Clearwater scribes will have the opportunity to get pointers on the craft from a professional when the Thompson Nicola Regional Library’s Writer in Residence makes a stop in town this week.
Deryn Collier, author of Confined Space and Open Secret, will be at the Clearwater Library on Oct. 25 where she’ll offer writers feedback on their work from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., but those interested need to make an appointment and there are minimal slots left.
Then from 4:30 to 5:50 p.m., she’ll give a multimedia presentation called The Aunt June Files: Turning Family History into Fiction.
“(During) the sessions you can book with her she can go over your work in progress, give you feedback on your writing and answer questions you might have about writing or the publishing industry; anything relating to those topics,” said Kaylea Prime, branch head at the Clearwater Library.
During the Aunt June Files presentation, Collier will show how she uses historical research to make her new series of mystery novels based on her own ancestor.
Prime said the lively, multi-media presentation will be of interest to writers, readers, genealogists, historians, and anyone who loves a good story.
“We’re really excited to have her — we have a good writing community in Clearwater. There’s a lot of people who do their own writing and we have a Writers Circle that comes to meet in the library as well,” she added.
“I think it’ll be a great thing for the community to talk to somebody who has been published, knows the industry well and can give professional feedback on their work.”
According to her biography, Collier grew up in Ottawa and Montreal and now lives in Nelson, B.C.
Both her published novels take place in the Kootenays and were published by Simon and Schuster Canada, with Confined Space being shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel by the Crime Writers of Canada and was also the One Book One Kootenay selection of the Kootenay Library Federation.
Her new series of mysteries, which she’ll discuss at the presentation, is set in Montreal in 1947, where she turns one of her ancestors into a fictional sleuth.
Collier is also the first Writer in Residence for the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library, a program designed to encourage the development of the written arts in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
The program was also created to connect readers and writers, and provide the Writer in Residence with time, space, and resources to work on their own writing projects.