April 13-15 2018 at the New West Quay


FBCW Spring Writes Festival Events – Friday & Saturday  

  1. Friday Events

    1. 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Meet & Greet
      The Boathouse Restaurant
      Presented by the Federation of BC Writers. Join us in the lounge to connect with friends, old and new, from around the province. Have a bite to eat and/or a drink (cash bar). Feel free to bring your books to share.

    2. 6:00 PM: Book Sales and Networking
      Hyack Ballroom, the Inn at the Quay
      Network with other readers and writers and peruse books for sale by our four featured authors – Gail Anderson-Dargatz, JJ Lee, Roberta Rich, and Rob Taylor – and by FBCW members.
    3. 7:00 PM: The Friday Evening Gala
      Hyack Ballroom, the Inn at the Quay
      The Gala features four well-known BC writers. Gail Anderson-Dargatz is the author of A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lighting, both international bestsellers and finalists for the Giller Prize. Her novels Turtle Valley and A Rhinestone Button were national bestsellers in Canada. Gail’s most recent novel, The Spawning Grounds, is already a national bestseller. JJ Lee is the author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of A Father, A Son, and A Suit, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Charles Taylor Prize, the Hubert Evans BC Book Prize, and the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Lee is the winner of a GOLD National Magazine Award and served on the jury for the BC Book Prize, CBC Canada Writes, the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize, and the Governor General’s Award. He mentors the nonfiction workshop at Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio. Acclaimed historical fiction writer Roberta Rich is the author of The Midwife of Venice, The Harem Midwife, and A Trial in Venice, all published by Penguin Random House. Vancouver poet Rob Taylor is the author of “Oh Not So Great”: Poems from the Depression Project, The News, and The Other Side of Ourselves. Also a prose writer, Rob’s short stories and essays have appeared in Queen’s Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Grain and Little Fiction/Big Truths. In 2015 he received the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Creative Writing (Emerging Artist), and in 2017 The News was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Rob coordinates Vancouver’s Dead Poets Reading Series and lives with his family in Port Moody. The Gala will feature these four writers reading from their latest works, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A emceed by New Westminster Poet Laureate Alan Hill.
  2. Saturday Events

    1. 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Write-In
      The Network Hub, River Market (next to the inn)
      Presented by the Federation of BC Writers. 
      Facilitated by a professional author, the write-in is an opportunity to kick-start your creative juices in the company of other writers and to share your work in a safe space. Limited to 12 people.
    2. 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Overcoming our Fears to Write Powerful Stories with Gail Anderson-Dargatz
      Hyack Room North, the Inn at the Quay
      Presented by the Federation of BC Writers.
      Our fears can stop us from finishing a book, or even starting it. We may feel we need to stick to writing only what we know and write from personal experience, but then worry about what Mom will think. And we so often avoid our protagonist’s conflicts, for the same reasons we avoid our own. The result: passive protagonists and wandering storylines. Gail Anderson-Dargatz will draw from more than twenty years of experience as a writer, teacher and developmental editor to explore the many ways we avoid conflict in our projects and our writing lives and will offer solutions to help kickstart your writing and develop your project to the fullest. Limited to 36.
      $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members
    3. 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Associative Leaps in Poetry (and how to use them in your prose) with Rob Taylor
      Hyack Room South, the Inn at the Quay
      Presented by the Federation of BC Writers. By looking at traditional poetic forms from around the world, participants will consider how we jump, as readers and writers alike, from one sound, image or scene to the next, and will explore ways to open up both their poetry and prose to greater movement and risk. This workshop will involve handouts and short writing exercises, so please come prepared with pen and pencil. Limited to 36.
      $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members
    4. Lunch at Inn at the Quay
      Presented by the Federation of BC Writers
      Lunch is complimentary for attendees of Saturday events at Inn at the Quay, but you must reserve your lunch ticket by April 10, 2018.
    5. Federation of BC Writers – Annual General Meeting 
      for FBCW members only 
      Hyack Room South, Inn at the Quay – 12:15 – 2:15 
    6. 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM: A Guided Hallucination into the Past with Roberta Rich
      Hyack Room North, the Inn at the Quay
      Presented by The Federation of BC Writers. Writing historical fiction is like standing in the middle of a lovely painting— Canaletto, Caravaggio, Rubens—holding out your arms and saying to the reader: come, let me show what life was like then. This is how people ate, slept, made love, cooked their meals, heated their houses, sewed their clothes, worshiped their divinities, disposed of their corpses, courted, gave birth, and – if indeed they did, bathed – hundreds of years ago. Participants will learn the ways and means of creating this lost world through description, dialogue, and setting. The workshop will also include a discussion of the bedrock of all historical fiction—research. The format of the workshop will be a talk on the craft, writing exercises, and a brief Q & A. Limited to 25.

      $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members
    7. 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM: The Unexpected Memoir with JJ Lee
      Hyack Room North, the Inn at the Quay
      Presented by The Federation of BC Writers. This event will focus on two writing exercises based on JJ Lee’s own experience writing his acclaimed memoir, The Measure of a Man. The first will help writers develop compelling questions that will act as points of departure for their projects. The other will explore a method to recapture vital memories that may elude writers. Limited to 36.
      $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members

To register for any or all of the above events, please click here for our Eventbrite registration page.

New West Writers’ Blue Pen Sessions. Information coming soon – but you must pre-register. Available soon.

LitFest New West
7:00 PM, Saturday, April 14
River Market.
This event is FREE but you must pre-register. Available soon.

Performing Arts Publicity & Marketing Workshop
Time coming soon, Sunday April 15,
Registration is available soon. 

Poetry New West event
Time coming soon, Sunday April 15,
Description coming soon.
Registration is available soon.


Accommodations: We have booked space at the Inn at the Quay April 13-15. If you’d like to book a room now, please call 1-800-663-2001 and mention the Federation of BC Writers, to get a special rate.


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