Kamloops, BC—September 13, 2021—The Writer is in! Earlier this year, the TNRL announced the appointment of Kamloops-born & raised screenwriter Ken Hegan as its Screenwriter in Residence for fall 2021.
Ken’s time with the library has officially started and we are excited to share the details on all the exciting programs and services Ken will be providing this fall.
Writers across the Thompson-Nicola Regional District can request a one-on-one consultation with Ken where he will review a pre-submitted writing sample and provide detailed feedback. Depending on the writer’s location within the region, consultations may be available in-person at a library branch, via phone, or video-conference. Writers will be asked to indicate their preference when requesting an appointment.
Starting in October, Ken will host a series of film screenings at Kamloops’ Paramount Theatre, with special appearances and live Q&A periods with writers, directors, and others involved in the making of those films. Registration will be required to attend in-person and a virtual format will be available.
Group workshops will also be offered on screenwriting topics like:
- How to Hook Your Audience in the Opening Scenes
- How to Write Comedy that Slays
- How to Pick the Right Story to Make Into a Film
This is the second year the TNRL has been able to host a Writer in Residence. In 2019, over 400 people participated in Writer in Residence events and services, including 41 TNRD residents who received one-on-one coaching.
“Hey Kamloops! I’m super excited to be the TNRL’s first-ever Screenwriter in Residence,” says Ken Hegan. “A great honour. Kamloops has character, Kamloopsians are great storytellers. Plus there are so many great locations for movies and TV shows, I’ve long believed there should be a big movie studio here. My mission as Screenwriter in Residence is to help locals dream up Kamloops stories that can be seen around the world.”
The Writer in Residence program is designed to encourage the development of the written arts in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, connect writers and the general public, and provide the Writer with time, space, and resources to work on their own writing projects.
Full details about the 2021 residency can be found at tnrl.ca/writer-in-residence.
Catherine Schmidt, Coordinator, Adult Services
Thompson-Nicola Regional Library