The Point's Writers Adventure Camp opens for registration 

Arts News: Adventure Film Series for GO Fest

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - WRITERS CAMP Participants from the 2015 event talk about their work.
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  • WRITERS CAMP Participants from the 2015 event talk about their work.

Registration is now open for the second annual Writers Adventure Camp at The Point Artist-Run Centre in Whistler.

An eclectic mix of writers are running workshops at the camp, which runs from June 8 to 12, including Heather O'Neil (fiction), J.B. MacKinnon (non-fiction), Dennis Food (screenwriting), Charlie Demers (humour writing), Paul Pigat (songwriting), Elizabeth Bachinsky (poetry), Matt Turner (writing for videogames) and Shelley Youngblut (artisanal self-publishing). Director of the camp is author Zsuszi Gartner.

"It's very exciting. I am really pleased to see a national connection developing when it comes to the competition, through the involvement of The Walrus magazine, and people registering from across the country. Our instructors are also national," said The Point's artistic director Stephen Vogler.

"But so far we haven't drawn many locals, so we'd like to see more participants from around here taking part in the workshops and events."

The full camp costs $725 to take part, though single workshops are available for $90. Those 19 and under can take part in each workshop for $50.

Half-Camp participation is also available for $355. (Note: The Fiction Workshop is now full.)

Registration deadline is May 11.

Accommodation is off-site and not included in the tuition fee, Vogler added.

North Vancouver writer Erin MacNair has been named the winner of the camp's Get to The Point National Fiction Contest.

MacNair will receive free tuition and hotel accommodation to the camp and her short story "Thin Crust" will be published in The Walrus.

For more information and to register visit www.writersadventurecamp.ca.

Adventure Film Series for GO Fest announced

The Whistler Film Festival is presenting its third annual Adventure Film Series, taking place at the Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest) on May 21 and 22.

The series opens on Saturday, May 21, with the B.C. premiere of Speed Sisters (1 p.m); The Rider & The Wolf (4 p.m.) recounts the disappearance of Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist Mike Rust in 2009, double-billed with Cam Zink's Reaching For The Sky. The Great Alone (7 p.m.) won the Grand Jury Prize and Best Exploration and Adventure Film at Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2015. The evening closes with Meru (9 p.m.).

On Sunday, May 22, there is Racing Extinction (1 p.m.), the latest from Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove), next is Waterways (4 p.m.), a collection of two films that celebrate what's possible on the water. View From A Blue Moon follows the world's most dynamic surfer, John Florence, and in Chasing Niagara, pro-kayaker Rafa Ortiz decides to paddle over Niagara Falls and sets in motion an incredible series of events.

The series wraps up with the Canadian premiere of We Are Blood (7 p.m.), a modern-day skateboarding epic featuring some of the world's best skaters.

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