Events

The Aunt June Files

 in the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library System

From September 15th to December 15th, 2019, I will be serving as the Writer in Residence for the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library.

What does that mean exactly?

Well, it mostly means I get time and space to write, and I get to spend time mentoring other writers and giving presentations and workshops.

A lot of the work will happen in the Kamloops Library, where I have an office and regular office hours to meet with writers. I will spend time traveling to many of the 13 regional library branches within the Thompson-Nicola Library system.

It also means I’ll be delivering my storytelling presentation, The Aunt June Files, in many more locations this fall. This is a lively and engaging discussion of my work in progress, in which I share my research and writing process as I turn one of my ancestors, my great-aunt June, into a fictional sleuth in my next mystery novel.

If you are in the Thompson-Nicola region and would like to be in touch with me about your writing, please visit www.tnrl.ca to find out more about the Writer in Residence program, upcoming workshops and how to book and appointment with me during office hours.

Here are the locations, dates and times to catch The Aunt June Files this fall:

Tuesday, October 8, 5:30pm
Clinton Library
Clinton, BC

Wednesday, October 23rd, 4:30pm
Ashcroft Library
Ashcroft, BC

Thursday, October 24th, 5:30PM
Cache Creek Library
Cache Creek, BC

Friday, October 25th
Clearwater Library
Clearwater, BC

Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 pm
Logan Lake Library
Logan Lake, BC

Wednesday, October 30, 6:00pm
Merritt Library
Merritt, BC

Thursday, October 31st, 5:30PM
Lytton Library
Lytton, BC

Thursday, November 21, 6:00pm
Kamloops Library (Downtown Branch)
Kamloops, BC

 

WRITING FRIDAYS

Monthly Writing Classes with Deryn Collier

 

One Friday per month
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
January 18 * February 15 * March 15
Attend any one, two, or all three.

Do you have a long-neglected writing project that you want to get moving on?
Do you have a story idea that won’t leave you alone?
Do you have a nagging feeling that you want writing to be part of your life?

 

Writing days are a chance for you to:

  • Focus on your writing
  • Connect with other aspiring writers
  • Explore writing in a supportive environment
  • Build momentum to continue your project on your own.

 

Whether you’ve got a project on the go, an idea you want to start on, or you simply want to play with writing in your life, WRITING FRIDAYS are a great place to get started.

Working in a supportive small group environment, you will be guided through writing exercises, discussions and individual writing time.

 

When:
Fridays: January 18 * February 15 * March 15
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: Deryn’s writing studio.

(Near Safeway in Nelson. Exact location will be shared upon registration. Note that the studio is up a steep set of stairs, and so, unfortunately, is not accessible to those with mobility challenges.)

Learn and explore your writing in a beautiful space, with a supportive small group,
by adopting an attitude of enthusiastic curiosity.

Writers of all abilities are welcome, from absolute beginners to seasoned pros.

Decaf chai tea and light vegetarian lunch provided. Pot luck items welcome.

Cost: Writing Days are $75.00 each, Or, register for all three for $199.

Email Deryn to register.

Maximum 5 participants. Payment in full via e-transfer reserves your spot.

 

Every year, a few fortunate artists and writers within the Kootenay Columbia region of BC receive a generous grant from the Columbia Basin Trust toward developing a new major work.

This year, I’ve been one of those lucky few. I’m using the grant to research and develop a new series of mystery novels. Set in Montreal in 1947, the books will feature my great-aunt June as an ad agency copywriter and amateur sleuth. You could say Peggy Olson meets Miss Marple, but both of those women would have stepped aside for Aunt June.

At the end of the grant period, recipients are asked to share their work with Basin residents. I will be making presentations in six communities throughout the East and West Kootenays over the coming weeks. This is not a literary reading, and there is no new book to share (yet). Rather, this is a multi-media storytelling presentation, sharing the behind of the scenes of my research and writing process. These presentations will be of interest to genealogists, researchers, writers, mystery lovers and anyone who loves a good story.

Dates, times and locations as follows:

Cranbrook Library:
Wednesday, October 3rd at 1:00 PM

Creston Library:
Saturday, November 3rd at 2:00 PM

Salmo Library:
Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00 PM

Castlegar Library:
Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 PM

Nakusp Library:
Sunday, November 18th at 1:00 PM

Nelson – Oxygen Art Centre:
Wednesday, November 21st at 7:00 PM.

I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Write That Thing!

Evening writing classes with Deryn Collier

Tuesday evenings – September 18, 25 and October 2.
5:45-8:00 pm

 

You’ve put it off long enough.

 

It’s time to write that thing* that has been waiting for you.
* What is that thing? You know, the article, novel, short story, family history, memoir, poem, letter, blog… Maybe you don’t even know what it is yet. You just know there’s something you need to be writing, and you know it’s time to get started.

 

But how do you start? And how do you stick with it to the end?

 

In these three evening sessions you’ll learn how to make room for writing in your life, give yourself permission to write, find guidance and support to get started, and motivation to keep going.

 

When: Three Tuesday evenings, Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2
From: 5:45pm-8:00pm
Where: Deryn’s writing studio.
(Near Safeway in Nelson. Exact location will be shared upon registration. Note that the studio is up a steep set of stairs, and so, unfortunately, is not accessible to those with mobility challenges.)

 

Learn:
– in a beautiful space,
– with a supportive small group,
– by adopting an attitude of enthusiastic curiosity.

 

In each session you’ll be guided through exercises, activities and discussions that will pave the way for you to write more consistently in your busy day to day. And, because writing can sometimes feel like a painful slog, we’ll focus on ways to lessen the doubts and make the process more fun.

 

Writers of all levels are welcome, from absolute beginners to seasoned pros. This is a hands-on, pen to paper class in a distraction-free zone. (No wifi. No laptops.) All materials provided. (Do feel free to bring a special pen and notebook if you like.) Decaf chai tea and a light snack will be also be provided.

 

Cost: 3 week session – $75.00.
Email Deryn with to register.
Maximum 5 participants.
Payment in full via e-transfer reserves your spot.