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Give your writing a boost with short on-the-spot critique from an established author or editor! Our volunteers will provide fifteen minutes of one-on-one critique and advice for one page of writing. Sign up on festival day at the Information Booth, starting at 11:00. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Luke Dani Blue has an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. Her fiction has appeared in a number of literary magazines, won prizes from the Crab Orchard Review and Colorado Review, and was included on the list of the year’s 100 distinguished stories by Best American Short Stories 2016. Luke is a developmental editor and has taught creative writing in universities, arts organization and high schools across North America and even at the Lethbridge Public Library. Although literary and upmarket fiction are her specialities, Luke loves working with writers of all genres of fiction and nonfiction.
Barbara Geiger writes science fiction, fantasy, and gay paranormal romance, and moonlights as a freelance writing coach and editor on the side. Her books include the Tempest trilogy, the Middle Hill series, the Past and Present Tense novellas, and assorted other novellas and short stories. Writing as Angela Fiddler, she has written The Master of the Lines series, the Sex Demon 101 series, and several other standalone novels and novellas. When she’s not following the exploits of selkies, sex demons and vampires, she writes epic fantasy and makes the occasional foray into science fiction and short stories.
Barbara has been involved in the Alberta writers’ community and multiple writers’ and critique groups since 1998. She’s been a high school teacher, taught ESL to all ages in Canada and overseas, and done corporate training. She currently teaches adult ESL to new Canadians. She is currently a MA student in UBC’s Creative Writing program. She lives with her wife in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Robert Runté, PhD, is Senior Editor with Essential Edits (EssentialEdits.ca). He has edited over 35 novels and books for Five Rivers Publishing and various independent authors. Two of the novels by first-time authors he edited were nominated for the Aurora Award, and he contributed the final edit to C.P. Hoff’s A Town Called Forget, which was long-listed for the 2017 Leacock Medal. He has himself authored 15 book chapters, 6 encyclopedia entries, 13 academic journal articles, 12 open source guides, six short stories (two of which were reprinted in “Best of” collections) and countless reviews. He has three Aurora Awards for his speculative fiction criticism and is currently nominated for a fourth Aurora for “Age of Miracles” from the Strangers Among Us anthology. Two of the theses he supervised became published books, and a third won the the Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada.
Richard Stevenson recently retired from a thirty-year teaching stint at Lethbridge College. He has bought a house in Nanaimo and will be moving back to his beloved Vancouver Island home as soon as his wife retires. His most recent published works include A Dog Named Normal (Ekstasis Editions, 2013), Fruit Wedge Moon (Hidden Brook Press, 2015), and Rock, Scissors, Paper: The Clifford Olson Murders (Grey Borders Press).