On April 11th, people gathered on a rainy Vancouver evening to hear four powerful women writers speak about their work in creative non-fiction. The event was called Incite: Crafting Creative Non-Fiction Now and it was part of the Incite Free Readers Series, presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest and the Vancouver Public Library.
Two memoirs, two essay collections, and four powerful women writers using creative non-fiction to make their voices heard. In this presentation, moderator Anna Ling Kaye talks to four insightful authors from different literary backgrounds (poetry, journalism, fiction) to discover why they’ve chosen non-fiction for their latest works. How does the genre further discussions on the issues of today? Can it help us connect across experiences and identities?
Chelene Knight was born in Vancouver and is currently the Managing Editor of Room Magazine. A graduate of SFU's The Writer’s Studio, Chelene has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines. Her debut book, Braided Skin, was published in 2015. Dear Current Occupant is her second book. Chelene is also working on a historical novel set in the 1930s and 40s in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley.
Lauren McKeon is an award-winning editor and writer. She is the former editor of This Magazine and a contributing editor at Toronto Life. Her essays have appeared in Hazlitt, Flare, Reader’s Digest and the Walrus—where she is the Digital Editor. She has spoken on gender issues at conferences and seminars and on radio and television broadcasts.
Judy Rebick is a well-known social justice and feminist activist, writer, journalist, educator, and speaker. She is the author of Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political, Occupy This!, Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution, and Imagine Democracy. As founding publisher of rabble.ca, Canada’s popular independent online news and discussion site, Judy continues to blog the site. She is the former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s group, and was the first CAW Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University. During the 1990s, she was the host of two national TV shows on CBC Newsworld and is a frequent commentator on CBC Radio and Television. In the 1980s, she was a well-known spokesperson for the pro-choice movement during the fight to legalize abortion. She lives in Toronto.
Elizabeth Renzetti is a columnist for the Globe and Mail, and has reported for many years from Toronto, Los Angeles, and London. She is also the bestselling author of the novel Based on a True Story, which was a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and a Canadian bestseller. She lives in Toronto with her husband, author and Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders, and their two children.
This audio is courtesy of Vancouver Writers Fest, recorded at the festival’s free reading series, Incite, running January - May each year. For further information about upcoming Incite events visit writersfest.bc.ca. Thanks to Tania Ehret for production assistance for this podcast.
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