AWCS is pleased to welcome, Rosemary Nixon and Taylor Lambert as our 2020 Retreat Facilitators.

Facilitators will each deliver one short workshop for participants and be available throughout the weekend for discussion, blue pencils and more.

Taylor Lambert is an award-winning journalist and the author of four literary nonfiction books. His 2017 book, Darwin’s Moving, which explored class divides through the lives of furniture movers, won the W.O. Mitchell Prize. In, Rising, his account of the devastating 2013 Alberta flood, Lambert told the story of the disaster through multiple narratives with differing perspectives of events. His work has appeared in Maisonneuve, Hazlitt, The Sprawl, Avenue, Alberta Views, Vice News and elsewhere. He stubbornly lives in Calgary, where he hosts a podcast called The Calgarian.

Rosemary Nixon is a pre-eminent short story writer and novelist. Her work has won or been nominated for awards in Canada and internationally.

Rosemary has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from UBC. She received a six-week Fellowship to write at Scotland’s Hawthornden Castle and was invited as Canadian Guest Writer to Portugal’s two-week DISQUIET International Festival. She has taught creative writing for twenty-five years.

Rosemary has served as writer-in-residence at several libraries and universities across Canada, including Canadian Writer-in-Residence for Calgary’s Distinguished Writers Programme. She won the 2018 Lois Hole award for Editorial Excellence. She edits for Freehand Books.