Finding Your Poem: An apocryphal story has a famous sculptor explaining how he makes a statue: “The figure is already there in the marble; I just chip away everything that’s not what I see.” How do we find our poems inside our writing? Where does a poem start or stop?
This year's workshop will explore specific ways to identify and then chip everything away that's not the poem, as well as to begin to polish it into a finished product. In the second half, we will focus on poem endings. Participants will have a chance during writing activities to edit their own work using the techniques provided. They will also have an opportunity to see their finished work published in the Federation of BC Writer’s WordWorks Online Magazine
Al Rempel’s books of poetry are Undiscovered Country, This Isn't the Apocalypse We Hoped For, Understories, and three chapbooks: Deerness, Four Neat Holes and The Picket Fence Diaries. Rempel has another chapbook forthcoming from the Alfred Gustav Press called Behind the Bladed Green. His poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, and his video-poem collaborations have been screened internationally. Rempel has led a variety of poetry workshops centred on craft. He can be found at www.alrempel.com
Digital Doors Open at 12:55, Event Starts at 1PM
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Join us Wednesday, February 9th at 1pm for Wise Words - Introduction to Writing the Bereavement Phase. This session is part of our Wise Words Program. A unique writing and communication initiative for Seniors in all corners of our lovely province. This program is Funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.
The people we love always remain part of us, even after their death, and their ongoing presence can bring us lasting joy. This one-hour introductory workshop will discuss the ways in which a bereavement memoir can help to keep loved ones with us in meaningful ways and will offer a map for writing about loss as a phase of an ongoing relationship. There will be a brief overview, a few short written exercises, and some general tips on writing memoir.
Carol Matthews is the author of five books of memoir, and a collection of short stories, Incidental Music (Oolichan Books). Her latest book, Minerva’s Owl: The Bereavement Phase of my Marriage, was published by Oolichan Books in 2017. A new and revised edition of Questions for Ariadne will be published this year by Neopoesis Press. Carol has worked as a community worker and as Dean of Human Services and Community Education at Vancouver Island University. Find out more about Carol here: https://caroljmatthews.wordpress.com/.
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Digital Doors Open at 1255pm! (Pacific Time)
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Join us Thursday, February 10th at noon for The Five Principles of Creating Clarity, a presentation by Hayley Miliiman of ProWritingAid. Register here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and a link will be sent to you. When it's time for the event, click on the link to join the live Zoom event. Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Five Principles of Creating Clarity
As writers, we often spend too much time focusing on what our ideas are instead of how to communicate those ideas most effectively. If we don't sharpen our sentences with our readers in mind, then our ideas will get lost and our writing will be less engaging.
In this actionable presentation, Hayley will walk you through five key ways to improve the craft of your writing. By the end of the session, you'll know exactly how to tackle your work to make it more powerful for your readers.
As Head of Education at ProWritingAid, Hayley Milliman focuses on building engaging, helpful learning content for the millions of users who rely on ProWritingAid to make their writing clear and effective. Hayley has a robust writing portfolio and has written for dozens of publications on topics related to education, marketing strategy, history, entrepreneurship, and more. She has also published several books related to writing and history, one of which hit the Amazon bestseller list. When not working, Hayley loves hiking, skating of all kinds, and correcting people on Star Wars trivia.
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Join us for In/Verse on Saturday, February 12 at 1:55 pm by registering here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and a Zoom link for the event will be sent to you. When it’s time for the event you can click on the Zoom link to join the event.
Molly Cross-Blanchard is a white and Métis writer living on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land, cka Vancouver, where she works as the publisher of Room magazine. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and her debut full-length collection of poetry, Exhibitionist, was published by Coach House Books in 2021.
Donna Kane is a writer living in Rolla, BC. Her poems, short fiction, reviews and essays have been published widely. She is the author of the non-fiction book, Summer of the Horse, and of three books of poetry, most recently Orrery, a finalist for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award. Poems from Orrery were also featured in A Sky Full of Poems with Dava Sobel presented by Hampton’s Observatory and Guild Hall, in Voyages to Mars: Dreaming, a podcast for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and a poem from the collection was selected for Vancouver’s 2021 Poetry in Transit program. In 2020 she received the British Columbia Medal of Good Citizenship.
Daniel G Scott
Daniel G Scott is past Artistic Director of the Planet Earth Poetry Reading Series. His recent publications include Aftertime (2019) and Voicing Suicide (Ekstasis Editions, 2020) an anthology of suicide poems he edited and [klee-shays] undone, volume one (Nose in Book Publishing, 2020) He has previously published four books of poetry and three chapbooks He has individual poems in journals, anthologies and chapbooks as well as numerous academic publications and, with Shannon McFerran, The Girls Diary Project (University of Victoria, 2013). In 1984, he won a one-act playwriting competition in New Brunswick with Four Steps Closer.
Susan Alexander is the author of two collections of poems, The Dance Floor Tilts and Nothing You Can Carry and a former journalist. Her work has won multiple awards, including the Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry in 2019. Susan’s poems appear in anthologies and literary magazines in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., have ridden Vancouver buses as part of Poetry in Transit and even shown up in the woods around Whistler. She lives on Nexwlélexm/Bowen Island, the traditional territory of the Squamish people.
Digital Doors Open at 1:55, Event Starts at 2PM
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Join us for Writing Spring Serenade on Monday, February 14 at 12 pm by registering here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and a Zoom link for the event will be sent to you. When it’s time for the event you can click on the Zoom link to join the event.
Pianist Andrew Sims creates a space for us all to be inspired as he accompanies writing while we engage in our craft. This monthly event has a simple, but creative premise. Andrew plays while we write.
Each session will start with a brief introduction to the music being played and from there we launch into a creative space wherein writers are serenaded by live music to inspire us and build commonality with writers working from across BC and the Yukon
Andrew Sims completed the Bachelor of Music in piano from Baylor University and Master of Music in piano from the University of Alberta. He maintains a busy teaching studio of students from 5-99 years old. Andrew is an examiner for the Canadian National Conservatory of Music and has embraced online teaching; he specializes in creative, wholistic, and positive teaching. andrewsimspiano.com
Digital Doors Open at 11:55, Event Starts at 12PM
Join us Saturday, February 26 at 7pm for FBCW's Telling the Truth, an event with non-fiction writers, hosted by Megan Cole. Register here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and a link will be sent to you. When it's time for the event, click on the link to join the live Zoom event. Looking forward to seeing you there!
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Theresa Kishkan lives on the Sechelt Peninsula with her husband, John Pass, in a house they built and where they raised their 3 children. She has published 14 books, most recently Euclid’s Orchard, a collection of essays about family history, botany, mathematics, and love (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2017), and a novella, The Weight of the Heart (Palimpsest Press, 2020). Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the Hubert Evans Award and the Ethel Wilson Prize. Her interests include textiles, music, and colour theory, woven together in the forthcoming Blue Portugal and Other Essays (University of Alberta Press, 2022).
Rowan McCandless writes from Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. She is the Creative Nonfiction editor with The Fiddlehead magazine. Her writing has appeared in various journals such as The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, and Prairie Fire, amongst others. Her work has been long listed for the Journey Prize. In 2020, she received gold with the National Magazine Awards. Her debut book, Persephone’s Children, is a memoir about trauma and healing and Rowan’s odyssey as a Black, biracial woman who escaped the stranglehold of domestic abuse.
Megan Cole is a tattooed food enthusiast with an obsessive reading habit. Her writing has appeared in The Puritan, Invisiblog, Kootenay Mountain Culture and more. She's currently working on her first book titled Head Over Feet: The Lasting Heart Ache of First Loves. When she's not writing, reading or cooking, she's working as the director of audience development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes and recording interviews for the podcast Writing the Coast.
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This workshop will explore psychological techniques for coping with perfectionism and imposter syndrome. The workshop will be experiential in nature, so come with an open mind and a willingness to experiment with new coping skills.
Victor Wakarchuk, MSW, RSW is a therapist in private practice specializing in working with queer men. Learn more at www.centreforgaycounselling.com
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