Meet the 2011 Festival Bloggers

Be sure to check the Festival Blog all week during the festival and add your own comments.

Charmaine LiCharmaine Anne Li is a Grade 12 student from University Hill Secondary.  When she’s not reading or writing, she’s either enjoying Vancouver’s slopes on a snowboard or indulging in music.  At school she’s an editor/writer for the Newspaper Club and she’s also written for Youthink Magazine.  She is super-excited to be part of this year’s WritersFest and regrets not having attended the event in years past.  She hopes more young people will step into the world of writing, where nothing is impossible and everything makes sense: you just have to write it down.


Deryn CollierDeryn Collier’s first novel, Confined Space, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis award for best unpublished crime novel by the Crime Writers of Canada in 2010, and will be published next summer by Simon & Schuster. She lives in Nelson, BC and writes about crime fiction, and life in the mountains, on her blog at


Dina Del BucchiaDina Del Bucchia lives in Vancouver, has three Tumblrs (,, and writes for Canada Arts Connect Magazine. Her work has also appeared in Matrix, Event and Poetry is Dead and in Old Friends' Funny Business at Gallery Atsui. The author of one woman show, Not A Shiksa she is currently at work on a poetry manuscript about celebrity culture. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and owns over 100 dresses.


Lachlan MurrayLachlan Murray works as a technical writer for a local software company. He also writes fiction, and did degrees in English and Creative Writing at UBC and the University of Illinois. He’s lived in various parts of Canada, and has worked as a police and fire dispatcher, a bartender, a house builder, a PNE security guard, and during one memorable, muddy Easter on southern Vancouver Island, a daffodil picker. He lives with his wife in East Vancouver.


Moira WarburtonMoira Warburton was born and raised in Vancouver, where she has been strongly encouraging other people to read her writing since before she could write. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at UBC in Political Science. She is an avid reader and carb-consumer, and spends her summers teaching children to sail.


Shana MyaraShana Myara's writing has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, Glimmer Train Fiction Award, and won the 2010 subTerrain Lush Triumphant Fiction Prize. She has recently completed her first story collection, I Love You Just Fine, and lives in East Van. She holds an MFA from the UBC Department of Creative Writing.


Steven BrownSteven Brown is thrilled to be blogging for the festival again this year.  Between bouts of guest working and freelancing book reviews to the Vancouver Sun and elsewhere he is completing a draft of his new novel "Wilderness Park".  He also blogs at and, as always, is open to suggestions.