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2018 Presenters To Be Announced Soon!
A Huge THANK YOU to all our 2017 Presenters:
2017 Guest of Honour: Eileen Kernaghan
Eileen Kernaghan is the author of nine historical fantasy novels and a four time winner of the Aurora Award for Canadian speculative fiction. Her latest novel, Sophie, in Shadow (Thistledown Press, 2014) was shortlisted for the Sheila Egoff BC Book Prize and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short stories and poems have appeared in a number of North American magazines and anthologies, including The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, On Spec, TransVersions, Northern Stars, Crime Through Time, Ark of Ice: Canadian FutureFictions, Pulp Literature, Dreams & Nightmares, PRISM international, and several of the Tesseracts anthologies. She has also published a speculative poetry collection, Tales from the Holograph Woods (Wattle & Daub Books 2009) while a collection of her short stories, Dragon-Rain, (Neville Books 2013) is now available on Kindle. For many years Eileen has led writing workshops at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the Kyle Centre in Port Moody. She lives in New Westminster.
2017 Guest of Honour: Ken Scholes
Ken Scholes is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of five novels and three short story collections. His work has appeared in print for over fifteen years. Ken's eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor who never sailed, a soldier who commanded a desk, a Baptist preacher (he got better), a nonprofit executive, a musician and a government procurement analyst. He has a degree in History from Western Washington University. Ken is a native of the Pacific Northwest and makes his home in Saint Helens, Oregon, where he lives with his twin daughters and plays gigs at his local Village Inn Lounge. You can learn more about Ken by visiting www.kenscholes.com.
MARK TEPPO, GoH Emeriti
Mark Teppo is a synthesist, a troubleshooter (and -maker), a cat herder, and an idea man. He is the publisher of Resurrection House, a fiercely independent genre publishing venture that seeks to reignite a passionate love affair between authors and audiences via the printed book. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he occasionally spends a weekend in the woods. His favorite Tarot card is the Moon.
Mel Anastasiou is a writer, artist and founding editor of Pulp Literature. Over the course of her career she has taught creative writing and authored many pieces of fiction in multiple genres. She is the author of the popular Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, as well as The Extra and The Seven Swans mysteries. Her pen and ink drawings can be found in Pulp Literature as well as her recent Renaissance-inspired colouring book for adults, Colouring Paradise.
Colleen Anderson's 200 plus pieces of fiction and poetry have appeared in such venues as nEvermore!, Chilling Tales, Evolve, Exile Book of New Canadian Noir and Cemetery Dance. She has been an Aurora nominee, Rannu place winner, and received honorable mentions for poetry and fiction. Her past is littered with being a book buyer, book rep, poetry editor for Chizine's online magazine, fantasy fiction editor for Aberrant Dreams,, host of the Vancouver ChiSeries, co-editor for Tessearcts 17 and Playground of Lost Toys, as well as a freelance copyeditor for many years. If she could choose one creature to be, it would be a mermaid. Her ubiquitous cat wouldnt like it though.
Katrina Archer lives and writes on her sailboat in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She has worked in aerospace, video games and film, and has been known to copy edit for fun. She is the author of the nature photography book Shorescapes of Southern British Columbia, and the young adult fantasy Untalented. She owns 500 books, four vehicles (none of which is a helicopter), one dog, one one-of-a-kind pair of Fluevogs, too many Apple devices, and is tolerated by her cat, who is more famous in Germany than she is.
Roxanne is a Burnaby novel writer of science fiction, mystery, adventure, and romance (often in the same manuscript): AN ALIEN COLLECTIVE (Wee Creek Press, 2014), REVOLUTIONS (Whiskey Creek Press, 2015), SACRED TRUST (Whiskey Creek Press, 2015), ALIEN INNKEEPER (coming soon from the Wild Rose Press). Roxanne is also exploring speculative poetry and has fourteen poems in various SCIFAIKUEST issues.
Aviva Bel'Harold author of Safe, Blood Matters and hot off the presses: Quista. Aviva has been making up stories all her life, she just never thought she could be an actual author what with her raging dyslexia.. Happily she was wrong. After writing her first novel 'Safe' for her suicidal daughter Aviva jumped into the world of self publishing with both feet and no parachute. With three self published novels under her belt she then ventured into the realm of traditional publishing and was picked up by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing When she isn't attending conferences, out on signings or doing school presentations you can find Aviva curled up on her sofa with a pen in hand, a pad of paper on her knee and the rest of her lap filled with her 6 adorable dachshunds. www.avivabelharold.ca
Christel Bodenbender is a writer living in Vancouver, BC. She has been creating stories since childhood, taking part in short story competitions. After a Master's in Linguistics she rekindled her passion for penning narratives. Since then she has created a selection of short stories and worked on a science fiction book series. Her fiction has been published in Future Fire and Fiction Vortex. Apart from spinning tales, Christel works in IT and Web design.
Brooke began his professional writing career working on best-selling titles for software giant Electronic Arts Canada. After seven years in the videogame trenches, he set off to create the award-winning motion comic saga Broken Saints. (www.brokensaints.com) Seen by millions worldwide, the series went on to secure the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival (2003), the Canadian New Media Producer of the Year for Burgess (2005), and home video distribution with 20th Century FOX (2007). Currently, Brooke is back writing for games, consulting on all things 'transmedia storytelling', and continuing to shepherd passion projects in comics, film, TV, and prose. In 2015, his middle-grade/YA debut (The Cat's Maw) garnered editorial acclaim and a children's fiction award, with a deluxe audiobook edition and sequel due in 2016. www.brookeburgess.com
Brenda's short fiction has appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fiction River Anthologies, Sky Warrior Books, Ragnarok's Blackguards/Blacklist Anthology. Brenda also writes long epic fantasy, poetry and novellas. Nor is she afraid to write doggerel. In fact, she made him a character and killed him off. When she is not playing about in a variety of genres from spicy romance to thriller to grimdark fantasy, she is kayaking among the seals and whales in the Pacific Northwest's Salish Sea, or doing readings, writer's workshops and panels. Brenda is also a visual artist, educator and co-founder of a high-school for the arts in Vancouver, B.C. You can find her on twitter @brenda_carre on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/brendacarre and at http://www.brendacarre.com
For an inexplicable reason, Melanie Dixon moved into New Westminster and never left. She's a professionally published online content writer who also enjoys writing speculative fiction. Check out her articles in Piffle Magazine, and short stories in Devolution Z, Confederacy of Steam Versus Zombies, and Zombified III.
Indie author Adam Dreece launched his best-selling, young adult, steampunk meets fairy-tale series, The Yellow Hoods, in early 2014. Since then, in addition to releasing four volumes in the series, he's released his first science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9, a successful web serial called The Wizard Killer, and is featured in a charity anthology, Paws for a Tale, published by Sudden Insight Publishing benefiting the SPCA. Adam's a regular public speaker and panelist at events, and hasn't looked back on the more than 20 years in software he's left behind. He lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three kids, and is often surrounded by sticky notes.
Claire Eamer has seven children's non-fiction books to her credit, with two more set to appear in the spring of 2017. Her most recent kids' science book, published in September 2016, is Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press). Due out in the spring are What a Waste! Where Garbage Goes (Annick Press) and Underneath the Sidewalk, a picture book (in rhyme!) from Scholastic Canada. Claire's books have won the Science In Society Youth Book Award, the Red Cedar Information Book Award, and the Lane Anderson Award for science writing. And just to mix things up, she also writes fiction - mostly for middle grade and young adult readers. Claire lives on Gabriola Island in the Salish Sea, sharing the neighbourhood with seals, sea lions, a huge variety of little beach critters - and one very territorial kingfisher.
Neil Enock is an author, actor, screenwriter, filmmaker and creator/host of the million+ viewed TrainTalk.TV iTunes podcast. Neil tells original stories in everything he does from his written work to his hand-made cribbage boards. While Trains have been a part-time hobby since he was a boy, in his first Novel, Doc Christmas, Neil gives trains the full-time leading role in making Christmas happen. When not writing, Neil can be most often found on one side of the camera or the other, filming something around Calgary with some or all of his family in tow. Contact: www.neilenock.com email@example.com
Matthew Hughes writes science-fantasy. His alter ego, Matt Hughes, writes crime fiction. A personality fragment, Hugh Matthews, writes media tie-ins.He has sold eighteen novels, some of them more than once, to publishers large and small in Canada, the US, UK, France, and Italy. His latest novel is A Wizard's Henchman (PS Publishing, 2016). His short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's, Asimov's, Blue Murder, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Postscripts, Storyteller, Interzone and a number of "Year's Best" anthologies. Since 2013, he has self-published several collections of his short stories as ebooks and POD paperbacks. He has won the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, and has been short-listed for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K Dick, Endeavour (twice) A.E. Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards. His web page is at MatthewHuges.org
Rissa Johnson is a left-handed, Jewish, dyslexic, insomniac who stays up all night wrestling with Dog. A technical editor and writer, her poetry and flash fiction have won awards, including the City of Surrey Youth Recognition Award in Creative Contributions. Her sonnet, "Ivrim," was recently published in Strong Verse.
Ellen Michelle Koehler
Ellen is a recent graduate of the SFU Publishing Program and a representative of Reality Skimming Press. Along with her work at RSP she is exploring other freelance opportunities in editing and publishing as well as taking courses towards the Editing Certificate at SFU. ellenmichelle.com
JM Landels wears nearly as many hats as Bartholomew Cubbins: writer, editor, artist, equestrian, and swordswoman are just a few. She is the author and illustrator of the fantasy novel Allaigna's Song: Overture and is currently finishing the second book of the trilogy. She is the managing and production editor at Pulp Literature, and head of the Mounted Combat Program at Academie Duello in Vancouver. After acquiring her degree in Mediaeval English Literature she went to London to get a Ph.D. in English but instead dyed her hair pink and joined a rock band. If you think this was a wise move, this is the magazine for you. She currently splits her time between working on Pulp Literature, managing Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, and teaching Mounted Combat for Academie Duello.
RANDY MCCHARLES is active in Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety, with short stories and novellas available from Edge SF&F Publishing, House of Anansi, and Reality Skimming Press. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction). In 2013, his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. Randy's first Tyche Books publication, Much Ado About Macbeth, will be available in August 2015. In addition to writing, Randy chairs the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers as well as organizing various reading and craft events for writers.
JP (Jo-Anne) McLean
JP (Jo-Anne) McLean lives and writes on the west coast of British Columbia, which is also featured largely in her work. She writes contemporary thrillers with a twist of fantasy and has indie-published four books in The Gift Legacy Series. Visit her website at www.jpmclean.net to learn more. She'd love to hear from you.
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia's debut novel, Signal to Noise, about music, magic and Mexico City, was listed as one of the best novels of the year at io9, Buzzfeed and many other places. It was nominated for the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora awards. Her second novel is Certain Dark Things, about Mexican narco vampires. She has edited several anthologies, including She Walks in Shadows (World Fantasy Award finalist), Dead North (Canadian zombie stories) and Fractured (post-apocalyptic fiction set in Canada). She co-edits The Jewish Mexican Literary Review and the horror magazine The Dark. She has a Master's degree in Science and Technology Studies from UBC.
Kristene Perron has been shot, stabbed, drowned, run over and thrown from a building. During her ten years as a professional stuntwoman, she learned all the interesting ways a person can get injured or die and then applied this unique education to her fiction. She is the co-author of the adventure science fiction series Warpworld, the 2010 winner of the Surrey International Writer's Conference Storyteller Award, and a 2015 Writers of the Future finalist. Her friends wish she would stop talking about cats. http://www.warpworld.ca/
Susan Pieters has an M.A. in English Literature, has taught college level courses on writing in the U.S. and overseas, and is co-editor of Pulp Literature magazine. She has attended SiWC since 2001 and has shortlisted for the SiWC writing contests many times, with some wins in 2008 and 2011. She has written productively with Jen and Mel for six years using the Hour Stories.
Katherine, a geologist and IT specialist, stepped away from the international petroleum industry to follow her passion for writing. An avid traveler with an insatiable curiosity, you never know where you'll find her next! But most days, she's in Vancouver, quietly plotting murder and mayhem under the watchful eye of her cat. She is an award-winning presenter and the author of the suspense thriller, THIRST.
Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction", AE, Unlikely Stories, Tesseracts, and dozens of other publications throughout the world. For more of her work, see hollyschofield.wordpress.com.
T. G. Shepherd
T. G. Shepherd lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. By day (and night shift) she is a mild-mannered communications operator for local law enforcement; the rest of the time she punches people for fun. She has been training in mixed martial arts, the weapons based art Kali (double stick, single stick and knife), boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for twenty five years and enjoys being able to do more pushups than the teenagers in her gym (www.tacticalfighting.ca). Her fantasy novel As A God--due out in June 2016 from eTreasures publishing (www.etreasurespublishing.com)--is much informed by her life-long passion for martial arts and springs from the desire to see a fighting woman portrayed--from heart to mind to body--with more realism than much of the genre.
Lisa Smedman has seventeen novels published to date, including nine AD&D Forgotten Realms novels (one of which made the New York Times bestseller's list in 2004), and five Shadowrun novels. She also writes history books, including two books on the history of Vancouver, and a young adult book on the history of the motorcycle. She has also had a number of short science fiction and fantasy stories published in various magazines and anthologies, and has had three of her one-plays produced locally in Vancouver. Lisa also teaches game design at both the Art Institute of Vancouver, and at SchoolCreative. She specializes in teaching Interactive Storytelling, in which students learn how to turn a story idea into an interactive video game. In addition to her design work, Lisa has worked as a journalist since 1984. She has a diploma in journalism and a degree in anthropology.
By night, Jessica Steiner writes novels that span the range between Science Fiction and Fantasy, with a wide range of diverse characters. Her first fantasy novel, Mortis Unbound, is available from Amazon and Smashwords. By day, Jessica is a practicing family lawyer, and works with her fiancee, Miko, and her mother, in a small city in British Columbia. Website Blog Twitter
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.
Lisa is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and leader of the Young Writer's Club (www.youngwritersclub.ca), a writing group for teens in North Vancouver. A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local cafe. When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!
Lisa's debut YA novel, The Watcher, won the Chanticleer award for best paranormal fiction. Its sequel, The Angel Killer, releases in early 2015.
KT (Katherine) Wagner
KT (Katherine) Wagner writes science fiction, Gothic horror and steampunk with occasional forays into other genres and her garden. Several of her short stories are published. She lives in Maple Ridge, organizes Golden Ears Writers, and attended SFU's Southbank Writers program in 2013 and The Writers' Studio in 2015. On-line she can be found at www.northernlightsgothic.com
Krista writes mostly Fantasy, and has mucked about with other genres, and short fiction. She has been a finalist in several contests, and won a couple of them. She has her BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria. Cool experiences of Spring 2015 include playing Mrs. Pearce in the Royal City Musical Theatre production of My Fair Lady, and the publication of her story, The Inner Light in Pulp Literature magazine. She loves being Musical Director for musical theatre productions with young people (In the Heights, Urinetown, Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, etc.) Krista sings jazz in a big band, and in a trio. She writes in a closet in Port Coquitlam, BC.
Andrea was raised in the Winterfellian wilds of Prince George, but now calls Vancouver home. She loves to consume all types of content: movies, books, TV, weird internet bowling shows... She's an occasional debater for West Coast Geeks vs Nerds, the co-organiser of local meetup.com group, NerdHQ, and lazy blogger over at everydayoptimist.net. She also recently started podcasting, re-watching Buffy with her friend Amanda who is still uninitiated in the ways of the Slayer. Finally,(and probably most impressively) this year she'll be celebrating her 5th San Diego Comic-Conniversary in July, and would happy to tell you how excited she is about it (hint: REALLY EXCITED!)
SANDRA WICKHAM's friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra's short stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead, Evolve, Vampires of the Future Undead, Chronicles of the Order, Crossed Genres magazine, Locothology, The Urban Green Man, Tales from the Archives and Luna Station Quarterly. She blogs about writing with the Inkpunks, is the Fitness Nerd columnist for the Functional Nerds and slush reads for Lightspeed Magazine.
Lynda Williams is the author of the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga, originally published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. As of Aug 2013, she is also the publisher at Reality Skimming Press, working towards a new era, collaborative re-boot of the Okal Rel Universe in 2014. Lynda works in the post-secondary industry at Simon Fraser University and as a part-time instructor with BCIT.
Tom D Wright lives in the Puget Sound area with his wife. When he's not writing, he works in IT for a prominent IT company in Seattle. He graduated from Bowie State University with an M.A. in Psychology, so when people call him with an IT problem, he can ask them "And how does that make you feel?" Tom is also privileged to serve on the board of the Cascade Writers, a writer's conference dedicated to providing educational seminars and workshops for those interested in writing and publishing original works.
Jeff is a Vancouver Entertainment Attorney with 28 years of experience. He practices entirely in the areas of entertainment and media, including issues involving literary works and publishing. He has represented both writers and publishers. He also frequently represents filmmakers offering options to writers of books, scripts and screenplays. He is an associate professor at UVic in entertainment and copyright law matters. He also lectures at BCIT, UBC, Langara, the Art institute and the Vancouver Film School.
Would you like to be a presenter at our event?Here's some information for you:
The Creative Ink Festival is a weekend long event with the goal of offering a great venue for creative people of all types. The goal is to get people inspired, motivated and encouraged while still providing a fun and educational atmosphere. In order to keep the registration fee much, MUCH lower than a conference, the festival will be based on a 'volunteer' convention model popular in the Science Fiction and Fantasy world that is designed to attract writers and artists of all levels while being affordable enough to attract readers and fans. All speakers except the official Guests of Honour volunteer their time and expertise. Speakers and volunteers who do not attend the festival outside of their presentations or volunteer work have no need to register though I expect most will as they'd intend to attend the festival when they are not speaking or volunteering. You can take a look at what our programming in 2017 included here: 2017 Programming: Descriptions of Presentations and Panels 2017 PROGRAM GRID
Sound interesting? There are many ways to get involved. You can be a presenter, panelist, volunteer or sponsor. I know many of you have books, artwork and other endeavours to promote, so let me add we have flexible sponsorship packages available, whether it's a table in our expo, program advertising, website promotion, powerpoint advertising, outreach to all members in our goody bags or a combination of some or all, we will work with you so you get the most out of your presence at the event.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your bio and I will be in touch. I'm open to ideas for indvidual presentations or panels!
We'd love to have you be a part of our festival!
VolunteersWould you like to volunteer in a position other than a presenter, or in addition to being a presenter?
We will need help in many areas. Contact me at email@example.com and we'll get you on the team!