Diana Svennes-Smith came to Eastend for a writing residency at the Wallace Stegner House Retreat for Artists and stayed for the beckoning landscape, the birds and wildlife, the friendly community, and the solitude so essential to a quiet writing life.
Diana grew up semi-wild in northern British Columbia where she worked in the logging and service industries.
After raising her son and daughter, she earned a BFA in the creative writing coop program at the University of Victoria, an MFA as a Teaching-Writing Fellow from the renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop, and studied as a PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia in UK.
Diana has taught fiction workshops at universities in the US, Canada, and New Zealand and her short fiction has appeared in anthologies and literary journals in Canada and abroad.
The End of Steel, her debut novel, won a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship and is forthcoming with Doubleday, part of the Penguin-Random House family of publishers.