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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

    • 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! 

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

    Join us Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. for the Golden Ears Writers FBCW Spotlight. This free event will be held via Zoom videoconferencing. To register, visit bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers and register; a free Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants prior to the event. Retain that email, and click on the Zoom link to join the event. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

    Crime writer Cathy Ace  


    Cathy Ace was born and raised in Swansea, Wales, but migrated to Canada aged 40. Having traveled the world for many years, for business and pleasure, Cathy put her knowledge of the cultures, history, art, and food she encountered to good use in the Cait Morgan Mysteries - a series of traditional closed-circle whodunits featuring a globetrotting, foodie, Welsh Canadian professor of criminal psychology. These books have now been optioned by Free@Last TV, which produces the hit Agatha Raisin series. Ace also writes the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, which feature four female PIs (one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish, one English). They tackle quirky – and quintessentially British – cases from their base at a Welsh stately home, set in the rolling countryside of the Wye Valley. Her standalone tale of psychological suspense, The Wrong Boy, became a #1 bestseller on amazon. Cathy now lives on five rural acres in British Columbia, where her ever-supportive husband ensures she’s able to work full-time as an author, and enjoy her other great passion – gardening. She’s been shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award three times in four years, winning in 2015, has won an IPPY Award, and was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award.

    Children's author and poet Annette LeBox 


    Annette LeBox is a two-time recipient of the BC Book Prize for illustrated children’s literature. Salmon Creek, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, won the award in 2003 and Peace is an Offering, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, won in 2016. Her YA novels have also been shortlisted for awards. LeBox has had more than more than 55 poems published internationally in literary journals, including Event, Southern Review (Australia), Ariel, (US) Poetry Canada, Prairie Fire and Whetstone.

    Annette LeBox was born in England in 1943, during the Second World War. Her father, a Canadian soldier, was killed on D-Day on Juno Beach. After the war, her mother, a war bride, brought her to Canada as a baby. The ship landed at Halifax’s Pier 41. LeBox grew up in Brockville, Ontario, and during the fifties and sixties, worked as a hospital cleaner, nurse’s aide, store clerk, teacher and a bunny at a copycat Playboy Club in Ottawa. She spent a year in Spain where she worked as a bartender in Barcelona, Malaga and Rota.

    As a graduate from Ottawa Teachers’ College, she taught elementary school for many years, earning a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University in 1986. In 1989-91 she served as a Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University’s Professional Development Program and later as a Sessional Instructor. In 1995, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

    Many of LeBox’s books are inspired by nature. As a founding member of the Pitt Polder Preservation Society, a grassroots environmental group, she was a major stakeholder in the conservation of Blaney Bog in Maple Ridge and Codd Wetland in Pitt Meadows. These ecosystems harbour Greater sandhill cranes and endangered wild coho.

    A lifelong learner, LeBox returned to Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio (TWS) in 2015 to return to writing poetry.

    LeBox lives with her husband, Michael Sather, an avid birdwatcher and former Member of the Legislative Assembly, representing Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. LeBox divides her time between her home in Maple Ridge and a remote cabin in the Cariboo grasslands, where she enjoys running, cross-country skiing and reading by the woodstove. She has a son, Christian Bates, a daughter, Sara Bates Rowe, and four grandchildren, Charly and Thales Rowe, Bailey Hutton and Mason Bates.

    Speculative fiction writer KT Wagner 


    KT organizes writer events, works to create literary community and is frequently spotted with knitting needles and yarn, muttering about the state of the world. KT graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio in 2015 (Southbank 2013). A number of her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies. She’s currently working on a scifi-horror novel.

    Storyteller and poet KB Nelson

    KB Nelson is a Canadian who started writing poetry as a young child and has continued to do so all of her life. When not writing poetry she dabbles in writing short speculative fiction, has a novel in progress, and will be publishing a collaborative art/poetry project. You can find her work in RCLAS Wordplay (featured writer, April 2018), Icebox, Nourish-Poetry and Survision. She has won awards in both poetry and short fiction. KB has lived in Ontario, Yukon, Alberta, New Brunswick, Arizona and New Zealand. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Southbank writing program, she now resides in Greater Vancouver.

    Freelance writer Ronda Payne 


    A writer since she first held a pen, Ronda Payne - aka: the Girl with a Pen, is passionate about words. In 2007, she kissed ‘real jobs’ goodbye and began her true career as a copywriter, non-fiction freelance writer (magazines and other periodicals) and creative writer.

    At BCIT (British Columbia Institute for Technology, a school known for its hands-on business programs) in the early 90s, Ronda developed the background to pursue a career in marketing. Over the years, she chalked up several adventures in the marketing field, including those with McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, Westminster Savings Credit Union, Absolute Software, HSBC and Prairie Naturals.

    Despite a love of marketing, the writing always beckoned. There was a decade (or so) of writer’s block, but finally, her calling shouted so loudly Ronda couldn't ignore it. At least, she refers to it as her calling, or her muse, and not "those voices in my head". So, she picked up her pen once again and hasn't put it down since.

    A regular contributor to “Country Life in BC”, Glacier Media Group community papers, "Focus on Adoption" and a range of other publications, Ronda continues to grow in her career by helping businesses find the right words, assisting publications deliver meaningful content and creating books worth your precious reading time.

    Ronda joyfully lives in Maple Ridge, B.C. in yet another renovation project home with her husband and their pets.

    This free event is subsidized by the Federation of BC Writers. Donations are welcomed to make these events possible. To donate, click here.

    Golden Ears Writers holds workshops and readings ten months a year (during normal times). They have been meeting in the lobby of the local theatre for a decade, in partnership with The ACT Maple Ridge who provide meeting space and support. An ever-changing diverse group of writers from around the region come together on the third Tuesday of each month to learn and network. They have also held three one-day writing festivals at The ACT and several writing retreats at Loon Lake Lodge.


    • 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!

    • 19 Nov 2020
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • ZOOM

    Join us Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 pm for the Arrow Lakes Scribbletastics FBCW Writers Spotlight with the Scribbletastics Writing Group! Register here (at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) for this free online Zoom event presented by the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Host Corinne Tessier  

    After decades of writing business reports, business magazine articles and a non-fiction book about workplace practices, Corinne Tessier ventured into creative fiction in 2016. She finds fictional techniques radically different from business writing, but enjoys the new learning curve. One short story has been published, with two more in progress. Her novel, The Deposits, is in its third draft. Corinne is the Area Rep for FBCW, living in Nakusp, BC. and organizes the monthly Scribbletastics writers group and local writing workshops.

    Galadriel Watson  

    Galadriel Watson has broad publishing experience, including 24 non-fiction books for children (the latest is Running Wild: Awesome Animals in Motion, Annick Press, 2020),  articles for adults (in outlets like The Washington PostThe Globe and Mail and Discover magazine) and comics for adults (in outlets like The Washington Post's The Lily). She has a Master’s degree in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and an undergraduate degree in writing from the University of Victoria. Learn more at www.galadrielwatson.com

    Alan Ross  

    Alan lives near Burton where he and his wife own and operate a Cidery,  apple orchard and sheep farm. He escaped, in broad daylight, from his job as a corporate lawyer in Calgary several years ago. Alan likes to write short fiction, often set in small towns in the Kootenays.

    Claire Paradis  

    In a fit of pique, Claire began writing three and a half decades ago, and has only paused briefly to read, sleep and eat since. During her period editing the local newspaper and writing as a freelance journalist, she learned discipline. More recently, she learned to fit words into poetry. And now, at the local library, she is learning cataloging, and patience. 

    Ellen Carey-Starr

    Born in New England,  Ms.  Starr studied Anthropology at  the University of Colorado, Boulder and University of Washington,  Seattle.  She started journaling and writing poetry in the 1960's and moved to Alaska during the "back to the land movement" in the 1980's,  retiring from a 23 year career with a Native health consortium in SE Alaska. She now divides her time between the villages of Haines, Alaska and Nakusp, B.C.  

    Linda Kendell

    Linda has been writing since she was nine when she began journaling about the stress and uncertainty of growing up in a small community in the West Kootenay that was being expropriated for the construction of the Hugh Keenleyside hydroelectric dam on the Columbia River. Her poems about the experience have been published in UBC's "BC Studies," a quarterly journal dealing with British Columbian life, past and present.

    Barb MacPherson  

    Barbara MacPherson lives in Nakusp in the West Kootenays and has been a freelance writer for over 30 years, contributing to many types of magazines and journals. In 2017, her book The Land on Which We Live, was on the BC Bestseller List and won an award from the BC Genealogical Society.

    This Zoom programming is subsidized by the Federation of BC Writers, a non-profit society. Donations are welcome here! You can join the Federation of British Columbia Writers here!

    • 22 Nov 2020
    • 1:30 PM (PST)
    • 29 Nov 2020
    • 1:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom


    1:40-3:30 pm: Interior Dialogues I: Prince George (attend from anywhere) poetry workshop with Al Rempel & Kerry Gilbert. Participants will be given first dibs at reading held on Nov. 29, and will be invited to send their work to Al Rempel and Kerry Gilbert to get feedback if they like.   

    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. 29. 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 Sunday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 29!

    *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
    • 1:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom


    Sun., Nov. 29, 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. 29. 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. 22 and 29!

    *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.  

    • 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.

    • 16 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom

    • 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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