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    • 27 Sep 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    (REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE AT BCWRITERS.CA/EVENTS-FOR-WRITERS AND A ZOOM LINK WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU. Keep that email and click on the link when it's time for the session! Questions? Email fbcw.membership@gmail.com) 

    Book Journey is set to debut Sept. 27, 2020 on Zoom, courtesy of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

    On Book Journey, indie publisher Colton Nelson and FBCW president Jacqueline Carmichael explore the literary adventures of FBCW authors.

    With the September 27, 2 p.m. debut edition on Zoom, attendees will get a glimpse into the book journeys of three authors:

    Author Wendy Burton was the director of teaching and learning at the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack. Her novel, Ivy’s Tree (Thistledown Press) releases this month. She lives on Hornby Island.

    Freelance writer Claudia Cornwall’s new journalistic memoir, BC in Flames: Stories from a Blazing Summer  (Harbour Publishing 2020) has been excerpted in the Tyee. She is a non-fiction mentor in The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser. She lives in North Vancouver.

    David Floody was raised across the river from Detroit Michigan, where he immersed himself in its Motown music and culture. His YA novel, Insect Youth (Implosion Press 2020) is set in Windsor, in 1968, and is semi-autobiographical. Retired from teaching, he lives in Tofino.

    The program is free; register here (at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and a Zoom link will be sent to you for the event. Questions? Contact us at fbcw.membership@gmail.com ... Looking forward to connecting with you! 

    • 28 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Join screenwriter Patty Sandoval Sralla in a free discussion group courtesy of the Federation of British Columbia Writers to talk about using the 'Save the Cat' system for programming your fiction project for success. Learn widely applicable techniques for writing plots readers will love, and ratcheting up tension in your story.  Get in on the discussion about 'Save the Cat,' the popular "beat" system used by thousands (and thousands) of writers. Sandoval recommends reading Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder, or Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You'll Ever Need by Jessica Brody. Both of these titles are available as ebooks on Kindle, and they can change the way you watch movies and read books, as well as how you write. 

    A South Texas native, Patty Sandoval Sralla, 58, is a screenwriter/producer/director and a retired print journalist who lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, son and three furry children. She organizes the San Antonio Screenwriters Guild and her screenplays have consistently placed in the top 20 percent of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Contest and PAGE International. She also sings in a rock band and is a five-year, post double-lung transplant recipient.

    This free session from the Federation of British Columbia Writers is open to all. By registering, you will receive an email with a link to click on when it's time for the session. Questions? Email fbcw.islands@gmail.com  

    Looking forward to seeing you! 

    • 1 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • (PST)

    Disappointed you missed Ev Bishop's popular webinar on marketing and promotion from a small town? Looking for editing tips from Darling Axe senior editors David Brown and Michelle Barker

    You can still access one of our popular Sunday webinars if you did not get a chance to participate live. Recordings of all past webinars can be viewed here. You just need to create an account to access the Teachable platform. Recordings are accessible for the discounted rate of $12 (live webinars are $20). 

    Webinars available include:

    Rearranging Words - with Darling Axe senior editors Michelle Barker and David Brown

    The Monster - errr, ART - of Marketing & Promotion from a Small Town - with author Ev Bishop

    Understanding the Publishing Landscape in 2020 - with author Barb Drozdowich

    5 Tips to Improve Your Confidence in a Social Media World - with author Barb Drozdowich

    • 1 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Join guest host Pat Buckna (Only Children) on Author Connection, a free online live event with the Federation of British Columbia Writers on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 2 pm. Over three Thursdays, Pat will interview the finalists for the Whistler Independent Book Awards.

    Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for the event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

    While in her early 30s, author Anna Byrne was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma and spent over 2,000 hours in Canadian hospitals. Seven years later, she became a hospice volunteer and met Eleanor, a woman dying of renal failure. Seven Year Summer is the story of their parallel journeys.

    Anna Byrne holds a combined degree in Psychology and Gerontology from McMaster University and is completing her Master of Theological Studies degree. She has survived four cancer diagnoses and is the former coordinator for the Powell River Hospice Society. Her writing seeks the intersection of suffering and redemption. Her work can be found at: https://annabyrne2.wixsite.com/mysite

    CV Gauthier is the author of Charlee LeBeau & The Gambler's Promise, the first book in a YA historical fiction trilogy featuring a strong young female protagonist and her adventures on the west coast of North America. CV (Cindy) Gauthier has always lived on the west coast of British Columbia. These days, she divides her time between the village of Steveston on the Fraser River and the old growth forest of the Sunshine Coast on Okeover Inlet.
    Before turning to fiction writing, Cindy spent three decades as a secondary school educator in Vancouver. Charlee LeBeau & The Gambler's Promise is the first book of her YA historical trilogy. The series takes the reader on a journey from Sonoma and San Francisco in California, to islands in the Salish Sea off the coast of British Columbia.
    Information on bulk educational purchases and accompanying instructional guides for teachers is also available on her website, cvgauthier.com.

    • 5 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Coffee Break with Elaine Alec, Monday, Oct. 5, 7 pm.

    Host Jacqueline Carmichael interviews Elaine Alec about her book, Calling My Spirit Back.

    Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for the event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

    “Indigenous Peoples have always carried the knowledge necessary to heal. When our people heal, our families heal, our communities heal and our land will heal. You cannot have one without the other,” Elaine said.
    “These stories are teachings, prophecy and protocols shared throughout the years by elders, language speakers, medicine people and helpers. They have been the foundation to individual healing and learning self-love. They teach us how to make good decisions for ourselves and for all other aspects in our lives.
    When our people were young, they were sent on the land to gather as much experience and knowledge as they could, and when they returned, they would contribute what they learned. I am Syilx and Secwepemc and although many of my teachings come from this place, they also intertwine with indigenous knowledge shared through ceremony from many other nations,” she said.

    Elaine is from the Syilx (Okanagan) Nation and Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation and is a member of the Penticton Indian Band. Elaine was raised by her grandmother who spoke only the nsyilxcen language. It is this foundation that shaped her world view and the importance of connection and relationships. In 2008 she led a four-year process in her community to create their Comprehensive Community Plan for the Penticton Indian Band. The PIB CCP gained national recognition and as a result has been invited to speak about their process in other communities across Canada. Elaine has worked for provincial and federal governments as both employee and contractor for the past 20 years and has extensive experience in designing inclusive processes that can mediate and bring together opposing perspectives and varying experiences. She has worked as a political advisor to British Columbia leadership, chief of staff to the BC Assembly of Chiefs Regional Chief and served a three-year term as the Union of BC Indian Chief's Women's Representative. She is an advocate for women and girls, facilitator of healing circles and mediator for highly sensitive issues that occur as a result of multigenerational trauma. Elaine has spent over 20 years in over 100 communities across Canada to promote healing and wellness. She is a partner of an Indigenous owned and operated planning company called Alderhill Planning Inc., along with Chris Derickson and Jessie Hemphill. 

    • 8 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Join guest host Pat Buckna (Only Children) on Author Connection, a free online live event with the Federation of British Columbia Writers on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 2 pm. In the second of a series of three interviews, Pat will interview Mary O’Sullivan and Jennifer Rouse Barbeau, both among finalists for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for the event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

    Mary O'Sullivan holds a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Applied Psychology. She has worked in school boards as a psychometrist and spent thirteen years as a case worker for families supporting intellectually challenged members.

    Lazarus Heart tells the true story of a former social worker who gave up her career in order to save the life of one client. 

    Mary, a caseworker at an agency for intellectually challenged people, meets her new client, Chris, whose family wants to put him in a group home. As she gets to know him, Mary begins to question Chris’s diagnosis. Even as his life circumstances appear to improve, with a job and a new home, Chris seems to get worse. After a series of disasters, including a suicide attempt, leave him homeless, Mary takes Chris to stay with her family temporarily. That’s when the memories come pouring out.This true story provides a unique view of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), both from the perspective of a sexual abuse victim recovering the memories of his experiences and from the day-to-day observations of the person helping him through it. This grim topic is addressed with love, courage, and even humour, and Chris’s journey to recovery offers insights into the effects of PTSD and the strategies for dealing with its symptoms.For the past nineteen years, Mary has been supporting “Chris,” learning about PTSD, and drafting the memoirs of this journey. The families Mary has worked with are her heroes and role models, and without their examples the events in Lazarus Heart would not have happened. Find out more and follow Mary's blog at


    Jennifer Rouse Barbeau is a trade-published author, professional illustrator, and full-time college professor. She is both author and illustrator of the novel Swampy Jo (Your Scrivener Press), and illustrator of the children’s book La Laineuse (by Rachel Desaulniers, Centre FORA), and the non-fiction fact book Come On Over! Northeastern Ontario A to Z (by Dieter Buse and Graeme Mount, Your Scrivener Press). Her writing has appeared in Canadian national magazines as well as in the anthology Bluffs: Northeastern Ontario Stories from the Edge (Your Scrivener Press) and Sulphur: Laurentian University’s Literary Journal (Laurentian Printing). Her academic writing was published in eCampus Ontario’s Applications of LinkedIn Learning in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Institutions. She lives and works in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, with husband and author Barry Grills.  

    The novella Dying Hour is part prose, part radio play, part theatrical script. Stan Templeman is a late night radio deejay who has deemed the hour from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. to be the 'dying hour' because his chest tightens at that time of night. He challenges his listening audience to speculate about how they might die. Timothy is a nine-year-old boy who calls in to share how he thinks he will die. In so doing, Timothy reveals details about his family situation that get other adult listeners riled up. Over the course of several nights, Timothy and Stan chat on air, and other adult listeners chime in, speculating about why Timothy can't sleep; they underline their own ills and those of society as they attempt to diagnose, and help, Timothy. And yet the person with the most to learn about himself (and his past) is Stan, who has only his large and gravelly voice to keep him company through the wee hours of his late night radio show, in an empty sound studio filled with Stan's visions of his mother and father as Stan grew up.

    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Join us Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. for In/Verse with host Fiona Tinwei Lam (Odes & Laments, Double Lives) and readings and interviews from four poets. Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for the event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

    Joseph A. Dandurand is the author of I Will Be Corrupted by Guernica Press (2020). He is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River about 20 minutes east of Vancouver. He resides there with his 3 children Danessa, Marlysse, and Jace. Joseph is the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center. Joseph received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. He has just completed his residency as the Storyteller in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library. He sits on a committee for the Canadian Museum of History and is tasked with consulting on the redesign of the new Children’s Museum. He has published 13 books of poetry and the latest are: I WANT by Leaf Press (2015) and HEAR AND FORETELL by BookLand Press (2015) The Rumour (2018) by BookLand Press in (2018) SH:LAM (the doctor) Mawenzi Press (2019), his children’s play: Th’owixiya: the hungry Feast dish by Playwrights Press Canada (2019) his book of short stories and short plays for children: The Sasquatch, the fire, and the cedar basket will be published by Nightwood Press along with his poetry manuscript: Here we come (2020-21) He also is very busy Storytelling at many events and Schools.

    Francine Cunningham is an award-winning Indigenous writer, artist and educator. Her debut book of poems On/Me (Caitlin Press) is nominated for 2020 BC and Yukon Book Prize and a 2020 Indigenous Voices Award. She is a recent winner of The Indigenous Voices Award in the 2019 Unpublished Prose Category and of The Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. Her fiction has appeared in Grain Magazine as the 2018 Short Prose Award winner, on The Malahat Review’s Far Horizon’s Prose shortlist, Joyland Magazine, The Puritan Magazine and more. You can find out more about her at www.francinecunningham.ca

    Sonnet L’Abbé is a mixed-race Black writer, professor, organizer and emerging musician of Afro-Guyanese, Indo-Guyanese, and Québecois ancestry, and the author of three collections of poetry: A Strange Relief, Killarnoe, and Sonnet’s Shakespeare. Sonnet’s Shakespeare was a Quill and Quire Book of The Year for 2019, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Raymond Souster Award, and longlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial AwardL'Abbé's chapbook, Anima Canadensis, won the 2017 bp Nichol Chapbook Award. In 2000, they won the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for most promising writer under 35. In 2014, they were the guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry in English. L’Abbé lives on Vancouver Island and is a professor of Creative Writing and English at Vancouver Island University.

    Stephen T Berg was raised on the prairies and tutored by the West Coast. His prose and poetry have seen life in staged performances, have been chosen to ride Edmonton Transit buses, and have appeared in such publications as Prairie Fire, Orion, Earthshine, Geez, oratorealis, and Vancouver’s Westender. His first chapbook, There Are No Small Moments, was published by The Rasp and The Wine (2014). In Beacons, Blues and Holy Goats, Stephen T Berg brings us nose to nose with bicycles, farmers, country lanes, bad roads, and the pacific coast through narrative poems both lyrical and full of longing. For more of his work visit: growmercy.org

    • 11 Oct 2020
    • 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Join Coffee Break host Jacqueline Carmichael for a free online discussion with Susan Shapiro, author of The Byline Bible, on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for the event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

    Newspaper, magazine, and web editors are desperate for new voices and anyone, in any field, can break in. So why not you?

    Susan Shapiro, an award-winning writing professor, freelances for the NY Times, NY Magazine, WSJ, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Elle, Oprah & New Yorker online. She's the bestselling author/coauthor of 12 books her family hates including Five Men Who Broke My HeartLighting UpUnhookedThe Bosnia List & the inspiring writing guide The Byline Bible. She and her husband, a scriptwriter, live in Greenwich Village, where she teaches her popular "instant gratification takes too long" classes at The New School, NYU, Columbia University and in private workshops & seminars.
    Over the last two decades, Shapiro has taught more than 25,000 students of all ages and backgrounds at NYU, Columbia, Temple, The New School, and Harvard University. Now in The Byline Bible she reveals the wildly popular "Instant Gratification Takes Too Long" technique she's perfected, sharing how to land impressive clips to start or re-launch your career.
    In frank and funny prose, the bestselling author of 12 books walks you through every stage of crafting and selling short nonfiction pieces. She shows you how to spot trendy subjects, where to start, finish and edit, and divulges specific steps to submit work, have it accepted, get paid, and see your byline in your favorite publication in lightning speed.
    With a foreword by Peter Catapano, long-time editor at the New York Times where many of Shapiro’s pupils have first seen print, this book offers everything you need to learn to write and sell your story in five weeks or less, including:
       • How to craft a cover letter and subject heading to get read and reviewed quickly
       • Who pay for essays, op-eds, regional, humor, or service pieces from unknown writers
       • Ways to follow up, build on your success, land a TV or radio spot, become a regular contributor, staff writer, and find a literary agent for your book with one amazing clip
    Whether you're just starting out or ready to enhance your professional portfolio, this essential guide will prove that three pages can change your life.

    • 12 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Want to know when to work with an editor, how to work with an editor, why to work with an editor? Award-winning editor Lenore Hietkamp answers these questions. 

    Lenore Hietkamp has been editing for 18 years. She works for authors and publishers, in many subjects, and was the editorial coordinator for Heritage House Publishing for several years. She was shortlisted for the editorial award from Editors Canada for the editing and production of The Embodied Violinist, written and self-published by Gwen Thompson-Robinow.

    • 14 Oct 2020
    • 6:45 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 pm, Alberni Valley Words on Fire Open Mic/Spoken Word, featuring Lozan Yamolky and Haley Healey.

    Register and sign up for a 5-minute spot at the open mic at charslanding.com

    Lozan Yamolky is the author of three poetry books, I'm No Hero & Counting Waves through Silver Bow Publishing and Dreamers Needed, was self-published through McNally Robinson in 2019. Lozan was one of the recipients of the Distinguished Poet Award from Writer International Network Canada in 2018 & the 1st Prize winner of the 2019 Rabindranath Tagore Poetry Contest (Peace Treaty). She was also commissioned by the DaCapo Chamber Choir in 2017 to write about the refugee experience. Lozan is Kurdish, born and raised in Baghdad; she immigrated to Canada in 1995. She is a freelance interpreter living in Vancouver.

    Haley Healey the author of On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island. On Their Own Terms is a fascinating collection of concise stories about twenty-one courageous, independent, and diverse women who shaped the history of Vancouver Island.

    Haley is a high school counsellor, registered clinical counsellor, and the author of On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island. A self-proclaimed trailblazing woman herself, she has taught in isolated fly-in communities, guided whitewater canoe expeditions, and plays the violin. She has an avid interest in wild places and unconventional people. She has appeared on Into the Wild, an outdoor adventure radio show on CHLY, Nanaimo’s campus-community radio station.

    Register and sign up for a 5-minute spot at the open mic at charslanding.com

    • 17 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Saturday, Oct. 17, Memoir Workshop, Donna Kane, Peace-Liard Arts Council and author of Orrery. Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for this Federation of British Columbia Writers event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

    Donna Kane is a writer living in northern British Columbia. Her poems, short fiction, reviews and essays have been published widely in journals such as The WalrusThe Fiddlehead, and The Malahat Review, as well as in several anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry 2013 (Tightrope Books, 2013), I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Press 2014), In This Together: Fifteen True Stories of Real Reconciliation (Brindle and Glass, 2016) and, most recently, Beyond Earth’s Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight (University of Arizona Press, 2020). She has published three books of poetry, Somewhere, a Fire, (Hagios Press, 2004), and Erratic (Hagios Press, 2007), both finalists for the ReLit Award and Orrery (Harbour, 2020). She is also the recipient of the Lina Chartrand Poetry Award (2000) and in 2010 she was a winner in Geist’s Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. Her poetry has been featured on CBC’s Daybreak North and North by Northwest, and in 2011, her poem, Summer Solstice, was featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. “The Gaze,” one of the chapters from Summer of the Horse (Harbour Publishing, 2018) was shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and published in the 2016 summer issue of The New Quarterly. An excerpt from Orrery, was published as a chapbook titled Pioneer 10, I Hear You by JackPine Press in October, 2016. She holds an MFA from UBC. She has also received Banff Writing Studio Scholarships (2000, 2003, 2005, 2011), a Canada Council for the Arts Individual Writing Grant (2008), and several BC Arts Council Creative Writing Grants (2005, 2008, 2015). Kane is executive director of the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council, located in Rolla, BC. Kane also serves, on occasion, as sessional instructor teaching English and Creative Writing at Northern Lights College. While at the University of Victoria, Kane served on the editorial board for poetry at the Malahat Review.

    In 2001, Kane established Writing on the Ridge (WOTR), a non-profit society aimed at fostering the arts in northeast BC. Through WOTR, she has hosted nearly 100 Canada Council funded readings, organized the first writer-in-residence program at Northern Lights College (2005 with Jeanette Lynes), and created the Moberly Lake Writing Retreats (1999 and 2000 with mentors Patrick Lane, Don McKay, and Jan Zwicky). She co-founded the Festival of the Sweetwater Moon which continues today as the Sweetwater905 Festival, attracting audiences of over 600 to the working farm of Emilie and Larry Mattson in Rolla, BC. This three-day event features literary arts, music, visual art, and film. In 2006, she co-founded the Muskwa-Kechika Artist Camps aimed at raising awareness of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area. The camps have attracted visual artists from across North America including Derek Houston, Peter von Tiesenhausen, and Brian Jungen, and writers such as John Vaillant, Tim Lilburn, Don McKay, Sue Sinclair, and Elizabeth Bachinsky.

    In 2009, she received the Aurora Award of Distinction: Arts and Culture for her contributions to the arts in the Peace-Liard area and in 2020 received an Honorary Associate of Arts Degree from Northern Lights College “in recognition for her passion towards the literary arts and her continuing ability to inspire others.” Donna is an area representative for the Federation of British Columbia Writers in the Peace-Liard region.

    Her new book of poetry, Orrery, inspired by Pioneer 10 will be out in September with Harbour Publishing

    • 18 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Sunday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m. Book Journey - Tune in for this Federation of BC Writers online event via Zoom as RCN Media publisher Colton Nelson (Just Being Human) interviews Pat Buckna (Only Children), Nina Shoroplova (Legacy of Trees), and Myrtle Siebert (Floathouse Family Favourites, The Floathouse Series) Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for the event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

    Pat Buckna is a Powell River author and songwriter who self-published his family memoir Only Children (http://www,onlychildren.ca) in August 2019. A graduate of the Writer’s Studio at SFU, Pat worked with mentors Stephen Osborne (2002) and Wayde Compton (2010), attended Betsy Warland’s Manuscript Intensive and the Banff Wired Writing programs with Elizabeth Philips and Curtis Gillespie. In the 1980’s Pat lived in the arctic and released an album - Flint & Steel - featuring his music and the words of poet Jim Green. He was responsible for bringing 750 performers to Vancouver to perform at the NWT pavilion at Expo ’86 and has been a long-time promoter of live music events. Pat is a host for the Federation of BC Writers.

    Nina Shoroplova Nina Shoroplova is a tree enthusiast, historian, researcher, and author. Born and raised in Wales, she immigrated to Canada in 1969 and
    settled for a time at the Douglas Lake Ranch, the subject of her first
    book, Cattle Ranch: The Story of the Douglas Lake Cattle Company.
    She has since self-published three books on inspirational themes,
    and was a contributor to the 2019 anthology The Group of Seven
    Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian
     Nina holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from

    SFU and is a trained vocalist and lifelong performer in choirs and
    community theatre.  A member of the Stanley Park Ecology Society, she spends her days writing her own books, editing the books of others, and taking photographs of trees and plants in every season. Visit her author page at Amazon.com.

    Myrtle Siebert books are distributed by Red Tuque, include Floathouse Family Favourites, The Floathouse Series From Fjord to Floathouse Ten Year Anniversary Edition, Gunhild's Granddaughter, and Lifelong Learning with friends and family.  

    Myrtle Rae Forberg Siebert's deep appreciation for books came during childhood when she lived where there was no school and certainly no library. The only option was to take her lessons by correspondence, guided by her mother as the teacher. It is why she can truthfully say she has been writing since she was six years old.

    Thanks to a ministry contact that first publishing success brought educational publisher, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, to her door. In 1994 Ms Siebert’s Food for Life became a popular foods text for grade 9 and 10 level students across Canada.

    After the death of both parents in 1995 Myrtle began searching for the original homes of all four of her grandparents. from Fjord to Floathouse, one family’s journey from the farmlands of Norway to the coast of British Columbia is the result of that family history research. It tells the story of Norwegian immigrants Andy Forberg and his wife, Gunhild, in Canada, and extends into the lives of their children and grandchildren.

    Beyond the Floathouse, Gunhild's Granddaughter is the story of Myrtle’s remarkable childhood, begun on a family floathouse in a remote BC coast location, continuing on land in a truck-logging camp to finish with high school graduation in Campbell River.

    Its sequel, Beyond the Floathouse, Lifelong Learning with friends and family continues with accomplishments and events of her life after high school. It is the third volume of “The Floathouse” Series.

    A new book, Float House Family Favourites, includes recipes that she and other members of her family have used since she graduated from UBC. Copies will be available next week.

    Myrtle lives near Sidney on Vancouver Island. From a matured garden in North Saanich she delights in frequent visits with, and pictures of, her three grandchildren.

    Myrtle at www.myrtlesiebert.com

    • 19 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Coffee Break Monday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.:  Curious about what goes into the creation of an art book? Want to try your hand? In conjunction with the Vancouver Art Book Festival, during Art Book Week, join Lois Klassen (Reading the Migration Library) as she walks us through the creation of an art book. Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for this Federation of BC Writers free event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

    Lois Klassen operates Light Factory Publications, an artist book and chapbook publishing service which Klassen has operated on an itinerant basis since the last millennium, when she was an active participant in mail art networks and small press culture.

    Klassen is an artist, writer and researcher based in Vancouver, Canada. Known for long-range projects that invite and engage participants in collective actions, her projects address social and political concerns – deliberately facing ethical demand with social, aesthetic and material methods. Klassen's artworks have been hosted by Dunlop Gallery, Santa Fe Art Institute, Plug In ICA Summer Institute, MAWA, The Glenbow Museum, The Western Front, HubM3 (University of Salford), Banff New Media Institute, and more. Lois Klassen was a 2020 Fulbright Scholar (Center for Inter-American Border Studies and the Ruben Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas El Paso). Her PhD dissertation (Cultural Studies, Queen's University, 2018) focused on ethics and participation in art. She earned a Master of Applied Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver, Canada) in 2011, and a Diploma of Art History from University of British Columbia (Vancouver) in 2008. Klassen writes on ethics and participatory art practices—a topic she covers for the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards Circle of Experts. Lois Klassen is the founder of Light Factory Publications. Her publishing includes Daisy Quezada Ureña con/with Susana Landeros Moreno, Jonathan Loretto, Marian Naranjo, Oralia Prieto Gomez, Profesor Manuel Robles Flores, Roxanne Swentzell, Beata Tosie-Pena, bosque brotante  (2020), Lois Klassen, la editora/editor.

    Light Factory Publications, Present Cartographers Series.

    Sylvia Arthur, Lois Klassen, Daisy Quezada, Terreno: Borderlands Linguistics (2017), Chapbook, Light Factory Publications, Present Cartographers Series.

    Reading the Migration Library (2015, on-going, various contributors).

    Lois Klassen, Books on Fire: Documentation of the Renegade Library, exhibition catalogue (1998). Art Gallery of Southwestern  Manitoba, Brandon, MB. http://e-artexte.ca/13333/

    • 22 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. – Join Author Connection host Jacqueline Carmichael as she chats with poet and author George Elliott Clarke.

    Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for the Federation of BC Writers event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

    In his unique brand of spoken word, Africadian poetry, the incomparable George Elliott Clarke explores a personal subject: his great-aunt Portia White. The result is a stirring, epic poem vibrating with energy and music that spans White’s birth in 1911, a coming of age amidst the backdrop of two World Wars, and her life-long love affair with music—from singing in to directing the Cornwallis Street Baptist Church choir to her bel canto tutlege at the Halifax Conservatory of Music to her final, command performance before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1964.

    Portia White is a stunning testament to the first African Canadian to become an international star. Features vibrant illustrations by contemporary artist Lara Martina.

    He is the author of a number of books, including These Are the Words, The Motorcyclist, George & Rue, Canticles, Gold.

    George Elliott Clarke received the Excellence in the Arts Award from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He is a past Poet Laureate of Toronto, a full professor at the University of Toronto. From 2016 to 2017, he was appointed by Parliament as Parliamentary [National] Poet Laureate. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dalhousie University Alumni Association, the Trailblazers Award from the National Black Canadians Summit, Federation of Black Canadians & Michaëlle Jean Foundation.. There is a George Elliott Clarke Scholarship Fund at Duke University.

    • 25 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom

    Have you heard the saying "Work Smart, Not Hard?" Do you spend entirely too much valuable writing time trying to figure things out? Curious about learning about tricks and tools that can make your writing life a bit easier?

    This workshop will introduce you to various tools that will make your author's life easier. From writing tools like Scrivener and Grammarly to Formatting tools like Vellum and Pressbooks to Social media tools like Hootsuite, Cinchshare, Canva and Mockupshots - we'll cover them all.

    Join me for this detailed filled workshop and learn a few tricks that can put to use immediately.

    To reserve your spot, purchase a ticket from Eventbrite

    • 19 Nov 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom

    Join Author Connection host Jacqueline Carmichael for a free online discussion with authors Jenn Ashton and Randy Fred,  on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Register for this free live online event at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. When it’s time for this Federation of British Columbia Writers event, click on the link and follow the prompts to join the conversation!

    Jenn Ashton is an award-winning author and visual artist living in North Vancouver, B.C. She is the author of the prize-winning Siamelaht in British Columbia History in 2019 and of the forthcoming People Like Frank, and Other Stories from the Edge of Normal by Tidewater Press. She is a director on the board of the Federation of British Columbia Writers as well as The BC Indigenous Writers Collective. She is currently working on numerous projects including a book about the history of her family in the lower mainland. Jenn has also just completed a year as a teaching assistant in the Simon Fraser University's Writer's Studio and is now studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Randy Fred is a Nuu-Chah-Nulth Elder. The founder of Theytus Books, the first aboriginal-owned and operated book publishing house in Canada, he is a member of the board of directors of the Federation of BC Writers. A Nanaimo resident, he has worked in publishing and communications for forty years.  

    • 29 Nov 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • On-line using Zoom

    Finding an agent is a huge hurdle for all writers, and yet if you want your manuscript to be read by the top publishers, you can’t get through the door without one. As authors with literary representation, and as editors who have interviewed at least fifty agents to find out what they’re looking for, we will talk about why it’s so hard to find an agent and what you can expect an agent to do (or not do). We’ll also share our experience with query letters, synopses, and manuscript challenges.

    To join this workshop, purchase your ticket from Eventbrite here.

    • 13 Dec 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • On-Line via Zoom

    Publishing a book is an intimidating venture. Whether you decide to approach a traditional publisher or decide to experience the self-publishing world, the publishing world is filled with jargon. It is also a world that is ever changing.

    This workshop will help you understand the process of publishing using normal English, not jargon. It will cover current and up to date information from the publishing world.

    To join this workshop, purchase a ticket from Eventbrite.

    • 17 Jan 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • On-Line via Zoom

    This will be an interactive discussion about the joys (and a few challenges) of freelancing as a career. Find out ways to get started, whether you need to query a publication or not (hint - not always!) and what to expect. Bring all your questions from beginner to advanced as the presentation will cover basics with more information in questions and answers.

    To join us, purchase a ticket from Eventbrite here.

    • 21 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • On-Line via Zoom

    If you’re doing your job as a writer- you’re making it REALLY hard for your character to get what they want in the story. So what will keep them working toward that goal when you throw everything at them? This workshop will help you understand your character’s motivation, both what they know and what they may not be aware is impacting them. What happened in the past will change how they see challenges now and will invest readers in seeing your character’s succeed. 

    This webinar is presented by Eileen Cook

    Bio: In second grade Eileen’s teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I am sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as Eileen penchant for making things up. While she would go on to fill endless notebooks with really bad poetry, short stories, and the occasional start to a novel, she would first go on to pursue a career as a counsellor working with individuals with catastrophic injuries and illness.

    Eileen quickly discovered that the challenge of working with real people is that they have real problems and she returned to writing where she could make her characters do what she wanted. Her first novel was published in 2008. Entertainment Weekly called her novel WITH MALICE a “seriously creepy thriller” which pretty much made her entire year.

    When not planning murder and mayhem on the computer, Eileen enjoys reading, knitting, yelling at her dogs to stop digging holes and watching hockey (which she is required to do as a new Canadian.)

    Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada, provides writing/editorial coaching, and is a mentor/instructor for The Creative Academy and the Simon Fraser University The Writer’s Studio.

    Eileen can be found on her Website, Twitter and Creative Academy for Writers

    To join us, please purchase a ticket from Eventbrite.


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