The 6th annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival
produced by the Vicious Circle is Whistler’s premier literary celebration and a
key fixture in the resort’s growing cultural calendar, taking place Sept. 14th
through 16th. The festival has something for everyone including opportunities
for good discussion, chances to meet some of Canada’s brightest literary
talents and he
them read and perform their
work, and if you’re a writer or a prospective writer, this is the place to
kick-start or re-ignite your efforts.
The countdown to the festival began last week when we started a
series of articles written by members of Whistler’s own writing community, The
Vicious Circle. This week we have a topical article by one of our own real
activists. Our second writer,
enjoys researching and writing non-fiction and journalism articles.
She is a freelance writer, community activist and co-founder of Whistler Watch.
Her writing has appeared in Pique Newsmagazine, the Whistler Question and the
Georgia Straight. Her article “Hands Off Our Crap,” which recaps Whistler’s P3
fight in 2006 to maintain its sewage system in public hands was recently
published in Canada’s long-standing environmental magazine, Alternatives. Pina
will be moderating a workshop on Citizen Journalism: the Role of the Writer in
a Political World with Michael Tippett, founder of NowPublic.com on Saturday,
Sept. 16th at Millennium Place. To register, please contact Stella Harvey at
The festival is brought to you by the letter W, the number
15, and the funding support of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the
Community Foundation of Whistler and the B.C. Arts Council.
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