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Fernie Writers’ Conference – An Update

Fernie Writers' Conference 2011
volunteers

The Fernie Writers’ Conference is looking for volunteer help:
• starting this week through next – administration helpers
• the week of the event July 17- 24 – hands on light helpers for only a couple of hours per person

Contact is Christa Moffat at info@ferniewriters.com or 250-423-6113

Registration and Scholarships

Registration for The Fernie Writers’ Conference is open and the society offers scholarship opportunities for those in need of financial assistance. The Conference runs from July 17th through the 24th with a three-day literary festival from July 21st to the 23 rd, 2011.

All courses take place at Fernie Alpine Resort and Conference and Festival events are in Historic Downtown Fernie and nestled in the majestic mountains at Island Lake Lodge.

Our core courses include:
Creating Character with Marina Endicott
Fabricating Fiction with Andreas Schroeder
Creative Non-Fiction with Myrna Kostash
Songwriting with James Keelaghan
The Unlikeliest Story with Aritha Van Herk
Writing in Place, Poetry with Alison Calder
Finding the Want, Defining Desire, Fiction with Betty Jane Hegerat
Youth Writing Workshop with Kim McCullough
Word Candy with Monica Meneghetti
Youth Poetry with Adam MacDonald
Writing & Visual Arts with Gail Bartel & Sally Manwaring

Visit the Conference website at www.ferniewriters.com for further information or contact info@ferniewriters.com.

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Fernie Writers’ Conference – Marina Endicott

By Kim McCullough

Marina Endicott - Author at Fernie Writers' ConferenceThere are still a couple of spots open in Marina Endicott’s Creating Character workshop at the Fernie Writers’ Conference. If you haven’t signed up, you should. If you haven’t had a chance to read her novels, definitely check them out.

Ms Endicott’s first novel, Open Arms is a wonderful episodic story of a young woman, Bessie, and her journey to adulthood. The characters are original and honest and the women in the novel demonstrate strength that is rarely seen in novels today. The relationships between the women in Bessie’s life are heartbreaking and hilarious.

Good to a Fault, Ms Endicott’s second novel, won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was shortlisted for the prestigious Giller Prize. This novel starts with a car accident between Clara, who is an insurance adjuster, and the car a homeless family lives in. Things go from bad to worse when, at the hospital, the mother is diagnosed with cancer. Out of guilt, and something more, Clara offers to care for the rest of the family at her house. Good to a Fault digs deeply into our motivation for helping others, the guilt, the self-righteousness, the satisfaction. Again, every character is exquisitely real, and will stay will you long after you finish the book.

I asked Marina a few questions about teaching in Fernie. Here are her responses. (From her final answer, I think it’s clear that her class is going to be a very, very good time.)

Why did you decide to come teach in Fernie?

M.E. — I was very happy to be asked to come: Fernie is kind of my home town. It’s where I started school, in Miss Saddlemyer’s grade one/two split class, which meant I could read all the grade two books too. I’ve heard great things about the conference, especially from my old friend [and past FWC instructor] Peter Oliva, and I love the area. Feels like home.

What are you most looking forward to about teaching at the Fernie Writers’ Conference?

M.E. — It’s always exciting to begin work with a new workshop group, to spend five days getting to know not only the people in the room but the people on the paper, the lives of the characters we’ll be working on.

What can students expect from your class?

M.E. — Five days of unmitigated torture: a searching, painstaking inquiry deep into the souls of their characters; hot-coal grilling from their colleagues; the agony of constant rewriting. And a few laughs.

Fernie Writers’ Conference

Kim McCullough

Now that the pesky ski season is out of the way, we can start to look forward to summer. And summer in Fernie means writing. Oh right. Hiking and biking and fishing, too.

The fifth year of the Fernie Writers’ Conference takes place from July 17-24 this year and it just keeps getting better. No matter what you write, or even IF you write, the conference has something for you. Workshops and panel discussions abound for the writers in our midst, but there are also keynote addresses and public readings for readers and lit lovers.

If you are a writer, or would like to be, you have many fantastic, successful instructors to choose from. Check out www.ferniewriters.com to check out the line-up. Stay tuned at STS for brief profiles on these instructors and their courses.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should let you know I will again be teaching the Youth (14-18) group this year. If you are a teen (Or know a teen) who likes to write, or may like to write, or hates to write but wants to improve, sign up. The class is pretty flexible. Last year there were poets, short story writers, a pre-journalism student and a few who had started novels. Many students chose to read their work at the public reading for the first time – they were surprised, I think, to find that they were just as talented as the adult readers (if not more so, says their proud teacher!)

The end of the weekend came too soon. We spent the class at Lost Boys’ Café on the mountain where students worked in groups on the “Worst Short Story EVER” contest, where they went against everything I had taught them. One began something like this:

Once upon a time there was the most amazingly beautiful princess who stared at herself in the mirror. “I am wanting to be the most amazingly beautiful princess as I stare at myself. In the mirror,” the most awesomest princessly princess shouted loudly. “Where’s my devastatingly handsome prince?”

(Repetition, adverbs, weak language, cliché, sentence fragments, using “verbs other than said” for speech, dialogue tags, lame opening-just to start! If you didn’t see anything wrong with this story, then PLEASE! Sign up!)

The great thing about the conference is that it takes place in one of the most beautiful places on earth. So along with writing, be sure to save time for all that hiking, biking and fishing stuff. You won’t regret it.

Can’t wait to get back there. It’s going to be a blast.

Fernie Writer’s Conference – 2011 Instructors Announced

fernie writers conference 2011
From the Fernie Writer’s Conference:

Fernie, B.C. – The stage is set and registration is now open for the fifth annual Fernie Writers’ Conference, July 17-24, 2011. Award winning author Marina Endicott and Juno award winning singer songwriter James Keelaghan are just two in the strong line up of instructors teaching at this years’ conference. Other instructors participating in this week long literary event include Aritha Van Herk, Myrna Kostash, Andreas Schroeder, Betty Jane Hegerat, Alison Calder and Sid Marty, as well as the Youth Program instructors Kim McCullough and Monica Meneghetti. Intimate classes of three and five-day writing workshops set in beautiful surroundings form the backbone of the Conference with sessions on fiction, non-fiction, songwriting, and poetry. An integral part of the conference is the youth component, with 3-day workshops offered to budding writers in a fun, informal setting. All workshops are complemented by readings, panel discussions and literary events creating an educational experience for writers and readers alike. Through the generous support of our sponsors, scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. The Fernie Writers’ Conference is a celebration of writers and writing culminating in a two day literary festival open to the general public with readings from Endicott, Alison Calder, Sid Marty and others. A full schedule of events is posted on the Fernie Writers’ Conference website at www.ferniewriters.com.

Registration for The Fernie Writers’ Conference is now open, and the society offers scholarship opportunities for early registrants and those in need of financial assistance. The Conference runs from July 17th through the 24th with a two-day Literary Festival on the 22nd and 23rd of July.

All courses take place at Fernie Alpine Resort and Conference and Festival events are in Historic Downtown Fernie and nestled in the majestic mountains at Island Lake Lodge.

Our core courses include:
Creating Character with Marina Endicott
Fabricating Fiction with Andreas Schroeder
Creative Non-Fiction with Myrna Kostash
Songwriting with James Keelaghan
The Unlikeliest Story with Aritha Van Herk
Writing in Place, Poetry with Alison Calder
Finding the Want, Defining Desire, Fiction with Betty Jane Hegerat
Youth Writing Workshop with Kim McCullough
Word Candy with Monica Meneghetti

Robbie Burns Night at the Fernie Museum

Robbie Burns Day at Fernie Museum - Fundraiser
From Fernie Museum – Last year’s event was a huge success so we would like to invite you back. Celebrate the Scottish Bard with a night of festivities, fun and food while raising funds for a good cause. You are invited to the 2011 Robbie Burns Day Party at the Fernie Museum on January 22nd, 2011. Doors open at 8:00 pm and we will continue until 12:00 am.

Tickets are $50 or $90 for a couple – Available at the Fernie Museum (advance sale only) Proceeds go to benefit the Fernie & District Historical Society and the Fernie Writers Conference. Tickets include appetizers, two drink tickets, entertainment, a wee bit o’ haggis and chances at door prizes. There will be a cash bar.

Angie Abdou is #1 (in sports books category) for CBC

The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou

That must be remarkably exciting for Fernie resident Angie Abdou! The Bone Cage, published in 2007, was very recently rated #1 in their Top 10 in Sports Books Category on the CBC website. Angie Abdou is an instructor at the Fernie Writer’s Conference, which is taking place right now, and also teaches at The College Of The Rockies in Fernie, BC.

Fernie Writers’ Conference Opening Reception and Reading

Fernie Writers Conference 2010

Fernie Heritage Library – 492 3rd Ave
Sunday, July 18th – 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Join the instructors, conference board members and volunteers for this kick-off to the 2010 Conference.

The Fernie Heritage Library is our host in their magnificent summer garden. This is a casual get-together intended to make introductions and get everyone ready for the coming week. In addition to the social event everyone will be treated to a reading by Fernie’s own Angie Abdou who will give us a sneak preview of her upcoming novel “The Canterbury Trail” (Brindle & Glass, Spring 2011).