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.
JoAnn Dionne, President
JoAnn Dionne's first book, Little Emperors, was short-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature and a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. A resident of Victoria for over a decade, she now lives in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Susan Olding, Vice-President
Susan Olding is the author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays, winner of the CNFC Readers’ Choice Award for 2010. Currently, she’s pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and putting the finishing touches on a second book of essays.
Brian Kiers, Treasurer
Brian Kiers is a lawyer and writer with a particular interest in memoir, biography, and North American frontier literature.
Anne Georg, Membership Secretary
Anne Georg is a writer and photographer living in Calgary, Alberta. Her work has appeared in print and on radio, video, and online. Recently she published a graphic nonfiction, The Remarkable Story of the Grizzly and the Goats.
Kathy Seifert, Recording Secretary
Kathy Seifert is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer living in Canmore, Alberta. Her essay, “Sa Ta Na Ma,” will appear in Waiting: An Anthology, scheduled for publication in August 2018, from the University of Alberta Press. Her work has also been a finalist in the Western Magazine Awards.
Pamela Couture, Director-at-large
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).
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.
Judy McFarlane, Director-at-Large
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.