The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society was established in 2004 by a group of Canadian writers. Our purpose is to promote excellence in nonfiction writing through education, professional development, and public information.
Judy McFarlane, President
Judy McFarlane’s memoir, Writing with Grace: A Journey Beyond Down Syndrome, was published by Douglas & McIntyre in 2014. It was selected as an Editor’s Choice by Reader’s Digest and shortlisted for the 2015 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.
Pamela Couture, Vice-President
Pamela Couture teaches at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. She focuses on the use of creative writing in practical theology. She most recently published a narrative of indigenous peace builders in We Are Not All Victims: Local Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Lit Verlag, 2016).
Jane Silcott, Treasurer
Jane Silcott writes essays and stories loosely organized around the puzzles of love, duty and self. Her first collection, Everything Rustles, was published in 2013. She is co-editor, with Fiona Tinwei Lam, of Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups, and Downs of Marriage.
Kathy Seifert, Membership Secretary
Kathy Seifert is a writer and former corporate public affairs specialist. Her work has appeared in many publications including Grain, Sunday Magazine, Enterprise, The Calgary Herald, and most recently Waiting, An Anthology of Essays, published by University of Alberta Press. She as also been a finalist in the Western Magazine Awards. Kathy has a Master's degree in Continuing Education from the University of Calgary with a specialization in workplace learning. Her final project explored the use of storytelling as a learning tool. She writes and lives in the beautiful Canadian Rockies in Canmore, Alberta .
Cathy Cooper, Recording Secretary
Cathy Cooper spent her life as teacher/librarian, promoting reading and writing in elementary and secondary classrooms. In 2015, after her husband’s tragic and sudden death, she attended the Sage Hill Writing Experience. Her debut memoir, A Sum of Parts: A Widow’s Journey from Death to Life through Organ Donation, provides a first-hand account of her husband’s organ donation and the unexpected aftermath. A life-long learner, Cathy found herself thrown into the world of organ donation, unavoidably exploring the limits of her heart.
Shelley O’Callaghan, Director-at-Large
Shelley O’Callaghan is a retired environmental lawyer and social advocate. Her first book, a memoir, How Deep is the Lake: A Century at Chilliwack Lake, reflects her passions about history, social justice, and the environment. Shelley is a member of the North Shore Writers Association and the Whistler Writing Society as well as the Creative Nonfiction Collective.
Christopher Moore, Director-at-Large
Christopher Moore lives in Toronto and writes about Canadian history in many media. His awards include Governor-General’s Awards in Non-fiction (for Louisbourg Portraits, 1983) and in Children’s Literature (for From Then to Now: A Short History of the World, 2011 – the first nonfiction title to receive that award). He is a past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada and a longtime member of the CNFC.
Lissa M. Cowan, Director-at-Large
Lissa M. Cowan is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. In 2013 she published Milk Fever (Demeter Press, Toronto), a historical feminist suspense novel, and she has published Words That Walk in the Night (Vehicule Press, Montreal), a literary translation from French to English written by esteemed Quebec poet, Pierre Morency. She is currently working on Climate of the Heart, her first full-length creative nonfiction book.