• 21 Sep 2020 8:37 AM | Doni Eve

    Check out the latest WriteOn newsletter packed with events and opportunities for writers this Fall.

  • 17 Sep 2020 12:18 PM | Angela Douglas

    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 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. 

  • 29 Aug 2020 12:24 PM | Doni Eve

    We are very pleased to have a judge of the calibre of Karen Schauber for this year’s flash fiction contest – BC-Yukon Flash 2020. Karen generously shared some key pointers about creating flash fiction and what she will be looking for in the contest.

    Karen says: “Flash fiction is the hottest rising literary trend in Canada, and it is my happy obsession. I am thrilled to be serving as judge this year for the Federation of BC Writers BC-Yukon Flash 2020 flash fiction contest. Thank you for inviting me. I'm delighted to be working with first readers, Barbara Black  and John Gould, both of whom have impeccable flash fiction writing and publication chops.”
    1. What draws you to writing flash fiction?
    “I am besotted with the form, with the scope and depth that occupy such very tiny spaces; with the handpicking of words; with its emotional resonance - how it lingers; with the process of sculpting, refinement, and compression; how it can paint a picture of the human experience in a brief ordinary each piece is a marvel.”
    3. How did you get started writing flash fiction?
    “I discovered flash fiction reading journals and magazines on my iphone. I read flash fiction daily and enjoy discovering new voices – the talent out there is magic. Early on, I stumbled upon workshops teaching flash fiction online, mostly out of the US and UK, and have since participated in many three-day, ten-day, and month-long intensives, each honing a different aspect of the form. The workshops are lots of fun, generative, and attended by highly creative, respectful, and generous writers from across the globe. I also participate in a local writing circle and highly regard opportunities for critique and feedback. In the past three years I've published flash fiction in more than 50 international literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. Most of my pieces incorporate subtleties and artifice of surrealism and magical realism. Last year, I edited and curated a flash fiction anthology, The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings. It has placed 'Silver' in The Miramichi Reader's "The Very Best" Book Award for Short Fiction", 2020. I’m totally hooked.”
    3. What is the best advice you've received on writing flash fiction?
    “There are two pieces of advice I keep returning to:
    ‘Trust the Reader’—The quickest was to lose a reader's trust is to tell them what you mean. After you're done writing your story, go through and get rid of any places where you are trying to explain what is happening in the story. Instead, let the reader see what's happening by your very specific use of unusual detail and a banquet full of sensory information. Anton Chekhov said it this way. ‘Don't tell me that the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass’.   —Meg Pokrass (UK)
    ‘On Revision’—Cut it down as much as is possible before the piece falls down (like Jenga). ‘See how much you can cut, until the piece no longer works. It is then that you realize what the kernel is; the heart of the piece.’  —Emily Davidson (Vancouver)
    Also, visit Vancouver Flash Fiction, which features 'Flash Fiction Writing Tips' penned by masterful writers from across the globe, every Sunday.”
    4. What are you looking for in the contest submissions, and in the winning flash fiction?
    “I'm looking for work that is beautifully written, in either its simplicity or sumptuous imagery; a demonstration of intentional word choice. The piece should have the emotive reach of a painting. And it should be immersive, inviting the reader to explore the recesses of their own imagination in-between the lines and white spaces. It should be layered, with more to discover in each subsequent read. It should not feel rushed but carefully crafted. And be evident that it could not have been written in any other form than compression. By the end of the story, something at its core should have undergone a transformation (either internal or external, imagined or proscribed, far-reaching or miniscule). Above all, the writer's delight with the flash fiction form should come through.
    Any genre is welcome - literary, sci-fi, humour, magical realism/surrealism, historical/alternate history, contemporary, experimental; as long as it is fiction.”
    About Karen Schauber:
    Karen Schauber’s work appears in 50 international literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Brilliant Flash Fiction, 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. Schauber curates Vancouver Flash Fiction, a flash fiction resource hub and critique circle, 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 The Writers' Union of Canada.
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  • 13 Jul 2020 12:24 PM | Doni Eve

    On July 5, 2020, the Federation of British Columbia Writers board voted to name Jacqueline Carmichael as the new president. Jacqueline replaces Keith Liggett, who stepped down in March. On accepting the role, she thanked vice president Doni Eve for keeping the organization on track, and the board for their work governing without a president over the past few months. 

    “Because of their diligence and keeping the best interests of the Fed and our membership at heart, we’re poised for growth. Our board and volunteers are working together to bring new services and opportunities to our members and the writing community around BC and the Yukon," Jacqueline said. “I’m looking forward to working with new executive director Bryan Mortensen. There are some great initiatives underway." 

    "Our members and volunteers are the strength of the organization in a pandemic moment and always. The Federation of BC Writers is just that, a federation - all of us, a vibrant and growing community of writers. Not isolated. Together, we're finding new ways to support each other and grow our writing practices, to celebrate each writing moment and each victory, big or small. One example of how we are doing this is the monthly Sunday Webinar education events led by board member and author Barb Drozdowich."

    “Tune in to our social media channels or one of our menu of summer events on Zoom and you'll see it reflected right away on that small screen with all those people, not so distant after all: our board has been working hard, and as a membership, we've picked up some new tools, developing powerful new ways to write, to learn, to volunteer, to grow and thrive, to promote and to recognize each other. We may be in Maple Ridge, Quadra Island, Whitehorse, North Van, Sooke, Dawson City, Prince Rupert or Nakusp, but thanks to WriteOn and WordWorks, social media and videoconferencing, and a network of volunteers and representatives, we're close enough to see each other smile, to hear the pause between sentences, to start a project together, to build our writing practice together."

    “The board volunteers and staff are looking forward to serving you and the greater writing community we're all part of. Thank you for joining us on that journey. Please stay well and cozy."

    Jacqueline lives in Port Alberni and has been on the Federation of BC Writers board for two years. She is the organizer of the current BC-Yukon Quite Determined Eco-Friendly Online Literary Road Trip in response to the pandemic. She is the author of Heard Amid The Guns: True Stories From the Western Front (October 2020, Heritage House) and My Read-Aloud Tales About Social Distancing. She is a graduate of SFU's The Writers Studio fiction and graduate fiction programs. A long-time journalist, she is the former publisher of the Westerly News in Tofino/Ucluelet; her work has appeared in the Edmonton Sun, The Dallas Morning News, Entrepreneur Magazine, and others. She is active with Alberni Valley Words on Fire and The Writers Union of Canada. 
    Feel free to get in touch with Jacqueline at or 250-726-6072. "I'm looking forward to hearing from you," she said.

  • 13 Jul 2020 12:22 PM | Doni Eve

    After serving in leadership roles in not-for-profits and at the University of Alberta over the last 12 years, I’m excited to be the new executive director for the Federation of British Columbia Writers.  Like many of you, I am an emerging writer.  In my case, that is code for “hoping to be published in the not-too-distant future.”
    Our work as writers is vital to our communities. We are the storytellers shaping not just our history, but ideas and experiences. We shape the world by doing our work as artists. And I want to help each of you tell your story, regardless of what medium you use.
    As executive director, my primary objective is to continue supporting our members while seeking opportunities to enhance and expand our programming and services.  My greatest wish in this role is that members feel they are getting true value for their memberships.  I look forward to getting to know you all as I settle in and am excited to see what we can accomplish together.
    I am honoured to join such a unique and vibrant community.

    Kind regards,
    Bryan Mortensen
    Executive Director
    Federation of British Columbia Writers

  • 19 Jun 2020 10:10 AM | Doni Eve

    The Fernie Writers Conference awarded the first Writer-in-Residence to Rod MacIntyre of Christina Lake. The residency will run from October 17 to November 7, 2020. Rod will give a reading at the start and one at the end and lead a five-session evening workshop. The balance of the time will be his to work on a project.

    Rod MacIntyre is the award-winning author of The Rink, The Blue Camaro, and Feeding At Nine among others. His latest title, Mahihkan Lake was a finalist for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Fiction. He was a founding member of PUC (now the Playwrights Guild of Canada) and the WGC (Writers Guild of Canada, formerly ACTRA) served on the boards of CanCopy (now AccessCopyright) and three separate terms with the SWG (Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild). He has held residencies and readings across Canada but this is his first in British Columbia. Rod holds an Honours BA, English and Sociology, U of S, 1970. He now makes his home in Christina Lake, BC with his partner Sharyn Swann, where he golfs, hikes, rides motorcycle and repairs diatonic harmonicas.

    The Call for Submissions brought in a broad variety of writers. The committee chose Rod because he is a SAG member and has three plays that have staged and published. In his playwriting experience, Rod brings added dimension, above and beyond his depth in poetry, fiction and non-fiction, that convinced the committee he would be the right person for the first Residency. 

    The Fernie Writers Conference Writer-in-Residence is a joint effort by the Conference, the Federation of BC Writers and the Conference lodging partners--Fernie Lodging Company and Lizard Creek Lodge.

    The Fernie Writers Conference is grateful for the support of our partners in making this Residency possible.

    If you are interested in hosting a Writer-in-Residence, contact Keith Liggett

    For more information:

  • 31 May 2020 2:44 PM | Doni Eve

    The Federation of British Columbia (BC) Writers is pleased to announce a story by Wiley Ho of North Vancouver was named the first-place winner of the 4th annual short story contest BC-Yukon Short 2020.

    The contest judge was best-selling novelist Eileen Cook. She said she was impressed by the quality of the entries.

    Ho’s story, Masquerade, pulled her in from the first line, Cook said.  

    “Like the narrator slipping through the party, the reader observes and judges the characters as the story flows until the very end. The balance in a friendship between honesty and kindness is explored. The author voice combined with the sparkling descriptions make this story as intoxicating as the champagne served at the party,” she said. 

    Ho will receive $350 and a year’s Federation of British Columbia Writers membership. The winning entry will be published in WordWorks 2020 #2, the flagship magazine of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

    Cook selected two honourable mentions, who will both receive a one-year membership to the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

    When We Had Wings by Edythe Anstey Hanen of Bowen Island was first runner-up. 

    “This story beautifully recaptures the sense of freedom, adventure and risk that the character’s experience. It will remind readers of their own youth,” Cook said.

    Scale Mail by Anne Hopkinson of Victoria was selected as second runner-up.

    Scale Mail is a sharp-witted critique on the dating world. A dark comedy of revenge, but with hints of hope,” Cook said.

    Wiley Ho is a writer of short stories and memoir. Wiley works as a freelance technical writer, editor and blogger. Born in Taiwan, she moved with her family to Canada when she was eight. Wiley identifies as Generation 1.5, inhabiting that haunted space between the here and there-ness of two countries, several cultures and multiple selves. She is working on a collection of short stories about her Taiwanese-Canadian childhood.

    The creative fiction contest opened on April 1st and closed April 30th.

    Sponsored by the Federation of British Columbia Writers, the BC/Yukon Short 2020 is an annual competition for original, unpublished short stories by BC and Yukon writers. This year was the 4th annual contest, and the 1st year with the inclusion of the Yukon.

    “This is a pretty big deal for us. For the first time, we extend our annual contest to the Yukon, giving us a new opportunity to showcase writing talent from both areas. Our judge, Eileen Cook, was very impressed with the quality and strength of all the works submitted,” acting executive director Andrea Guldin said.

    The Federation of British Columbia Writers sponsors three contests each year. The next contest will be for flash fiction or non-fiction – short prose pieces of no more than 500 words each – opening September 1st and closing October 1st. The Literary Writes poetry contest opens each year in December and closes the following year on February 1st.

    For more information about the Federation of British Columbia Writers and upcoming contests, visit

    For more information or questions about becoming involved with the Federation of British Columbia Writers, please contact: Andrea Guldin, acting executive director at

  • 28 May 2020 9:53 AM | Doni Eve

    The Federation of British Columbia Writers (FBCW) promotes excellence, diversity, inclusion and professionalism in the literary arts in British Columbia (BC) through education and advocacy and by encouraging publication of literary works in all genres. To accomplish this, the FBCW provides information on markets and workshops; connects writers with other skilled writers who can perform services such as manuscript evaluation and mentoring; sponsors readings, workshops and seminars to give writers exposure and to help them hone their craft; helps writers stay informed on the changing publishing environment; encourages recognition of BC writers and their achievements regionally and nationally; provides information on the province s literary resources; works cooperatively with provincial and federal agencies and organizations concerned with writing and writing standards; encourages and supports young and emerging writers in BC; actively celebrates Indigenous culture and engages with underrepresented communities in BC to promote writing.

    The FBCW was originally founded in 1976 as The Federated Association of British Columbia Authors by a group of Vancouver writers to answer the need of writers in the province on a grass roots level and to provide more of a western perspective and incorporated as a registered non-profit society, under its current name, in 1982. The FBCW is the only registered society dedicated to serving and representing professional and emerging writers in BC with a membership of approximately 800 individuals.

    We are seeking a dynamic individual for a part-time, contract position as Executive Director. This is a work-from-home opportunity where you provide your own office equipment (computer, wifi access, telephone, workspace) and determine your hours. As our membership spans the entire province of BC as well as the Yukon, applicants from any community in BC or Yukon are encouraged to apply.                

    Executive Director Job Description

    The Executive Director is responsible and accountable to the Board of Directors for efficient and effective operations of the FBCW programs, projects, and events, meeting objectives outlined in the annual strategic plan. The Executive Director supports inclusive and accessible growth both within the FBCW and the broader writing community.

    Key responsibilities:

    • Develop and oversee the implementation of an annual operations plan to carry out and achieve the FBCW’s strategic objectives, and any action the Board determines necessary, including development and administration of a budget to carry out operations.
    • Develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan, including seeking and obtaining grants and funding opportunities to support projects and programs identified in the operations plan.
    • Oversee management and operations of all administrative functions of the FBCW including:
      • Financial transactions and records
      • Records management
      • Membership relations and administration, including membership software
      • Reporting in compliance with grant funding agency and government requirements
    • Recruit, supervise, direct and support staff, contractors, and volunteers engaged to assist with or carry out FBCW operations; provide for training as required and evaluate performance.
    • Oversee effective communications, marketing and promotion of all FBCW programs, projects and events, including ensuring maintenance, operation, and coordinated updates and content via WriteOn newsletter, website, blog, social media channels, and emails to members, the media, the broader literary community and the public at large.
    • Ensure compliance to standards per all government legislation, regulations, and guidelines pertinent to the organization’s role as an employer, contractor of service, and non-profit agency.
    • Review and develop policies and procedures and recommend to the Board changes that would improve the organization.
    • Support Board and membership meetings, including regular Board of Director meetings and the Annual General Meetings, which involves:
      • Organizing meetings (scheduling through Zoom or booking location), with appropriate notice to participants
      • Coordinating and distributing meeting materials
      • Monitoring follow up on action items and implementation of Motions.
    • Support Board of Directors by providing relevant information, including financial risks and opportunities. Works with the Board on governance policy issues by providing support and by implementing approved recommendations for action.
    • Carries out a high level of public relations within and participates in the related literary and cultural world where the FBCW is mandated to serve.

    Skills and Experience:

    • Worked with writers and/or authors and/or other cultural spaces/organizations
    • Prior leadership in non-profit organization, social enterprise, or social service
    • Connections with other social or cultural organizations
    • Written grants, managed budgets
    • Created and implemented strategic and/or business plans
    • Familiar with project and program design, planning, implementation, and evaluation
    • Commitment to ongoing learning and personal growth in self, and nurturing this in others
    • Prioritizes well-being and productive boundaries within the work, and encourages an atmosphere of collective resilience and long-term personal sustainability
    • Intercultural fluency and/or cultural safety training
    • Able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences (e.g. youth, older adults, artists/authors, provincial and national organizations, funders)
    • Proficiency in use and best practices for technology uses (Google Suite, Slack, social media, etc).
    • Additional skills and assets:
      • Collaborative and trusting in team members
      • Decisive, able to delegate, and adaptive
      • Systems thinker who considers future trends and opportunities  
      • People-oriented, empathic leader defined by openness and curiosity
      • Sophisticated and compassionate in conflict management processes

    Structure and Compensation:

    Hours of work will not exceed 70 hours per month. Hours are flexible and self-determined. Remuneration is a flat rate of $2,000/month. Performance, hours of work, and remuneration will be reviewed at a minimum frequency of once every 12 months. The initial contract will be for one year, renewable upon mutual agreement. Fee and hours of work will be reviewed annually as part of the budget process, and increases are subject to securing sufficient funding for the organization.

    To Apply:

    Interested individuals are asked to please send their resume to by Thursday, June 4th. 

  • 22 May 2020 12:44 PM | Doni Eve

    The Federation of British Columbia (BC) Writers is pleased to announce the six finalists for the 4th annual short story contest BC-Yukon Short 2020. The creative fiction contest opened on April 1st and closed April 30th.

    “This is a pretty big deal for us. For the first time, we extend our annual contest to the Yukon, giving us a new opportunity to showcase writing talent from both areas. Our judge, Eileen Cook, was very impressed with the quality and strength of all the works submitted,” Acting Executive Director, Andrea Guldin said.

    Congratulations to our six finalists, in alphabetical order:

    Brian Douglas (Richmond) – “Forsaken”

    Edythe Anstey Hanen (Bowen Island) – “When We Had Wings”

    Wiley Ho (North Vancouver) – “Masquerade”

    Anne Hopkinson (Victoria) – “Scale Mail”

    Sharon McInnes (Cumberland) – “The Neighbour”

    Janet Smith (Campbell River) – “The Yawning Tree”

    Sponsored by the Federation of BC Writers, the BC/Yukon Short 2020 is an annual competition for original, unpublished short stories by BC and Yukon writers. This year was the 4th annual contest, and the 1st year with the inclusion of the Yukon. We are very pleased to have author Eileen Cook ( as the judge.

    The winning entry will be announced May 31. First prize is $350 and a year’s Federation of BC Writers membership. The winning entry will be published in WordWorks 2020 #2, the flagship magazine of the Federation of BC Writers.

    For more information about the Federation of BC Writers and upcoming contests, visit

    For more information or questions on how you can get involved with the Federation of BC Writers please contact:

    Andrea Guldin

    Acting Executive Director

    Federation of BC Writers

  • 22 May 2020 8:28 AM | Doni Eve

    We are seeking an ad sales rep for WordWorks magazine, the flagship publication of the Federation of British Columbia Writers, published three times a year.

    We are seeking a part-time, commission-based ad sales rep to sell from a distance.
    Commission sales/ad sales experience ideal. As a contractor, you will already have the basic tools to work from home. Graphic design ability a plus. You are personable, reliable, professional, creative, with good follow through and attention to detail. 
    The ad sales rep earns 25% net commission on all paid advertising, payable within 30 days after invoice.

    If you're interested in supplementing your income with flexible, work from home hours, and interested in developing and nurturing relationships with BC's literary and publishing community, while growing our advertising base, please contact WordWorks managing editor Ursula Vaira at

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