). She is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and is a drama editor for Talon books.
W. Ruth Kozak is a Canadian travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology. A frequent traveller, Ruth lived for several years in Greece and instructs classes in travel journalist and creative writing. A travel writer since 1982, her publications include the Vancouver Province, The Vancouver Sun, 50 Plus, Senior Living, and various other newspapers and magazines in Canada, US and the United Kingdom as well as on-line publications, www.EuropeUpClose.com and www.travelgeneration.com. Ruth also edits and publishes her own on-line travel zine at www.travelthruhistory.com. She has been published in the APA Insight Guides 1994, Writer’s Abroad anthology “Foreign Flavours” as well as two poetry anthologies and was writer for The Vancouver Guide for Planet Eye Traveler. Ruth was recently invited to Egypt by Egyptian Tourism and you can read her blogs about this trip a http://travelthroughhistory.blogspot.com She is currently working on an Athens Guide e-book for Hunter Publishing, US. Ruth’s first historical fiction novel Shadow of the Lion: Blood on the Moon (Vol. 1) was recently published by www.mediaaria-cdm.com UK. This is her first published literary work. Blood on the Moon: The Fields of Hades (Vol. 2) will be produced in 2016. Ruth just returned from a successful book promo tour where she attended the Historical Novel Writer’s Conference in London, England, and was invited to three events in Greece including a reading at the Athens Centre, a presentation at the World Poetry Conference in Larissa, and a reading for two grade nine classes at the Athens Community School. Shadow of the Lion: Blood on the Moon (Vol. 1) is currently available on Amazon.com and in bookstores.
Marni Norwich has been facilitating writing workshops for over 20 years for adult education classes, community centres, the Vancouver Public Library, the Vancouver School Board and inside prisons. She holds a degree in magazine journalism and has written for a wide variety of publications including the Globe and Mail and Georgia Straight. She works as a writer, editor and consultant on creative, journalistic and academic projects for clients ranging from nonprofits to professionals and artists. Her poetry collection, Wildflowers at my doorstep, won an international Independent Publishers Book Award and she has performed her work at festivals, clubs and benefits.
Monica Meneghetti is a multilingual language professional and writer with a penchant for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her translation of Simone Moro's adventure memoir, The Call of the Ice: Climbing 8000-Meter Peaks in Winter (Mountaineers Books), is the first-ever English edition among this renowned Italian alpinist's books. Monica's poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in literary journals and musical scores, as well on stage and online. Her postcard memoir received an award from the Creative Nonfiction Collective in 2009 and her narrative prose memoir was long-listed in the carte blanche/CNFC contest in 2015. She's taught and mentored both youth and adults, offering custom-designed workshops at the Fernie Writer's Conference, Camp fYrefly, and independently. As an editor, she has a special interest in enabling marginalised voices to be heard. She often attracts clients for whom English is a second language, due to her linguistic expertise. She holds a BA in French & Linguistics, and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia
Writer, and interdisciplinary performer, mia susan amir has worked as an educator for 17 years. Her 25 years of combined training in music, dance, and theatre, an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, Oakland, and a commitment to creative practice as a tool for transformative change, means mia’s work in the classroom always addresses the aesthetic, and the social. She uses student-centered, strengths-based pedagogies, and interactive approaches, to develop dynamic and rich learning environments that encourage creative risk-taking, and growth. mia currently teaches creative writing through The Story We Be (https://storywebe.wordpress.com/), and at Langara College.
mia was the 2008 Artist in Residence at Neworld Theatre, Vancouver, and recently completed a residency at the Grin City Collective, IA. You can read some of mia's published work on Digging Through the Fat (http://diggingthroughthefat.com/2015/03/18/stories-no-24-mia-susan-amir/), and Lemonhound (http://lemonhound.com/2015/01/08/mia-susan-amir/). You can watch mia’s 2015 performance of a piece-in-progress entitled, Human Appetites, accompanied by violinist Jeffrey Mak, here: https://vimeo.com/120965752. She has performed her work across Canada and the States.
Jackie Blackmore is a professional actor, teacher, sketch comedian, award-winning playwright & comedy writer with over 23 years of experience. A native Vancouverite, she attended classes at Langara College and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. As an instructor, she has taught Sketch Comedy Writing at Vancouver Film School for over 6 years and directs up to 9 sketch shows a year with the VFS Sketch Company. In addition to being a working professional film and TV actor (whose recent credits include: Ties That Bind, Supernatural, Bates Motel and Fringe) Jackie is also a private on-camera acting coach and has taught theatre classes at Arts Umbrella & Carousel Theatre School.
As a writer, Jackie has written several plays including: Dumb Blind Luck, Saucy Bits, The Good Time Girls, & her one-woman show, Awkward. As a sketch writer & comedian, she has written & performed across North America with her various sketch comedy groups (including her most recent: Blackout Broadcast, The Skinny & Strapless Comedy.) Jackie has also written several comedy TV pilots and was a staff writer and lead performer for the late night sketch comedy TV series, ‘Off Centre Television’.
Jackie is very passionate about sketch comedy writing and is tickled to educate a new generation of writers how to entertain and provoke change through laughter!
Wren Handman is a novelist, fiction writer, and screenwriter, with a BFA from UVic and an MFA from UBC. She has published short stories both in print and online, including in the anthology Voice From the Planet (Harvard Square Editions). She writes a wide range of fiction, from true-to-life novels for teenagers with reading difficulties (Last Cut, Lorimer Ltd 2012) to fantasy romances (Command the Tides, Omnific Publishing 2015). Wren is currently collaborating on The Switch, a new TV comedy about trans life in Vancouver. To follow Wren’s flash fiction project check out www.wrenhandman.com/blog, or follow her on Twitter @wrenhandman.
Craig Takeuchi is a UBC MFA Creative Writing graduate whose short fiction has been published in several anthologies, including Best Canadian Stories 2000. He has worked as an editorial staff member at several Vancouver publications and as a freelance writer for national and international magazines. He is currently a staff writer for the Georgia Straight newspaper.
Ingrid has been writing, blogging and facilitating workshops for adult education classes and organizations since 2013. As a writer, her background includes freelance journalism, technical communications, business communications, marketing and PR. Her clients range from startups to multinationals as well as government and non-profit associations. Her career has spanned a wide range of genres. She specializes in consulting in authoring, editing and the writing process. As an instructional specialist, she develops training for learners of all ages and backgrounds. Her passions include writing for the web, integrating visuals into the communication process, breaking through writing barriers and unleashing the authentic voice.