Danika Dinsmore

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Danika Dinsmore

Author, Storyteller
Gibsons, BC
Biography

Danika Dinsmore works in literary and speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. She is blessed to have worked with thousands of children in a variety of settings for the past 25 years.

She launched her early writing career through experimental poetry & collaborative spokenword performance. While living in Washington State, she co-founded the Northwest Spokenword LAB, which housed workshops, readings, open livingrooms, and the state’s first youth poetry slam.

To feed her urge to perform, she created the 12-person Spoken Word Orchestra and the performance group ForWord ForTete. Her inspired performances earned her the Washington Poets Association award for Performance Poetry.

After receiving a certificate in screenwriting and moving to British Columbia, she turned her attention to film, television, and new media, writing, producing, and directing numerous short films as well as creating an educational TV series featuring young video journalists. She accidentally became a novelist when she decided to adapt an original feature film script into a children’s book, and her middle grade fantasy adventure Brigitta of the White Forest was born.

In the course of developing the World Book for this imaginary world, she birthed an entire fantasy series around her world (Faerie Tales from the White Forest). Three more books in the series have been released (The Ruins of Noe, Ondelle of Grioth, Narine of Noe) with the fifth to launch mid-2017. She has also been published in the Futuredaze Anthology of Young Adult Science Fiction, Now Write: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Baby Shoes anthology of flash fiction, and numerous poetry journals.  

Whether teaching creative writing, world building, or spokenword performance, Danika brings her quirky sense of adventure into the classroom. She has taught everything from “the digestive systems of reptiles through poetry” as an artist-in-the-schools for Learning Through the Arts to dystopian fiction writing at Capilano University. She even helped coordinate a student flash mob for the Sears BC Drama Festival.

In addition to CCBC, Danika is a professional member of Children’s Writers & Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Canada,  Artstarts, and The Writers’ Union of Canada.