Bryan Mortensen, Executive Director

I am excited about this opportunity to introduce myself to the membership of the Federation of British Columbia Writers (FBCW) and the readers of our WordWorks Magazine. I have joined the federation as Executive Director after serving in leadership roles in not-for-profits and at the University of Alberta over the last 12 years. I, like many of you, am an emerging writer. (Which, I am confident we all know is code for a “hopefully published in the not-too-distant future.”)

As a fellow writer, I view our work and our efforts as vital to our communities. We are the storytellers, the historians, and knowledge keepers not just of our history, but of our ideas and experiences. We shape the world by doing our work as artists. It is for this reason that I applied to join this team. I want to help each of you tell your story, whether it is through fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or in any of the plethora of mediums in which we work.

As Executive Director, my job is to push our organization to be it’s best and to look long term at our future. In the immediate future, as I familiarize myself with our organization and its members, I have two primary goals. The first of which is to support and seek out opportunities for new benefits for our members. It is important to me that our members feel that they are getting true value for being a part of the organization. My second goal is to ensure that these benefits stay consistent and relevant. As such, one of my primary tasks is to seek out new funding and partnership opportunities to enhance the federation.

Angela Douglas, Director of Communications

Hi Everyone! I am the Director of Communications for the FBCW, and have been so since August of last year. I too, am a writer. Emerging from the shadows. I love entering writing contests and received an honorable mention for one. I am currently working on a 2nd draft of my first novel, a psychological thriller. You can read more about me at At the Fed, I handle content updates, social media channels, readON newsletter, and am the main point of contact for member inquiries. I have been lucky enough to speak with a number of you already, but for those who I have not already chatted with, please feel free to reach out. If you have any questions about your membership or benefits or any of our programs, please connect.

Jess Cole, Ad Sales Manager

I am the Advertising Manager here at the Federation of BC Writers. In my spare time, I manage social media accounts, write content, and spend an awful lot of time on my phone. As a writer, I genre hop, drafting romantic comedies for adults and speculative fiction for teens under the pen name Jess Wesley. I studied marketing at BCIT and am a graduate of The Writer's Studio at SFU (2020). 

If you're interested in advertising your services to our membership of emerging and published writers. I love to connect with our members!

Ursula Vaira, Managing Editor: Wordworks Magazine

I came to WordWorks from a publishing career: first 10 years with Oolichan Books, then later with Leaf Press, which I founded in 2000. My writing is strongly located in landscape; my paddling journeys attempt the wilderness within. I've published three long-poem chapbooks, and Caitlin Press published my first collection And See What Happens. Her current manuscript is the story of a damaged creek, the salmon who try to spawn in it, and the streamkeepers who tend them as massive forces of population growth, deforestation, industry, and climate bombard the planet. Contact me if you want to contribute to WordWorks. Always looking for writers, always looking for ideas!

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