Writers Groups

 Writing Groups in British Columbia

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CENTRAL REGION

Kamloops

Interior Authors Group

Where:                    Chartwell Ridgepointe (Pineview), 1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops, BC, V1S 0B7. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: GO WEST (UPHILL) ON HUGH ALLEN. TURN LEFT ON COPPERHEAD, LEFT ON AVENS WAY, & LEFT ON PRIMROSE.

When:                    2nd Thursday of every month except July & August, 6:30 pm

Genres:                  All

Level:                     Beginner to advanced

Size:                        About 40 members

Contact:                 Elma Schemenauer, member at large

Email:                    

Phone:                   250 374-1750

Web      http://interiorauthorsgroup.wordpress.com/

Description:

Our group provides a friendly environment for writers to read and discuss their work for feedback. We provide a place to learn & share information about writing, publishing, and self-publishing–often with guest speakers. We bring together people interested in the art of writing and all its ancillary functions, including design, illustration, editing, publishing, and marketing. . Our published books are: Collected Works (2010), Blue River Dark Waters (2011), Away from Home (2012), Kaleidoscope (2013), and Black & White (2015).

Salmon Arm

Shuswap Writers Group

When:                   Every first and third Wednesday of each month September to May, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where:                  Boardroom at Piccadilly Mall Shopping Centre, Salmon Arm

Genre:                   All

Level:                     Beginners to Seniors

Size:                       We currently have 26 full time members and 6 drop in members

Contact:                 Shirley DeKelver, president

250-835-4544
Email:                    

Web:            www.shuswapwritersgroup.weebly.com

Description:          Many of our members are published writers, and many write because they enjoy it as a pastime or hobby. We also sponsor a monthly coffee house where we encourage writers to bring their work and read, and we often invite special guests (published writers, poets, musicians or storytellers).  Each year in May we hold a Special Coffee House with the Shuswap Association of Writers which launches the three day Word on the Lake Festival for Readers and Writers.

Shuswap Association of Writers (SAW)

Sponsor of the workshop, Word on The Lake, May 16-18, 2014.

The president is Kay Johnston, , (250) 832-3028.

CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN REGION

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FRASER VALLEY REGION

Abbotsford

MSA Poets Potpourri Society

When:                          Monthly – 7:00 pm

Where:                        Legal Grounds Coffee House, Abbotsford

Genre:                          Poetry, creative prose

Level:                           All

Tasks:                           Workshops, readings, festivals, speakers, feedback, publishes anthologies and chapbooks

Size:                             Open, new members welcome, running since 1981

Contact:                       Donna Bishop 604-859-2798  or

Jaye Low (604) 309-4070

Blue Moon Reading Series

When:                         Monthly  April–Sept., 6:30–8:30 pm

Where:                        Clearbrook Library, Abbotsford

Genre:                         Poetry, creative prose

Level:                           All

Tasks:                           Workshops, readings, festivals, speakers, feedback, publishes anthologies and chap books

Size:                              30 +. New members welcome

Contact:                       Jaye Low  604-309-4070 or Shelley Haggard at

Writer Guild

Contact:                       Brenda Mathews, Box 34, Lake Errock, BC V0M 1N0, Aldergrove

Inkwells
Where:                        Abbotsford
When:                          2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
Genres:                        Various
Levels:                          Intermediate
Size:                              limited to 5 members

Contact:                       Loreena Lee

Email:                           

Phone:                         604-758-0500
Description:                Read-aloud sessions. Critiquing.

Hope

Hope Writers’ Guild

When:                          2nd Monday of month

Where:                        Members’ home in Hope

Genre:                          Mixed

Level:                           Mixed

Tasks:                            Critiques, speakers, chapbooks

Size:                              New members welcome

Contact:                       Marilyn Meden

Phone:                         604-869-5254

Email:                           

Langley

Langley Writers’ Guild

The address is

Where:                       St. Joseph’s Church Hall

When:                          1st , 2nd & 4th Thursday of month from 10am to 12 noon;

Genre:                         All genres, including poetry (no erotica)

Size:                             24 members — usual attendance 10 to 18

Level:                           New writers to professionally published writers

Contact:                       Deanna MacDonald, President

Email:                          

Phone:                         604-530-0951

Description:                Short business meeting once a month; otherwise readings and critiquing; workshops by established writers. We have an instructor once a month to conduct a workshop. We publish a chapbook with stories and poems from the members every year or two. Summer 2012 we conducted a writer-in-residence program at the Langley Arts Council gallery.
Number of books published, from 8 to 10

Ram’s Head Writers’ Group

When:                          Weekly, Thursdays, 7 p.m.

Where:                        4936 – 198 Street, Langley

Genre:                          Mixed

Level:                           Mixed

Tasks:                            Critiques, readings, speakers

Size:                              New members welcome

Contact:                       Lisa Hatton – 604-534-6536 or

Susan Flanagan 604-574-3867

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Critique

When:                          Every Thursday 7:30 pm

Where:                        ABC restaurant, Fraser Hwy & 152

Genre:                          Mixed

Level:                           Mixed

Tasks:                            Critique

Size:                              New members welcome

Contact:                       Dana
Phone:                         604-533-3977

Surrey/Delta

Acme Associated Writers

When:                          Every other Monday

Where:                        Member homes

Size:                              Not seeking members

Contact:                       Len – 604-581-6951 or

Lucy – 604-590-7034

In Our Own Write

When:                         Twice a month

Where:                        Member homes, Surrey/Delta/Langley

Tasks:                           Writing practice, readings, critique

Size:                             New members welcome

Contact:                       John Lewis
Phone:                         604-951-0061

Ocean Park Writers’ Group
When:                         Tuesday 12:30pm to 2:30 pm

Where:                        Townhouse clubhouse

Size:                              4 – needs 2 more members

Contact:                       Judith Worbeck
Email:                           

The Plunge

When:                         Monthly

Where:                        Coffee shops – contact for details – Surrey

Genre:                         All

Level:                           Mixed. We are beyond the dog paddle level.

Tasks:                           Critique, readings, editing, writing support and inspiration, networking

Size:                             Accepting new members

Contact:                       Bev Schellenberg

Email:                          

Rainwriters

When:                         Every 2nd Friday, 12:30-2:30 pm

Where:                        Members’ homes

Genre:                         Mixed, mostly novels

Level:                           Advanced

Tasks:                           Critique, publication

Size:                             4. Accepting new members on occasion

Contact:                     Loreena Lee

Email:                        

 

 

North Delta

Pen & Inkling of North Delta

When:                          Every second Tuesday A.M.

Where:                        George Mackie Library

Genre:                          Mixed

Level:                           Mixed

Tasks:                            Writing support, critique

Size:                              5 – new members welcome

Contact:                       Dolores – 604-594-7173

Delta Writers’ Meet-ups:

  • Writing Group for singles/The Joy of Authorship.  34 members. We are singles who love to write. Some of us are published authors; others are new to writing. We meet once per month to discuss our writing projects, learn and mingle. Join us: You might find that your writing muse is your soulmate. More info here.

Surrey/Walnut Grove/Newton

 

White Rock, South Surrey

Circle of Writers

When:                          1st Wednesday of month
Where:                        Member homes, Surrey/W.Rock
Genre:                          Mixed
Level:                           Beginners
Size:                              6 – new members welcome

Contact:                       Alice
Phone:                         604-536-1408

Email:                           

White Rock

Memoirs & Co.

When:                          Twice a month

Where:                        Member homes

tasks:                            Critique, publishers collections

Size:                              Not seeking new members

Contact:                       Laura
Phone:                         604-538-8438

White Rock & Surrey Writers Club

When:                         3rd Wednesday of month, 7 to 8:45 pm

Where:                        White Rock Library – 15342 Buena Vista Drive, White Rock

Genre:                         All

Level:                          All

Tasks:                         Readings, friendly critiques, annual writing contest

Size:                            20 – new members welcome

Contact:                     (please refer to email address)

Email:                        wrandswc@gmail.com

Website:                    whiterockandsouthsurreywriters.weebly.com/

 

The Write Stuff

When:                          Every 2nd week, daytime
Where:                        White Rock – call for information
Size:                              Not seeking new members

Contact:                       Jody

Phone:                         604-541- 8772

Word Whips by the Water

When:                         1st Thursday of the month

Where:                        The Pantry Restaurant – 1812 152nd St., White Rock

Email:                          

Web:                            www.pandorascollective.com

Description:
Presented by Pandora’s Collective. We provide writing prompts and encourage people to take the challenge. Emphasis is on exercising the right brain in a safe environment – sharing is optional.

Host:                            Taslim Jaffer

Yarrow

Dog’s Head Theatre

When:                         Varies

Where:                        Yarrow area

Genre:                         Stage-play writing & performing

Level:                           Mixed

Tasks:                           Readings, critiques, guest speakers, retreats, workshops, performances, writing contests

Size:                             10 – new members by invitation

Contact:                       John Carroll

Email:                          

NORTHERN REGION   

Dawson Creek

 

Northern Writers Ink

When:                         Monthly – contact for times

Where:                        Kiwanis Enterprise Center

Size, ages:                   Young and also just starting out writers are welcome and the group is open to new members.

Genre:                         All

Contact:                       Enterprise Center at

250-782-5745

Description:                We have speakers in from the local Northern Lights College or English Learning groups from the City that we can learn from. We self-published a book with all our writings to encourage the new writers.

Prince George

Scribblers Unanimous

When:                         2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 7 pm

Location:                     Bob Harkins (Main) branch of the Prince George Public Library, 887 Dominion Street in the Keith Gordon Room.

Genre:                         All

Size:                             Attendance varies from 8–17, but new members are always encouraged

Contact:                       Andrea Palmer, a reference librarian who also works in the children’s section.

Email:                          

Phone:                         250-563-9251.

Description:                A topic or two is suggested for each session for writers looking for an idea to start on, but participants can write on any topic they want. Members bring in what they have written on the topic(s) suggested during the previous session and listen to critiques meant to be praise or friendly criticism. (Hostile criticism is discouraged.) Andrea  starts out each session with news of writing competitions, opportunities for freelance writers, writing workshops in the near future, etc. She leaves after about 15 mins. starting off the session, and then returns around 8:25, just before the meeting breaks, to learn the topic chosen for the next session and also ask members if they want her to research something for them for the next session (i.e., how to market children’s literature, how to get involved in screenwriting, etc.)

Northern Scribblers Online:

an online group of writers founded in the fall of 2003.

Size:                             About 30 members
Ages:                All

Level:                           Beginning or experienced, published or unpublished.

Membership:             Originally comprised of writers from northern BC, we now includes family & friends

Contact:                       Bee Wolf Ray at              http://earthmatrix.net/scribblers/

Description:                Members share ideas and constructive feedback in a friendly peer environment. The group’s website provides a focal point for the exchange of information and a place to post work for other members to view and critique (if requested). There is no charge. Optional monthly writing assignments are available for those wishing to develop their skills.

Smithers

Smithers Writers Group

When:                          2nd Thursday of every month

Where:                        Members’ homes

Members:                    Open to new members

Genre:                          All

Contact:                       Sheila Peters

Email:                           

Description:                Members read/discuss the exercise set in the previous session, then take part in a writing exercise for that evening. People bring short pieces they’re working on for sharing and/or critiquing. The host sets a task for the following meeting.

 

Terrace

Terrace Writers Group

Web:           http://www.terracewritersgroup.com

Contact:                       Ev Bishop

Email:                           

Put “Re: TWG” in the subject line

When:                         1st Tuesday of every month from 7–9 pm

Where:                        Cafenara coffee shop (the Flavors side).

Genre:                         All

Size:                             Ranges from 6–15. Open to new members.

Description:                We only ask that individuals attending meetings be serious about their writing and committed to keeping on the topic of writing during the meetings. We follow a loose agenda and recommend writers come out to a meeting or two to see if TWG is a good fit for them. Please see our website for more details about what we do, who we are, etc.

Unraveling North

Contact:                       Katherine Bell

Email:                           

Description:                An informal writing group has just been established in Terrace.  It meets once a month.

SOUTH-EASTERN REGION  

Nelson

Uphill Writing Group

When:              monthly

Where:             rotating households

Tasks:              critiquing members’ work

Genres:            mostly fiction & memoir, occasional explorations into other genres

Level:               intermediate

Size:                 4-5

Contact:           Brian d’Eon

Email:              

Phone:

Description: Presently the group consists of two men and two women, all of whom have had work published in magazines or in book form. We spend most of our time critiquing works in progress. The group would consider adding one new member to its ranks.

Oliver

Oliver Scribblers

Where:                        Oliver Library

When:                         1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m.

Genres:                       Mixed

Levels:                         New to Published

Size:                             Up to 10-12 members (still room for new members)

Contact:                      Vi Brown

Email:                        

Phone:                         N/A

Description:               The goal of this phase is to produce an Anthology from the collection of writings and for the participants to see their work in book form. To that end, the focus is on honing writing skills through ‘short short stories’ (also known as Flash Fiction). Developing skills to write Flash is an excellent basis for other writings – novels, memoirs, family histories, business letters, essays, biographies and so on. Attention will be given to various aspects of writing including, grammar, punctuation, word usage, phraseology, character development, point of view, style and more.

Penticton

Penticton Writers & Publishers

Where:                       Leir House Cultural Centre

When:                         3rd Thursday of each month  (from September to June)

Genres:                       All

Levels:                         All

Size:                             Average 20 members per meeting.

Contact:                       Norma Hill

Email:                        

Phone:                         N/A

Description: Penticton Writers and Publishers (PWAP) assists new and established writers across multiple genres, including poetry, fiction and non-fiction. We also provide guidance in publishing, especially self-publishing. We are involved with local literacy initiatives such as the Books for Babies literacy program, and other community activities which stress the value of reading. Our week-long British Columbia Youth Writers Camp, held each July in Penticton, encourages aspiring young writers through a series of workshops focused on the many facets of writing, editing and illustrating.

SUNSHINE COAST REGION

Roberts Creek

Red Pens Writing Group

When:                         Once per week by agreement

Where:                       Roberts Creek

Genre:                         short stories, novel

Level:                           Advanced

Size:                             3-4 members

Contact:                      Caitlin Hicks – 604-886-4692

Email:                          

Description:               We meet every week; each writer gets 20 minutes to 30 minutes to read and discuss their latest writing. Each writer provides each other member of                                             the group a copy of the work to be shared. We ask each other what we want from today’s ‘critique’ … and are free to disagree if the feedback does                                                 not resonate. Since the group is small, we rely on the commitment of each member to attend.

Gibsons

Forge Writing Group

When:                         Every 3rd week on Sundays  –   10 am to 1 pm

Where:                        Arts Building, South Fletcher, Gibsons or in homes

Genre:                         All

Level:                           Advanced amateurs to published writers

Tasks:                           Critique, encouragement

Size:                             Full at 6, wait list (not a drop-in group)

Contact:                       Jan DeGrass – 604-886-4692

Email:                          

The Write Touch Group

When:                         every 2nd Wednesday, 7 – 9 pm

Where:                        Gibsons Elementary School Library, Gibsons

Genre:                         All

Level:                           Beginners or new writers

Tasks:                           Supportive feedback, sharing of resources, attend readings together

Size:                             Full at 10, wait list through SCRD 604-885-6801

Contact:                       Carol Upton –  604-886-8951

Email:                           www.memorybooks.ca

Powell River

Malaspina Writers’ Association  (see final note)

When:                          1st  Thursday of month

Where:                        Members’ homes

Genre:                          All

Level:                           All

Tasks:                            Critique, readings, workshops,  registered organization

Size:                              12, new members welcome

Contact:                       Allan Brown, artistic director

Phone:                         604-485-5240

Email:                           

Note:                            The MWA, which began in 1989, has not met regularly since mid-2010.

We are presently re-organizing it and hope to have a regular meeting schedule in place early in 2013.  

Sechelt

Halfmoon Bay Writers’ Workshop

When:                         Every 3rd Tuesday, 2–4 pm

Where:                        Sechelt, BC (facilitator’s home)

Genre:                         All

Level:                           Literary writing & workshopping

Size:                             Currently at 6 members,  new members welcomed!

Tasks:                           Presentation of work, critique, support, share resources

Contact:                       AS Penne –

 

 

Sunshine Coast Children’s Authors

When:                         Alternating Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm

Where:                        Varies

Genre:                         Children’s lit.

Level:                           All

Tasks:                           Writing support, critique

Size:                             Taking new members

Contact:                       Audrey Owen –

VANCOUVER ISLAND AND GULF ISLANDS REGION

Victoria

Writers looking to join a writing group in Victoria should contact Sheila Martindale at the Victoria Writers’ Society – 

You will have to join the Society($30/annual) to get this benefit, but they do run various writer groups and will match you with the one that suits your interests.

Sidney

Sidney/North Saanich Library Writers Group

Where:                       Sidney/North Saanich Library Branch, Vancouver Island Regional Library 10091 – Resthaven Drive.

When:                         6:30 – 8:00 pm on the 2nd and last Thursday of the month from September – June

Genres:                       All

Level:                           Various

Size:                             6-15 per meeting

Contact:                     Sharon Walker

Email:                          

Phone:                        250-656-0944

Description:                       Our focus is to encourage one another. The second Thursday meeting consists of a presentation from someone within the group or a guest speaker. The last Thursday meeting is a time for critique where members bring their work and ask for input from others.

 

West Coast Vancouver Island

Clayoquot Writers Group

Where:                        Tofino, BC, Venue changes

When:                         Every other Sunday

Genres:                       Most genres represented

Level:                           From dabblers to published authors

Size:                             Total group size, including e-list: 12

Contact:                       Joanna Streetly

Email:                          

Description:                       Clayoquot Writers meet for topical discussions and writing critiques. We also carry out public readings and other creative ventures from time to time. If you are passionate about writing and you live in the area, send us an email.

Chemainus

Chemainus Writers Group

When:                          Every 2nd Monday, 1 to 4pm
Where:                        Meets at member homes

Genres:                        All

Levels:                         All members have published works
Size: 6 to 8 members

Contact:                       Sylvia

Email:                          

Description:                Membership by invitation only. Men and women 50+. Prospective member may request interview.Qualicum Beach

BaffleGab Writers

When:                            1st Monday of the month
Where:                          Members’ homes
Genres:                          All genres includes poetry

Level:                             emerging/intermediate plus

Size:                                5 members

Contact:                         Elizabeth Symons

Email*:                          

Phone:                           250-594-6106

Sooke

Sooke Writers’ Collective

Where:                        Sooke area – varies – currently held in Sooke public library

When:                        first Wednesday of every month, evening

Genre:                         All

Level:                           New writers to published writers

Description:             To provide support, connection, inspiration and encouragement to writers* at all levels of development in the Sooke region through membership services which include monthly meetings and community outreach in the form of student writing contests, workshops and readings.

Size:                            12 members

Contact:                       Deb Clay

Email:                           

Other information:  www.sookewriters.com
The group was originally founded by author Shirley Skidmore of Sooke and has been ongoing for several years.  It has evolved from “Sooke Scribblers” to Sooke Writer’s Collective.  Every spring we host a a writing contest at our local high school in order to encourage young writers. We strive to publish an annual anthology of member’s work including the winners of the high school writing contest.

Write Again

When:                         Wednesdays 12:30 – 2:30

Where:                        Cowichan Library:  2687 James St., Duncan

Genre:                         open

Level:                           all levels

Size:                             no limit

Tasks:                           none that I know of

Contact:                       Peggy (250) 746-5174

Drop in basis

Cowichan

Cowichan Writers Group 

When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday  6 pm

Where: Cowichan Library  Multi-use room  2687 James St. Duncan

Genre:                         all genres

Level:                           All levels

Size:                             no limit

Tasks:                           Small groups workshop 1000 words of one another’s work.  Open to writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. (No meetings during the summer. Will resume in September)http://cowichanwritersgroup.shawwebspace.ca/

Contact:                       Terry (250) 710-3133

 

Duncan

Duncan Showroom

When: Last Tuesday of every month, 7:30 PM

Where: Duncan Showroom

Genre:                         all genres

Level:                           All levels

Size:                             no limit

Tasks:                           Open mic (5 min limit per person). Everyone is welcome to read anything (poems, fiction, nonfiction, plays, tasting notes, limericks, etc)

Contact:                       http://showroomproductions.ca/calendar

 

Eliza Hemmingway Writers Group

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM

Where: Duncan Library

Genre:                         all genres

Level:                           All levels

Size:                             no limit

Contact:                       http://www.elizahemingway.com/events-workshops/13-eliza-hemingway-writers-group

 

 

Nanaimo

Writing Life Women’s Writing Circle

When:                         9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays or 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays for six weeks at a time

Where:                        The Two Cat Be & Be in Nanaimo

Genre:                         journaling, poetry, personal essay, fiction

Level:                           beginner to experienced

Size:                             average six/maximum nine

Tasks:                           Participants write following prompts and share their writing

Contact:                       Mary Ann Moore

250-729-2630

Description:                Nourish Yourself. Honour Your Voice. Tell your Stories.

Other info:                  $210 for six weeks in advance ($180 early bird rate)

www.maryannmoore.ca

VANCOUVER & LOWER MAINLAND REGION  

Burnaby

Burnaby Writers’ Society

When:                         2nd Thursday of each month, Sept–June

Where:                        Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Genres:                       All

Levels                          Novice to experienced

Size:                             Attendance at workshop meetings about 12–15

Contacts:                     Kelly Dycavinu, Eileen Kernaghan

Email:                          

Blog:         http://burnabywritersnews.blogspot.com

Description:          Monthly manuscript editing/ critiquing workshop. The Burnaby Writers’ Society has been meeting regularly at the Shadbolt Centre since 1967. The group also sponsors a monthly reading series, Spoken INK, at La Fontana Caffe, East Hastings at Boundary Road (info: ) and an annual writing contest. Membership of $35/year ($25 seniors/students/unwaged) includes a subscription to the market and resource newsletter.

Maple Ridge

Fraserview Writing Group

When:                         3rd Wednesday of THE month – 1:30 pm

Where:                        Fraserview Rec. Centre, Maple Ridge

Genre:                         Mixed

Level:                           All

Tasks:                           Critique, guest speakers, events

Size:                             8 – 15. New members welcome

Contact:                       Elsie Cohen

Phone;                         604-463-1255

Golden Ears Writers
Golden Ears Writers is a networking and education organization for all interested writers in the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows and surrounding areas.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month (except July and August) in the lobby of The Maple Ridge Arts and Cultural Theatre (The ACT).

The program for each month is different and ranges from presented workshops to readings. This is a group for adult writers of fiction or non-fiction.

For information about upcoming meetings

http://www.facebook.com/goldenearswriters

or contact Katherine at 

Maple Ridge Writers’ Meet-ups:

Month-End Writers Meetup. 175 members. Epic Meetup Action. Bring anything you’d like to work on. At the Stomping Grounds Coffee House, 101-10931 Barnston View Road , Pitt Meadows. Info here.

New Westminster

New West Writers

When:                         Sept. to June – 3rd Sat of the month, 10 am to 4 pm

Where:                        New Westminster Public Library

Genres:                       All

Levels:                         Emerging, established, and professional

Size:                             26

Contact:                       President, NW Writer’s Group

Email:                           

Web:                            newwestwriters.wordpress.com

Description:                Closed critique group (waiting list). New West Writers critique group has been meeting at NWPL since 1990 and supports emerging established and professional writers and poets.

Renaissance Book Writers

When:                         Wednesdays 10am-12:30 pm

Where:                        Renaissance Books New Westminster

Genres:                       All

Levels:                         Emerging, established, and professional

Size:                             16

 

Description:          Drop in group.  Critique group.      $5 drop-in fee includes refreshments

Waves Writers – “Write From the Heart”

When:                          Monday mornings 10 am–noon.

We usually meet even on holiday Mondays although we will take a break during Christmas from mid-Dec. until the week after New Years

Where:                        Back room at Waves Coffee Shop, Columbia at Begbie St., New Westminster

Genres:                       All – including poetry, mostly memoirs

Levels:                         Beginners welcome. We are a friendly group who are serious writers or writing just for fun

Size:                             Currently 10 members. (The room is at capacity at the moment but as it is a drop-in; anyone is welcome to attend) $5 drop-in fee

Contact:                       Ruth Kozak, facilitator

Email:                          

Phone:                         604-254-9711

Web:                            www.ruthkozak.com

Blog:                        http://wynnbexton.blogspot.com

(“Living the Writer’s Life”)

Description:                The facilitator is Ruth Kozak who provides some writing instruction. We also spend some time critiquing members’ work. We do a 10-min. timed writing each session and prompts are provided for assignments for people who don’t have ongoing projects. Prompts can be written as prose or poetry.

Tri-Cities

Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody

  • Name of group:     Tri-City Wordsmiths
  • Town/City:               Port Coquitlam
  • When:                        First Saturday of every second month (February, April, June, August, October, December), from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Where:                     Terry Fox Library, Program Room Library
  • Genres:                    All
  • Level:                       All
  • Size:                          5 — new members welcome
  • Contact:                  Pandora Ballard
  • Website:                 www.tri-citywordsmiths.ca
  • Email:                   
  • Phone:                    604-475-2875
  • Description):

The group is dedicated to education and networking, so meetings will consist of speakers, readers, workshops, and occasionally YouTube videos by experts in the field.

Registration may be required for high-profile speakers and special events, from time to time, since space is limited.

Due to the nature of the group, critiquing of individual work will not take place, but participants are free to network over coffee at the end of the meeting, and perhaps meet informally on their own.

North Vancouver

North Shore Writers’ Association

Where:                       North Vancouver City Public Library: Capilano branch in the Program Room 3rd floor

When:                        3 rd Monday of September, October, and January to May–7-8:45 p.m. (We break over the summer) Social gatherings are held in November and June.

Genres:                      All

Levels:                       All

Size:                            100+ members

Contact:                     Doug MacLeod, president

Website:                    www.nswriters.com

Contact:                     Through NSWA website Use ‘Contact Us’ option. Individualized responses are given

Description:            This group nourishes the literary community of the North Shore through the teaching and sharing of skills. At our meetings, we listen to speakers, participate in workshops, and conduct readings, all with the aim of increasing our knowledge about the world of writing. Our meeting topics include presentations by writers and editors on writing craft, personal experience, and will often include a short reading from their recent work.

The NSWA also sponsors ‘Dare to be Heard’, An opportunity to read short pieces of work to a non-critical, supportive group. FREE to the public and NSWA members. Meets on the 1st Monday of October to December, February through June, and the 2nd Monday of September. Location: North Vancouver City Library, 2nd Floor Board Room. 6:30-8:45 p.m. For details on what to bring use, NSWA website Contact Us option and inquire about how to participate in Dare

Young Writers’ Club   

Where:                        Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

When:                          2nd Wednesday of every month, 4–6 pm

Genres:                        All

Level:                           Grades 5–12

Size:                              Maximum 10 per session

Contact:                       Maggie Bolitho

Email:                           

Phone:                         778-338-4733

Description:                $10 per drop in or prepay to June 2013 for a discount.  2 hour workshop sessions to encourage and nurture the love of writing in young people.

Word Whips – North Shore Edition

When:                         Tuesdays – 6;30 to 8:30 pm

Where:                        The Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver

Contact:                       Fran Bourassa
Email:                            fbourassa@hotmail.com

Web:                            www.pandorascollective.com

Description:                Presented by Pandora’s Collective. A warm environment, writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Great for beginners or seasoned writers. Get past the inner critic by writing ten to fifteen minutes on each prompt. See what you can whip up.

Port Moody

Kyle Centre Creative Writing Critique Groups

Where:                        Kyle Centre, behind the Arts Centre at 2425 St Johns St. Parking off Kyle Street east of the Arts Centre

When:                         Group 1: Thursday mornings, 9:30 am to noon during academic year;

Group 2:  Monday evenings, 7:00  to 9:30pm during academic year;

Summer sessions: July and August, Thursday mornings only, 9:30am to noon.

Genres:                       All
Levels:                        Emerging, experienced, and published participants
Size:                            Thursdays: maximum of 16;  Mondays: max. of 13

Contacts:                    Monday group and summer sessions: facilitators Julie H. Ferguson ; Debra Purdy Kong (fiction) ;
or Joyce Gram (editor) (These facilitators rotate to provide a broad experience for writers)

Thursday group: facilitator Eileen Kernaghan (fiction, poetry) 

Phone:                        For information — call one of the facilitators above or Port Moody Recreation Dept at 604.469.4556 and ask for Creative Writing

Description:              These writers’ groups, administered by Port Moody Parks & Recreation, offer discussion, serious feedback, and support for writers of all levels, in all genres. There are three                                            semesters a year: fall, winter, and spring, as well as July and August. First established about 45 years ago, the Port Moody writers’ groups are one of the longest continually-                                            running public groups in BC. Since 1989 members have had over 25 books and numerous articles and award-winning short stories published.

Cost:                           Varies between $95.00-$110.00 per semester (depending on the number of sessions), and $41.00 per month for the summer sessions.

Registration:             Opens about six to seven weeks in advance of start of sessions. Easiest way to set up an account is by calling 604.469.4556 or go online at
http://www.portmoody.ca/index.aspx?page=1149(Adult General Interest programs).

 

Port Moody Writers’ Meet-ups:

Port Moody Writers—United to Self-Publish

15 members. This group is for anyone in writing, finishing their book, and self publishing. I am starting this group to share ideas and experiences to find and give support in an amazing journey to get good messages out to a wide audience. More info here.

Vancouver

Grind Writers Group (since 2006)

When:                       Every 2 weeks, alternating on Saturdays and Sundays

Where:                      Back room at the Grind Gallery Café – 4124 Main St, at 25th Ave., Vancouver.

Genre:                      Mixed

Level:                       Mixed; beginners welcome

Ages:                        19 years+

Tasks:                       Writing, feedback, support, community

Size:                         Varies

Contact:                   Margo Lamont

Email:                      

*NOTE*  please email before you attend for the first time because the group sometimes meets elsewhere or we do an out-trip and you need to read our Giving/Getting Feedback Guidelines before you attend.

Description:  This is a friendly and supportive group that exists to support and inspire writers to write and keep writing, and to submit work when they’re ready. We start with a free-write every time, then read work people have brought in for feedback, read the free-writes if time and/or schmooze about writing and literary pursuits. Bring something to write with. The Grind has a few laptop plugs.

Read the Grind News:      http://issuu.com/grindwriters/docs
Grind Writers blog:                   http://grindwriters.blogspot.ca/

 

Thursdays Writing Collective

When:                         Thursdays, 2 to 4 pm

Where:                        Carnegie Community Centre, 40l Main St., Vancouver

Contact:                       Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Email:                          

Web:       http://www.thursdayswritingcollective.ca/

Description:                Thursdays Writing Collective is a non-profit organization that runs free, drop-in creative writing classes for members of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, an area challenged by poverty-related issues and beloved by residents for its optimism, activism and creativity.

Other info:                  We are looking for people with laptop computers to help transcribe the handwritten pieces of our Collective members who don’t use computers. If you would like to volunteer an hour of your time, or be a part of a larger project in the works (“The Type Up”) let us know!

 

Vancouver Writers Group

When:                         Every 2nd Monday evening, 7 pm

Where:                       Creative Coworkers, 343 Railway St, Vancouver, BC

Genre:                        Fiction, CNF, poetry, plays, comedy

Level:                         Intermediate to advanced

Size:                           10-15 People

Contact:                     Malcolm van Delst

Email:                        

Web:                          https://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Writers-Group/

 

 

West End Writers’ Workshop

When:                         Wednesdays, 7 to 9–9:30 pm

Where:                        Barclay Manor, 1447 Barclay St. near Nicola, Vancouver

Genres:                                  All writing types, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenplays, stage plays, academic papers, memoirs, etc.

Email:  

Website: www.westendwriters.com

Description:                We suggest you bring 8–10 copies of your work, double-spaced, maximum 10 pages. The work is read aloud by you or a proxy. Each attendee will give you short verbal feedback, along with some written notes on your manuscript. Writers are free to use all, some, or none of these comments.

Prospective members are welcome to attend three meetings for free. After that, we will request that you pay the membership dues. Regular WEWW membership – $15/year; Students, Seniors or Unwaged – $8/year. Membership to West End Community Center Association is required – $9/year. However, if you join WECCA by signing up for a class, you automatically become a lifetime member.

Other:  Parking is sometimes available in the back of the manor. Otherwise, Robson Street offers paid parking two blocks northeast.

Word Whips

When:                         Tuesdays – 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where:                                  Britannia Community Centre – Library Gallery Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver

Contact:                       Sita

Email:                          

Web:                            www.pandorascollective.com

Description:                          Presented by Pandora’s Collective. Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. 10 -15 minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up.

Vancouver Writing Meet-ups:

  • BC Assoc. of Travel Writers – occasional meet-ups at the Sylvia Hotel pub. Info here.
  • Just Write Vancouver. 322 members. This group is for all of us who have a desire to write. It is simply a writing group. Open to all levels and is targeted to those who would like to commit themselves to writing on a set date & time each week. It doesn’t matter what type of writing you are doing, or if you have never written before.  What does matter, is that you arrive with a notebook and pen and you write. You’ll know you’re at the right place by the pens moving. When you run out of stuff to write you can just close your notebook and leave. Talking is not required. If we want to say hi and introduce ourselves, that is completely fine, we may make some friends through our writing journey. Just be considerate of those in the silence mode. Web: http://www.meetup.com/JustWriteVancouver/
  • Let’s Get Together, Have a Pint & Talk about Blogging, Writing & Podcasting – Linda Richards, organizer. Info here.
  • Journal to the Self Vancouver. 17 members. Join a journaling and writing community that is finding joy, personal transformation, and creative expression through journaling. Learn different ways to write in your journal, adding colour, perspective, and dimension to your reflective writing. With the help of these journal tools, you can gently but powerfully explore the various aspects of yourself, your life, and your relationships with others. Organizer Solanna Anderson is a certified instructor for the Journal to the Self workshop. More info here.
  • Oracle Vancouver. 36 members. Dedicated to free discussion and idea sharing amongst professional and aspiring writers. Proofreading, critiquing, skill building, and creative exercises are some of many activities the group partakes in. Fiction and non-fiction are the primary focuses of the group. We meet on the 2nd and 5th Wednesdays of every month. More info here.
  • Vancouver Novel Writers Group. 5 members. We’re a small writing group made up of commercial fiction writers working on novels for publication (either traditional or indie). Our goal is to help each other progress towards publication through constructive critique, sharing of information and experience, and building a strong network. More info here.
  • Vancouver Screenwriters Meetup Group. 403 members. An active community-minded group for screenwriters and filmmakers interested in networking, discussing and collaborating on screenplay development for all mediums. Our love of the craft is what binds us – this group’s members are dedicated to helping each other improve – offering support and sharing knowledge and resources, while having a good time in doing so! We provide guidance, contacts and support in all areas of the field – offering our members opportunities to receive feedback on their works-in-progress, as well as to network and market their scripts. Open to Screenwriters of all levels of experience, from the beginner to pro. More info here.
  • MANY MORE Vancouver writers’ meet-up groups listed here.

Whistler (Sea to Sky Corridor – Lower Mainland)

Whistler Writers’ Group (The Vicious Circle)

Where:                        Whistler

When:                         Monthly; dates vary but typically mid month

Genres:                       Fiction, young adult, non-fiction, children’s, poetry

Level:                           Beginning and emerging writers

Size:                             150 members in larger Vicious Circle group

Contact:                       Stella Harvey, founder

Email:                          

Website:                     www.theviciouscircle.ca

Phone:                         604-932-4518

Description:                          3 critique groups currently meeting in Whistler. These groups review each other’s work and provide feedback. In addition, the overall Vicious Circle group meets twice a year for a social event and a development workshop. We organize an annual festival for readers and writers in October of every year and we run a 2-month writer-in-residence program. Both are open to everyone. Check the website for up to date info about these events.

 

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