A Smorgasbord of Upcoming Writing Workshops and Events


UFV’s writer-in-res coming atcha! This was a lovely week of strategizing over the events I’ll be leading in the next couple months and guest lectures.

First off, the class visits…

My visit to John Carroll’s Seminar in Creative Writing class (ENGL 405) was fantastic. Lively conversation, great questions, and inspired writers. My kind of party! We could have talked for hours about the process of making it to the finish line with a book-length project. Hopefully, I’ll see some of their work flooding my inbox for feedback.

Michelle Superle’s children’s literature class (ENGL 388) was its own silly fun. I read passages from my novels Strange Times at Western High (middle grade), Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (young adult), and A Girl Like Sugar (which would be considered new adult if it were published now). We used these to discuss boundaries between middle grade, teen and new adult fiction—when and why to cross them, what you need to keep in mind when writing for different ages, and different editing considerations.

And now, the events we have up our sleeves…


Ghost Sick, Emily’s new poetry collection

Wednesday, February 25th 6-8 pm at Aftermath

Featuring Emily & select student writers


True Lies: The Fine Line Between Fiction and Real Life

Tuesday, March 10th 12:30 – 1:30 in C1429


East Coast vs West Coast

Monday, March 16th, 7-9 pm

Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies

Featuring Emily & invited writers


Write a Monster into Your Neighbourhood

Monday, March 23 12:30-1:30 in A 203 b

P.S. When’s the last time anyone use the word “smorgasbord”? It will always remind me of this album cover I was on as a kid (that’s me in the middle):

English blog smorgasborg

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