Melanie Chambers is a writer and university instructor living in Toronto. Ever since cycling from Holland to Spain in 1996, Melanie has penned stories about her amateur athletic challenges such as cycling 105 uphill kilometres in Taiwan’s KOM Challenge road race and hiking Northern Africa’s highest peak. As an editor and instructor, she has conducted writing workshops around the globe. Locally, she’s provided workshops at the Alice Munro’s Writers and Readers Festival and Western University’s Homecoming. When she’s not on the road, she teaches food and travel writing courses at Western University. http://www.melaniechambers.ca/
Brian Francis’s most recent work, Missed Connections: A Memoir in Letters Never Sent, was published in August, 2021. His 2019 YA novel, Break in Case of Emergency, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. His previous novel, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of 2011. His first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 CBC Canada Reads finalist and is an Amazon and 49th Shelf “100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime” title. He writes a monthly writing advice column, “Ask the Agony Editor,” for Quill & Quire magazine, a retro recipe column called “The Kitch” for Taddle Creek magazine, and is a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter. http://www.brian-francis.com/
Miranda Hill’s writing has been published by The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review and The Fiddlehead. She received her BA in drama from Queen’s University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Hill has worked in television and as a freelance writer and communications consultant. She is the founder and executive director of Project Bookmark Canada. She lives in Hamilton with her husband Lawrence Hill. Sleeping Funny is her first book of fiction.
Carrie Snyder is the author of Girl Runner, a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Prize for fiction, which was published internationally and translated into multiple languages; and also of The Juliet Stories, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for fiction. In addition to writing literary fiction, Carrie has published several books for children, and her non-fiction has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Carrie blogs & cartoons, mostly about writing and spirituality, at carriesnyder.com.