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Success of writers' group reflected in second Literary Leanings event

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Local writers Jennifer Cowan, Rebecca Wood Barrett and Sarah Leach are also scheduled to share their works.

The following evening Annabel Lyon from Vancouver and Squamish writer John Moore will be joined at Uli's by local writers Stephen Vogler, Brandi Higgins, Bozabalian and Lisa Richardson.

"All of the writers are either Vancouver based and John Moore is from Squamish, everybody else is Whistler based local writers," Harvey said.

The evening is a celebration of literary works but it is also a testament to the management skills of Harvey and the creativity of fellow writers.

"Two years ago we put an ad in the paper and 20 people responded. Now I have 72 people on my e-mail list," Harvey said.

"I think there was a need in the community for people to come out and share their works and this group gives them something back.

"It's about improving writing but it's also about having relationships with other writers in the community.

"Writing is also something you do by yourself so it's kind of nice to come together and hear that people are often struggling with the same kinds of things you're struggling with."

Literary Leanings; The writers and their works

Sunday: 5 p.m. Youth Reading at Millennium Place

Kevin Chong : Was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver. His writing has appeared in The National Post, The Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Geist and Vancouver Magazine.

Sunday: 8 p.m. at Uli's Flipside

Lee Henderson : Had a collection of stories titled The Broken Record Technique published by Penguin in 2002. He has also written about the arts for newspapers and magazines in Canada, the US and the UK. He's at work on a novel.

Karen X. Tulchinsky : is the award-winning author of the recently released novel The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, Love Ruins Everything Love and its sequel Love and Other Ruins and In Her Nature, which won the 1996 VanCity Book Prize, B.C.'s largest literary award. Her screenplays have been short-listed in the Praxis Screenwriting competition and the LA-based Chesterfield Film Company Writer's Project.

Stella L. Harvey : Gave up a career in business to pursue her dream of writing fiction. She is the leader of the Whistler Writers' Group, also known as the Vicious Circle, and has completed a novel and a series of short stories.

Jennifer Cowan : Came to Whistler on a five-month ski sabbatical in 1999 and never left. She just returned to Toronto to work as the executive story consultant on Show Me Yours, which is a new romantic comedy series about sex researchers.