Truth Be Told Symposium

A free one-day educational symposium that will bring together renowned Canadian writers, artists, journalists and filmmakers to examine the challenges and rewards of using print and film to tell the truth.

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
9am to 4pm
Surrey Conference Room, Cedar Building
12666 72 Avenue, Surrey, B.C.
Free Admission

charlotte gill

Keynote Speaker: Charlotte Gill


9 – 9:30 –Registration and Coffee

9:30 – 10:45 – Self and Family panel
Sarah Leavitt, graphic novelist (Tangles)
Karin Lee, film-maker, (Cedar and Bamboo; Comrade Dad; Made in China)
Connor Doyle, KPU student and award-winning poet
MODERATOR: Billeh Nickerson (Creative Writing)

11-12:15 – Community panel
Joseph A. Dandurand, poet, playwright (Please Don’t Touch the Indians; Looking into the Eyes of my Forgotten Dreams)
Lisa Jackson, film-maker (Suckerfish; Reservation Soldiers)
Diane Purvey, writer (Vancouver Noir)
John Belshaw, writer, professor, consultant, and historian (Vancouver Noir, Becoming British Columbia: A Population History)
MODERATOR: Nicola Harwood (Creative Writing)

Break 12:15-1:00

1-2:15 – Keynote with Charlotte Gill, fiction and nonfiction writer (Eating Dirt, Ladykiller)

2:30-3:45 – International and World panel
Hadani Ditmars, writer and journalist (Dancing in the No-Fly Zone)
Carmen Rodriguez, novelist and poet (Retribution; and a body to remember with)
Arno Kopecky, writer and journalist (The Devil’s Curve; The Oil Man and the Sea)
MODERATOR: Aaron Goodman (Journalism)

Book table, library display table available all day

Billeh Nickerson
Chair, Creative Writing