Gwen Davies writes short stories and novels and the occasional essay. In 2000 she founded the acclaimed writing retreat Community of Writers, a summer retreat at the Tatamagouche Centre. She teaches creative writing at the Nova Scotia Community College and in private workshops and retreats, and particularly enjoys working with new writers. She earns a living as a consultant in clear language and design, and boosts her spirit doing parkour -- check out this video on Halifax parkour [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEZLdVbD56E].
Gwen grew up as an Air Force Brat, moving with her strange and interesting family around Ontario and France and exploring Europe with them in a VW camper. She graduated from Wilfird Laurier with a BA Honours in English and later from King's with a BJ and holds an Adult Education Certificate from the Tatamagouche Centre. Over the years she has taught high school English, worked with health food, written stories for magazines and newspapers including The Globe and Mail, and worked in community development and various types of consulting. For many years, she earned her living editing public materials (like the NS Power Bill and the Youth Criminal Justice Act) into language that was clear and accessible to its intended audience.Publications
Education and CommunicationsPublications:
"Ellipsis," Aubade Anthology, Boularderie Island Press, fall 2018.
Facing the Other Way, Boularderie Island Press, 2016
5 Keys to Making Your Website Clear and Usable, Bright Crow Publishing, 2016
"Bluffing." The Antigonish Review, number 143, Autumn 2005
"She knew I'd be there." Antigonish Review, Autumn 2013
"Moving." Apogee Magazine, Spring 2013
the shape of desire, art chapbook, story by Gwen Davies, pictures by Lorelei Medcalf, exhibited in Sister City Prints, an intercontinental collaorative project, exhibited in West Gallery Thebarton, Adelaide, and The Art Vault, Mildura, Australia, 2017 & 2018.
"My First Bus Ride." Pottersfield Portfolio, Volume 15, No. 1, Spring 1993.
"Laura." The Blue Jean Collection. Thistledown Press, 1992. ISBN 0-920633-94-3.
Examples of creative and useful plain language projects
"Labour Standards Code Fact Sheets" (co-author). Nova Scotia Department of Education, 2006.more
Off-highway Vehicles Riders Handbook & Rules & Regulations (co-writer), NS Department of Labour & Workforcemore
Kids' Health and the Environment: A Tool Kit. Cape Breton District Health Authority, 2004.more
"Facing the Other Way." Cahoots, Summer 2006
"No Endings." Pottersfield Portfolio, Volume 23 #2, Dec 2003Awards
First place, Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest, The Antigonish Review, 2013
WFNS Effervescent Heart Award, 2004. "To thank and recognize an outstanding member of the writers' community: a person who dedicated years of selfless service to the emerging writers in this region."
Creation Grant, Arts Council of Nova Scotia, 2001.
Video Scholarship, Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, 1994.