Board of Directors

Margaret Lynch (president) is a nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post and on CBC Radio. Her book-in-progress is a memoir about her journey to become a better person after surviving an experimental bone marrow transplant. Her proposal for TRANSFORMED: When My DNA Changed, So Did I won the 2020 Penguin Random House Best Nonfiction Book Proposal Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS.

 

Christopher Moore (vice-president) is a long time member of CNFC, now on the second year of a term on the board. He is a past chair and honorary life member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, once for nonfiction, once for children’s literature. His books are almost exclusively in the field of Canadian history, but he subscribes to Betsy Warland’s dictum “creative nonfiction refers to all nonfiction and mixed-genre writing shaped by literary sensibilities, devices, and strategies.”

 

Marsha Faubert (treasurer) is a Toronto-based writer and lawyer. Her first book, Wanda’s War, a story of war, displacement, and exile, will be published in February 2023 by Goose Lane Editions. Her next project will explore the history and legacy of environmental injustice in her hometown of Sarnia, known to some as Canada’s Chemical Valley. In addition to degrees in psychology and law, she holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax.

 

Fiona Campbell (she/her) (director at large) is a freelance writer, journalist, editor and communications professional. She’s also a passionate storyteller who never outgrew her love of the question, “Why?” For over 20 years she’s written for national magazines, websites and non-profits on topics related to farming, the environment, the arts and social justice. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College, a BAA in journalism from Ryerson University, and a BA in international development from the University of Guelph. Fiona is working on a collection of lyrical essays ffrom her home in Madoc, Ont., (treaty territory of the Anishinabewaki people) where she currently lives with her two teenage kids, one dog, and too many books.

 

Taslim Jaffer (director at large) is a freelance writer, editor and writing instructor with a special interest in culture, identity and home. Her bylines include Maclean’s, CBC, WestCoast Families, Unearth Women and more. Taslim is currently working on her memoir-in-essays, a book she began during her MFA in Creative Nonfiction (University of King’s College). She serves on the Board of Directors for Word Vancouver and enjoys moderating panels, hosting events and contributing program ideas. Taslim lives in Surrey, B.C. with her husband, 3 kids and a very cute puppy named Ruby.

 

AnnMarie MacKinnon (director at large) has worked in both magazine and book publishing for nearly two decades in a number of editorial and marketing positions, including for GeistVisual Arts News, and Douglas & McIntyre. She has also taught creative writing and has worked as a freelance writer and editor.

 

 

Lenore Rowntree (director at large) lives in Vancouver and on the Sunshine Coast in BC. She is a former lawyer and now a writer whose publications include Hidden Lives: true stories from people who live with mental illness, Cluck, a novel, and the forthcoming See You Later Maybe Never. She has been a board member for several not-for-profit societies including the Motivation, Power & Achievement Society, Astrolabe Musik Theatre, and The Historic Joy Kogawa House Society. She is a current member of the CNFC Conference Committee for 2022 and hopes to meet everybody live in 2023.

 

Jessica Payne (director at large) is a writer, editor, gardener and interdisciplinary artist currently at work on a book she began during her MFA in Creative Nonfiction (University of King’s College). She spent her twenties working with arts nonprofits before founding her own studio. Her botanical art and interviews have been featured in Green Living Magazine, Flower House Detroit, The Hamilton Spectator, Urbanicity, KOTN journal and elsewhere. She’s the recipient of a HA&L Short Works Prize in literary nonfiction and has forthcoming work in anthologies: Bad Artist and Wayzgoose. She lives in Toronto.

 

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