Derek Hanebury is a Vancouver Island writer of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. His first book of poetry, Nocturnal Tonglen (Ekstasis), was released in 2006. His poems and stories have been published in many magazines and broadcasted on CBC radio; and his first novel, Ginger Goodwin: Beyond the Forbidden Plateau (Arsenal Pulp), went to a second printing. He has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from UBC and taught writing at North Island College on Vancouver Island until 2017. He currently offers private mentorship and public workshops for writers and is available for readings.
Derek's collaborative style artfully slides learnings in between explanation and participation, giving lots of "aha" moments to the writer. I have always found the workshops both enlightening and enjoyable!
I have lost count of the number of Creative Writing courses I've taken from Derek—I've even taken two courses twice. Why? Because his Creative Writing classes are the best-kept secret on Vancouver Island.
Derek has an amazing talent for drawing out a creative energy in his students they never knew they had.
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In Nocturnal Tonglen Derek Hanebury has woven a series of poems around the disappearance of his sister-in-law at the time, Carolyn Pruyser. Carolyn was a 19 year old university student in May of 1984 when her car was found abandoned on the hillside road that leads out of the town of Peace River, Alberta, up towards her parents’ farmhouse. Her body was never found, and no one was ever charged with her abduction despite an intensive search and an extensive investigation.
These poems chronicle the anguish and the healing journey that evolved out of that mysterious event.