Our (Shuswap) Lake of Talents! Last updated April 20th, 2013
Our pool of talents from across the Shuswap includes writers, authors and poets - published and unpublished, famous and infamous, esteemed and not so steemed....
EXECUTIVE 2009- 2012
President - Shirley DeKelver
Vice-President - Judith Benson
Secretary - Joyce Adrian-Sotski
Treasurer and Website - Carol Mikkelsen
MEMBERSHIP - we are in the process of writing up our bio's and having our mug shots done and these are being posted as our procastinating members ever so slowly get them into our webmaster. If you really want to see what has been posted thus far scroll way down and see our bevy of beauties
Shuswap Writers' Group 2011 - 2012
Front row - Ellen Davies, Donna Benn, David Docherty
Members not pictured - Joyce Adrain-Sotski, Barbara Alexander, Leslie Blaikie, JoAnn Dionne, Ken Forscutt, Jeanne Hill, Kay Johnston, Stephanie Morin-Davis, Mary Nyland, Chris Schon, Maureen Sebeck, Marion Williams, Ed Zolia
Photo by David Norman Docherty- fine art & commercial photographer www.davidnormanphotgraphy.ca
Shirley was born in Calgary where she spent over 42 years working as a paralegal in corporate law firms. In 2004 she received a diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature in Writing for children and teenagers and in Marketing Children's books. In 2007 she and her husband retired and moved to White Lake BC. She joined the Shuswap Writers Group. Shirley is an avid reader and photographer and has a deep appreciation for animals and nature.
Shirley had her first book published The Trouble with Mandy - published by Solstice Publishing Ltd.,2012, and is available in soft cover and ebook. The book is geared for ages 0f 10 to 15 years old. Check out Shirley's web site www.shirleydekelver.com To purchase the paperback, please go to the following website: https://www.createspace.com/3907794
Carol's Salmon Arm roots go back two generations. Special times in her life are her family, her garden, dragon boating, cycling, hiking, golfing and Zumba! All these things have inspired her to write creative non-fiction and poetry. Carol has been a member of the Shuswap Writers Group for 9 years.
Carol is working on her bucket list of places to go and places to see. The adventures are developing into many journals that one day will become a story or two.
Carol is the maker and keeper of the groups website. So if there is any horrible bloopers like, horror of horror's spelling mistakes it will be she who is now named at fault.
Dorothy writes both fiction and non-fiction short stories. Her passion to preserve the documentation of her family history has led her to a deeper appreciation of all pioneers who came before us. Dorothy's garden on Foothill Road continues to inspire her writing and creative artwork. She has been a member of the Shuswap Writers Group since day one.
Dorothy was instrumental in compiling and publishing her family's history book.
Marion is a world traveller, editor, and published writer. She has written many short stories and a novel entitled "Master Of The Sinai". She volunteers her time as a pianist at various senior lodges and tutors students in English as a second language (ESL). Marion was helpful in editing many stories in our Anthology IV. She has written a collection of her wonderful short stories which was just published, "a collection of short stories for all ages". Marion now has a blog going and it will be posted on this site for anyone who wishes to read some of her delightful stories.
JoAnn has lived in Japan, Mexico, China and, more recently, Hong Kong- her home of five years where she worked for a time as an editor at Oxford University Press. JoAnn has written about her time in China in her book Little Emperors a year with the future of china. Currently, she lives in Victoria, British Columbia, but grew up in Salmon Arm.
JoAnn will be in India for a year and we hope to see another book soon keep updated on her blog she is developing, check out her website
Little Emperors a year with the future of China
Kay was born and raised in the Lake District of England. In 1969 she came to Canada on a one year teacher exchange. Kay has a BA in English Literature and a Masters in counselling psychology. Her careers have included being a teacher, counsellor, senior manager with a crown corporation, working as a consultant with the Attorney General and Ministry of Education...But the best was being a rancher.
Kay is working on another book that is close to her heart and love of the First Nations People.
Her love of the First Nations People, their culture and Music is reflected in her first book
SPIRIT OF THE POWWOW that combines her writing and photography. Her other passion is wildlife.
Spirit Of The Powwow
The 144 pages of photography and text detail every component of powwow. Meet the Nahanee family & learn about the dances, history, regalia, judging and etiquette. Smell the powwow ground. Walk tall in the Grand Entry. Mix with dancers, drummers and singers and listen to them speak to you.
A book designed to build a bridge between cultures.
Contact Kay Johnston @ www.spiritofpowwow.ca
Joyce Adrian Sotski
After losing her teenage son in a freak accident, Cathy turned to the writing of poetry and to the support of the international bereavement group, The Compassionate Friends. She has presented poems from her collection Holding On:Poems For Alex at international conferences and on CBC radio. Her short stories and essays have been published in the Globe and Mail and Room Magazine. She offers writing and healing workshops locally and internationally, and since the publication of her memoir, Snapshots of Love, Loss and Life, she also gives workshops on memoir writing.
Cathy now lives in Salmon Arm, is the international liaison of The Compassionate Friends.
See her website www.cathysosnowsky.com