Wes Funk, novelist
Wes FunkWes Funk, Biography
When Wes Funk's sort-of memoir Dead Rock Stars hit the shelves in 2008, it quickly became a hit across western Canada, including being a pick-of-the-month for several book clubs and the subject on numerous Canadian television and radio talk shows. It was short-listed in The Readers' Choice Award Category of the Sask Book Awards and received an Honourable Mention in Writers' Digests' International Self-Published Book Competition. It has also been incorporated into both high school and university curricula.

In recent years, Wes has taken his writing from a closeted hobby to a passionate career. His goal is to use his talent to educate people on diversity, while making readers laugh at the same time. A long-time fascination for rock music, comic books and pop culture is also a theme that runs through his work.

Wes can be booked to present various classes and workshops on the craft of creative writing, the world of publishing and the art of marketing and networking.
It is best to contact him directly for charges and rates.

Wes keeps busy promoting two more novels, Baggage and Cherry Blossoms, plus his published memoir, Wes Side Story. Funk's fierce love of writing has encouraged him to become heavily involved in Canada's creative community, and he is an active member of both the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Saskatoon Writers Coop. He is always happy to visit book clubs, libraries, bookstores, classrooms, and other reading venues. Wes' extensive knowledge of self-publishing has now also led him to become a presenter of many indie-publishing and/or marketing workshops. He is the host of Shaw TV's weekly literary talk-show, Lit Happens!

For three-years-running, Funk has been labelled Saskatoon's Second-Most-Favourite-Writer in Planet S Magazine's Annual Best of Saskatoon Survey.

Wes has addressed a number of classrooms on the subjects of creative writing and diversity. He donates countless books to many causes he believes in, including LGBT fundraisers, AIDS awareness, animal rescue programs, and literacy organizations.

Wes enjoyed urban living in his downtown Saskatoon apartment. Wes now makes his home in downtown Edmonton, near the city's beautiful River Valley.  Dead Rock Stars is enjoying new life in both audiobook and illustrated versions. His popular short story Rescuing Lancelot was recently published in the acclaimed LGBT literary magazine, Jonathan and his new novel, Frostbite will be published in 2016 (Click Here for a Sneak Peak).

JONATHAN ISSUE 07 – December 2014 – (ISBN: 978-1-937420-85-7): features Mitch Kellaway , Wayne Courtois, Jorge Cino, Robert Siek, James Schwartz, Tom Hardin, Jae Christopher, Wes Funk, Reginald T. Jackson, Jerry L. Wheeler, Patrick Pink, and Gregory Gerard.

Workshops Wes Presents: