Message from the President of FBCW

from the President’s Pen

Renewal – from Birth to Rebirth We are 37 years young and still growing.


No organization can rightfully move ahead without recognizing its roots and the contributions of those who have gone before. It is a history of writers helping writers. The Federation of BC Writers was founded in 1976 by a handful of idealistic scribblers who saw past themselves and reached out to emerging writers and would-be authors to help mentor them in the craft or writing.

In the coming months, we intend to recognize some of those pioneers through our webpage and WordWorks magazine.

We have decided to open our web pages so that our members might showcase their publications and skills for all to see. Self Promotion is a reality and necessity in today’s publishing world. If you’re a member, your bio, publications and workshop skills belong on our pages. Send your 100 word bio and JPEG images to

Our Facebook page has become relevant again as an added method of advising you of the news and events of the day. We are in the business of promoting BC Writers, their groups and events. Therefore you’ll find all sorts of exciting writing news on our Facebook page; our events as well as the events and activities of others. Please friend us so that you will receive our feed. See
Our e-newsletter, VOX, will be reduced in frequency to once per month. Any events or announcements that you want to see in the VOX for the coming month will need to be sent to by the 20th of the previous month for inclusion.

2013 is an opportunity for renewal and revitalization. Our motto remains as always: Writers Helping Writers. We are trying to find as many methods at our disposal to live up to that motto. We offer workshops wherever we can throughout the Province of British Columbia and wish to take part in Writing Conferences and workshop days wherever we might be invited.

So far, in 2013, we have provided workshops in Vernon and on Haida Gwaii, as well as in Surrey, New Westminster and Richmond. In February, we held a full-day Self-Publishing Fair in Vancouver, which will become an annual event. The next one is set for Sunday, February 23rd 2014 at the Vancouver Public Library. This will be a free event for members and non-members alike.
Our third annual Write On The Beach in South Surrey attracted a full house of enthusiastic participants including returnees from as far away as Nanaimo and Kamloops. Our next session has been booked for Beecher Place in Crescent Beach on Sunday, June 8th 2014.
Our Second Annual Writers’ Retreat will be at the Rosemary Heights retreat centre in South Surrey from November 14 to 17, 2013 Those who attended our retreat on Bowen Island last November, will want to attend this one which will include a day of workshops by well- known local author and work-shopper, Lois Peterson. Apart from excellent meals and evening sessions, each participant will have access to two half-hour blue pencil sessions.
FBCW, working with one of our writing partners, Fraser Valley Writers’ School, is planning a Mediterranean Writing Conference/Retreat for November 2014. The ten day cruise will stops in Rome, Olympia, Athens, Ephesus, Istanbul (two days), Naples with a return to Rome.
Developing Writers need good advice through get-togethers and workshops. We have set a model for member “Meet & Greet” luncheons in the Fraser Valley over the past three years and would like to see these incorporated throughout the province. Such information and sharing meetings should be held at least quarterly in each region.


The Federation will be stepping up to the plate to help with the sponsorship and partnering, through financial contributions, of events organized by Federation members that benefit and promote BC writers. If you have an event you’d like to organize for your area, talk to us. We might be able to help.
We have arranged with Alan Twigg, publisher of BC Bookworld – British Columbia’s Author and Publishing Newspaper, to receive copies as part of our membership package. These will be coming out in the near future.

It’s our intention to revive WordWorks, our member magazine, as a bi-annual print magazine in 2014 with April and October editions each year. Each edition will have a guest artistic editor working under the supervision of a managing editor. WordWorks will feature articles on writing by BC Authors and promote members’ books and services for a nominal advertising cost – at least half the cost to non-member advertisers.

We have an exciting future ahead for the Federation of BC Writers, with or without government funding. However, we cannot accomplish all this without your input and involvement. You need to renew your membership if you haven’t done so already. The Federation of BC Writers is a non-profit organization of Writers Helping Writers, run entirely by volunteers. Please consider how you might become part of the team.


Ben Nuttall-Smith
Federation of BC Writers