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Award-winning novelist to be Richmond’s next Writer-in-Residence

21 September 2016

Acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and director, Karen X. Tulchinsky, is the City of Richmond’s fifth annual Writer-in-Residence. During October and November 2016, Karen will set up shop in Richmond and provide expert advice to emerging and aspiring writers through one-on-one consultations and free hands-on public workshops.

Richmond’s Writer-in-Residence program will kick off with a public launch on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This free event is presented in conjunction with Culture Days and will be an opportunity for the public to meet Karen, enjoy short readings, hear about her writing career and learn about the wide range of programming that she will present during her residency. The free writing programs will include Memories into Stories, The Cure for Writer’s Block, The Art of Reading in Public, Writing a Short Monologue and Queer Stories: LGBTQ Creative Writing Workshop. Registration for these programs will open on Saturday, October 1.

Throughout October and November, a series of Writer-in-Residence programs will take place at the Richmond Public Library, Richmond Media Lab and Minoru Place Activity Centre.  Each will provide a platform for the community to engage with Karen in a variety of ways. Karen works with writers of all ages and experience levels. She will direct her focus on in-class writing exercises so that participants will leave the workshops with pages of new writing as well as the skills they need to continue working on their projects.

Feedback from a professional author is always a valuable experience. During her residency, Karen will provide opportunities for one-on-one manuscript consultations. Aspiring writers are invited to submit samples of their writing (maximum 1,000 words) by email to communityservices@richmond.ca by October 8, 2016 for a chance to be randomly selected for personalized consultations with Tulchinsky.

Karen X. Tulchinsky is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter and director. She is passionate about teaching new and emerging writers the creative process and the craft of writing. She was awarded the One Book, One Vancouver Prize for The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, which was also named One of the Top Ten Books About Toronto by the Toronto Daily Star. Karen has also received honours for her short story, In Her Nature, her short film, Ms. Thing and her novel Love Ruins Everything.

Details about the program and the workshops being offered are available at richmond.ca/artists/writerinresidence. Questions regarding the residency program can be directed to kvarney@richmond.ca.