Meet our Instructors!

John Lent

Because I am helplessly addicted to reading contemporary literature, my hope is that every member of this class will be refining skills that are current, professional and aimed at seeking an audience.

This is the ideal class for writers who are working away on her or his own and could use the support of a focused and professional community of writers, especially if she or he is in the middle of a manuscript. I am just re-engaging on the writing of a large novel myself called, tentatively, The Kitchen Sessions, and because of that, teaching this class will be timely for me as it will force me to articulate the kinds of compositions I am re-engaging in.

If you are interested in exploring my career as a professional writer, teacher and editor so you understand my background and interests in prose better, please visit my website:                          

Amelia Sirianni

Originally from Vernon, BC,  Amelia spent over a decade working as a professional actor in Toronto, ON.  She received her formal professional training at the Randolph College of Performing Arts and has since had the privilege of performing on stages across North America as well as in film and television. Amelia recently moved back to Vernon with her husband and young son where she’s had the good fortune to be a part of the thriving arts community here through teaching youth drama at The Caetani Cultural Centre; working as Theatre BC’s MainStage Festival’s youth instructor; Musical Theatre adjudicator at the Kelowna Kiwanis Music Festival; and member of the Artistic Committee at the Powerhouse Theatre.  She also runs an early childhood music and movement program, Itsy Bitsy Music Together.

Janelle Hardy

Janelle lives in Vernon with her teenage daughter. She enjoys writing, painting, dancing, creating podcasts and leading transformational writing circles.

One of her favourite things is to help people reconnect to their sense of wholeness and meaning via a transformational memoir-writing process that incorporates mythology, embodiment exercises, griefwork and creative-writing.

She has a background in dance (MA) anthropology (BA) and hands-on healing bodywork (Hellerwork Structural Integration) which means she’s an expert in people watching, seeing where blockages and stuck spots are, and offering assistance to get things flowing again. Creative block begone!

We are tremendously excited for Janelle to bring her unique approach of helping class participants redefine and reclaim themselves while finding creative direction to the Caetani Cultural Centre!

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