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Instructor Celebrates New Release

Writer, poet, and Northwest Community College (NWCC) University Credit instructor, Sheila Peters, is releasing a new collection of poetry entitled the weather from the west. This is Peters third book release following the publication of Canyon Creek: A Script in 1998 and Tending The Remnant Damage, a collection of short stories, in 2001. Ive been writing poetry and giving readings for many years now and while individual poems have been published in various journals and other venues, it feels great to see a group of them all together, keeping each other company between the covers of my favourite technology a book! Peters talent, creativity, and writing and publishing experience is infused into in the creative writing and English courses she teaches at NWCC. Teaching people to write is first of all helping them overcome their fears; after that its a matter of practice. Since I struggle with the emotion and the discipline daily, I bring, I hope, the right combination of empathy and rigour to my classes. Developed in collaboration with local visual artist Perry Rath, the weather from the west is an exquisite combination of 42 poems expressing Peters diverse experiences both in the Bulkley Valley and away and 23 paintings of Raths visual reflection, interpretation and vision. The two artists will be celebrating the launch of their book on Friday, September 14th at the Driftwood Schoolhouse near Smithers. Sheilas students benefit extensively from her experience in, and passion for, writing, states NWCC Dean of University Credit and Senior Instructional Officer, Katherine McIndoe. Her writing and publishing experience adds context to the subject matter and her passion inspires and motivates, creating a rich learning environment. This combination of academic and practical experience based teaching is an element instructors and faculty at NWCC bring to their classes and one of the advantages students have at the College.

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