Build-a-Book (for poets)

This is going to be a GREAT event, I can already tell. In collaboration with the Edmonton Poetry Festival, we are putting on a practical chapbook-making soiree for poets in the MakerSpace at the Stanley A. Milner library.

Build-A-Book (for poets)

Have you ever thought of compiling some of your poems into a chapbook? Learn how with fellow poets at a practical book-making course in the Edmonton Public Library’s Makerspace. In this free, collaborative seminar, participants will learn how to self-publish their work using the EPL’s state-of-the-art Espresso Book Machine. Watch the book-making process first-hand during the session as we publish a slim anthology of participants’ poems. Participants will also have a chance to read some of their work.

Registration required. Submit your poem for inclusion in our anthology by April 16th to the Writer-In-Residence, Elizabeth Withey. Email

Register HERE: Build-A-Book

This Sunday March 29…let’s talk historical writing, memoir, journalism

If you’re intrigued by the research that comes with historical writing, memoir, and journalism, consider attending this free event on Sunday afternoon with Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, pictured below.

Not Just the Facts: Spinning Stories from History, Memoir, and Journalism

EPL Writer-In-Residence Elizabeth Withey sits down for a fireside chat with Historian Laureate Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, author of Polar Winds and For the Love of Flying, to discuss their wide-ranging experiences of researching and writing nonfiction. From interviews to oral histories, personal essay to popular history, they will share tips and tricks and a lot of hard-won knowledge. This will be followed by a short private tour of the Heritage Reading Room.

When Sunday, March 29, 2015 2pm
Where Stanley A. Milner Library (Program Room – main floor, west of MakerSpace)

Freedom to Read 2015


I was pleased to participate in two Freedom to Read events in Metro Edmonton on Saturday. One was a reading of excerpts from banned/challenged books at the Woodcroft branch of EPL. The other was a dazzling soiree of music, readings, and flapper pie (!!) out at the Strathcona County Library, organized by our Regional Writer-In-Residence (who can sing!). Here’s a picture that poet and photographer Shawna Lemay took of me reading from Margaret Laurence’s A Jest of God. Thanks to Shawna (who works at Woodcroft) and RWIR Gail Sidonie Sobat for inviting me to participate in the events. Twas fun rubbing shoulders with a whole bunch of writers and musicians, too.

Score! Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady talk on March 11

I’m delighted to inform you that the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady has agreed to do a reading/Q&A at EPL’s central branch, Stanley A. Milner library, on March 11. Here are the details. Hope to see you there!LC

Life After The Giller
In November 2013, Edmonton author Lynn Coady won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story collection, Hellgoing. What’s life been like since for the novelist, journalist, and newly minted screenwriter? Join Coady for a Q&A with Elizabeth Withey, the Edmonton Public Library’s Writer In Residence. Coady will also read from Hellgoing.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Where: Stanley A. Milner Library Program Room (next to the MakerSpace)
Cost: This is a free event. No registration is required.

Self-publishing! Opinion writing! February writing events at EPL

I’m pleased to announce two writing talks happening at the Edmonton Public Library during the month of February. Both feature established, award-winning local writers who I’ve no doubt will make the sessions both informative and entertaining.

From Writer to Author: A Talk on Self-Publishing
Tuesday Feb 3, 7 p.m.
Stanley A. Milner Library – Milner Program Room **MakerSpace** (room change!)

Interested in publishing your finished manuscript or daunted by the difficult task of getting published once you finish your masterpiece? Join acclaimed novelist Thomas Wharton and Faces of Edmonton creator Shayne Woodsmith for a conversation on self-publishing. These two writers will discuss their experiences with, the process of, and what challenges with preparing a story for self-publication.
Thomas Wharton is author of seven books of fiction, including The Perilous Realm trilogy. He has been a finalist for many major literary prizes, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and recently self-published his latest novel, Every Blade of Grass, through CreateSpace. Shayne Woodsmith is the author of two self-published novels and the creator of the Faces of Edmonton storytelling project.

But That’s Just My Opinion
Sunday Feb 22, 2 p.m.
Jasper Place Branch – Edmonton Public Library

We all have opinions about all kinds of things. But how do you write a persuasive essay or on-line rant that gets beyond mere sound and fury? Prolific Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons (Twitter: @paulatics) talks about techniques good writers can use to get beyond the empty JMO rhetoric.