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John Mavin
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John Mavin
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25-Word Bio

A past nominee for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize, creative writing instructor John Mavin is the author of Rage. Visit www.johnmavin.com.

50-Word Bio

A past nominee for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize, John Mavin is the author of Rage. He's taught creative writing at Capilano University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, with New Shoots, and at the Learning Exchange in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Visit him at www.johnmavin.com.

100-Word Bio

John Mavin is the author of the dark literary collection Rage who's taught creative writing at Capilano University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, with New Shoots (through the Vancouver School Board), and at the Learning Exchange in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He's a graduate of SFU's The Writer's Studio and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. A past nominee for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize, his work has been translated, studied, and published internationally. He invites you to visit him online at www.johnmavin.com or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/author.john.mavin.

About Rage

A chilling collection of stories unravelling the consequences of longing, broken trust, and deceit.

Rage
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When our own darkness is mirrored in multi-faceted characters, do we look away in disgust or find the humanity within them? In his debut short fiction collection, John Mavin has slyly exposed themes hidden deep below the surface with breathtaking potency, eloquence, and wit.

Rage follows a loosely interwoven group of people from the fictional town of Dolsens, Ontario. Archaeologists, mountain climbers, priests, musicians, psychics, soldiers, and teens all confront the rage and sorrow of lives based on lies and abuse. Throughout the collection, these people struggle to gain their independence, their dignity, and in some cases, to take revenge. When such content becomes overpowering, Mavin's lyrical and controlled writing keeps us so enmeshed that we cannot look away.

The potent narratives within Rage cast a very specific spell. They hold us close with their suspenseful conflicts and the fearful uncertainty of what a desperate or angry person might do, and are often as dark as they are enlightening.

Upcoming Events

Camp NaNoWriMo

Writing prompts and advice for The North Vancouver District Public Library with Rae Knightly, John Mavin, and Sara Oremland.
Camp NaNoWriMo


Extraordinary People: The Essential Qualities of Good Characters

Presentation for The Creative Ink Festival for Writers & Readers (Delta Hotel, Burnaby).
The Creative Ink Festival for Writers & Readers


Continuing Education and Professional Development for Writers

Panel Discussion at The Creative Ink Festival for Writers & Readers (Delta Hotel, Burnaby) with Kelley Armstrong, John Mavin, Holly Schofield, Jennifer Sommersby, and KT Wagner (Moderator).
The Creative Ink Festival for Writers & Readers


Great Dialogue Breathes Life into a Story

Panel Discussion at The Creative Ink Festival for Writers & Readers (Delta Hotel, Burnaby) with Adam Dreece, Katherine Koller, John Mavin, JP (Jo-Anne) McLean, Brie Wells.
The Creative Ink Festival for Writers & Readers


Beyond the First Draft: Revising Your Work

Presentation for the Tri-City Wordsmiths at the Terry Fox Library, Port Coquitlam.
Tri-City Wordsmiths


Extraordinary People: The Essential Qualities of Good Characters

Presentation for The Greater Vancouver Writers Association: Romance and Beyond.
The Greater Vancouver Writers Association: Romance and Beyond