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    • 15 Jul 2024
    • 8:30 AM
    • 6 Sep 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    The Summer Writing Challenge has been designed in partnership between the Federation of BC WritersPulp Literature, and The Writer's Studio at SFU to support long-format writing projects and ongoing writing habitsJoin us for a summer of digital learning, support, and community from July 15th to September 6th.

    There is no wrong way to take part and no wrong project to tackle. The idea is simple; We want to help you to start or keep writing this summer. Short story collections, poetry collections, novels, memoirs, works of creative nonfiction, establishing ongoing writing habits, and all other long-form projects are a great fit for this program.

    Price:

    • $99 for Federation of BC Writers Members
    • $120 for Guests
    • A limited number of scholarships are available thanks to the support of The Writer's Studio at SFU for folks where cost or other factors are a barrier to participation. Please e-mail us at hello@bcwriters.ca to get your pass.

    Included with Your Registration:

    • 5x Workshops/Sessions to help you design your project, track goals, and stay motivated
    • 5x Accountability Check-ins
    • Weekly Hour Stories (description below)
    • 4x e-mails a week with writing exercises
    • 2x Writers Socials to connect and chat with other writers
    • a 1 year subscription to the digital edition of Pulp Literature Magazine (valued at $20, print edition available)
    • a digital copy of The Writer’s Friend & Confidante by Mel Anastasiou (which is the basis for many of our activities)

    All events will be held on zoom and workshops will be recorded and available to participants for up to 1 month after the challenge ends.

    The Schedule:

    • July 15th Kick-off

    9:00am welcome and Info Session
    11:00am Goal Setting and Time Management with Mel Anastasiou
    2:00pm Session on Brainstorming with Christina Meyers

    • Fridays at 10:00 am: Hour Stories Sessions (Starting July 19th)
    • Mondays at 9:00 am: Writing Accountability (Starting July 29th)
    • 3 Additional workshops/session (to be announced)
    • A Wrap Up event in September with a focus on "What Next"

    Hour Stories Description

    A writing circle can be one of the most positive and powerful sources of feedback and encouragement in the otherwise solitary occupation of writing.  We invite you to join our circle for a morning of writing and reader response, using the The Hour Stories created by Dale Adams Segal.  In this two-hour workshop you will generate approximately 1000 words of either a new story or a section of your work-in-progress. The Hour Story cards are excellent tools to promote deeper insight, unstick a writing block, or take your story in a new and exciting direction.  (For more about this process, read the review by FBCW President, KT Wagner on page 19 of Wordworks Magazine.)


      • 22 Jul 2024
      • 8:30 AM
      • 26 Jul 2024
      • 3:00 PM
      • Zoom
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      Join us for 5 days of digital learning from July 22 to 26, 2024 Online

      Our event is focused on creative nonfiction and memoir.  Check out our included sessions below!

      MONDAY

      11:00AM: Interview LIKE a Vampire with JJ Lee: Interviewing is a fundamental skill that aids non-fiction writers in filling narrative gaps, enhancing points of detail, and bringing past events to life. JJ Lee, memoirist, podcast producer, and former CBC broadcaster talks techniques of listening and question forming that can draw the heart, blood, and tears out of an interviewee WITHOUT crossing personal boundaries and journalism ethics. Sink your teeth into the interview.


      TUESDAY

      11:00AM: Treading Deep and Writing Softly with Wanda Taylor: How to write the hard parts with care in Creative Nonfiction and Memoir

      2:00PM: Getting Past the First Page with Bryan Mortensen: This session will walk you through alternative strategies to get your writing started. We'll discuss technology, writing exercises, and more.

      2:00PM: 


      WEDNESDAY

      11:00AM: Outline Your Memoir Using Fairy Tale & Myth as Your Guide (Part 1) with Janelle Hardy. Janelle will take you through an innovative & fascinating memoir outlining process by using fairy tale & myth to identify underlying structures, patterns and mythic narratives. This workshop is experiential & includes a comprehensive rites of passage document. Be prepared to be delighted!

      2:00PM: Outline Your Memoir Using Fairy Tale & Myth as Your Guide (Part 2with Janelle Hardy. Continued.


      THURSDAY

      11:00AM: From the Heart: Writing for Family and Friends with Rachel Dunstan Muller: This session will explore ideas and techniques to help you write the most engaging version of your memoir or personal stories – whether you’re writing for publication or a more intimate audience.

      2:00PM: Live Editing Session with Tara Avery and Kyle Hawke from Editors BC: Back by popular demand, our friends from Editors BC markup a sample provided by one of our participants. Tara and Kyle are pros and will make suggestions with care and kindness. This session is a great opportunity to see the editing process and take away some suggestions for your own writing. (tentative time)


      FRIDAY

      11:00AM: Unearthing Your Aesthetic Voice with Keiko Honda: This session is an invitation to discover your aesthetic voice - the way you perceive and translate beauty, emotion, and experience into written language. The key takeaway includes but is not limited to Deeper self-awareness, Crafting a "sensory library", and finding beauty in the "mundane".

      2:00PM:

      3:00PM: Wrap Up Writers Social: Join us to discuss key learnings, takeaways, and any conversations you want to have.  We'll gather topics in advance to establish breakout rooms on anything that has peaked your interest.


      DAILY

      8:30am: Morning Mindfulness with Shelley A. Leedahl: back by popular demand, in these daily sessions, Shelley will guide us through a writing focused meditation to ground us for our day.

      9am: Writing Sprint with Bryan Mortensen: In these daily sessions, we will open a zoom room for an hour for a dedicated group writing space. Each day, the sprints will vary in length so that writers can find their ideal writing sprint time. We will also provide some nonfiction and memoir inspired prompts.

      The event schedule

      • 8:30 am Mindfulness Exercises (5 sessions)
      • 9:00 am Writing Sprints (5 sessions)
      • 11:00 am Main Sessions (5 Sessions)
      • 2:00 pm Bonus Sessions (2+ Sessions)

      Presenters:

      • Tara Avery, Janelle Hardy. Kyle Hawke, Keiko Honda, JJ Lee, Shelley A. Leedahl, Bryan Mortensen, Rachel Dunstan Muller, Wanda Taylor, and more!
      • 28 Jul 2024
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      • Zoom
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      Submitting Your Writing 101

      Member Price: $15

      Non-Member Price is $25

      **This event will be recorded. Registrants can access the recording for 30 days.

      Description: Getting our work out there can feel like an overwhelming task. Where do we even begin? In this presentation, Gail offers an overview of the steps involved in getting your writing published, from finding markets open to submissions to writing a query letter. Whether you're ready to get your short work or your book-length project out there, Gail will offer guidance that will help you find a home for your project.

      Audience: Anyone and everyone.

      Presenter bio: 

      GAIL ANDERSON-DARGATZ’s first novel, The Cure for Death by Lightning, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the UK’s Betty Trask Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Vancity Book Prize. Her second novel, A Recipe for Bees, was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Spawning Grounds was nominated for the Sunburst Award and the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award and short-listed for the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Fiction. Her thriller The Almost Wife was a national bestseller in 2021, and The Almost Widow, released in 2023, also hit the Globe and Mail bestseller list. In 2024, The Almost Widow was shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada.

      Gail also writes young adult and hi-lo books for the educational market. Her book Iggy’s World was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Book Awards. The Ride Home was short-listed for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, as well as the Red Cedar Fiction Award and the Chocolate Lily Book Award. Bigfoot Crossing was a 2023 Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection and commended as a CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens.

      Gail taught for nearly a decade in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and now mentors writers online. She lives in the Shuswap region of British Columbia.


      Digital doors open at 1:55 pm, event starts at 2:00 pm


      • 6 Aug 2024
      • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
      • Zoom
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      Join us for a Writers' Social on Tuesday, August 8th from 7:00 - 8:15 PM PDT 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.

      Many of us strive for a connection with our fellow writers. This members-only monthly event is designed to bring us together for casual chats with breakout rooms. Join us to talk craft, career, and connection for about 75 minutes over Zoom. Meet new people and get the most out of being a part of a provincial organization! Below are the proposed discussion groups for August's meeting (subject to change). Please consider which discussion group you would like to join before you arrive, and email meaghan@bcwriters.ca if you would like to suggest a future discussion topic. See you soon!

      Discussion Groups:

      • Telling the truth in memoir writing

      • Book launches (with a focus on poetry) 

      • Submitting to contests, anthologies, and publications

      • Poets connect

      • How to approach a blank page

      • General writing discussion

      Digital Doors Open at 6:55, Event Starts at 7:00 PM PT

      • 7 Aug 2024
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Zoom
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      Roots to Branches Anthology Virtual Launch

      The Federation of BC Writers is thrilled to be launching our second book from the anthology series, Roots to Branches, celebrating the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted writers from past Literary Contests. 

      Join us for our free virtual launch of Roots to Branches: Volume 2 on August 8th from 7:00 to 9:00pm to hear readings from anthology authors. Attendees will also be entered for door prizes!

      Register here 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.

      Digital doors open at 6:55 pm!



      • 25 Aug 2024
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      • Zoom
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      Resilient Writers: Dealing with Rejection, Negativity, and (Inner) Critics

      Member Price: $15

      Non-Member Price is $25

      **This event will be recorded. Registrants can access the recording for 30 days.

      Description:

      Every writer will face rejection, bad reviews, and tough feedback from time to time – not to mention the loudest voice of all: our own inner critic. Join Christina Myers to take a closer look at the challenge of dealing with negativity, both external and internal, and to find inspiration and tools to manage the tough emotions that can go hand-in-hand with artistic endeavours, so we can continue to flourish in our writing.

      Audience: Anyone and everyone.

      Outcomes

      Participants will explore the various ways that writers can experience challenging feedback (from the public, readers, fellow writers, ourselves) and the inevitable rejection that comes with a writing career. More importantly, how can writers respond to, or manage, feedback and rejection so that it helps rather than hurts our confidence and creativity. Through examples, discussion and a few practical exercises, this session should leave writers feeling confident – and reminded that the “tough stuff” is inevitable and an experience shared by the writing community at large.

      Presenter bio: 

      Christina Myers is a writer, editor, and former journalist. Her novel The List of Last Chances was longlisted for the Leacock Medal, shortlisted for the Fred Kerner prize, and won the 2023 Canadian Book Club Award in the fiction category. Her latest book, Halfway Home: Thoughts from Midlife, was published by House of Anansi in spring 2024. She teaches fiction and non-fiction through SFU's creative writing continuing studies, and was the 2023 Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers. She is a member of Da'naxda'xw First Nation, and lives in Surrey, BC, with her rowdy family: one spouse, two kids and, at present count, four cats.


      Digital doors open at 1:55 pm, event starts at 2:00 pm


      • 17 Nov 2024
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      • Zoom
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      Perfecting & Subverting Point of View

      Member Price: $15

      Non-Member Price is $25

      **This event will be recorded. Registrants can access the recording for 30 days.

      Description:

      What is editing, exactly? Most of us have an intuitive understanding that editing is the process of making our writing better. But it’s not one singular task or process, but several stages that happen over time. What are the types of editing – for example, what’s the difference between a developmental edit and a copy edit? What kinds of editors are out there to be hired, or that you might encounter at a publishing company in different stages of the publishing process?

      Outcomes:

      articipants will gain a more thorough understanding of the stages of editing, the lingo and language of editing, and get some practical ideas about when to consider hiring an editor (and how to go about choosing someone.) This session does not include instruction about how to edit, but rather is an overview of the role of editing, the types of editing, when they are needed in the writing process, and the definitions and terminology used in editing and by editors. Session will include an intro to a few important tools used by editors (reference books, etc.)

      Intended audience:

      All writers who are learning about writing and editing, anyone who has felt unsure about the jargon and shorthand of editing

      Bio:

      Christina Myers is a writer, editor, and former journalist. Her novel The List of Last Chances was longlisted for the Leacock Medal, shortlisted for the Fred Kerner prize, and won the 2023 Canadian Book Club Award in the fiction category. Her latest book, Halfway Home: Thoughts from Midlife, was published by House of Anansi in spring 2024. She teaches fiction and non-fiction through SFU's creative writing continuing studies, and was the 2023 Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers. She is a member of Da'naxda'xw First Nation, and lives in Surrey, BC, with her rowdy family: one spouse, two kids and, at present count, four cats.


      Digital doors open at 1:55 pm, event starts at 2:00 pm


      • 24 Nov 2024
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      • Zoom
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      Perfecting & Subverting Point of View

      Member Price: $15

      Non-Member Price is $25

      **This event will be recorded. Registrants can access the recording for 30 days.

      Description:

      What point of view to use is one of the most important decisions a writer has to make. Point of view helps readers connect with the story, changes the tone of the work, and can add depth and richness to a story. Experimenting with point of view can add new levels of skill to your writing. In this workshop, we'll go over the rules of point of view and learn when and how to break them, and practice the different ways to approach POV with guided generative writing exercises.

      Outcomes:

      Participants will leave the session with enhanced understanding of point of view and possibly two first drafts of stories

      Intended audience:

      Writers of every skill level

      Bio:

      Finnian Burnett is a writer whose work explores the intersections of the human body, mental health, and gender identity. They are a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts grant, a finalist in the 2023 CBC nonfiction prize, and a 2024 Pushcart nominee.

      Their work appears in Blank Spaces Magazine, Reflex Press, The Daily Sci-Fi, and more. Their two novellas-in-flash, The Clothes Make the Man and The Price of Cookies, are available through Ad Hoc Fiction and Off Topic Publishing respectively.

      When not writing or teaching, Finnian enjoys cold weather hiking, Star Trek, and cat memes.

      Digital doors open at 1:55 pm, event starts at 2:00 pm


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