Writer in Residence: Fall 2013

The Writer in Residence Program connects authors with schools and communities throughout British Columbia.

Fall 2013 Writer in Residence: Glenn Dixon
Mt. Baker Senior Secondary School, Cranbrook, BC

Glenn Dixon was Writer in Residence at Mt. Baker Senior Secondary School in Cranbrook, BC from October 28th to 31st. Throughout the week he mentored 28 Grade ten writing students and gave presentations to English and Social Studies classes in the school library.

Glenn was excited to participate in the Writers Fest’s Spreading the Word outreach program and work with budding writers, “I guess, once a teacher - always a teacher.  I love the natural curiosity of kids this age. I love seeing them get excited about books and writing,” said Glenn.

The writing class was in the midst of studying Romeo and Juliet and Glenn, coincidentally, has just begun writing his third book, based on his recent travels to Verona, Italy.

"Glenn’s visit was a valuable experience for the students.  He brought his experience of researching, writing, traveling and his work on Romeo and Juliet to tie in with what we were doing in the classroom … he spent quite a bit of time discussing his work in Verona and how he was going to use it for the first chapter of his next book.”

Karla Germaine
Grade 10 Teacher, Mt. Baker Senior Secondary School


Glenn also presented a two-hour workshop to middle and senior secondary school teachers, talking about the innovative teaching strategies he used when he was a teacher and that he still uses when presenting his books to students. Christie Johnson, a teacher at the school, found that “the strategies Glenn presented were very creative and encouraged a great discussion. I’ve since used some of them in my classes and they are very engaging.”

Glenn is a writer with a passion for words, music and exploring remote corners of the world. His most recent bookTripping the World Fantastic is a journey through the music of our planet.  In researching this book, Glenn travelled the globe for a year to explore how and why people make music. From a tour of Bob Marley’s house, to sitar lessons in India, to the talking drums of West Africa, he sought out music in its various forms to try to understand how playing and creating music is a form of communication found everywhere around the world.

"It was a very positive experience for our school. The library presentations were very well received by students and teachers, and provided a great introduction into Glenn’s book, Tripping the World Fantastic.  I had the expectation of exposing students to a first-hand account of hearing an author talk about writing a book and seeing the cultural influences on the development of both language and music… and these expectations were met!”

Colette Grasdall
Teacher-Librarian, Mt. Baker Senior Secondary School


Glenn’s residency is thanks to the Vancouver Writers Fest's Spreading the Word education program, which offers communities that cannot attend the Festival due to geographic and/or economic limitations the opportunity to have some of the best authors come to them.

The Writer in Residence program is sponsored by Amazon and supported by the Michael R. Shaw Fund.

Amazon.ca is committed to fostering the creation, discussion and publication of new authors and new books. “Amazon.ca is honoured to be able to work with the Vancouver Writers Fest in support of nurturing and developing the next generation of great writers.” Jon Fine, director of Author and Publisher Relations.