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Our Teaching Staff

Camosun Continuing Education instructors are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students' individual journeys.

Yvonne Blomer

Yvonne Blomer

Yvonne Blomer completed her MA in Creative Writing at The University of East Anglia. Her work has won awards and been published internationally. Her first book, a broken mirror, fallen leaf, based on her experiences living in Japan, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Landscapes and Home, ghazals, were published by Leaf Press in 2011. The Book of Places (Black Moss Press) and Bicycle Brand Journey (Jack Pine Press) were released in 2012, and Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press, 2013) out of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series in 2013. This spring Yvonne released her third full collection As if a Raven (Palimpsest, 2014) She is currently working on a travel book titled Sugar Ride. Yvonne teaches poetry and nonfiction, and you can learn more about her at YvonneBlomer.com.

Yvonne Blomer is Victoria's Poet Laureate for a four-year term, 2015-2019. Selected by nomination, the Poet Laureate serves as Victoria’s literary and cultural ambassador.

I would recommend this course to anyone interested in writing poetry - beginner or experienced. Beginners are welcomed into the world of writing with relevant instruction, the more experienced are coached with authentic listening, helpful suggestions; just a wonderful day. –PP

The balance of practice and theory was great. Very appropriate. Lots of examples to stimulate my creativity.

Yvonne is a lovely teacher skilled and knowledgeable. The group is a catalyst as well. The combination of good teaching and group energy is very creatively rewarding. –VM

Writing poems and listening to others in the class broadened our horizons, made us think ourside the box and search for more interesting articulate descriptions. –HW

Maggi Feehan

Maggi Feehan

Maggi is the author of the novel The Serpent’s Veil. In addition to winning Grain Magazine’s Dramatic Monologue contest (2002), she has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and journals. She has written scripts for four television documentaries seen on CTVglobemedia, A channel, APTN, SNC, CLT, the Knowledge Network & Book Television; one which was nominated for a Leo Award. Maggi is an award-winning instructor, with more than 20 years teaching at the college & university level. She loves to stand on her head, dance wildly, write laser-sharp prose and frolic with fiction. 

I am so grateful for the high level of accomplishment of the instructor which allowed true teacher, mentor and fellow writer living experience. –JS

Michael Giampa

Michael Giampa

Michael is a graduate of the “Video-Clerk-Turned-Professional-Screenwriter” School. Top placement in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscar folks) Nicholl Fellowship secured him literary representation and his first paid writing gig over a decade ago. Since then he has penned several produced features (including Johnny Tootall starring Adam Beach) and been optioned or commissioned to write over twenty more.
Michael is also active in the film/writing community – having published in Script magazine, story consulted on feature films (including The Colony, starring Laurence Fishburne), and participated as an invited guest in the Whistler Film Festival’s Master Class Series, Victoria’s CineVic Society, and the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

He recently secured the film rights to Howard O’Hagan’s acclaimed Canadian adventure novel Tay John and has several screenplays in pre-production (including Throwing Thumbs, with Stephen Fry’s Sprout Productions and an A-list director in Los Angeles).

Michael does a great job of breaking down this complex topic into digestible chunks. –Anon

Michael is an inspiration, practical, inspiring, fun. –MT

Michael is high energy and professional and has a seemingly endless reserve of knowledge and interesting facts.

Elin Kelsey

Elin Kelsey

Elin Kelsey, PhD is passionate about facilitating people’s creative expression through writing. She is the award-winning author of books for adults and children including: You Are Stardust; Wild Ideas; Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales; Not Your Typical Book about the Environment and others. See more about Elin and her work at www.elinkelseyandcompany.com

Claire Mulligan

Claire Mulligan

Claire Mulligan's first novel, The Reckoning of Boston Jim is set during the 1863 Cariboo gold rush and was nominated for the Giller prize and the BC book awards. Her second novel The Dark centres on the notorious Fox sisters, the originators of Spiritualism. The Dark was published by Random/Doubleday in 2013 and was recently short-listed for the Canadian Author's Award. Claire has also won numerous awards for her short stories. She has recently moved to Victoria with her three young children.

Claire Mulligan is an awarding winning novelist and short story writer. She is currently pursuing a MFA in screen and screen adaptation at the University of Victoria.

Really fun and productive class. Claire took a genuine interest in everyone's projects. Hope to take more classes from this instructor. –DM

Darcy Nybo

Darcy Nybo

Darcy Nybo has helped dozens of authors get their work from their heads to the hands of the public. Recently relocated from Kelowna, she specializes in freelance articles for periodicals, writing and editing newsletters, media releases, and editing of books.

 

Julie Paul

Julie Paul

Julie is the author of two short fiction collections: The Jealousy Bone (2008) and The Pull of the Moon (Brindle & Glass, 2014). Stories, poems and essays have appeared in many literary journals, including Grain, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Event, PRISM International and Canadian Literature. She has facilitated writing classes for new writers for many years, and loves to help students bring their creativity to the page. Julie’s short story collection The Pull of the Moon (2014, Brindle & Glass) won the 2015 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Julie’s first book of poetry is forthcoming with McGill-Queens University Press in 2017. More info can be found at www.juliepaul.ca.

Julie had a range of methods to encourage one to explore ideas, develop them, and reduce inhibitions. –FS

Passionate and infectiously optimistic. –AM

Warm and friendly approach inspired me to write more. –DF

Ray Spencer

Ray Spencer

Ray Spencer is a songwriter, arranger, recording and performing artist. He believes that a good songwriting course needs a focal point ... a common thread that runs through all the sessions you do and beyond. His class, Sessions in Songwriting, combines a passion for music with a practical ‘hands on‘ approach to the creative process.
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Julie Paul

Robert Wiersema

Robert is a book critic, whose reviews appear regularly in a variety of newspapers and on CBC radio, and the bestselling author of two novels, Before I Wake and Bedtime Story. His 2009 novella The World More Full of Weeping was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora, and his "odd memoir" Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen was published in 2011. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, and he's spending this fall promoting his new novel Black Feathers (Harper Collins Canada).

R Wiersema loves what he does and it shows. The depth and diversity of his knowledge and expertise in eye opening. I feel honoured to learn from him.

As a complete novice, I felt welcomed and able to ask any questions and treated with the same respect as the students who obviously are accomplished writers. Thank you!!

Knowledgeable, concise, honest, articulate, resourceful, convincing, passionate, helpful. –Anon

Robert imparted the info in a most impassioned and enthusiastic way. He held nothing back and inspired me. I was very aware of the quality of instruction. –DG

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