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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 September 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 ar 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.

Starting this week, members of Whistler’s own writing community, The Vicious Circle will be featured in Pique as we count down to the festival’s opening night. Our first writer, Rebecca Wood Barrett enjoys genre-crossing, and has written feature and short screenplays, documentaries, commercials, short stories, non-fiction, picture books and a children’s novel. She has made 24 short films, including “The Inquisitor” and “Crush”, which screened on television and at festivals around the world. She is a winner of the Whistler Film Festival’s ‘Whistler Stories’ grant with her documentary “First to Go Down”, and a two-time finalist in Whis ­ tler’s 72 hr. Filmmaker Showdown with the mockumentary “Mating Habits of the Whistler Mountain Cougar” and comedy “The Trailer Guy”. Her short fiction has been published in Pique Newsmagazine, The Antigonish Review and Room of One’s Own. Rebecca is a producer with Resort TV, and a student in the UBC Creative Writing MFA low-residency program. Rebecca will be teaching a seminar on Screenwriting at the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival on Saturday, Sept. 16th at Millennium Place. To register for all of the sessions call Stella Harvey at 604-932-4518 or send an email to .

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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What is Early Literacy?


By Rebecca wood Barrett

When I was six and in grade one, my teacher Mrs. Zink taught me how to spell “button”, which was the longest word I knew how to write. But what made me feel quite pleased with myself was that I had memorized “button” had two “Ts” — even though it sounded like it only had one. This glowing accomplishment is my earliest memory of learning how to read and write. Was it the defining moment that led to my lifelong love of the printed word and storytelling? Probably not.

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