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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Karen X. Tulchinsky is an award-winning novelist and acclaimed screenwriter and director. She has also worked as a journalist and newspaper columnist and is passionate about teaching new and emerging writers the creative process and the craft of writing.
Karen was awarded the One Book One Vancouver Prize for The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, which was also a Toronto Book Award Finalist and named One of the Top Ten Books About Toronto by the Toronto Daily Star. Karen is also the recipient to the Vancity Book Prize for her short story collection, In Her Nature and her novel Love Ruins Everything was named a Top Ten Book by the Bay Area Reporter. She has also written several feature length screenplays currently in development and has written for numerous television series, including The Bachelor Canada, First Dates, Robson Arms, The Guard, The Nature of Things, Timber Kings and Pyros. She produced and directed a short film, Ms. Thing, which has been screened in over 50 film festivals internationally. She teaches creative writing at UBC Writing Centre and Langara College and is also a mentor at Vancouver Manuscript Intensive.