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  • 22 Jul 2021 6:00 AM | Bryan Mortensen (Administrator)


    The Federation of BC Writers is excited to announce a new member benefit – our Contest Bank.

    We know getting published can be a challenge and we also know that contests are a great way to practice your craft and build your writing resume. To that end, the federation has created a new Contest Bank where we will be posting opportunities that have been shared with us, are run by partner organizations, or are discovered by our team.

    To access the bank, login to the BCwriters.ca website. The link will appear under “services” in the main menu. Alternatively, you can go directly to bcwriters.ca/contestbank (but remember that you must be logged in for it to load properly.)

    To share contests you know about with your fellow members, e-mail Meaghan Hackinen at contestbank@bcwriters.ca


  • 9 Jul 2021 3:54 PM | Bryan Mortensen (Administrator)

    Press Release Can Be Downloaded here

    COURTENAY, BC The FBCW (Federation of BC Writers’) is pleased to announce a unique senior-focused writing program, aptly named Wise Words.  This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. This program will be about, for and run by seniors from communities across the province. 

    “We are thrilled to be able to run this programming online and via telephone, so we can reach rural and small communities in our province,” said Bryan Mortensen, Executive Director at The Federation of British Columbia Writers. “There is a known need to reach this group of writers and facilitate communication, discussion around the topics that mean most to them.”

    The program is set to run until Spring 2022, and will encompass twenty plus tele/video-conference sessions, covering a wide range of topics.  The finished product of the group's efforts will be a published anthology with twenty or so pertinent articles.

    Our passionate committee members, and staff look forward to working with participants on a rewarding project that wouldn’t be possible without this grant. 

    If you have questions or would like to be involved: https://www.bcwriters.ca/wisewords


  • 2 May 2021 9:37 AM | Bryan Mortensen (Administrator)


    Hello all!  Our website is being updated.  Please stay tuned.

    -Bryan

  • 30 Mar 2021 7:22 PM | Bryan Mortensen (Administrator)

    The Federation has grown so much recently.  We have passed a 1000 members and have more programing an services than we have ever offered before.  As such, the time has come for a refresh of our website to match the needs of our members and the writing community. 

    Over the coming days, you are going to find many changes to the site.  There will be more interactive content, more info on programs, and a simplified navigation system.   While we are making these changes, the back end is staying the same.  If you could navigate the old site's member features, you'll still be able to navigate the new site.

    There may be a few times as the site updates that navigation may be difficult.  Rest assured this will only be temporary. 

    Thank you for your patience.  I look forward to you all seeing the work that has been done.

    All my best,

    Bryan Mortensen

    Executive Director



  • 29 Mar 2021 5:00 PM | Bryan Mortensen (Administrator)

    We are so grateful for this coverage form the Comox Valley Record.  Check out their article about funding news!

    https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/entertainment/courtenay-based-writers-federation-receives-funding-boost/

  • 17 Mar 2021 12:00 PM | Bryan Mortensen (Administrator)


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 17, 2021.

    The Federation of British Columbia Writers announces Jessica Brody,

    as Keynote Speaker for the BC Writers’ Online Summit

    COURTENAY, BC — The author of best-selling ‘Save the Cat! Writes a Novel’ is the

    Keynote speaker for this year’s BC Writers’ Summit. This week-long event runs from May 15 to

    May 21st, entirely online.


    “We are ecstatic that Ms. Brody has agreed to be our keynote speaker and to do a special

    members-only Fireside chat. Running this event entirely online has allowed us to bring in

    someone who may have been out of reach in previous years,” said Bryan Mortensen, Executive

    Director at The Federation of British Columbia Writers.

    “As we cross the milestone of 1000 members on our 45th anniversary, our goal is to

    expand our programs and services throughout the province, especially in rural remote

    communities.”


    Summit participants can expect a range of workshops and events that cross genres,

    mediums, and audience skill levels. The summit is also offering Blue Pencil Query Letter

    Reviews, which can be added to the Summit Pass for only $35. This includes a 15-minute

    feedback consult with an editor from Darling Axe. There are only 40 spots open for the reviews,

    so book early. Registration for the Summit officially opens today, through the Federation of BC

    Writers website, https://www.bcwriters.ca/BCSummit.


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    For more information, press only:


    Bryan Mortensen

    Executive Director

    Federation of British Columbia Writers

    bryan@bcwriters.ca

    250-999-2082


    For more information on Registration:


    Angela Douglas

    Director of Communications

    Federation of British Columbia Writers

    angela@bcwriters.ca


  • 15 Nov 2020 5:31 PM | Bryan Mortensen (Administrator)


    The Federation of British Columbia Writers is proud to announce the winner of this year's Flash Fiction Contest 2020!

    Judge Karen Schauber has prepared the following remarks about this year's winner and runner up.  We thank her on behalf of our organization and our contestants for her work and dedication to the craft of short fiction.

    What a wonderful showing of talent and enthusiasm for the flash fiction form with seventy-eight qualifying entries in this year's Federation of British Columbia Writers' Flash Fiction Contest 2020. Each piece was read blind and given full consideration by first readers Barbara Black & John Gould. Thank you to Barbara and John both, for their careful reading and for sending these short-listed gems my way. Judging so many talented writers is not a simple process. With blind judging, all entries begin on equal footing, no matter the skill level, experience, or writing credentials of the participants. What speaks to one judge may elude another. And although there is only one winner here, so very many of the entries showed genuine merit. Voice, authenticity, along with powerful emotion and clear writing, always shine through. Remember that judging is a subjective process. So, if your piece did not rise to the top this year, it may very well the following, with a different judge, who brings a different sensibility and aesthetic. Please submit again.

    This year's winner is: "My People Came Down from the Mountains" by Vicki McLeod

    From the first opening sentence the language here is evocative, sumptuous, and masterfully laid. Richly textured and hand-picked, words and phrasing like ' brittle ghosts', tough and canny, ears akimbo, gambol and sway, descendants scattered like streams and creeks... sets this piece apart and holds the bar high. In flash fiction imagery is everything. And here, in the connective tissue of words, eidetic imagery is in effect. The reader is kept well immersed. There is a musicality in the unfolding of this piece with keen attention paid to cadence and rhythm. And, its impressionistic flavouring, a blending of folklore with fable, rings true all the way to the denouement, rarely striking an inauthentic note. The breadth of voice, subject, and setting here, feels unique, and utterly its own.

    "This is a story that distinguishes itself." -Karen Schauber

    A little about our contest winner, Vicki McLeod

    Vicki McLeod is a writer, coach and award-winning entrepreneur. She is the author of Effective Communication at Work, Speaking and Writing Well in the Modern Workplace (Rockridge Press 2020, #Untrending, A Field Guide to Social Media That Matters, How to Post, Tweet, and Like Your Way to a More Meaningful Life (First Choice 2016) and co-author of Digital Legacy Plan, A Guide to the Personal and Practical Elements of Your Digital Life Before You Die (Self-Counsel Press 2019). Her recent book You and the Internet of Things, A practical guide to understanding and integrating the IoT into your daily life (Self-Counsel Press 2020), is currently listed as a BC Top Seller in BC Bookworld. Her story, Georgie, was recently longlisted for the 2020 CBC nonfiction prize. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writers Studio, she leads retreats and workshops, writes poetry, personal essays and a newspaper column. You can find her on beautiful Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada, in pajamas, making something.


    A special mention and second place is given to: "Wish You Well" by Anneliese Schultz 

    Beautiful, poignant, and heart-wrenching, this story is masterfully crafted, hitting all the right notes with neither embellishment nor extra word. As flash fiction, it is concision at its best. There is an elegance in how the subject is treated and paced. And although this is a theme that has been done, if not overdone, here, it engages the reader with finesse—in self-reflection and without confrontation, presenting keen insight into the human condition, and pushing boundaries in fresh and unexpected ways. Most expertly, and importantly in flash fiction, it sticks the landing, leading the reader to an ending that smoulders.

    "A powerful piece."  -Karen Schauber


    Thank you to our shortlist:

    • Doley Henderson for "A River Journey"
    • Larry Brown for “Condo”
    • Lulu Keating for “Green Panic”
    • Sonja Larsen for “Mermaids of East Vancouver”
    • Vicki McLeod for “My People Came Down from the Mountain”
    • Cathleen With for “Oshi”
    • Lulu Keating for “Pale Pony Express”
    • Cornelia Hoogland for “Somewhere My Love”
    • David Reichheld for “Washing Up
    • Anneliese Schultz for “Wish You Well”

    Karen Schauber's Bio


    Karen Schauber is a Flash Fiction writer obsessed with the form. Her work appears in 50 international literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Bending Genres, Cabinet of Heed, Cease Cows, Ekphrastic Review, Fiction Southeast, New Flash Fiction Review, and Spelk.'The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings' (Heritage House, 2019), celebrating the Canadian modernist landscape painters, is her first editorial/curatorial flash fiction anthology, winning 'Silver' in The Miramichi Reader's "The Very Best" Book Award for Short Fiction", 2020. Schauber curates ‘Vancouver Flash Fiction’, an online flash fiction Resource Hub, and in her spare time, is a seasoned Family Therapist. A native of Montréal, she has called Vancouver home for the past three decades. She is a member of the Canadian Authors Association, Federation of British Columbia Writers, and Writers' Union of Canada.


    http://KarenSchauber.weebly.com
    http://VancouverFlashFiction.weebly.com

    http://GroupofSevenFlashFiction.weebly.com
    https://www.facebook.com/VancouverFlashFiction/
    fb @Karen Schauber
    twitter @karenschauber


    http://www.hgdistribution.com/book_details.php?isbn_upc=9781772032888



  • 30 Oct 2020 7:21 PM | Bryan Mortensen (Administrator)

    Nine authors are on the short list for this year’s BC & Yukon Flash 2020 Fiction Contest presented by the Federation of British Columbia Writers. 

    The contest has been judged by Karen Schauber who is a Flash Fiction writer obsessed with the form. Her work appears in 50 international literary magazines and anthologies, including Bending Genres, Ekphrastic Review, Fiction Southeast, New Flash Fiction Review, and Spelk Fiction. The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings (Heritage House, 2019), celebrating the Canadian modernist landscape painters, is her first editorial/curatorial flash fiction anthology.

    The short list is:

    • Doley Henderson for "A River Journey"
    • Larry Brown for “Condo”
    • Lulu Keating for “Green Panic”
    • Sonja Larsen for “Mermaids of East Vancouver”
    • Vicki McLeod for “My People Came Down from the Mountain”
    • Cathleen With for “Oshi”
    • Lulu Keating for “Pale Pony Express”
    • Cornelia Hoogland for “Somewhere My Love”
    • David Reichheld for “Washing Up
    • Anneliese Schultz for “Wish You Well”


    Winners will be announced on November 15th, 2020.


    The first prize is $350 and the winning entry will be published in WordWorks, the magazine of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. The B.C. Yukon Flash Fiction Contest, a competition for original, unpublished flash fiction stories, up to 500 words in length invited submissions from around the world. The contest closed on October 1st.  To ensure all work was judged fairly, all entries were required to be submitted without the name of the author inside the document. No limit was set on how many entries an author could submit.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!


    Visit https://www.bcwriters.ca for more information about the Federation of British Columbia Writers.


  • 21 Sep 2020 8:37 AM | Doni Eve

    Check out the latest WriteOn newsletter packed with events and opportunities for writers this Fall. https://mailchi.mp/bdb4fd3abd54/events-contests-opportunities-submission-calls-for-writers?e=6be2a4b9dd

  • 17 Sep 2020 12:18 PM | Angela Douglas (Administrator)



    WW: Amy Reiswig, writing in Focus Magazine, said that The End of Me is a hybrid of haiku and short story. Do you like that definition?
     
    JG: I do, I do. It’s illuminating because it’s actually how I came to write in this form. I was reading a lot of the old masters of haiku, and writing haiku, just sort of playing around, and I realized I was having more fun doing that than writing stories. Somehow getting closer to what I wanted to do in fiction. So I decided to try to see what the haiku of fiction would be. What if I brought some of the same principles, the quickness and lightness, the openness to paradox and irony, and just this huge pressure on concision that you find in haiku—what if I brought that to my stories? It was later on that I realized that there were other people working in the very short form, that of course there’s a history to it. 

    WW: That’s so interesting because your sudden stories have got all the elements of fiction and they’re powerful enough to handle philosophy—just like poems and haiku. How do you achieve this in such small spaces? 

    JG: I don’t know, is the short answer. I think writers looking to try it should, as with any form, do a lot of reading, and spend a lot of time experimenting. In a short story the idea is to begin in the middle. In a very short story you really have to begin very close to the core moment of the story, right? A lot of the skills of a short-story writer would be sharpened by the extra compression required of the very short story. 
    One thing I’ll say about my approach is that it may be a bit distinctive, even heretical. Most writing guides these days tend to encourage a writer to do a whole bunch of writing, get heaps of material down and then start weeding through—start cutting back to locate the good stuff. In my case, I actually do a fair bit of the work of compression before I start writing. My sense of haiku is that you don’t sit down and slog at it, you don’t pound out fifty lines and then cut it down to three. It’s more about an attentive, open waiting for an experience to coalesce in some way that you can articulate. There’s a waiting and a preparation, and for me, that’s an important part of the process of composition. I’ll have something on my mind, something that’s puzzling or unsettling, a human predicament that intrigues me. I’ll sit with it for a while, trying to let that idea find a way to be expressed. Through what character, in what fictional situation, in what voice, and so on. 
    When I do start putting words down, I want there to be quite a bit of force behind them. So, again, the idea of the haiku is to try to execute it in one go. That doesn’t mean you nail it right away, but you try to get the essence down all at once. Then it might be months or years of work, not just tinkering but continuing to drill down into the material. With flash or sudden fiction, I think the process of revision is extra important, because there’s a huge premium on language. You have to make it count, and keep finding a way to go deeper. 

    WW: I really like that idea. Thank you, John, for spending time with me. Congratulations on being a finalist for the Giller—I wish you every other success with the book too. 



    Visit johngould.ca to find links for three films by Corey Lee of enriquePoe Moving Pictures adapted from Kilter: 55 Fictions. 
    A useful resource for people in BC is Vancouver Flash Fiction and their FaceBook page run by Karen Schauber. 
    Interview edited for length. 

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