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, 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.
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 the past 11 years 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 is currently optioned for a commercial run Off-Broadway. An actor in film & TV, Daniel also coordinates and teaches at Quest Theatre School.
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.
Too, 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, 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.
Barbara Scott’s collection of short stories, The Quick, was published by Cormorant books in 1999 and was placed on the Toronto Star’s list of the best books of that year. The book won the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Howard O’Hagan Award for Best Short Fiction and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize for 1999, and was shortlisted for the Henry Kreisel Award for Best First Book. Toronto Star reviewer Stephen Finucan wrote: “There is a touch of Monroe in Scott’s writing, but the voice and the style are all her own. Confident, subtle and visceral, The Quick should not be missed.” Jim Bartley of The Globe and Mail wrote: “The marvel is that when [Scott’s] subtle knowledge begins to emerge, it feels as if you’re finding it within yourself. The best of these stories shine probing light onto unresolved sorrows and bitterness, illumine what has been hidden, and help lay it to rest.” Audrey Andrews of the Calgary Herald wrote: “These are what stories ought to be, and The Quick is cause for celebration.”
Scott received her BA and MA in English from the University of Calgary. She has worked as an editor on literary magazines and privately, and has taught creative writing courses for the Banff Centre, Mount Royal, and for the Continuing Education Departments of both the Calgary Board of Education and the University of Calgary. She has led writing workshops for creative writing groups in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies.
Most recently Scott has co-edited First Writes, an anthology of essays on the experience of publishing a first book, and was included in Dropped Threads 3. She is currently at work on a novel and shorter pieces of creative non-fiction. She is also on the editorial board of Freehand, Canada’s newest literary press.