Pro-Panel and Holiday Celebration!
Meet this year’s panel of extraordinary writers…
What do Heather Tucker, Phil Dwyer, Ingrid Ruthig, Connie Di Pietro and Jackie Brown have in common? Well, other than the fact that they’re all accomplished writers, they all have secrets and writing tips to share with their WCDR brothers and sisters!
Please note that due to circumstances beyond her control, Jackie Brown is not able to participate in the December 9th pro-panel.
Throughout an eclectic career Heather has gathered stories— from working as a nurse in Ethiopia, Columbia, France, Belgium and Northern Ontario, to her experience as a teacher, bereavement counsellor, public health and psychiatric nurse.
Heather worked extensively developing educational resources until discovering that playing with words was more fun than working with them.
She is the winner of the Writers’ Union of Canada, New York Literal Latte and WCDR short prose competitions. Her debut novel, The Clay Girl, was the American Booksellers Association Indie Introduce pick and a finalist for the Atlantic Book and Kobo Emerging Author Award.
Phil is the author of Conversations on Dying (Dundurn, 2016), an examination of the end-of-life experience of one of Canada’s palliative care pioneers. He is an Alumni of Humber School for Writers. His journalism, essays, travel writing and fiction have been published in more than 15 international titles, including The Financial Times, The Times (of London) and the Globe and Mail.
In 2014, his short story Allergies Stephanie won first prize in the WCDR short story contest judged by author Sarah Selecky, and in 2016 his non-fiction story Answers Mostly D: A Cautionary Quiz, was short-listed in the Carte Blanche/Creative Non Fiction Collective’s annual contest. In 2017 his non-fiction piece Where The Spine Meets The Head, was a finalist for the CBC’s non-fiction prize.
He has workshopped short fiction with Alissa York at the UofT and non-fiction with Charlotte Gill at Banff. He’s a member of The Writers Union, The Canadian Authors Association, and is a member and former board member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region.
Ingrid is the author of This Being (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), winner of the League of Canadian Poets’ 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Since 2000, her poetry, fiction, essays, and book reviews have appeared across Canada and internationally, in publications such as The Best Canadian Poetry anthology, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Quill & Quire, and National Post, among others, and her poems featured by the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. For eight years, she co-edited/co-published the literary journal Lichen, and later was an associate editor of Northern Poetry Review.
She is also author of an artist’s bookwork and a chapbook of poems, and editor of several other titles, including David Helwig: Essays on His Works (forthcoming in 2018). She has received several OAC grants and was recently awarded a 2018 Hawthornden Fellowship for her poetry.
Connie Di Pietro
Connie is partner and editor at ID Press Publishing. She has two anthologies published, Purgatorium: The Element of Horror and coming out later this month Allucinor: The Element of Romance. Their third anthology Nefariam: The Element of Crime will be opening up for submissions as well, later this week.