ED GRIFFIN taught creative writing at Matsqui Prison, a medium security prison in Western Canada. He was passionate about prison reform and was an advocate for the pursuit of all arts in prison. Ed had published six books, including Dystopia, a non-fiction account of prison written with Mike Oulton. Ed’s autobiography, Once a Priest, tells the story of his journey out of priesthood and into writing and activism. Ed had released his new novel about the future of the prison system, Delaney's Hope.
For more information visit Ed's website
LOREENA M. LEE, AFCA, is an established artist who has exhibited her work since 1973. Her work hangs in corporations and private collections in Canada, as well as Hungary, Germany, Denmark and the United States. She has instructed beginning artists for over 40 years.
Her publications include several instructional texts, three novels, and a cookbook. She has illustrated a children’s book.
Memberships include the Federation of BC Writers and the Langley Writers Guild. She is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Currently, she's working on her next novel, her memoirs and illustrating another children’s book. For more information visit Loreena's website
MARGO BATES is an author who teaches writing workshops, does public speaking, publicity and photography. She's a Canadian Authors Association national board member and its 2nd vice-chair, and is president of Canadian Authors Vancouver.
She chairs the Vancouver branch program & publicity committee and the CAA National MarComm marketing & communications committee. Margo is an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio. And, she's a darn good cook.
BRIAN RODDA lives in Abbotsford, BC where he works as a graphic designer in the marketing and signage industry. He's had a foot in both the world of images and of words for most of his life. Brian sold his first work in 1972, in the form of a weekly comic, while in the tenth grade. It was to the local paper (The Chilliwack Progress). "The comic was more words than images as it consisted of a cartoon guy reading a newspaper accompanied by a list of twenty-five captions that got updated week after week." Brian writes for the 10-12 yrs. market and has two projects in the pipeline. This is his personal website.