Andrea MacPherson


Andrea MacPherson is the author of five books:  two novels, Beyond the Blue and When She Was Electric, and three poetry collections, EllipsesAway, and Natural Disasters.  Her poetry has also been anthologized in the UK publication, How the Light Gets In.  When She Was Electric was listed No. 6 on CBC Canada Reads: People’s Choice; Natural Disasters was longlisted for the 2008 ReLit Awards.  Andrea holds an MFA from the Creative Writing Department at the University of British Columbia, where she was Editor of Prism International.  She has also acted as the Reviews Editor for Event Magazine.  She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of the Fraser Valley.  

SiWC Workshops

Sunday 9:30am

What makes a poem memorable?  How can you use language to create a poem that resonates with the reader?  Revision is an integral component to the craft of writing.  Learn strategies to revise and strengthen your own poetry,  and explore word choice, imagery, and structure in this workshop with Andrea MacPherson.

Saturday 3:30pm

Research is an essential part of almost every writing project, but it's especially important when working on historical fiction. Getting the details right is key, but that's only the beginning of using all that fascinating research: how much does your reader need to know about time and place?  How do you include all the material in a dynamic way?  How can you make the past come to life? Join Andrea MacPherson for insight into how to effectively incorporate your research so it becomes a seamless part of your story.