Paula Castner is the Chief Operating Officer for Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative as well as a freelance writer, playwright, drama director, writing workshop facilitator, baking coach, and professional administrator. Though she received her certification for writing children’s literature, she writes in multiple genres. Her pieces have been published in a variety of venues, from parenting magazines, to newspapers, to online magazines, and have claimed first prize in several writing contests. Her play, A Fairy Tale Life? A Musical, with music by Canadian folk artist, Nancy Beaudette, was performed recently in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Her long term writing project is a fictionalized account of a historical court case about a slave girl from Holden, MA.
Blending brave and honest songwriting, first-rate musicianship, and a huge helping of native Canadian wit, Nancy Beaudette is an artist of songs and heart. She was raised near Cornwall, Ontario, a place sustained by farming and millwork where French and English languages were friendly neighbours. Her songwriting delves into those roots, weaving a nostalgic past into lush songs of familial history, good-humored folly and poignant observations of life and loss. Nancy’s 2015 release of “South Branch Road”, her 8th CD, was received with critical acclaim, adding to the numerous accolades accrued through the years. In 1997 Nancy won a CGMA for song of the year (Canadian Gospel Music Award – highest honor for gospel music in Canada), and has been a Winner or Finalist in some of the industries most distinguished competitions, including Mountain Stage New Song Competition, Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, Great American Song Contest, and the Independent Music Awards. On-stage and off, this beloved songwriter practices hometown hospitality. Come to one of Nancy’s shows and you will experience first-hand all the warmth and welcome of a Canadian kitchen party!