Writing And Walking Sticks


45 km northwest of Tumbler Ridge B.C. on Highway 29, about midway between Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge

Pre-payment preferred $50.00 inclusive

Pre-registration preferred May 22

If you have an interest in writing and the outdoors, the Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd Public Libraries have partnered to offer workshops on May 25th May 26th May27th at Gwillim Lake Outdoor Education Centre that will combining both those interests.

The writing workshops will target four genres: non-fiction, poetry, song and travel while the backcountry skills workshops will include reading topographic maps, bear awareness, trip preparation and no trace camping.

The Gwillim Lake location also offers recreational opportunities for hiking, canoeing and outdoor activities. The intention of the weekend is to inspire the participants to write about their experiences on the land and build their skill levels for travelling and exploring the in this extraordinarily beautiful region. The fee for the entire weekend is $50.00 per person and that includes accommodation and meals!

Partial registration available

Workshop facilitators

?Barry McKinnon College of New Caledonia instructor and poet: Writing workshops on specific detail and ways to record it in the language of poetry and prose.

The session will include examples, exercises, and applications for immediate and practical use for writers, regardless of level.

?Trent Ernst: The Natural Observer: Outdoors and the art of Personal Narrative

?Shirlee Matheson, renowned non-fiction writer, cultural and natural history, writing methods

?Ken Belford celebrated Eco Poet poetry writing techniques guided by the environment

?Songwriting workshop with the established Shannon Ingersoll, Music therapist

Funding support for this weekend has come from the Paul Dampier Endowment Fund/NLC Foundation, Chetwynd Community Arts Council, Tumbler Ridge Arts Council, Peace-Liard Regional Arts Council, and The Canada Council for the Arts. For more information contact Michele Burton at (250)242-4778, or Marcie Fofonoff at (250) -788-255

Outdoor hikes and skills workshops are also possible with special thanks to Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society and Mila.


May 25 Friday

Bonus guided hike

Hike to Quality Falls: beginner level or Bergeron Falls: advanced level: meet at 11 a.m. at the Caboose in Tumbler Ridge for either choice: $20.00

Registration and meet Gwillim Educational Centre4 pm – 6 pm

Displays, readings, book signings entertainment7 pm – whenever the merriment ends??

May 26 Saturday

10 am -12 pm Workshops of your choice

12 ? 1:30 pm Lunch, nap and walkabouts break

12:30 – 3:30 pm Workshops and Outdoor activities

Outdoor workshops include topographical map reading, orienteering, Bear Aware, preparation planner for day and weekend trips, No trace camping.

EVENING Activities beginning at 7 pm

Poetry readings Ken Belford, Barry McKinnon

Book readings Shirlee Matheson

History of GwillimTrent Ernst

Songs by Shannon Ingersoll and friends

Book signings and sales, displays for all

Amusement and literary enlightenment guaranteed

These events are open to the public who are not able to attend workshops – Admission: dessert

May 27 Sunday

10 am -12 pm Workshops of your choice

12 ? 1:30 pm Lunch, nap and walkabouts break

12:30 – 3:30 pm Workshops and Outdoor activities

Optional offering of a hike to Beautiful Bullmoose Marshes