Penticton Public Library Presents Author Lesley Buxton Friday January 18th

Join local author Lesley Buxton on Friday, January 18th at the Penticton Public Library! Lesley will discuss the challenges of writing a memoir and give a few memoir inspired writing exercises. Lesley taught creative writing for many years in Ottawa and wants to help inspire others to record their stories for themselves and their families.

Her first book, One Strong Girl won the inaugural Pottersfield Prize for Creative Non-fiction. The memoir stems from her performance at This Really Happened at the Montreal Writer’s Festival and her blog: “Fall On Me, Dear” about mothering her daughter, India who suffered from a rare neurological disorder.

Her essays and short stories have appeared in leading Canadian magazines such as: Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Hazlitt, The Fiddlehead, and The New Quarterly. In spring 2018, an excerpt of One Strong Girl appeared in Reader’s Digest. Her essay “Are You Still Married” was included in the Caitlin Press anthology “Love Me True”. Lesley currently lives in Penticton, BC. Please join us in welcoming her at the Library!

Date: Friday, January 18

Time: 12 – 1pm

Location: Library-Museum Auditorium

For more information, please call the Public Library Information Desk at 250-770-7782



OWL (Okanagan-South Writers’ League) Meeting, Wednesday January 16

OWL Meeting at the Shatford Centre – 6.30 to 8.30 pm

Important Meeting!  We need your input!  Please attend if possible!


– information from Chute Lake Lodge on the possibility of having writer’s retreats at their location!

– other useful information about events, etc.

– presentation by Aggie Stevens (host of Aggie’s Writers on Peach City Radio) on how to set up an email list newsletter for your author’s website/blog, in order to improve your marketing and increase your audience (and sell more books, of course!)

– read aloud by writers: please follow these instructions:

– maximum two pages, double-spaced, Times New Romans 12 font size. PLEASE RESPECT THESE RULES! We need a fair amount of time for each reading and feedback. Thank you!

– if you need to provide “background information” prepare it ahead of time; no more than one minute

– if you want specific kinds of feedback (for example, about character development or pacing or whatever), please let us know so we can pay particular attention to that

– if you’d like really valuable feedback, bring along a dozen or so photocopies of your reading piece. Then people can follow along and make notes/comments on the sheets. After the oral feedback, you can collect the sheets and have all that written feedback to study and use at home!

– if you plan to read, please contact Norma   People who reserve reading time will get first chance to read.

– planning discussion about future OWL meetings, location, cost, activities at meetings, mini-group meetings, etc.

– the “networking” session at the end will only be about 10 to 15 minutes this time.

If you can’t attend, but have input about the future of OWL, please email your ideas to Norma  by Tuesday, January 15th. Thanks!