Monday, April 20, 2009

Writer's Workshop with Charlotte Gray

For all of you aspiring writers, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. This Spring, North Hills Museum in Granville Ferry will be hosting a three day writer's workshop featuring Charlotte Gray. Those of us associated with the museum are very excited about this announcement. Charlotte Gray is one of Canada's most respected non-fiction writers. Her writing presents complex historical personalities and events in a clear and readable form. We are thrilled to have a writer of this caliber coming to our site.

This is the second year for writer's workshops at North Hills Museum. Last year we had a very successful launch to this program when we hosted award winning novelist Donna Morrissey. We hope that this year's participants learn and have as much fun as last year's did.

To whet your non fiction writing appetite, the following is Charlotte Gray's official biographical blurb.

"Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known and highly respected non-fiction writers. Her most recent book is Nellie McClung, a short biography of Canada’s leading women’s rights activist in the Penguin Series, Extraordinary Canadians. Her 2006 bestseller, Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell, won the Donald Creighton Award for Ontario History and the City of Ottawa Book Award. It was also nominated for the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, the National Business Book Award and the Trillium Award. Her previous five books, which include Sisters in the Wilderness, The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, Flint & Feather, The Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson and A Museum Called Canada, were all award-winning bestsellers. In 2004 Charlotte was the advocate for Sir John A. Macdonald in the CBC series: The Greatest Canadian.

Charlotte was born in England, and came to Canada in 1979. She holds a BA in Modern History from Oxford University, did post-graduate work at the London School of Economics and has honorary doctorates from Mount St. Vincent University, Nova Scotia, the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University and York University. An Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, she is the 2003 Recipient of the Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history, and vice-chair of the board of the Canadian National History Society. Charlotte lives in Ottawa, has three sons and is a member of the Order of Canada."

The workshop will be held at North Hills Museum and will run from June 12-14. The cost of $200 per person includes lunches and nutrition breaks. For anyone interested in registering for the workshop, please email for the site at or call 902-532-2168. Please remember that space is very limited for this event.

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