Feb. 1, 2011 Teaching Writing for Young People through UBC Writing Centre…this time at the Robson Street, downtown campus. More info:

Jan. 21, 2011 Back at Ms. Jacquie Chau’s class at St. Augustine’s! Thank you, Ms. Chau…you still take the prize for best-prep’d class ever!

December 20 and 21, 2010…teaching Magazine Writing for teens with the amazing CWC (Creative Writing for Children) at Douglas College, Coquitlam campus. What a fun group of young writers, teachers, organizers! Very festive, too.  The class next door–journalism, with writer-teacher kc dyer–had just way too much fun taking snaps of us all and putting together a newspaper of the event… here I am, complete with unicorn horn! (Although it appears to be cutting off when I transfer the photo here.)

The inaugural conference of the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (University of Calgary has put this together). I’m thrilled to be a part of this–a real turn in the Canadian academy. I’ll be talking about theory in teaching and learning writing. October 7-10, 2011 (watch for paper in Wascana Review)

July 12-16, 2010 Join me for a one-week summer intensive at the UBC Writing Centre: Writing for Young Adults and Children  This course is now full*

June 19 – book signing at BLACK BOND BOOKS in Trennant Square, Ladner BC, 5251 Ladner Trunk Rd. Time: 1-3 p.m. Hope to see you there!

pastedGraphic-1Best part of the day: when my friend Shannon showed up! What an amazing surprise! We spent our teen years as closest friends, and haven’t seen each other since she moved out to Mission some years ago…and then she shows up at the book signing. Wow!

Thanks, Shannon  🙂

Fall Book Hatching – a CWILL (Children’s Writers & Illustrators of BC) event  Friday, October 16, 2009, 12:30 – 3:30 North Vancouver City Library

I shared my picturebook, Grandpa’s Music: a Story of Alzheimer’s


photo: Nancy Hundal

Teacher-Librarian Event at Hycroft House, Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 6:30 – 9:00 IMG_6897

photo: Ron Jobe

May 19, 2010, reading to 300 grades 4-7 students at Jarvis Elementary, Delta, BC. Biggest group I’ve ever spoken to…about 300! Lots of fun!

March 2010, reading to Ms. Chau’s grade 2 class, St. Augustine’s Elementary, Vancouver, BC. This was a treat…because Ms. Chau was THE BEST prepared teacher I’ve ever met! She shared with her wonderful students my picturebook and my website, and every student had an image of my book cover for their visual journals, and had prepared questions and thoughts ahead of time! What a joy it is, to visit a class so informed and READY!