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Conference 2016 Presenters


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Marina Endicott

Marina Endicott came to fiction late, after a career in theatre. Her new novel, Close to Hugh, was long-listed for the Giller Prize and named one of CBC’s Best Books of 2015. Her second, The Little Shadows, was long-listed for the Giller and short-listed for the Governor General’s award. Her first novel, Good to a Fault, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was a CBC Canada Reads book and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean. She teaches creative writing at the Banff Centre for the Arts, U of T’s Summer School of Creative Writing, and the University of Alberta. You can read up at, or follow her @marinaendicott or on facebook—she friends everyone.

Fiction Intensive: Respect for Character

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Will Ferguson

Will Ferguson has published 14 books ranging from travel adventure to literary fiction, and won the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel 419.  He is a screenwriting and film production graduate from the York University Film School. As a teenager, he lived and worked in Ecuador as part of CWY (roughly equivalent to the Peace Corps). His travels have taken him from Indonesia to Argentina. In 2010, he was named the head writer on the Vancouver Olympics Closing Ceremonies, penning material for the likes of William Shatner, Martin Short and Michael J. Fox. He lives in Calgary with his wife Terumi and their two young sons.

Keynote address: Creativity & Happiness


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Richard Harrison

Richard Harrison is the author of Big Breath of a Wish (a Governor General’s Award nominee and City of Calgary Book Prize winner for 1999) and Hero of the Play, the first book of poetry launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Saddledome, now in its second edition and 11th printing. He is a Full Professor in Creative Writing at Mount Royal University, and he is the founder of The ThursdayWorkshop Group of Calgary poets, a group that has met weekly for 15 years and whose members — which include Bob Stallworthy, Rosemary Griebel, and Juleta Severson-Baker,  have published a dozen books of poetry which themselves have won or been shortlisted for city, provinical and national awards. As an editor, Richard has worked with Frontenac House Press (Quartet 2012), Wolsak and Wynn, The Banff Centre Press, and the University of Calgary Press. Most recently, Richard won the Alberta Magazine Publisher’s Gold Award for “Confessional Poem” (FreeFall Magazine), and this fall’s WordFest will be the launch for his forthcoming book, his seventh of poetry, On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood.

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Greg Hollingshead

Greg Hollingshead has published seven books of fiction, including The Roaring Girl, The Healer and Bedlam. He has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Gold Medal for Excellence in the Arts. Currently professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and director of the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre, in 2011–12 Greg served as Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada and in 2012 was awarded the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto with his wife Rosa Spricer. His latest book Act Normal is a collection of comic stories set in the treacherous terrain of the everyday. These sharp, new stories are highly original, occasionally dark and strange, but always endearing. Their characters confront their own and others’ strange behaviour in their search for love, truth, and, yes, happiness in a broken world.

Keynote address: The Other Kind of Happiness

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Naomi K. Lewis


Naomi K. Lewis is a writer, editor, teacher based in Calgary. Her novel Cricket in a Fist was published in 2008, and her 2012 story collection, I Know Who You Remind Me Of, won Enfield & Wizenty’s Colophon Prize and was shortlisted for two Alberta book awards. Her nonfiction has been shortlisted for provincial and national magazine awards. Naomi was a magazine editor for the last decade, and was writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick throughout the winter of 2016.




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Paul Matwychuk

Paul Matwychuk is the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ Arts Development Consultant in charge of the Individual Literary Project Grant stream. Before joining the AFA, he spent five years as the general manager of NeWest Press in Edmonton. He is also an award-winning actor and playwright, the film columnist for EIGHTEEN BRIDGES magazine, the pop culture columnist for CBC Radio’s EDMONTON AM, and the co-host of the podcast TRASH, ART & THE MOVIES.




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Trevor Rueger

Trevor Rueger is an actor, director, playwright and dramaturg with over 25 years in the business. Since 2010 he has been the Executive Director of Alberta Playwrights’ Network, an organization devoted to the development of Alberta Playwrights and their plays. In 2011 Trevor won a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor for his work in Theatre Calgary’s production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. Trevor’s work as an actor and director has been seen on most stages in Calgary and his work as a dramaturg has been seen (or not seen) nationally. He is an ensemble member of Dirty Laundry, Calgary’s improvised soap opera and also plays the drums. For more information on APN and what we can offer go to

Playwriting intensive: Prologue – The Building Blocks of Dramatic Writing

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Julie Sedivy

Julie Sedivy has published essays in magazines such as Nautilus, Scientific American, and Discover. Her books include the popular science book Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You and Language in Mind, a non-boring undergraduate textbook. She is co-editing, with Rona Altrows, an anthology of essays on the theme of waiting, and is writing a book that blends memoir and science writing to explore language loss and reclamation. Website: Twitter: @soldonlanguage

Nonfiction Intensive: Gorgeous obsessions: The creative potential of nonfiction



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