Derek Gladwin

Having worked as a musician, high school teacher, writer, editor, college instructor, and narrative coach, my educational, professional, and lived experiences are quite varied. My intention is to promote social understanding and relational action on environmental, health and well-being, and cultural issues through public forms of education and literacy.

One of the ways I explore critical and creative transformations in culture and society is through storytelling and arts-based education. My recently published book Rewriting Our Stories: Education, Empowerment, and Well-being discusses how we can rewrite and reprogram our stories to resist the paralyzing fear and anxiety many of us feel in our lives.

As an author and educator, I’m committed to many forms of learning. I’m an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education and a Sustainability Fellow at the University of British Columbia. I’m also narrative and writing coach, giving talks, hosting webinars and workshops, facilitating online courses, and working with people individually.

I live in Vancouver, British Columbia (on the Traditional Coast Salish Lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and TsleilWaututh), with my partner and two cats.

Please use the contact form below for speaking and writing queries, or working with me individually.