Federation of BC Writers STAFF

Bryan Mortensen, Executive Director

I am excited about this opportunity to introduce myself to the membership of the Federation of British Columbia Writers (FBCW) and the readers of our WordWorks Magazine. I have joined the federation as Executive Director after serving in leadership roles in not-for-profits and at the University of Alberta over the last 12 years. I, like many of you, am an emerging writer. (Which, I am confident we all know is code for a “hopefully published in the not-too-distant future.”)

As a fellow writer, I view our work and our efforts as vital to our communities. We are the storytellers, the historians, and knowledge keepers not just of our history, but of our ideas and experiences. We shape the world by doing our work as artists. It is for this reason that I applied to join this team. I want to help each of you tell your story, whether it is through fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or in any of the plethora of mediums in which we work.

As Executive Director, my job is to push our organization to be it’s best and to look long term at our future. In the immediate future, as I familiarize myself with our organization and its members, I have two primary goals. The first of which is to support and seek out opportunities for new benefits for our members. It is important to me that our members feel that they are getting true value for being a part of the organization. My second goal is to ensure that these benefits stay consistent and relevant. As such, one of my primary tasks is to seek out new funding and partnership opportunities to enhance the federation.

Jessica Cole, Member Associate & Managing Editor of WordWorks

Jessica Cole is the Member Associate and Managing Editor of WordWorks, the Federation's magazine for writers. She likes to genre hop, drafting romantic comedies for adults and speculative fiction for teens under the pen name Jess Wesley. She studied marketing at BCIT and is a graduate of The Writer's Studio at SFU (2020). She loves to connect with writers and can be found on the web at jesswesley.com.

Meaghan Hackinen, Fund Development & Outreach Associate 

Meaghan Hackinen is a writer, ultra-endurance cyclist, and Fund Development & Outreach Associate at the FBCW. Meaghan's two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along Europe’s highest paved roads. Her debut travel memoir, South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019) was a finalist for two Canadian book awards. She has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and lives on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan People in Kelowna, BC. Find Meaghan online at meaghanhackinen.com and @meaghanhackinen on Instagram.

Cristy Watson, Committee Chair, Wise Words

Cristy Watson has eight published novels for MG and YA readers. She loves entering writing contests and was pleasantly surprised to receive Editor’s Choice in the CV2, 2-Day Poem Contest in 2013, where contestants have 48 hours to write a poem using ten selected words. She also regularly participates in the Poetry Marathon in June, preferring the half-marathon where she writes twelve poems to twelve prompts in twelve hours. Cristy is thrilled to be supporting the Wise Words Committee and their important work for seniors across British Columbia, as Committee Chair. You can find Cristy here: cristywatsonauthor.wordpress.com and facebook.com/watsoncristy.

Diana Skrepnyk, Design Director

Diana previously led marketing and communications design and design teams at Royal Roads University and, for many years, at the Banff Centre. Her superpower is visual communications, combining a writer’s finely crafted words with graphics and/or images to create messages that attract and inform readers. Her writing prowess is mostly limited to short, catchy headlines, but she LOVES to read – there are always a handful of books on her night table. She also makes visual art, mostly of birds, and enjoys riding trails and running errands on her bike Frankie, a Franken-bike made from recycled parts.

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