The Fernie Writers Conference awarded the first Writer-in-Residence to Rod MacIntyre of Christina Lake. The residency will run from October 17 to November 7, 2020. Rod will give a reading at the start and one at the end and lead a five-session evening workshop. The balance of the time will be his to work on a project.
Rod MacIntyre is the award-winning author of The Rink, The Blue Camaro, and Feeding At Nine among others. His latest title, Mahihkan Lake was a finalist for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Fiction. He was a founding member of PUC (now the Playwrights Guild of Canada) and the WGC (Writers Guild of Canada, formerly ACTRA) served on the boards of CanCopy (now AccessCopyright) and three separate terms with the SWG (Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild). He has held residencies and readings across Canada but this is his first in British Columbia. Rod holds an Honours BA, English and Sociology, U of S, 1970. He now makes his home in Christina Lake, BC with his partner Sharyn Swann, where he golfs, hikes, rides motorcycle and repairs diatonic harmonicas.
The Call for Submissions brought in a broad variety of writers. The committee chose Rod because he is a SAG member and has three plays that have staged and published. In his playwriting experience, Rod brings added dimension, above and beyond his depth in poetry, fiction and non-fiction, that convinced the committee he would be the right person for the first Residency.
The Fernie Writers Conference Writer-in-Residence is a joint effort by the Conference, the Federation of BC Writers and the Conference lodging partners--Fernie Lodging Company and Lizard Creek Lodge.
The Fernie Writers Conference is grateful for the support of our partners in making this Residency possible.
If you are interested in hosting a Writer-in-Residence, contact Keith Liggett firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information: www.ferniewriters.org.