Visiting Authors

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies invites accomplished novelists, essayists, poets, screenwriters, and playwrights present their work through the public FCCS Reading Series at the Okanagan Regional Library and other venues around the Okanagan

IWC Public Reading Series

This year’s reading series is a collaboration of UBCO’s Creative Writing Program, Inspired Word Café, and Cool Arts Society. The IWC Public Reading Series, organized by Inspired Word Café, brings together nationally celebrated writers and spoken word artists with local talent monthly, in a free, easily accessible venue in downtown Kelowna.

The readings will be from invited local authors and from across Canada.

All readings will be held in the Cool Arts studio, Rotary Centre for the Arts, #205, 421 Cawston Ave., starting at 7:00 p.m.

Schedule of events:

Date Event
Oct. 17 poet Margo Tamez and Ashleigh Giffen
Nov. 21 Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme
Jan. 23 Ian Ferrier and Samuel Archibald

All events are free and open to the public. Visit the Inspired Word Cafe Facebook page for author bios and information.

The RCA is a wheelchair accessible venue. For more information, contact

Thank you to this year’s sponsors: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Inspired Word Café, Cool Arts Society, City of Kelowna

Tough Language, Tender Wisdom
Memoir Writing Workshop

Join us for a writing workshop led by local author, Amber Dawn on memoir writing.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library, Downtown branch, 1304 Ellis Street

Tough Language, Tender Wisdom is a writing workshop that invites participants to press on forward into some of the more challenging aspects of writing from personal experience. These challenges may be all-around writers’ block or feeling out of practice, or these challenges may lie with writing specific memories or events. Come break the isolation of writing through challenges alone.

Amber Dawn will lead participants through a series of freewriting exercises, group discussion and optional peer-to-peer sharing and strategizing. Tough Language, Tender Wisdom is memoir-focused, although easily adapted for poets, playwrights, lyricists and fiction writers.

Past Visiting Authors