Winner – Second Place – Okanagan Short Story Contest

Katie Welch has won Second Place in the Okanagan Short Story Contest for Saint Watching Over House About To Burn. 

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/entertainment/kamloops-writer-takes-second-in-okanagan-writing-contest-1.23848272

2019 Okanagan Short Story Contest – Shortlisted story

Katie Welch’s story Saint Watching Over House About to Burn has been shortlisted for the 2019 Okanagan Short Story Contest. Finalists will be announced on April 25th, 2019, at a public event at Milkcrate Records in Kelowna, B.C. 

http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/calendar/event_213483a2-5a21-11e9-bfc2-5cb9017bff18.html

 

“Deer vs. Vikings” by Katie Welch

The Passion Bowl Stage in the North Shuswap region of British Columbia is located on the unceded territory of the Secwepemc People. It is an outdoor stage, built and maintained by Jim and Kathi Cooperman, who envisioned their grandchildren enjoying summer theatre projects in this bucolic setting. 

For five years, Katie Welch has written or co-written an original play, directed a week-long Drama Camp, and invited the general public to performances of Passion Bowl Players productions. 

The 2018 production, “Deer vs. Vikings” by Katie Welch, was staged on Saturday, July 14th. 

 “Vikings land their ship on the shores of Newfoundland and begin ransacking the countryside. Local deer are shocked and frightened, but Niorun, Norse Goddess of Dreams, makes Deer and Vikings dream they are each other, and all gain insight and empathy.”

Backdrop design and art instruction by Dylan Stinson

‘Heartleaf Philodendron’ – story in Longleaf Review

Katie Welch’s story ‘Heartleaf Philodendron’ was published on April 1, 2018, in Issue 2 of Florida’s Longleaf Review. A young man living in Vancouver’s West End attempts to seduce his neighbour with a plant.

“Proof Journal” by Katie Welch, debut issue of Déraciné Magazine

Thrilled to announce that Déraciné Magazine published Proof Journal, a short story by Katie Welch, in their debut issue, December 2017. Here is a link to a PDF of the magazine. Winter 2017 – Deracine Magazine

One Week In November

Your submission has been accepted for the Emerging Writers Intensive program. A maple-syrup sweet opportunity. In springtime I had sent my application, paid a small fee, and filed the attempt under probably won’t happen. 

First-chapter novelists would be mentored by Madeleine Thien. Her most recent novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, in the running for the Man Booker, Giller, and Governor General’s prizes for fiction, was so beautiful and moving I read it twice, and then enjoyed works by the other facilitators, Wayne Grady’s Emancipation Day, Saleema Nawaz’s Mother Superior, and Elizabeth Phillips’ The Afterlife of Birds. 

I learned a great deal in my week at the Banff Centre. Madeleine Thien encouraged us to be courageous, have confidence, and dare to see the novel’s big picture right from the beginning. Notes from the program’s other participants helped me shape and re-imagine my novel. I will always be grateful for this opportunity, and return to it for inspiration. 

Links to works by a few other writers who participated in the Emerging Writers Intensive program in November 2016:

http://www.saramarinelli.com/about/

https://www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/festival-author/armand-garnet-ruffo/

http://houseofanansi.com/products/barrelling-forward

Emerging Writers Intensive at the Banff Centre

 

Katie Welch will be attending the Emerging Writers Intensive program at the Banff Centre, November 19-27, 2016. Eight emerging writers will attend workshops and get individual feedback from four distinguished Canadian writers. Katie is overjoyed and grateful to have this unique opportunity to work on her current adult fiction manuscript, and develop her writing skills.

Preface to Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear

Reading from Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear at WORD Vancouver, September 25, 2016

Preface to Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear, previously published as The Bears

At a time of great upheaval in my personal life, the Pacific Northwest coast of British Columbia was under direct and imminent environmental threat. I decided to do something I had always wanted to do: write a book. Impatient to hold a physical book that I had written, I hastily self-published The Bears in December, 2012.

Any musician will tell you not to practice in public. As a music teacher, I might have carried this advice across artistic disciplines. In spite of rushing to publish The Bears, the book gathered a small but enthusiastic audience.

Other writing projects followed. Two young adult adventure manuscripts, the Sarah Spellings stories, are available to read on Wattpad. I met other writers, attended a writer’s circle, and studied the bones of writing.

In the summer of 2016 I was invited to read from The Bears at WORD Vancouver, a festival of writing in all forms, promoting literacy and reading. I hadn’t picked up a copy of The Bears since it was published. I recognized the story, but it was as though a stranger had written it. I revised the manuscript. The title had always been problematic; everyone thought it was a children’s book. Friend and poet Suzanne M. Steele suggested Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear.

I send this story back out into the world, and hope it makes more friends.