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Carolyn Pogue

Imagination * Passion * Creative Flair

Carolyn Pogue is a Canadian author who lives near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta. Her titles include books for teachers, children, adults and teens.

For twenty years, Carolyn has been a regular contributor to The United Church Observer, Canada’s oldest magazine. Currently, she writes Sightings for The Observer online twice each month.

Her books include two Young Adult historical novels, Gwen and its sequel, West Wind Calling. These books were inspired by the courage of the 100,000 British Home Children who were sent to work in Canada (1870 to 1930). Carolyn’s grandmother was one of these children who arrived in Ontario in 1898, aged 10.

Carolyn was born in Toronto and raised on a small farm in Vandorf, Ontario, a community just north of that city. Growing up the second of four children with 100 acres of cleared land and forest, a barn full of assorted animals, a nearby lake for swimming and a stream for catching tadpoles offered a rich childhood. She has also lived in Quebec and Northwest Territories. She has travelled widely in Canada, the US, Britain, Europe, Central America and also in the Middle East, Zimbabwe and India.

With her husband, Bill Phipps, Carolyn serves on Raffi’s Child Honouring Advisory Council. She is a member of The Child Wellbeing Initiative to end child poverty in Alberta.


NEW! Join me in 2017:

Gift from the Sea in Melaque, Mexico - March 17 to 24
Yoga Practice with Beth Workman and Writing Practice with Carolyn Pogue. (Oh! Did you miss it? Check back here for 2018 dates!)

Calgary Young Writers’ Conference at Robert Thirske High School on April 22 for Other Stories: Other Voices workshop.

United Church Mid-Triennium Conference at Pomeroy Hotel in Olds, Alberta May 26-27. Find more information online.

Literacy and Libraries Young Writers’ Conference in Sherwood Park, Alberta - June 3. Find more information online.

Convergence Writers’ Conference in New Denver, British Columbia - June 16 and 17 with Gary Geddes. Find more information online

Aboriginal Day Celebration, Town of Olds, Alberta June 21 (with Bill Phipps) Contact the Town of Olds.

YouthWrite: A Camp for Kids who Love to Write in Bragg Creek, Alberta - July 3 to 7, for writers aged 15 to 19. Find more information online.

Raise the Dead: Creating fiction from the bones of your own family at The Alexander Writers' Centre, Calgary. 8 weeks beginning September 21- Find more information online.


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