Creative Writing Instructor Bios
Lori Hahnel was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and has lived in Calgary since age eleven. Love Minus Zero (Oberon, 2008), her first novel, is loosely based on her experience in Calgary’s first all-female rock band. Nothing Sacred (Thistledown, 2009), a collection of short fiction, was shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her work has aired on CBC Radio and appeared in many anthologies and journals including The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire and The Antigonish Review.
As well as serving as Calgary writer-in-residence for The Canadian Authors Association, Lori has given workshops through The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society and Calgary Public Library. She is a co-founder and participant in Calgary’s Writing in the Works reading series, and belongs to The Writers Guild of Alberta, The Alexandra Writers Centre Society, The Canadian Authors Association and The Writers’ Union of Canada.
Vivian Hansen MFA
Vivian Hansen has published in many Canadian journals, in genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her most recent book of poetry is “A Bitter Mood of Clouds” (Frontenac House 2013). Other work includes “Angel Alley – the victims of Jack the Ripper”, and “Leylines of My Flesh” (Touchwood 2002). She has published nonfiction in “Our Grandmothers, Ourselves”, and “Threshold: A New Anthology of Alberta Writing”. She is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, and The Writers Guild of Alberta. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
Born on the west coast during a storm, Megan surprisingly doesn’t love wet weather. Luckily her parents had itchy feet and the family moved often — from Powell River, B.C. to Vancouver to Campbell River to Quadra Island to Tungsten, N.W.T. to Quesnel to Inuvik, N.W.T. to Quesnel — before she headed out on her own. After two years working towards a university degree in sciences, she switched tracks and obtained a technical diploma in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation. She also met a guy, got married, and spent six months on a honeymoon backpacking through Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Upon their return to Canada, the couple decided Alberta was going to be home and the Parks Service was where they would work. Thirteen years and dozens of trips to the U.S., Central America and Mexico later, Megan left natural history interpretation behind to become a freelance writer – with the help of her first sale, a Reader’s Digest drama-in-real life tale about a mountain rescue.
For over a decade she has specialized in travel writing (itchy feet, you know!), outdoor adventure articles and non-fiction writing for kids. In addition to freelancing, Megan writes regular columns for Western Parent, FidoFriendly, and edits the hiking and backpacking site at Bellaonline.com. She is a current member of the Travel Media Association of Canada.
Naomi K. Lewis
Naomi K. Lewis is a fiction writer, ghostwriter, magazine editor and freelance journalist. Born in England, Naomi grew up in Washington DC and Ottawa, and made her way to Calgary via Toronto, Fredericton and Edmonton. She completed an MA in English and creative writing at the University of New Brunswick and has taught writing for the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension. Naomi is the author of one novel, Cricket in a Fist (Goose Lane Editions, 2008), and her short stories have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including the 2008 Journey Prize Anthology.
Daniel Libman has had close to 50 play productions across Canada, including — in Alberta — the Citadel Theatre, Workshop West, Chinook, ATP, Lunchbox, and Quest. He's also been produced in L.A., Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and New York. His play Cecil & CleopaYtra has been optioned for a commercial run Off-Broadway. An actor in film & TV, Daniel also coordinates and teaches at Quest Theatre School.
Mike Morrison is a local blogger and writer who has been writing his blog, Mike's Bloggity Blog, for more than eight years and has accumulated more than 4,300 blog posts. He is also a regular columnist at Metro and a member of CBC Radio's Unconventional Panel.
Mike's blog was named Calgary's Best Blog by FFWD magazine for three years in a row, and last year he was named Calgary's second-best Twitter account, behind Mayor Nenshi.
Mike worked as a producer at Breakfast Television for three years and now works on his blog full time. He also consults with companies, helping them to develop social media strategies.
Faye Reineberg Holt loves working with words and stories from our past. She has published 10 nonfiction books based on the true stories and circumstances of Western Canada’s past. As well, she co-authored Alberta: 100 Journeys for the Alberta Motor Association. It includes 33 travel articles, but she has also published additional articles on writing, family history and local history. With her added interest in photography, many of her works include contemporary or early photographs. Additional publishing credits include individual poems, a poetry chapbook and short stories.
As well, Faye has edited two books for trade publishers and one for a self-publishing client. She has offered manuscript reading services through writing organizations and privately and is a past editor for Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society (AWCS) Freefall magazine. As a writer-in-residence for the Calgary Public Library and for the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, she mentored new and emerging writers and continues to do so by instructing a variety of writing workshops. A long time instructor for Continuing Education at Mount Royal, she has also instructed for Women’s Words at U of A and for many other organizations. In addition, she has offered many readings at schools, libraries and museums from Saskatchewan to BC. She is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, The Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Authors Association and AWCS.
Simon Rose is the author of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera and The Sphere of Septimus. He is also a contributor to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction, has written many nonfiction books with Weigl Publishers and Capstone, is the author of numerous articles, and has written online material for the corporate market.
Simon offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author-in-residence programs for schools, along with virtual author visits by video using Skype. He is an instructor for adults interested in writing for children and young adults and offers a variety of online course and workshops for both children and adults.
Simon offers a number of services for writers, including coaching and editing. Full details can be found at his website www.simon-rose.com. You may also visit his channel on YouTube, follow him on Twitter or connect on Facebook.