Writer takes up residence

Gill is best known for her recent award winning book Eating Dirt, which is a tree-planting memoir set on Vancouver Island

An open house reception for the 2012/2013 Writer in Residence is being held at the Haig-Brown Heritage House on Sunday  from 2-4 p.m.

Take this opportunity to welcome author Charlotte Gill, this year’s writer, who will be staying at the House from December to April.

Gill is best known for her recent award winning book Eating Dirt, which is a tree-planting memoir set on Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal regions.  While she is here, she will assist the Museum with curating a temporary exhibit about the history of tree planting on Vancouver Island.

Gill studied at both the University of Toronto and UBC, and has been teaching writing at the post-secondary level.  She has had numerous articles and short stories appear in such publications as the Walrus and the Globe and Mail, and her previous book, Ladykiller, a collection of short stories published in 2005, has won several awards.

Gill will be involved in Museum programming by giving lectures and holding workshops in both fiction and non-fiction writing, and will be participating in Campbell River’s Words on the Water Writer’s Festival.  As part of her residency, she will also be assisting would-be writers with their manuscripts.

“In my experience,” Gill says, “Many community writers have simply wanted to capture their life experiences or their local histories, or to write stories for their children and grandchildren.  I’m equally happy to give advice where I can to both absolute beginners and professionals with full-length projects.  Regional narratives are one of my passions, and I hope to have many come across my desk.”

With respect to her own work, she began writing a novel over the summer, and hopes to complete a first draft by the end of the residency in April.  Charlotte Gill’s residency is made possible through assistance from Canada Council.

Call the Museum 250-287-3103 for details.

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