Kevin Chong


Kevin Chong is the author of five books, including a novel entitled Beauty Plus Pity and the biography Northern Dancer.  His writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, the Toronto StarMaclean'sChatelaineFASHION, Vancouver Magazine, and the CBC Arts website.  He's an editor at and teaches Creative Writing at UBC and SFU.

SiWC Workshops

Friday 3:30pm

Do you have a life experience you want to write about?  Family history you’d like to explore?  A great trip you’d like to set down on the page?  This workshop is for you.Through lecture, discussion, in-class readings, and exercises we will explore the various subgenres (memoir, personal essay, travel writing), research techniques, and the ethical dilemmas of autobiographical writing.

Sunday 9:30am

Writing a successful biography involves more than simply assembling the facts of a person life. A satisfying biography is not only detailed and comprehensive, contains a narrative arc built around a compelling thesis on the subject.This talk will walk you step by step through the process of writing a biography: research, interviewing, proposal writing, structure, pacing, and voice.