Writers

Barbara Klar - Writer, Editor and Teacher


Barbara Klar has been writing professionally for nearly thirty years.

Barbara has published four books of poetry, most recently Cypress, a poetic meditation on the Cypress Hills.
She has worked as a tree planter, camp cook, editor, workshop leader, and as a mentor for the Banff Centre's Wired Writing Studio.

She recently relocated from west-central Saskatchewan to Eastend, where she is working on a new poetry manuscript and a collection of essays.

In Eastend, on Saturday April 28, 2018, Barbara conducted a Writers Workshop for Ages 14 and adults called:
Got a story? Got a poem? Writing a memoir?
Through a series of fun exercises, you'll discover how the right words convey not only information but also emotion and insight.

This workshop is for writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and for all skill levels.

Information about Barbara's Writings

Diana Svennes-Smith - Writer, Fiction Workshop Teacher


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. 

The Bukowski Agency literary jounal's review of Diana's Novel 'The End of Steel'