Rebecca Wood Barrett named new Whistler Writing Society artistic and executive director

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      The Whistler Writing Society has named Rebecca Wood Barrett as its new artistic and executive director.

      The announcement comes as society founder and artistic director Stella Harvey is retiring after 21 years in the position.

      Society volunteers have produced the Whistler Writers Festival since 2002. According to a March 7 society news release, Wood Barrett has been involved with the festival since its first year, as a volunteer, marketing and program managers, and by serving on the board.

      Wood Barrett, a longtime Whistler resident, has degrees in film and creative writing and is the author of a chapter book for middle-grade readers, My Best Friend Is Extinct (Orca, 2020).

      She also has experience making short films and is a published writer of short fiction.

      The Whistler Writers Festrival ran a hybrid event in 2021 for its 20th anniversary, and it plans a fully live fest this year, from October 13 to 16. (Tickets for festival events go on sale August 31; for event information, go here.)

      The society holds various other writing events throughout the year, including an authors-in-schools series and a writer-in-residence program.