You no longer need a password to explore the site. This means that other writers and readers will be able to discover your writings and talents. Every paid up member has the right to a 100 word bio, a JPEG (photo) head shot, descriptions and pictures of your publications and your talents in the form of workshops and services such as editing, ghost writing, etc. We are also keeping in touch through our Facebook Page.
By now, you have probably received your first complimentary copy of BC BOOKWORLD. This excellent newspaper is by arrangement with publisher Allan Twigg at a very reasonable cost per member. This is courtesy of the Federation of BC Writers.
If you received two copies or copies under two different names, please notify us as soon as possible ahead of the next edition. Please notify us if you have changed your address.
We are also planning to bring back our Literary and Craft Magazine WordWorks in paper format. We will be in need of help to make WordWorks the success it once was. For those who prefer to read on line, the electronic copy will also be available. Both will be free of charge but we will need your input.
We have a number of events and workshops coming up in the near and slightly more distant future. You will find these listed on our Website, on Facebook and through our monthly VOX.
We are in great need of volunteers to share the load. Without your help, none of this can continue. Please let us know as soon as possible what you might be willing to contribute in the way of time and talent.
Upcoming Events: We have a table at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, October 25, 26, 27. You may display and sell your own books whilst volunteering. Please contact us ASAP with your best available hours.
Federation of BC Writers 2nd Annual Writers’ Retreat
and Workshop Smorgasbord.
November 14 -17, 2013
Rosemary Heights, Surrey, BC
Rooms and all meals are provided for the duration of the retreat. The cost to the retreaters is $400. However, we can offer a limited number of spots for $300 if you book and pay before October 15, 2013. For those of you coming in from YVR or the Ferry terminal we will do what we can to arrange rides. Your payment includes everything on the menu.
For those who’d care to come only for the workshops, the costs are as follows:
Four Workshops per day – price per day (lunch included):
Early Bird by October 15, 2013
Federation of BC members $65 Students & Seniors (members) $50 non-members $85
After October 15, Federation of BC members $85 Students & Seniors $75
price for two days (lunches included):
Early Bird by October 15, 2013
Federation of BC members $100 Students & Seniors (members) $85 non-members $150
After October 15, Federation of BC members $150 Students & Seniors $100
Day Conferencers can sign up for a thirty-minute blue pencil session for $25.
Please select from the list of possible workshops on the enclosed form. We will do our best to satisfy your wishes.
Please note your next membership expiry date so that we might continue to serve you without a break in service. We will permit a two week grace period for renewal.
If you know of someone whose name should be on our list and who has not heard from us, please remind them to get in touch at the earliest opportunity.
Wishing you good health and good writing,
Ben Nuttall-Smith President
Federation of BC Writers
You may fill this form and return by email: WritersRetreat-2013
___________ Full weekend Smorgasbord / Retreat
Please indicate your choice of workshops from the Menu below in order of preference from 1 to 11 using the letters A thru K: We will do our very best to provide you with your choice of workshop however, much will depend on numbers.
1. __________ 2. __________
3. __________ 4. __________
5. __________ 6. __________
7. __________ 8. __________
9. __________ 10. __________
Writers’ Retreat – Rosemary Heights, South Surrey November 14 to 17
Workshops will take place on the Friday and Saturday Each workshop 90 minutes.
Blue Pencil sessions will be available throughout the weekend with Lois Peterson and Ben Nuttall-Smith. Those boarding over will be permitted one extra Blue Pencil session.
Presentations by Lois Peterson
All presentations – which are useful for writers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and memoir – include group interaction, in-session writing and useful handouts.
A. We Have Ways of Making you Talk
Learn an ‘interrogation’ technique that helps you develop believable, compelling characters who live on and off the page.
B. The View From Here
Evaluate point of view options, and determine what works best for your story and your reader.
C. Voice Lessons
Explore five approaches to developing a distinctive voice in your writing – the first thing many editors look for in submissions.
D. All for Show
Get your head around the concept of Show vs. Tell and learn six strategies for engaging your readers, rather than instructing them.
Presentations by Ben Nuttall-Smith
E. The Dynamic Presenter
could be carried over two days with 90 minutes day one and another 90 minutes on day two. see http://www.bennuttall-smith.ca/BenNuttall-Smith.ca/Voice_and_Performance_Skills_Workshop.html
F. Steps to Publication
(Publisher or Self-Publish) with writing and handouts.
G. Memoir to Novel
will involve hands-on exercises in writing scenes from personal experience and translating them into story material.
H. Fun With Poetry
You too can write poetry. A series of fun exercises to awaken the poetic genie in each of us.
Presentations by George Opacic
I. Write To View
- Using the basic elements of a film script, assess how that relates to prose
- Visualization in your writing
- Match the flow of the plot trajectory with your characterizations
- Write what your readers want to read; skip what they will skip
- Add evocative elements via character, rather than CGI or the basic 4 movie emotions of lust, rage, greed and fear
- What are the format requirements of a script?
- Understand the three-act structure, and the reason it is used.
J. Right Left Write
- The analogy of the corpus callosum, as it relates to writing – right brain/left brain
- Explore traits (versus states) to develop character consistency
- Design a coherent character using behavioural psychology
- Use logical facts to be more creative
- Overview of aspects of behavioural psychology and how it can assist a writer
K. Digital Publishing
- Benefits of digital publishing to an author
- Technological constraints for an author and for readers
- Types of devices that display digital content, and how their capabilities inform the writing process
- Cost, fees and price considerations of digital publishing
- Examples of digital publishing sites – how do you feel you can best use one or more of them?
Blue Pencil Testimonials: