Richard Van Camp is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author, and a proud member of the Dogrib (Tłı̨chǫ) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, Canada.
He is the author of five collections of short stories, six baby books, three children’s books, five comics and more. His awards for writing include The Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Prize, CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Young Adult Literature, Wordcraft Storyteller of the Year for “The Greatest Storytelling in Canada and the US”, and a nomination for the ReLit Award.
In his latest book, Gather: Richard Van Camp on Storytelling, he explores the power of storytelling, illustrated with favourite examples from Elders, friends, and family. Richard shares the elements of a compelling story and offers insights into how to read a room, how to capture the attention of listeners, and how storytelling can create community and banish loneliness.
Richard is a graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing BFA Program, and holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. In the past several years, Richard has been the Storyteller in Residence for Calgary Public Library, and the Writer in Residence at the Metro Federation of Edmonton Libraries, the University of Alberta, Yellowhead Tribal College and MacEwan University, and the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford.
Richard is supported by Author Patron Anita Jack Davies.
WS1. How to Craft a Compelling Story