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Thu29Mar2018Thu03May20181:00 - 3:30 PMUnitarian Hall, Nanaimo, 150 Townsite Rd
Ready to record the important events of your life, but need some encouragement? This 6-week class will provide an inspiring and supportive environment to get you started. A certified Guided Autobiography instructor will provide engaging exercises and themes to help bring your memories vividly to life.
Sun08Apr2018Sun19Aug2018Saxe Point, Victoria, BC
April 8 // May 6 // June 17 // July 8 // August 19: Writers' Refuge in Esquimalt with Deepam Wadds - A full day for those who long to write - skilled or inexperienced - to dive deep into writing practice. The morning begins with muffins and hot drinks, introductions, followed by unique prompts to inspire spilled ink. Participants have the opportunity to share selected pieces of their freshly generated work for supportive feedback.
After lunch (provided) participants have the afternoon to work on a project, continue working on one of their new pieces or refresh themselves by the Salish Sea at Saxe Point Park. The afternoon concludes with readings of chosen pieces to receive encouraging feedback. For more information: https://wp.me/P5lAix-zp
Sun22Apr20181:00 - 4:00 PM150 Skinner St, Nanaimo, BC
Building Imaginary Worlds from the Outside In with fantasy author Danika Dinsmore April 22, 2018, 1 pm - 4 pm email@example.com
Sun22Apr201812:30 pm90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G4
An opportunity to write, chat, and share. We're still deciding the best exercises for our little monthly gatherings, but as a group, we decide whether to do writing prompts, write our own projects, or discuss publishing and ideas. See you soon!
Wed25Apr20182:30 - 4:30Vancouver Public Library Main Branch 350 W. Georgia Alice MacKay RoomOver 100,000 children were sent to Canada as indentured workers between 1833 and 1949. Patricia Skidmore and Beryl Young both grew up not realizing their parents were child migrants. They talk about how they discovered and researched the surprising stories of their parents.Beryl Young is the author of the best-seller "Charlie: A Home Child’s Life in Canada". Patricia Skidmore is the author of "Marjorie: Too Afraid to Cry" and "Marjorie: Her War Years."Free eventSunday, April 252:30-4 pmVancouver Public Library Main BranchAlice MacKay Room
Fri27Apr2018Sun29Apr20183144 Linwood Rd, Roberts Creek, BC
The Writers Union of Canada presents
SPRING WRITER’S RETREAT AT The LINWOOD
April 27 – 29
The Writer’s Union of Canada (TWUC https://www.writersunion.ca/ ) in cooperation with Federation of BC Writers (http://www.bcwriters.ca) is hosting SPRING WRITER’S RETREAT at The Linwood in Roberts Creek at the end of April. All local and BC writers are welcome to participate in a variety of activities over the weekend.contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops featured at the retreat include: Creative Non Fiction with Lynne Van Luven, From Research to Fiction with Michelle Barker (www.michellebarker.ca) , Maneuvering the Media Ocean: Social Media for Authors with Sapha Burnell (http://www.saphaburnell.com), and FIRE UP YOUR COMMITMENT to Your Writing with Donna Barker as well as Shut Up and Write! sessions, concurrent with the workshops over the weekend. An Open Mic on Saturday night will feature writers reading their best work, and all registrants will enjoy a variety of delicious and healthy meals served at The Linwood.
Admission to the workshops is free for writers who are currently paid-up members of TWUC or BC FED of Writers . For writers who cannot show membership at the door, admission to each workshop is $15. Shut Up and Write! Sessions are free. Out of town writers and local writers who want accommodation and / or to participate in the meals served at The Linwood, register directly with Gwen McVicker: (604) 885-0214. Space is limited at The Linwood, so book now!
Workshops & Instructors:
Creative nonfiction: Finding your way to story, with Lynne Van Luven. Vital stories dance all around us, but how do we share them in the best way possible? This workshop focuses on the types of creative nonfiction and the techniques best suited to each kind of story. Lynne Van Luven taught creative nonfiction and journalism at the University of Victoria in the Department of Writing for almost two decades. She is now a professor emerita and is exploring a series of personal essays on aging and death.
From Research to Fiction with Michelle Barker. Anyone who writes fiction has probably come up against the challenge of doing research, and then the added challenge of incorporating their research into the story without making it sound like a textbook. This workshop will address the pitfalls and joys of researching. A few writing exercises will hone new skills. Michelle Barker is an award-winning author and poet from Vancouver, BC. Her newest book, an historical novel for teens called The House of One Thousand Eyes (Annick Press), comes out this fall. Michelle has an MFA in creative writing from UBC and works as a workshop leader and editor. www.michellebarker.ca
Maneuvering the Media Ocean: Social Media for Authors
with Sapha Burnell. www.saphaburnell.com Sapha’s tells you all you need to know and more! about Twitter,
Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads and how you as an author should spend your precious time promoting yourself on social media. Sapha Burnell: Overlapping science, myth & gender. Public Speaker. Activist. The Writers' Union of Canada BC/Yukon Rep. Comparative mythologist.
FIRE UP YOUR COMMITMENT to Your Writing with Donna Barker (http://www.donnabarker.com) Why is it so hard to commit? To your writing practice, that is! To getting the story — the one you know you have to tell — out of your head and into the world? Writers who have successfully committed to their writing practice often speak of a trigger event that pushed them past their blocks, sometimes after years of flailing. In this workshop you’ll identify your own personal triggers and milestones.
Donna Barker, in her own words: “It took me 10 years to write my first, never-to-be-published manuscript and less than 2 months to write the book that made me a published author. What created that change? Milestones — figuring out the ‘what’ that would fuel my commitment to get my story told. And since science backs up my personal experience, it’s a secret I love to share!”
Fri04May20182:00 pmQUALICUM BEACH LIBRARY 660 Primrose Street Qualicum Beach
You are invited to a book launch and reading of Dorothy’s suspenseful and intriguing new novel. Copies available for purchase at the event.
For more information Contact: Dorothy Collins 250 752 8228
Thu10May2018Sun13May20187777 Mission Rd, Cranbrook, BC
The St. Eugene Writers Conference is a workshop conference. Writers bring their work and present it to a small group of their peers. The group discusses the work, what is effective, where there might be improvements and how it holds together as a whole. Then move on to the next writer. This is the standard academic manner of teaching creative writing in both undergraduate schools and graduate MFA programs.
The St. Eugene Writers Conference is the only venue in BC where this technique is used for multiple days outside of an academic institution. The St. Eugene format allows writers to participate in a proven program without the expense and time commitment of going back to school
Fri11May2018Sun13May20183:30 pmSalmon Arm. Prestige Harbourfront Hotel, 251 Harbourfront Drive NE
“Join us on the shore of beautiful Shuswap Lake for three action-packed days of sharpening your skills in a variety of workshops and presentations. Talk to published & non-published writers. Meet new people; share your experiences over a coffee and discover how much you have in common. Network till your eyes cross!
Fri18May2018Sun20May2018Delta Hotel, Burnaby
For more information →http://creativeinkfestival.com/
Fri25May20187-8:30 PMRichmond Public Library, Brighouse Branch, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room
Fri15Jun2018Sat16Jun2018Silverton’s Memorial Hall, 203 Lake Ave. (Highway 6).
SUZUKI FOUNDATION’S JAMES HOGGAN AND FORMER NELSON CITY COUNCILLOR DONNA MACDONALD FEATURED AT the 5th CONVERGENCE WRITERS’ WEEKEND IN SILVERTON, B.C., JUNE 15-16
A former chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and a long-time Nelson city councilor will be the two featured speakers at the 5th annual Convergence Writers’ Weekend in Silverton, B.C. June 15 and 16.
The theme of this year’s Convergence weekend is “Keeping a Civil Tongue.” Presentations will focus on how speakers and writers on all sides of controversial issues increasingly regard those who disagree with them as not only wrong-headed but evil. All Convergence events take place at Silverton’s Memorial Hall, 203 Lake Ave. (Highway 6).
Speaking at 7 p.m. June 15, at an event open to the public as well as Convergence registrants, will be James Hoggan. Besides his work for the Suzuki Foundation, Hoggan chaired Al Gore’s Climate Project Canada. His most recent book is I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up. Hoggan notes that the demonizing of opponents hampers a community’s ability to solve common problems. His book identifies some approaches to counter this trend.
Also presenting at the June 15 event will be Donna Macdonald, a Nelson city councillor for 19 years before retiring in 2014. Her memoir of life as a civic politician, Surviving City Hall, stresses the importance of local government while emphasizing the need for truthfulness, kindness and civility in public life.
Registrants for Convergence also have the choice to attend one of two writing workshops offered during the day on June 16, as well as attending an arts performance and discussion that evening. Writing workshop leaders are Macdonald and New Denver journalist, historian, novelist, poet and performer Sean Arthur Joyce.
Registration is now open, at a cost of $45 plus GST. More information, including how to register, is available at http://widespot.ca/convergence-writers-weekend/
Deadline for registration is June 1. Deadline for persons wishing feedback on their writing from Joyce in his workshop is May 19.
Convergence is partially supported by the ProVision fund of the United Church’s B.C. Conference, the Columbia Basin Trust, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Area H director, Walter Popoff.
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