Robert J. Wiersema


Robert J. Wiersema is the author of the novels Before I Wake and Bedtime Story (both national bestsellers), the novella The World More Full of Weeping, and the non-fiction, Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen. He reviews frequently for the Globe and Mail, the National Post and other periodicals, and he teaches introductory creative writing at Camosun College in Victoria, where he lives.

SiWC Workshops

Sunday 11:00am

Most writers dream of a garret or an island, a place where they can devote themselves to their works and words. The reality is far different, with most writers struggling to carve out time and money from an unforgiving world. We’ll look at how to create your own sacred time, how to protect it, and how to maximize its potential. A few minutes a day is the first step to that writing life!

Saturday 10:30am

The successful book or story is one that connects with the reader, that elicits an emotional reaction. That connection, though, starts with you. Do you connect with your own work? We’ll explore not only what needs to happen on the page, but what needs to happen within the writer before a single word is written. Are you strong enough to really connect?

Sunday 9:30am

Ever stayed up way later than you should have because you couldn't put down the book you were reading? No matter what genre, tension is the key to compelling stories. Sounds simple enough, but managing tension well is tough. Join our talented panel for a discussion on techniques, tricks, and tips to keep readers turning the page.