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Library names new writer-in-residence, with months of workshops planned

CBC journalist Jennifer Chrumka will tour the region and host dozens of workshops over the next three months
Jennifer Chrumka is the next writer-in-residence for the Thompson Nicola Regional Library.

The Thompson Nicola Regional Library has named Jennifer Chrumka as its next writer-in-residence, with workshops beginning later this month and continuing into December.

Journalist Jennifer Chrumka will host a number of workshops and hold one-on-one consultations through the library for the next three months.

Chrumka holds a master's of journalism degree from UBC, is a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University's The Writer's Studio and works for CBC Kamloops.

The Kamloops Library will host a meet-and-greet event with Chrumka on Wednesday evening, beginning at 6 p.m.

Beginning Sept. 21, Chrumka will host a bi-weekly writing circle, with interactive workshops, discussions and writing exercises. All writing levels are welcome.

A teen version of the writing circle will be held on Oct. 1, Oct. 29 and Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kamloops Library.

On Sunday afternoons from Nov. 5 to Nov. 26, take part in Resonant Objects in collaboration with the Kamloops Art Gallery. Writers will be led through a piece of writing inspired by an object of their choice.

November is National Novel Writing Month, or as past participants know it, NaNoWriMo. Silent write sessions will be held from Nov. 7 to Nov. 28, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

For those looking to book one-on-one consultations, appointments can be made with Chrumka online at

Chrumka will also tour the region's libraries throughout October, with set dates and times available on the TNRL website. Stops include Chase on Oct. 7, Barriere and Clearwater on Oct. 10, Ashcroft on Oct. 11, Merritt on Oct. 13, Logan Lake on Oct. 14 and North Kamloops on Oct. 24.

A wrap-up event will conclude Chrumka's residency, with select workshop participants delivering readings. That event will take place at the Kamloops Library on Dec. 14, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.