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    • 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

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

    Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. – Join Author Connection host Pat Buckna as he 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.

    *This event is subsidized by the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Donations are welcome here to help cover the costs of special events like this one so more can attend. Thank you for connecting with us! 

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

    Oct. 22, 7 pm Cowichan Valley Spotlight! Suzanne Anderson hosts a curated spotlight featuring writers of the Cowichan Valley: Jennifer Manuel, Al Cool, Allan Waddy, Mary Nelson, Bernice Ramdin-Firth, Tom Masters and Suzanne Anderson. 

    Host Suzanne Anderson is a publishing consultant and the author of three books. She also presents workshops on writing and publishing.

    Alfred Cool has written six novels and a T.V. pilot about life on the B.C. coast. Al writes compelling and uniquely Canadian stories about the raw and bold characters living where Canada’s mountains meet Earth’s most incredible ocean.

    Liz Maxwell Forbes has lived for an extremely long time, therefore is well qualified to write memoir: Growing up Weird- A Memoir of an Oak Bay Childhood, and River Tales- Stories from My Cowichan Years as well as her blog, Island Crone Writer. Some of her best writing ideas have come when she is bathing outdoors in her claw foot tub.

    Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Diane Gallagher has published numerous articles, poems, and blog posts as well as her novels, The Bastard of Saint Genevra, Greenwich List, her travelogue/cookbook, Mancia di Sanu: A Canadian Expat's Take on Sicilian Life and Cuisine, and her book of poetry, Gratitude & Betrayal | Betrayal & Gratitude. She currently divides her time between Vancouver Island and Sicily. 

    Jennifer Manuel’s debut novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float, won the 2017 Ethel Wilson Prize and was optioned for a television series. She has been a Western Magazine Finalist and CBC named her a Writer to Watch. She is the author of two children’s novels, Dressed to Play and Head to Head. Her first YA novel, Open Secrets, is coming out in February 2021. 

    Tom Masters has worked in journalism, television, government and the private sector, all of which led him to Chemainus where he writes and lives with his wife Sharon. His novel A Hard Place, a love story wrapped in life's lessons, is available on Amazon.

    Mary Nelson lives in Duncan, BC and used to write on the ferry, in Banff, at Yellow Point Lodge, but now writes at home. She's working on a poetic memoir, and has published a novel for young readers, Catla and Vikings, and a text-book used in Social Studies in Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies, and a few journals. 

    Bernice Ramsdin-Firth is an artist and she also wrtes stories for children and young adults, the fun stuff. The Other Side of Magic series (fantasy, 8—12) were her first four books, then Sammy Snail and Other Silly Stories, The Elephants’ Tale (3—8) and Once Upon a Future—Earth, (young adult science fiction). She is working on another book in that series. "Writing is hard work but the rewards are great and so is the opportunity to spark my imagination. Hope you enjoy the reading from Once Upon a Future—Earth," she said. 

    Raised in the Cowichan Valley, retired from the Canadian Navy, Allan Waddy operated a Private Investigations Company for 26 years and has been writing and selling true-life short stories since 1999. Bestselling author: Buckshot & Johnnycakes (2018) and Guilty Knowledge coming soon.

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

    On Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 pm Join author Megan Cole (Water & Wood) of Powell River Public Library for this Federation of BC Writers event featuring non-fiction writers. 

    Erika Thorkelson is a writer of fiction and non-fiction who was raised on the prairies and now lives in Vancouver. Her essays, cultural criticism, journalism and short stories have appeared in The Walrus, Chatelaine, The Vancouver Sun, Room Magazine and Maisonneueve. She teaches humanities and creative writing at Emily Carr University of Art and Design

    Jane Silcott is a writer, teacher, and editor from Vancouver. Her collection of essays, Everything Rustles was a finalist in the BC Book Prizes. She is co-editor, with Fiona Tinwei Lam, of the anthology Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage. Her writing has been published in several literary magazines and anthologies and been recognized with a CBC Literary Award, a Room Magazine Prize, a Readers Choice Award from the Creative Nonfiction Collective and as a finalist in both the National and the Western Magazine Awards. Jane is a mentor in the low residency Creative Nonfiction MFA Program at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

    Host Megan Cole is a tattooed food enthusiast with an obsessive reading habit. Megan has been published in The Puritan, Invisiblog, Untethered, Coast Mountain Culture Magazine and moreShe's currently working on her first book titled Crazy Making: Surviving the Shipwreck of Male Mental Health. When Megan isn’t writing, reading or cooking, she’s working at the Powell River Public Library and as the director of audience development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes. She's also the host and producer of the podcast Writing the Coast.  


    • 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

    • 26 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Join author KT Wagner as she teaches (just in time for Halloween) about horror writing, "a horror sub-genre for every writer." Explore the basics and nuances of horror writing, and how to make your horror writing sizzle, whichever sub-genre you choose. 

    Register here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and an email will be sent to you that contains a Zoom link. When it's time for the event, click on that link! See you there! 

    • 28 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom via Charslanding.com

    This event can be accessed at charslanding.com ... 5-minute open mic spots can be reserved by emailing avwordsonfire@gmail.com  

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

    Register here for this free event and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. 

    A week before Remembrance Day, four Canadian authors who write about war will be featured in an Author Connections panel discussion with the Federation of British Columbia Writers via Zoom.

    “Women Who Write About War” is set for Thursday, Nov. 5 at 2 pm Pacific Standard Time. Jacqueline Carmichael will moderate the event, and there will be a Q&A with the authors. Carmichael is the president of the Federation of BC Writers, and is the author of Heard Amid the Guns: True Stories from the Western Front, 1914-1918.

    “We’ve been doing dozens of online events for writers and readers since the pandemic started,” Carmichael said. “With Remembrance Day around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to connect with women who write about war.”

    People can register for the free events at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers.

    Annette Fulford has been researching Canadian First World War brides for the past 15 years.

    Her interest in war brides began in 1992, when the Maple Ridge genealogist and family historian inherited a letter written by her grandmother in 1919. The letter, more than 68-pages long, chronicles her maiden voyage across the Atlantic to Canada on a troopship with her husband, a returning Canadian soldier. The ship carried thousands of soldiers, war brides, and civilians travelling to Canada after the war.

    In her search to learn more about her grandmother’s journey and the experiences of other war brides from this era, she discovered there was very little written about the brides that came to Canada during and after the First World War. She is bringing their history to life in a series of presentations, displays, and articles.

    Annette has written chapters for two books about Canadian war brides by Melynda Jarratt. The first is War Brides: The stories of the women who left everything behind to follow the men they loved, which was published in Britain in 2007. It has been reprinted in Canada in 2009 by Dundurn publishing. The second chapter is in the book Captured Hearts: New Brunswick’s War Brides, which was published in Fredericton, New Brunswick by Goose Lane Editions, in 2008.

    In advance of Remembrance Day 2020, Heritage House is releasing Carmichael’s book featuring the personal stories of ordinary men and women who answered the call to war, Carmichael says the book grew out of her interest in giving voice to those often overlooked by history.

    Her emotion-packed collection of tiny stories gathered from letters, diaries, and interviews that show the human side of war in all its dimensions.

    Highlights include profiles of people from nearly every Canadian province and many parts of the US, including people of Indigenous, East Asian, South Asian, and African backgrounds.

    The book is illustrated throughout with WWI-era photos, postcards, documents, and the author’s contemporary photos from battlefield sites and monuments.

    The one fiction writer on the panel—and also the one representing World War Two,  Liz Rachel Walker’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in print and online publications and have been included in anthologies and chapbooks. The Victoria resident’s first novel, The Dieppe Letters, received Crime Writers of Canada’s award for best unpublished manuscript in 2020.

    The Dieppe Letters is a mystery novel set in London, England, during World War II that examines whether the Germans knew in advance about the 1942 Dieppe Raid. The tragic raid was the deadliest day for Canadians during the war. In order to solve the murder of an MI5 officer, a Scotland Yard detective inspector must decide whether to trust a beautiful refugee with a mysterious past.

    Susan Raby-Dunne is the author of several books about the First World War, including John McCrae: Beyond Flanders FieldsThe Brooding Soldier and its Creator, and Morrison.

    Bonfire - The Chestnut Gentleman is published by MMWG.

    Bonfire is the essential, mostly true story of the origin of John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields” as told by the poet’s horse, Bonfire. It tells the story of the events that led to McCrae’s spontaneous writing of the poem, an outpouring of grief triggered by the battlefield death of popular young lieutenant, Alexis Helmer, in McCrae’s artillery regiment. It’s also the story of the love between a soldier and his horse, and also a cocker spaniel, Bonneau, that adopted McCrae and joined what he called “my little family.” Although told from Bonfire’s POV, it is closely based on real history, and includes twenty-five archival photographs, including some very rare ones, the military historian and battlefield guide said.

    The Longview, Alberta resident followed McCrae’s footsteps from Guelph to Montreal, to Devizes on the Salisbury Plain in England, to St.Nazaire where McCrae and his artillery brigade disembarked, all the way north through the battlefields he was in, to where he wrote “In Flanders Fields,” and finally to where he died and is buried.

    “I felt clearly that he was with me on the journey. I’ve also read everything written by, or about him,” she said.

    This Zoom event is sponsored by the Federation of British Columbia Writers, a non-profit society. Donations to support the FBCW's Zoom programming are gratefully accepted. 

    • 8 Nov 2020
    • 1:45 PM (PST)
    • Zoom

    Join us for our AGM! The Annual General Meeting of the Federation of British Columbia Writers will be held online Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Originally scheduled for April, this event was reset to November. Our special speakers are Wayde Compton and Betsy Warland! 

    Register for this event, and two days before the event you will be sent an online Zoom link via email! 

    Wayde Compton is the author of The Blue Road: A Fable of Migration (illustrated by April dela Noche Milne), The Outer Harbour: StoriesAfter Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and RegionPerformance Bond, and 49th Parallel Psalm. He is the editor of the anthologies Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature and The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (with Renée Sarojini Saklikar). The Outer Harbour won a City of Vancouver Book Award and his story “The Instrument” won a National Magazine Award. He has also been nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and two other City of Vancouver Book Awards. Compton teaches in the faculty of Creative Writing at Douglas College.

    Betsy Warland has published 12 books of poetry, creative nonfiction and lyric prose including her latest, Lost Lagoon: Lost in Thought, and her best-selling 2010 book of personal essays, Breathing the Page— Reading the Act of Writing. In April of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas was launched by Caitlin Press’ new imprint, Dagger Editions. Reviews have called it “an achievement,” “truly luminous,” and a “tour de force.” In 2013, Warland created a new publishing template called Oscar’s Salon. An interactive salon that features excerpts from her manuscript Oscar of Between, Guest Writers and Artist’s work, the salon also includes a Featured Reader each month as well as readers’ comments betsywarland.com. Warland co-founded with Myrna Kostash the Creative Writers Nonfiction Collective in 2004 that holds an annual conference for cnf writers creativenonfictioncollective.ca. She also founded one-on-one six-month international Vancouver Manuscript Intensive program vancouvermanuscriptintensive.com Warland received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary in Vancouver in 2016. A professional manuscript consultant/editor for the past 30 years, Warland works with writers from across Canada and abroad.

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

    In/Verse (November): A monthly poetry reading event on Zoom, hosted and curated by Vancouver poet Fiona Tinwei Lam. 

    IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT, PLEASE register, and a link will be sent to you via email. Keep the email, and when it's time for the event, PLEASE CLICK ON THE ZOOM LINK THAT WAS EMAILED TO YOU. Looking forward to seeing you! 

    Susan Alexander is the author of two collections of poems, Nothing You Can Carry, 2020 and The Dance Floor Tilts, 2017, Thistledown Press. Her work received the 2019 Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry as well as the Vancouver Writers Fest and Short Grain awards. Writer Chelene Knight describes this new book as a “luxurious, melodic dance to the loudest sounds that come in the quietest of moments.” Susan’s poems have appeared in anthologies and literary magazines in Canada and the U.K., ridden Vancouver buses as part of Poetry in Transit and shown up in the woods around Whistler.

    Shirley Graham’s most recent book, Shakespearean Blues, published by Mother Tongue Publishing in 2016, was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell poetry award. Her first two poetry books, What Someone Wanted and Book of Blue, were published by Black Moss Press in 2007 and 2013. Shirley studied writing and literature at U.C. Irvine, Brown University, the Sorbonne in Paris, and in private workshops with, among others, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Robert Haas and Mark Strand. She lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband, Peter Levitt, and son Tai.

    Peter Levitt has published seventeen books, including poetry, prose, and translations from Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. His poetry books include Within Within, Bright Root, Dark Root and One Hundred Butterflies. In 1989 he received the first prestigious Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry. Peter has taught workshops in writing and creativity in Canada, the US, and abroad for more than forty years; a new edition of his Fingerpainting on the Moon: Writing and Creativity as a Path to Freedom is due out this autumn. A Zen teacher in the Soto lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Peter and his family live on Salt Spring Island, BC, where he is the founder and guiding teacher of the Salt Spring Zen Circle.

    Arleen Paré is a Victoria writer. She has six collections of poetry, two of which are cross-genre.  She has been short-listed for the BC Dorothy Livesay BC Award for Poetry and has won a Golden Crown Award for Lesbian Poetry, the Victoria Butler Book Prize, a CBC Bookie Award, and a Governor Generals’ Award for Poetry for Lake of Two Mountains.  Her latest poetry collection, Earle Street, was released by Talonbooks in Spring, 2020.  She lives with her partner Victoria on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation.

    Host Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored three books of poetry, including most recently, Odes & Laments, as well as a children's book.  Her work appears in more than 35 anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry (2010 and 2020 editions) and Forcefield: 77 Women Poets of BC. She edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems on Facing Cancer, and co-edited two nonfiction anthologies, Love Me True: Writers on the Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs of Marriage with Jane Silcott, and Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood with Cathy Stonehouse and Shannon Cowan. Her poetry videos have screened at festivals locally and internationally.She teaches at SFU Continuing Studies.  fionalam.net 

    Register here, and an invite will be sent that includes a Zoom link. Please hold onto the invite to click on the Zoom link when it's time for the event! 

    *This event is subsidized by the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Donations are welcome here to help cover the costs of special events like this one so more can attend. Thank you for connecting with us! 

    • 15 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • Zoom

    Sun., Nov. 15, 1:40-3:30 pm: Interior Dialogues I: Prince George (attend from anywhere) poetry workshop with Al Rempel & Kerry Gilbert

    Al Rempel: Retorquing Your Poetry: How to Give Your Poems PowerWhen should you break a line? What word will you land on? Begin with? In this session we will be exploring what gives force to poems. We'll discuss some different types of torque and look at where they give energy to a poem. Participants will be invited to bring their own poems to work on.

    Participants will be given opportunity to buy books at a discount, participate in the open mic the following weekend, and create and workshop their own poems during the workshop

    Participants should email in order to receive the Zoom link. The time includes a 20 minute chat ahead of the workshop to break the ice and for people to meet one another. 

    There will be an open mic and reading on the second Sunday, Nov. 22. Workshop participants have first dibs. 1 poem/3 minutes max.  

    Information and poster to come! Get on the list now 

    This two-week series is set for Nov. 15 and Nov. 22!

    *This event is subsidized by the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Donations are welcome to help cover the costs of special events like this one so more can attend.  

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

    Join Author Connection host Pat Buckna 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.  

    Host Pat Buckna is the author of Only Children. 

    *This event is subsidized by the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Donations are welcome here to help cover the costs of special events like this one so more can attend. Thank you for connecting with us!

    • 22 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • Zoom

    Sun., Nov. 22, 1:40-3:30 pm: Interior Dialogues II: Prince George (attend from anywhere) poetry workshop with Al Rempel & Kerry Gilbert

    Part II  includes an Open mic featuring Rempel and Gilbert, with first dibs on spots to workshop attendees! 

    Participants will be given opportunity to buy books at a discount, participate in the open mic the following weekend, and create and workshop their own poems during the workshop

    Participants should email in order to receive the Zoom link. The time includes a 20 minute chat ahead of the workshop to connect and for people to greet one another. 

    There will be an open mic and reading on the second Sunday, Nov. 22. Workshop participants have first dibs. 1 poem/3 minutes max.  

    Information and poster to come! Get on the list now 

    This two-week series is set for Nov. 15 and Nov. 22!

    *This event is subsidized by the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Donations are welcome to help cover the costs of special events like this one so more can attend.  

    • 26 Nov 2020
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom

    Join us Thursday, Nov. 26 for the Kelowna Writers FBCW Spotlight, with host Meaghan Hackinen. This is a free event - register here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers ) and a free Zoom link will be sent to you, and when it's time for the event, click on that Zoom link to join the event. Never share Zoom links via social media, by the way :) We're looking forward to seeing you at this event brought to you by the Federation of British Columbia Writers! 

    Host Meaghan Marie Hackinen is a writer and ultra-endurance cyclist from the West Coast of British Columbia. Her two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along some of Europe’s highest paved roads. Meaghan’s writing explores relationships, experiences on the road, and encounters with wild places. Her debut travel memoir South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019) was shortlisted for a 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize (non-fiction) as well as a 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Award (trade non-fiction). www.meaghanhackinen.com

    Lesley-Anne Evans belongs to a small and remarkable woodland in Kelowna, British Columbia. She is a poet and arts facilitator who dabbles in photography, libretto, and foraging. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lesley-Anne finds wild spaces, creative practice, and contemplative spirituality to be life giving. Lesley-Anne is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Federation of B.C. Writers. Her poetry is awarded, and published widely. 



    Patti Shales Lefkos: Following a rewarding career as a teacher, consultant and administrator in Vancouver Patti studied journalism at Langara University then set out to pursue adventure travel and freelance writing. Whether canoeing the Yukon River, backcountry skiing in BC’s Monashee Mountains, hiking in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides or trekking in Tibet and Nepal, she embraces the culture and environment of wilderness areas. When not travelling, she skis in the winter out of her home base at Silver Star Mountain Resort in the Okanagan Valley and paddles in summer from her Ontario island cottage. 

    Patti’s articles have appeared in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The San Francisco Chronicle, Okanagan Life and Okanagan Woman magazines. NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME, her Himalayan adventure travel memoir with a humanitarian twist was published in January 2020. She is currently at work on Grounded by Granite, a memoir of Ontario childhood summers spent on a remote, off-the-grid island.

    Leigh Macfarlane is a Canadian author of romance and romantic suspense. Leigh considers her fortunate to live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, and many of her books are set in this gorgeous part of the globe. Currently, Leigh resides with two out of four of her children, with Lily the dog, and with Sabertooth the cat. 

    Mike McArthur lives in the Okanagan, and when not fending off bills takes part in obscure literary cage matches. He writes humorous flash-fiction that shows the human side in non-human things. You can see his work at everydayfiction.com and polarborealis.ca

    Nygel Metcalfe is a freelance writer, musician, performance poet and middle-years educator currently residing in Kelowna, BC. He is a strange concoction: swing-dancing dungeon master, ADHD wine-tour guide, and two-time winner of Kelowna's IWC Poetry Slam. His body of work is often playful, philosophical, and uplifting. Also, he's really into crossworld puzzles. Find him via the information superhighway at www.sauceandpoetry.ca – Always something new on the horizon! 

    Jane Catherine Rozek acquired a unique spiritual philosophy and belief system while homesteading in the harsh isolated environment of the Canadian wilderness. Her passion is helping people to grow in common-sense spiritual development by linking celestial concepts to the game of life. She writes as an independent Christian trailblazer, road building a twenty-first century route to humanity's ultimate spiritual destination. 

    Jane Catherine currently divides her time between her Canadian home in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, and traveling to distant parts of the world with her laptop in hand, for spiritual grand adventures.

    • 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.

    • 3 Dec 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom

    Join us Thursday, Dec. 3 at 2 pm, in a chat with the creators of Trailblazers: The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada. This children's book does a poetic job of summarizing 40 amazing Black trailblazers in Canada. Q&A follows the interview! 

    Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore: Tiyahna is a lifelong bookworm and the author and researcher of Trailblazers. As a dedicated social advocate, Tiyahna believes in the transformative power of inclusive representation and intersectional story-telling. Tiyahna has a Master's degree in Public Policy and has been working in advocacy and social justice for nearly ten years. 

    Merryl-Royce Ndema-Moussa: Merryl-Royce is a passionate, self-taught artist and the illustrator of Trailblazers. As a new father, Merryl-Royce hopes to leverage his artistic skill set to foster a more equitable world for the next generation.

    • 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.

    • 28 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • On-Line via Zoom

    In 2021 there are plenty of great reasons to write short stories - from
    flash to novelette. The form is enjoying a resurgence of popularity and
    it’s a path to reach readers and connect with publishers. Writing short
    is also a way to test-drive other genres, hone your craft, and stretch
    your creative muscles.

    Join short story author KT Wagner for this
    information packed workshop.

    If you are interested in joining us, purchase a ticket from Eventbrite here.


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