Author Archives: Cathy

Sechelt Library Workshop and Reading November 2

I’m giving a workshop on characterization using techniques from gestural life drawing at Sechelt Library, Saturday November 2, 1-3 pm, followed at 4 pm by a reading from The Causes.

Launching soon

I’m excited to be launching my debut novel “The Causes,” published by the indefatigable Pedlar Press very soon. Look hear for updates and related posts.

The Causes

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Teaching and workshops

They say creative writing can’t be taught. I would suggest that goes for many disciplines and practices. Writing should be accorded no additional mystique. I’ve taught classes and workshops in a wide variety of genres, from graphic narrative to prose poetry, from parenting memoirs to speculative fiction. I’ve given talks and classes on building characters using portrait drawing techniques, on writing as healing, and am increasingly interested in walking and interactions with nature and place as triggers for creative expression. Currently I teach in the creative writing and interdisciplinary expressive arts departments at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Contact me for more information about customized courses and workshops.


I’ve had several literary reviews in EVENT magazine, including one forthcoming in the Fall 2019 issue. Here’s my most recent one about Rachel Giese’s nonfiction book “Boys,” and Claire Tacon’s novel “In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo.”


New poems and stories

A series of my poems entitled “Old English Songs” from a new manuscript in process won first prize in the SubTerrain magazine LUSH Triumphant contest earlier this year.

A story, “A Room at the Marlborough” was published in The Fiddlehead.


The Causes

The Vancouver launch for The Causes is on Friday October 4, 7-9 pm at Massy Books. The evening will be hosted by Lydia Kwa, and also feature emerging writer Natasha Gauthier. Free admission!

On Wednesday September 18 I’m hosting a panel for Pandora’s Collective on “The Writer Identity”. Panelists include Joseph Dandurand, Isabella Wang, Leanne Dunic and Alex Leslie and the panel takes place at 7 pm at Britannia Public Library.

I will also be participating in Word Vancouver, featuring on the Fiction stage at 12:40 pm on Sunday September 29, then whizzing over to the Panels stage for a 2:15 pm panel on teaching creative writing, hosted by Jen Currin.

Further upcoming events TBA.


The Causes

The Causes, due out with Pedlar Press, September 2019:

This complex and unsettling debut novel follows the young Argentine conscript José Ramirez from his torture on the bleak plains of the Falklands, back into his childhood in pre-revolution Argentina, and forward across continents as he grapples with the loss of his father and his country as he knew it. Influenced by the works of Jorge Luis Borges and John Berger, The Causes explores themes of war and trauma, resilience and repair. Mysterious, gripping, poetic and magic-realist,The Causes is a love story for a threatened planet, set in Argentina, Spain, the UK and the South Atlantic.

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Forthcoming with Pedlar Press, August 23, 2019.

Pre-orders available now.

Carmen Rodrigues’s “Retribution”

Read my review of Carmen Rodrigues’s novel Retribution in the Literary Review of Canada.

“not being on a boat” and “The Water Man’s Daughter”

My review of two novels, Esme Claire Keith’s not being on a boat, and Emma Ruby-Sachs’s The Water Man’s Daughter will be published in the upcoming issue of Event magazine.