About Robin Rivers

WRITER | TEACHER | LOVER OF MYTH & MAGIC

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Hi, I'm Robin Rivers


As an author, creative writing teacher, media entrepreneur, and international award-winning former journalist, I've balanced professional and personal writing for well over three decades. 

I'm obsessed with the what-ifs and forgotten stories. I love a good missing link. Folklore, myths, those lost legends—that's where inspiration strikes.

I speculate about the future (and the past). I take those tiny, weird details of the past, and explore characters and the world around them.

I draw inspiration from my French and Polish roots. I’ve spent much of my life digging through the intersections of spirit, science, and society. Mostly, though, I cannot get enough of the great Sibyl prophetesses.

Over the past ten years, I’ve unearthed stories of incredible seers, their histories, and the whisperings of their landscapes. Here, you'll unearth those stories through haunting speculative fiction, poetry, and art.

Me kädmen anina il'ati—In the name of the Great Mother.

My Journey

Born in the mist of Niagara Falls, NY, I grew up in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. After I fell in love with Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets From The Portuguese, my Grade 10 English teacher suggested I take up writing as a career.

So I did. 

I ran copy from the local newsroom to paste-up  in the basement to put myself through university. Since then, I’ve written for daily newspapers, magazines, and online publications across North America.

An Accomplished Writing Career

I cut my teeth as a storyteller on the front lines of newspapers across North America. In 1996, I became the youngest recipient of the National (US) Mental Health Association Media Award  for a series in which I spent six months detailing the lives of three people with schizophrenia after the state of Illinois shut down state-run facilities. That series also earned The Golden Bell Award for Feature Writing (Illinois) as well as a top prize for feature writing with the Illinois Associated Press Association.

In the years after, I earned numerous Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists awards for news writing in the United States.

Journalism was one hard-core training ground, but it ultimately did not suit my sensibilities. An ill-advised stint covering crime for a newspaper in the Pacific Northwest prompted my departure. I left journalism in 1999 to become a different kind of storyteller.

A Serendipitous Path to Canada

After agreeing to marry a Canadian guy on our second date way back in 2001, I immigrated to Canada. 

We built our life in a tiny house on Vancouver Island. There, where rain falls an average of 300 days a year, I found myself a young mother in an isolated town. I  longed for ways to create a magical life for my kids, find my voice, and build community.

That first winter, in the midst of my despair, my husband bought me my first professional-grade camera. "Go find the beauty in the gray," he told me. I spent the next  years with that camera around my neck. My daughters and I explored the woods and marshes. There, I found my voice through visual storytelling and writing. I connected to it through myths and folk tales, and built my first business.

For six years, I served as the publisher for Our Big Earth Media Co.  This family-focused media company created nature experiences for families on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia. We also hosted a farm-to-table experience. Through that, I worked with farmers, food producers, and ranchers across the Comox Valley to tell their stories.

In 2012, I sold the business in search of adventure. Our wee family spent a year on the road crossing Canada. I documented the journey in a photo essay entitled From The Passenger Side.  That year in which we lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia transformed the way told stories. It also sparked another phase of my life.

The Writer, The Speaker, The Teacher

After returning to Vancouver, I began writing full time and engaging with the local writing community. In 2015, I became a weekly guest on Roundhouse Radio. That incredible community talk radio project has now ended. There, of course, I talked about storytelling.

In 2019, seeing a gap in the local offerings, I established Quill Academy of Creative Writing. Teaching was a natural fit. Since then, my team has worked with hundreds of students to help them discover their writing voice and support their skill development. I learn as much from them as hopefully they do from me. I now teach more than 20 classes every week and love every minute of it. 

Creative Passions

My debut novel, Woman On The Wall, was published in September, 2022. It was named a finalist for the Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society 2023 Book Awards for BC Authors.

The next instalment of The Sibylline Chronicles is now underway. The publication date to be determined. 

In my second half of life, I've re-fallen in love with Barrett-Browning and all forms of poetry. Speculative fiction and exploring the lost stories drive my writing. In 2024, I received the Denis Didierot writer-in-residence fellowship to the Château d’Orquevaux artists’ colony in northeastern France. My poetry will also appear in Quill Keepers Press grief anthology, Missing Pieces.

I live, work, and write in Vancouver, Canada—on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. This includes the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

In the early hours, you’ll find me holed up in my home office—writing, nose between a book, and polishing off a pot of coffee in the process!

When not writing, I am diving deep into other forms of storytelling through photography, painting, and drawing. I would spend all my time travelling if I could. Instead, very long walks along the seaside take priority. 

Connect with me!

On social media and my Substack, I share updates on travel, research, my latest WIP, and life. 

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Robin's work is hard to resist. She blends historical facts, mysticism, feminine force, and engaging characters to invoke stories that thrill and entertain the reader from start to finish.

Bevin Clempson, Freelance Editor & Writer
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