WOOD, Daniel




While visiting almost 100 countries since beginning his travels in 1963, Daniel Wood has simultaneously become one of Vancouver's most successful freelance writers. Along the way he's managed to publish 14 books and win more than 30 writing awards.

Born near Boston in Newton, Massachusetts, Wood majored in English, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Borneo and published his first book of fiction at age 25, River of Gold (Longman, 1969). He came to Vancouver as a Viet Nam War draft resister, first teaching at an experimental elementary school, then lecturing for the Education faculty at UBC. His urban guidebook for field trips, recreation and educational outlets for kids, Kids! Kids! Kids! In Vancouver (D&M 1988) led him further into the writing profession. He was active as a formative force in the Federation of BC Writers, serving as its second president (after Jan Drabek), and the Periodical Writers Association of Canada, prior to a stint as editor for The Globe and Mail's WEST magazine from 1989 to 1991. In 2000 Daniel Wood became the first freelance magazine writer to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Magazine Awards. He lives in Kitsilano.

[BCBW 2008]