38 Raw Material

British Columbia
British Columbia
Charlotte Gray Ontario

Charlotte Gray, one of Canada’s pre-eminent biographers, has won many awards for her writing, most notably the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writing. She is currently the Chair of Canada’s National History Society. Her new book, Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike, tells the story of the legendary Yukon Gold Rush of 1896 through the lives of six extraordinary individuals and offers a colourful and entertaining journey into a world gone mad for wealth. Read more

Jack Hodgins British Columbia

Jack Hodgins has written seven novels and three story collections, including Spit Delaney’s Island and The Invention of the World. Hodgins’ fiction has won the Governor General award, the Canada-Australia Prize, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, among others. In 2009 he was appointed to the Order of Canada. He lives in Victoria, BC, where, until recently, he taught writing at the University of Victoria. His new novel is The Master of Happy EndingsRead more

Don McKay Newfoundland

Don McKay is the author of 11 books of poetry, most recently Strike/Slip. He has won two Governor General awards for poetry and has been shortlisted twice for the Griffin Poetry Prize, most recently for Camber: Selected Poems, which was a Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year. McKay is also known as a poetry editor, and he has taught poetry in universities across the country.

Don McKay’s appearance is made possible in part by The Betty and Ralph Gustafson Chair of Poetry at Vancouver Island University. Read more

Terence Young British Columbia

Terence Young is the author of four previous books, including The Island in Winter (nominated for the Governor General’s Award for poetry), Rhymes with Useless, After Goodlake’s (Winner of the City of Victoria Butler Best Book Award), and Moving Day. He helped co-found The Claremont Review, a journal for young writers, and lives with poet and fiction writer Patricia Young in Victoria. His new collection of stories is The End of the Ice AgeRead more

Host: Shaena Lambert
Friday, October 22, 2010 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Revue Stage
$17 / $8.50 for student groups

“What use is technique if you haven’t yet discovered what you have in your past, your imagination, your present life, your relatives’ lives, your reading, your obsessions or your imagination that offers you the stories that are meant just for you to write?” Jack Hodgins has said. This event explores the nuggets of raw material that expand in the hands of gifted writers to become creative non-fiction, poems, short stories or novels. Where do writers find these nuggets, and when do they know when these ideas or facts are rich enough for them to spend the next months or years developing? Along with Hodgins, Charlotte Gray, Don McKay and Terence Young answer these questions.

Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults

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