WordBridge (Lethbridge Writers’ Conference) is moving online the second weekend in February in 2021. One of the conference offerings will be an ‘Ask the Expert” session, where conference attendees can book a 15-minute zoom session with someone who is willing to talk and answer questions about their particular area of expertise. (Examples: horticulture, archaeology, metallurgy, medieval history, police procedure, weaving, hoop dancing – anything at all!). Don’t worry; you don’t have to be an official expert – just someone willing to give authors a starting point for their own research or a unique perspective on a topic.



Dr. Robert Runte

Working with an editor

Robert took early retirement from the University of Lethbridge to become a full-time editor; in particular, the role of Senior Editor (2009-2018) at Five Rivers Publishing, a Canadian small press based in Ontario. He edited over 30 books for Five Rivers, two of which were shortlisted for Aurora Awards. He founded in July, 2010, and in 2016. He has published over 30 short stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies, four of which were reprinted in “best of” collections, and one of which was short listed for an Aurora Award. The late Dave Duncan called him “the best editor I’ve ever worked with” and willed his incomplete manuscripts to Robert to finish.

Sandra Lamouche

Cultural appropriation and reconciliation

 I am a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree Woman) from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Northern Alberta and married into the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta. I received my B.A. in Native American Studies from the University of Lethbridge in 2007. Currently I am completing my Master of Arts Degree at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario in Indigenous Studies; my thesis is titled “Nitona Miyo Pimadisiwin (Seeking a Good Life) Through Indigenous Dance” which examines Indigenous Dance as a Social Determinant of Health and Well Being. Through my own life experiences and my research with Indigenous choreographers, artists and dancers from around the world I have found that Indigenous performance can be used as a way to create spiritual, physical, emotional and mental well being.

Elizabeth McLachlan

How to talk an oral history

Elizabeth is the author of four Western Canadian non-fiction works published from NeWest Press: With Unshakeable Persistence: Rural Teachers of the Depression Era, Unfailing Dedication: Rural Teachers in the War Years, Gone But Not Forgotten: Tales of the Disappearing Grain Elevators, and Herbert Has Lots for a Buck (about small town Alberta—including the Town of Herbert—coming up with plans for revitalization). She also writes for a variety of magazines, including the University of Lethbridge’s Legacy. She has served as a jury member for the Alberta Literary Awards, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the High Plains Book Award. Elizabeth has been editing and mentoring aspiring writers since 1999 and has worked with Brindle & Glass Publishing, TouchWood Editions, and Heritage House Publishing. She provides editing and coaching for thesis, dissertation, and non-fiction manuscripts. Elizabeth is focused on serving clients in a safe, non-threatening, supportive, and friendly manner. She can meet with writers in person or work exclusively through e-mail and phone. Her approachable, easygoing style is a balm to writers who may be nervous about being edited. She is also available for workshops on writing. For thesis and dissertation work, Elizabeth is familiar with both Chicago and APA style guides.

Randy Ward

Police Procedure

Randy Ward is a retired police officer from Alberta. He has been published in three books of short stories by Canadian authors: “The Sun Shall Rise”; “Fireside Dreams”; and “Setting The Scene”. In this book he writes about unusual situations that have happened to him over his 27 years in policing. Randy has been involved in all aspects of policing including street patrol; Community Liaison; working in the Criminal Investigation Division doing warrants; and the Break and Enter detail for the police service. Randy is also working on a fiction book that starts with a true event of him arresting a multiple-time bank robber and murderer and then continues to a fictional event of revenge. This book is scheduled to be out by the end of 2018. Randy has been married for over 40 years. He is the father of three boys as well as a grandfather.

Becky Wigemyr

How to write a picture book

Becky’s Cowboy Cody book series is written specifically for the countless children who dream of riding, roping and rodeo. Becky knows what she’s writing about because she, too, was raised a rodeo kid. For Becky and her siblings, rodeo was just a part of everyday life. Her parents raised their children in a sport that is rich in tradition and history, family values and hard work. Rodeo is rooted in respect and value for the animals who are partners with the cowboys and cowgirls who love them.

Paula Smith

How to deal with grief and bereavement

 ECPC is a certified professional life coach who is passionate about helping others navigate their personal journeys from survivor to thrive. She loves to hold space and guide others as they take an honest look within themselves, identify limiting beliefs and explore ways to move forward to create a life worth thriving for!  Thought provoking conversations blended with creative visionary experiences and body movement are tailored to each person’s unique experience.

Sarah Kades 

Being a hybrid author

Sarah Kades Graham is an archaeologist, Indigenous Knowledge facilitator and author of action adventure romantic fiction (writing as Sarah Kades) and creative nonfiction (writing as Sarah Graham). She studied in the United States, Canada and Scotland and is passionate about natural landscapes, cultures, interdisciplinary collaborations and books. Sarah has presented internationally on the effectiveness of arts-based approaches and was selected as one of the storytellers for the Energy Futures Lab Banff Summit 2020. Her first full length novel, Kiss Me in the Rain, was optioned for a feature film by Asvoria Media and her first nonfiction book, Skeletons in My Closet, Life Lessons from a Homicide Detective, is a collaboration with an active duty homicide detective. When she’s not writing you can find her traveling, hiking in the Canadian Rockies or trying to figure out where in her garden to put the makeshift wood fired oven.

Adrienne Kerr

Traditional Publishing

Traditional Publishing I have more than twenty years of experience in book publishing, with expertise in retail, sales, acquisitions, and editing. I started my career as a bookseller at Nicholas Hoare in Toronto, became a book-buyer for a national chain now called LS Travel Retail, and eventually joined Penguin Canada as a sales rep. In 2009, The Canadian Booksellers’ Association named me Sales Rep of the Year. ​ 

As Senior Editor at Penguin Random House Canada from 2009 to 2015, I acquired and edited thirty national bestsellers. In 2011, The Canadian Booksellers Association named me Editor of the Year. ​ 

These days, I speak at events such as the Surrey International Writers’ Festival, Calgary’s When Words Collide, and the Ontario Writers’ Conference.  I lecture on publishing topics at Ryerson University, Canada. ​ 

Since 2016, I’ve been a freelance editor working with publishers, literary agents, and private clients.