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Young Authors Conference

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Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Owen Laukkanen

Owen Laukkanen is unabashedly a writer of commercial fiction, also known as “genre” fiction, having produced a novel every year since The Professionals came out (and was nominated for four major genre awards) in 2012. The Professionals was Book 1... Read more

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Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Tyrell Johnson

Lots of writers can point to a specific event or person that sent them in the direction of a career in writing; Tyrell Johnson isn’t one of those people. “I don’t think it was one specific thing,” he said. “I’ve always loved being creative. I love... Read more

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Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: Lori McNulty

While Zsuzsi Gartner built her early career as a writer in journalism, working as a newspaper reporter, then a TV current affairs producer and then a magazine writer and editor, she has been interested in creative writing from an early age.“ Read more

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Issue: 2018-04-18, PHOTO: courtesy of Michael Winter

Michael Winter, one of the four mentor writers at this year’s edition of the Young Authors’ Conference, said he was first inspired to become a writer by watching his sister Kathleen (who just happens to have been one of last year’s mentor writers... Read more

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Issue: 2018-04-18, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

In 1990, a number of organizations joined together to meld the Young Authors’ Conference and the National Book Festival into a farther reaching Yukon Writers’ Festival to highlight the Canadian literary arts in the Yukon. The current sponsors of... Read more

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Issue: 2018-04-18, PHOTO: courtesy of Jamella Hagen

The local writer selected to be a mentor at this year’s Young Authors Conference is Jamella Hagen, who teaches creative writing at Yukon College. She describes her course as “a multi-genre class for second-year college students in which students... Read more

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Dave Brosha

Jamie Bastedo is not new to the Yukon. He first came to the territory 35 years ago as a biology graduate student. “Think Never Cry Wolf,” he says. “My head full of book knowledge about northern landscapes and cultures.” Read more

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Kimberley French

Sheri-D Wilson, who calls herself The Mama of Dada, is an award-winning spoken word poet, educator, speaker and activist, who has performed in literary, film and folk music festivals in Canada, USA, England, France, Mexico, Belgium, and South Africa. Read more

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: A. Smith

James Bernard MacKinnon, commonly bylined as J.B. MacKinnon, will be coming to the Yukon from Vancouver to be the Yukon Public Libraries’ choice as a travelling writer to visit a number of communities during the Yukon Writers’ Festival taking... Read more

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Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: courtesy of Shot in the Dark Productions

Whitehorse based writer and filmmaker Kelly Milner grew up in the Yukon. She cut her writing teeth doing feature articles for a local newspaper. “I loved that job and it helped me pursue a degree in journalism where I specialized in documentary... Read more

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Roger Lemoyne

Born in England, but transplanted to Newfoundland when she was very young, Kathleen Winter credits libraries with kick starting her interest in writing. “We moved around a bit and in one village the only library was ‘the bookmobile,’ a van filled... Read more

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Imagine that this is a story about you and a poem – 25 delicious lines about gathering pancake berries at Moosehide that you submitted to the 2009 Yukon Young Authors Contest. Read more

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Giller Prize winner Elizabeth Hay is among five authors taking part in this year's Yukon Writers' Festival which starts April 30. The five writers will be reading their work at public events in Whitehorse and Haines Junction.... Read more

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