BC Literary Calendar

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  • Sat
    10
    Jan
    2015

    Our judges pick the best stories, poems, personal essays and graphica and pit them against each other. Then it’s up our readers to decide who should win the grand prize. Enter your writing and get ready to battle it out in our online arena! Over 50,000 votes cast last year! More

  • Mon
    12
    Jan
    2015
    2 pm to 3 pmSaanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 3110 Tillicum Rd.

    (For teens in grades 10-12) Monique Gray Smith, award-winning author of Tilly, A Story of Hope and Resilience, will share her unique journey and describe how ceremony and connection with First Nation cultural practices enabled her to become an inspiring voice. Register at gvpl.ca or call 940-GVPL (4875).

  • Wed
    14
    Jan
    2015
    7 to 9 pmHellenic Community Centre, Vancouver

    Ruth Kozak will present her historical fiction novel SHADOW OF THE LION:BLOOD ON THE MOON (volume 1 of 2) Special guest is poet Manolis Agilizakis

  • Thu
    15
    Jan
    2015
    7:30 to 8:30 pmPELICAN ROUGE COFFEE HOUSE 15142 North Bluff Road (16th Ave) White Rock

    Fascinating tales from early 20th Century Fraser Valley homesteading to flying as one of Canada’s pioneer bush pilots. Aviation history in Pat Carey’s own words. More

  • Thu
    15
    Jan
    2015
    8 pm to 10 pmCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver

    The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University presents TWS Reading Series. We are delighted to welcome poet Linda King, author of Dream Street Details (Shoe Music Press) and, most recently, Reality Wayfarers. Join us for a great evening of poetry and storytelling. More Info

  • Sat
    17
    Jan
    2015
    Greater Victoria Public Library

    The Greater Victoria Public Library has put out a call for ‘emerging local authors’ to enter their books in a collection that will “highlight self-published, independent, or small press print works (fiction, poetry, non-fiction) by local authors, for readers of all ages.” Submission Deadline January 17, 2015. More info

  • Sat
    17
    Jan
    2015
    3:30 - 5:30 pm1825 W. 16th Ave., Vancouver

    Susan McCaslin’s new memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga, and Pam Galloway’s new volume of poetry, Passing Stranger (both Inanna Publications). Music by Isabelle Hui Bon Hoa, cellist. Emcee Diane Tucker. Refreshments. Free

  • Tue
    20
    Jan
    2015
    7:30 pm101-3701 East Hastings, Burnaby

    Susan will be reading from her new memoir Into the Mystic and Pam from her new volume of poems Passing Stranger

  • Sat
    24
    Jan
    2015
    9 am to 4:30 pmUnitarian Fellowship, 1-595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo

    Cover designers, printers, hybrid publishers, free-lance editors and more. Free event to the public. Presenters will cover all aspects of self-publishing, and talk about how you can build the connections you need to do it up right! More Info

  • Sun
    25
    Jan
    2015
    8:30 am to 4:30 pmBeecher Place, 12160 Beecher Street, Crescent Beech

    Martin Crosbie, publisher of five Amazon best-selling books in the past three years, will show you how to create 'a professional product that stands spine to virtual spine with traditionally published eBooks. More Info

  • Sat
    31
    Jan
    2015

    Publishers and members of writing and publishing organizations are invited to submit nominations for the annual Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence.

  • Thu
    05
    Feb
    2015
    7:30 pmSurrey Art Gallery, 13750-88 Avenue

    Artist Deborah Morriss will demonstrate the process of structuring a picture book for publication, relate the research involved in gathering relevant visual imagery and content, and explain the ideas and choices behind her colourful compositions. To view her work, visit deborahmorriss.ca

  • Thu
    05
    Feb
    2015
    8 - 10 pmCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street (at E 29th Avenue)

    We are delighted to welcome Métis/Icelandic writer Carleigh Baker as our featured reader. A past winner of the subTerrain Lush Triumphant award for fiction, her work has appeared in Ricepaper, Joyland Magazine, and is forthcoming in Unsettled (Brindle & Glass Spring 2016) an anthology about colonialism in Canada. More Info

  • Sun
    08
    Feb
    2015
    12:30 pmVancity, 5900 No. 3 Road, Richmond

    Learn about the tax breaks available to writers. Also about the hazards writers are exposed to with regard to identity theft on the internet. Presented by George Opacic, Past President of the Federation of BC Writers.

  • Wed
    11
    Feb
    2015
    7 - 9 pmAlliance for Arts and Culture, Suite 100, 938 Howe St., Vancouver

    Join poet Jean Kay as she hosts Canadian Authors Vancouver's Annual Open Mic Night. Featuring twenty local authors reading from their work in a variety of genres, we'll announce details about the 2015 Short Story Contest, too. The event is open to the public. Details

  • Thu
    12
    Feb
    2015
    Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver

    Find out how to sell your books to businesses, corporations, associations, schools and the military. One-day workshop, $149. Put on by the Association of Publishers for Special Sales. More Info

  • Fri
    13
    Feb
    2015
    7 - 9 pmRed Brick Café, Sidney

    Come and enjoy readings by two local renowned poets, Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane as they launch the new Red Brick Readings series. Advance tickets at Tanner’s Books in Sidney and Munro’s Books in Victoria or at the door. $10. Seating is limited. www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca

  • Tue
    17
    Feb
    2015
    7 - 9 pm

    E-books, PDFs, Kindle, Nook, is the "new" world of reading making your head spin? How about the new world of writing? Roxanne Snopek has more than a dozen books published, in print and digital format. She focuses on romance, the genre that first broke into the digital marketplace, but no matter what you write, you'll be sure to glean important information. RSVP or email

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015
    Sun
    22
    Feb
    2015
    Galiano Island

    An annual literary festival featuring 28 writers and speakers .This year
    focussing on the Environment. More at the Galiano Literary Festival web site.

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015
    2 pm to 3 pmSaanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 3110 Tillicum Rd.

    Nick Russell, author of "Victoria Then & Now: Postcards from the Past", gives a history of Saanich neighbourhoods in old postcards. Presented in partnership with Saanich Archives. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information

  • Sat
    21
    Feb
    2015
    9 AM - 4 pmRenaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel

    Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned editor, a would-be writer or a supervisor of others’ writing, this course will help you make your words work better. Using a step-by-step process, the program identifies the most common factors that become obstacles for readers. It not only helps recognize the problems, it shows quick and simple techniques for fixing them. An Editors Association of Canada event. Fee for non-members: $200 on or before Feb. 2; $220 after Feb. 2. More

  • Sat
    28
    Feb
    2015
    9 am to 4 pmCentral Branch, Vancouver Public Library

    A selection of industry service providers will share information for writers who want to self-publish. Providers include printers, book and cover designers, editors, marketers, successful self-publishers, and companies that specialize in providing the writer with mentorship through the publication process. Contact communications@bcwriters.ca for more information.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2015
    Provincial

    The 2015 Youth Writing Contest! Get both feet in. • Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry & more • Open to youth under the age of 30 years • 500 dollar first prize in five categories • Publication in WordWorks Magazine • More Info 

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2015

    The Writers Union of Canada: Winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words. Fiction or non-fiction, written by an author not published in book format. Prize of $2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines. More

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2015

    This is it! Your first writing assignment of the New Year! Send us your original, unpublished work of creative nonfiction for a chance to win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a writing residency at the Banff Centre and publication in Air Canada's enRoute Magazine. More

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2015
    7 - 8:30 pmTurnbull Gallery, South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, 14601-20 Ave., Surrey, B.C

    An Exhibition of Visual Art combined with Poetry. Susan McCaslin will be a special guest reading from her new poetic memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Inanna Publications). More Info

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2015
    9:30 am to 4:30 pmAmbrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria

    Authors Mary W. Walters and Caroline Adderson, and author and executive director of The Writers’ Union of Canada, John Degen will cover topics such as working with agents and editors, keys to successful submissions, crowdsourcing, contract terms, royalty rates, copyright, managing your digital rights, design work, distribution, and promotion – $80 for TWUC members; $95.00 for non-members. Both prices include any materials and lunch. Info and Registration

  • Fri
    06
    Mar
    2015
    9:30 am to 4:30 pmHarbour Centre, 1400 – 1420 Segal Centre, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver

    Authors Mary W. Walters and Caroline Adderson, and author and executive director of The Writers’ Union of Canada, John Degen will cover topics such as working with agents and editors, keys to successful submissions, crowdsourcing, contract terms, royalty rates, copyright, managing your digital rights, design work, distribution, and promotion – $80 for TWUC members; $95.00 for non-members. Both prices include any materials and lunch. Info and Registration

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015
    10 am - 4 pmUniversity of the Fraser Valley, Mission Campus, 33700 Prentis Avenue

    The organizing committee is pleased to announce that Evelyn Lau will be attending the 8th Annual Mission Writers and Readers Festival. She will be joined by Daniela Elza, Lois Peterson, Chris Gilpin and John Carroll. More Info

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015
    2 - 5 PMColes book store, Penticton

    Join Summerland author Ron Hepner Saturday March 7th, 2 to 5 pm at Coles book store, Penticton, as he presents Book two of the Art Dodek Intel thriller series, “Protect, Then Defend” along with Book one “The Brave One Strikes Back?” Drop by, let’s chat.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015
    Noon - 4 pmSurrey Public Library, Room 418, 10350 University Drive

    Three workshops by youth for youth: Cody Shaw- Creating a Graphic Novel; Mingshu Dong- Creating Character & Dialogue; Yilin Wang- the art of creating setting. Entrance by foodbank donation (2 items). Spaces limited, so please RSVP to YWC organizer Chloe Cocking

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2015

    Room Magazine wants your best essays, memoirs, travel writing, historical accounts, and literary non-fiction by March 8, 2015: 1st Prize: $500 + publication; 2nd Prize: $250 + publication; Honourable Mention: publication on Room's website. Contest Details

  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2015
    7 - 9 pmAlliance for Arts and Culture, 938 Howe Street, Suite 100, Vancouver

    Hosted by the Canadian Authors Association - Vancouver. Sam will examine the top reasons submissions get published, and top reasons most never make it out of the slush pile. Learn about the publishing world and its trends in this invaluable talk aimed at helping you understand what the market wants. Read more...

  • Thu
    12
    Mar
    2015
    6:30 pmSurrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Room 120

    We are delighted to host Alyson Quinn, Allie Lahn, Tahmeena Ali, Rachpal Sidhu-Grewal, Brie Wells, Pam Galloway, and Susan McCaslin at this month's reading. If you'ld like to read their bios, and get more details about the event, you can find more information here.

  • Thu
    12
    Mar
    2015
    7 - 8:30 pmGreater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St., Victoria

    Author Ben Parfitt will be reading from his wife and fellow writer Alicia Priest's book, "A Rock Fell on the Moon: Dad and the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist". Howard White shares the story of his father and centenarian, Frank White in "That Went By Fast: My First Hundred Years". Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL(4875) for more information.

  • Fri
    13
    Mar
    2015
    Sat
    14
    Mar
    2015
    Maritime Heritage Centre, Campbell River

    Contemporary writers and readers meet in a beautiful west coast setting. Socializing with the writers and other like-minded readers is a key rewarding element of the festival. Web site

  • Mon
    16
    Mar
    2015
    Vancouver Island

    Co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the contest seeks entries of up to 2000 words in three categories: Adult (19 and over), Youth (13 to 18), and Junior (12 and under). Over $2000 in prizes and cash will be awarded to the winners and finalists. More Info

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2015
    12 - 1 PMSFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

    SFU Public Square presents Erín Moure and Andrew McEwan at Lunch Poems. More Info

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2015
    7 - 9 pm1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

    Both poets will be reading from their new works, Susan’s memoir (Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga) and Pam’s volume of poetry (Passing Stranger), Inanna Publications. Host, Nancy Tam. More Info

  • Fri
    20
    Mar
    2015
    Sun
    22
    Mar
    2015
    Human and Social Development Building, Room A240 University of Victoria

    Held each year at UVic, the event brings together poets, novelists, fiction writers, playwrights, publishers, students, and others with an interest in creative writing for a weekend of readings, panel discussions, workshops, and socializing. This year, we'll be hosting a Friday night of readings followed by an after party, a full Saturday of panel discussions, blue-pencil workshop sessions, and a Sunday afternoon Poetry Master Class workshop. Visit the WordsThaw website for event schedules.

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2015
    6:30 - 8 pmBanyen Books and Sound, 3608 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver

    Susan McCaslin will be offering a reading and short writing workshop based on her new spiritual autobiography Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Inanna Publications), free. More Info Host: Jacob at events@banyen.com

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2015
    7:30 - 9:30 pmMcMillan Arts Centre, Parksville

    Gisele Maria Martin is a citizen of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island. As a Nuu-chah-nulth language activist, cultural educator and ambassador, naturalist, wilderness guide, public speaker, storyteller, singer, composer, painter, cedar bark weaver and dancer, she celebrates her heritage. Tickets may be purchased for $12 at the McMillan Arts Centre, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, or on-line from Eventbrite.com

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2015

    $1,000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in The New Quarterly. All submissions will be judged blind. Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly.

  • Tue
    31
    Mar
    2015
    7 - 9 pmThe Vault Café, 499 Wallace Street, Nanaimo

    Spoken Word & Music: Altogether Lisa, Tracy
    Myers hosted by the WordStorm Society
    of the Arts. This is a fund-raiser for the Cascadia Poetry Festival, which takes place in Nanaimo April 30 to May 3.

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2015
    6 - 7:30 PMJoe's Apartment (Night Club), 919 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2015
    8 - 10 pmCottage Bistro, 4470 Main St. (at E 29th Ave)

    The Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University presents TWS Reading Series. We are delighted to welcome Leah Horlick as our featured reader. Leah is a 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry and holds an MFA in creative writing from UBC.  Her first collection, Riot Lung, was shortlisted for a ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award.  Join us for a great evening of storytelling and poetry. More info

  • Sat
    04
    Apr
    2015
    12:00 am

    The Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival is announcing that the 2015 Askews Foods Writing Contest is now open. Contestants may submit original unpublished works in the following categories: Fiction, Non Fiction, Poetry and Writing for Young People (Middle Grade and Young Adult.) First place winners will receive a cash prize of $150 plus a 2015 conference package including banquet ticket ($225 value) and be published in the Askews’ Foods Word on the Lake Anthology. More

  • Wed
    08
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmChapters Kamloops, 1395 Hillside Drive

    Join award-winning poet and author Richard Wagamese for an evening of readings and conversation that explores the poet’s past life as a young runaway. Discover a unique, tender and illuminating perception of Canadian culture and landscape from the eyes of a thoughtful, courageous wanderer. More BC Writers News

  • Wed
    08
    Apr
    2015
    7 - 9 pmAlliance for Arts and Culture, Suite 100 - 938 Howe Street Vancouver

    Four BC poets read from their latest work and discuss their craft with host Dennis E. Bolen. Featuring Mariner Janes, Christopher Levenson, Bernice Lever, and Kevin Spenst. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Cost: Members are free, Guests $10, Students with ID $5. Pay at the door. More...

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015
    Thu
    28
    May
    2015
    Langley Centennial Museum

    Eight lectures from different local authors and publishing professionals who will discuss the art of creating a book. Registration is $12 per session or $80 for all 8 lectures. It is being held at the Langley Centennial Museum on Thursdays starting April 9 to May 28. See Brochure...

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015
    7:30 pmPulp Fiction, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver

    Join George Bowering and Wayde Compton for a conversation exploring Vancouver’s vast networks of streets over time. From the storied streets of East Vancouver in the 1960s to a haunting, speculative vision of the city of glass, these two nationally-renowned authors reveal their probing impressions of a beloved yet flawed city. FREE. Further info: Facebook.com/ReadLocalBC

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015
    7 - 9 pmArt Gallery of Greater Victoria
    What Place, And Home is a collaboration organized by the City of Victoria Poet Laureate, Yvonne Blomer. Participating poets include: Yvonne Blomer, Youth Poet Laureate, Zoé Duhaime, Lorna Crozier, John Barton, Rhonda Ganz, Arleen Paré, Pam Porter, and Cynthia Woodman Kerkham. It is inspired by and a response to the AGGV's current exhibition, In Another Place, And Here. Presented by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the City of Victoria. Free admission from 5 - 9 PM. More...
  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015
    10 am - 3 pmGreater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St., Victoria

    Aspiring and established poets are invited to meet with Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer for sharing, inspiration and encouragement. Register for a timeslot at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information. More info online

  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015
    6:00 pmW&A Bistro, 315 Lawrence Street, Kelowna

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  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015
    2 - 5 PMColes Books, Penticton

    Ron will be signing copies of two Intel thrillers: The Brave One Strikes Back and Protect, Then Defend. Everybone welcome; browse, review, let's chat, pick up a copy.

  • Sun
    12
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmShadbolt Centre, Burnaby, 6450 Deer Lake Ave.

    An evening of poetry and conversation with Stephen Collis, Cathy Ford, Christopher Levenson, Chalene Knight, and Arleen Paré. Free.

  • Mon
    13
    Apr
    2015

    Essays of any length, on any topic in which the writer's personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line. There is no restriction on essay length or subject matter, but the author must be a Canadian citizen or resident. Prize of $1,000; all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in The New Quarterly. Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly. Submit

  • Tue
    14
    Apr
    2015
    7:30 pmMunro’s Books, 1108 Government Street, Victoria

    Join some of Victoria’s hottest fiction writers for an evening of exploration and conversation with Margaret Thompson, Julie Paul, Aaron Shepard and Charles Tidler. Discover how embarking on quests both real and imagined can unearth secrets and how travel can help you to find yourself - wherever you may be. FREE. For further info: Facebook.com/ReadLocalBC

  • Wed
    15
    Apr
    2015

    $1,500 prizes, plus publication in Event Magazine. $34.95 entry fee includes one-years subscription to Event. More

  • Wed
    15
    Apr
    2015
    12 - 1 PMSFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

    Lunch Poems at SFU: SFU Public Square presents Catriona Strang and Michael Turner. April 15, 12-1pm, Teck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings). Free. info...

  • Wed
    15
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmSalt Spring Public Library, 129 McPhillips Avenue

    Join Salt Spring locals and two of Canada’s finest poets, , as they read together for the first time in over ten years from their collections including Webb’s recently released Peacock Blue: The Collected Poems of Phyllis Webb. FREE. For further info: Facebook.com/ReadLocalBC

  • Wed
    15
    Apr
    2015
    7:30 pmArtspeak Gallery, 233 Carrall Street

    In an evening of readings and discussions hosted by poet and Poetry is Dead editor Daniel Zomparelli. Five vancouver poets including award-winning authors Evelyn Lau, Daphne Marlatt and Jordan Abel explore the ever-evolving representation of urban and rural spaces in Canadian art. Co-sponsored by Poetry Is Dead and Sad Magazine. Cash bar.  FREE. Facebook.com/ReadLocalBC

  • Thu
    16
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmFernie Heritage Library, 429 3 Avenue

    Join local authors – Angie Abdou and Gordon Sombrowski – as they read and discuss life, love and literature in mountain towns. From backwoods adventurists, to snowshoeing hippies, to fable-spinning immigrants and elders, discover the diverse characters these authors create in a jovial evening of literature and laughs.  Free.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015
    Sun
    19
    Apr
    2015
    Cavalloti Hall, 2060 East Wellington Road, Nanaimo

    Hear the 24 books of the Odyssey told over three days by 28 storytellers during an Epic Odyssey Weekend, April 17, 18 and 19 at Cavalloti Hall, 2060 East Wellington Road, Nanaimo. Homer's Greek epic poem will be told by polished storytellers from across Canada and the United States. Each storyteller will tell a portion of the epic story from the heart without the use of notes. Tickets can be purchased for all or part of the event. More

  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2015
    6:30 - 9 pmThe Globe Bar & Grill, 25 Front Street, Nanaimo

    PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE FOR THIS EVENT! Featured Reader Derek Hanebury with special guest Naomi Beth Wakan, Nanaimo’s Poet Laureate. Derek  is a poet who also writes fiction and creative non-fiction. His first book of poetry, Nocturnal Tonglen, was released in 2006. His first novel, Ginger Goodwin: Beyond the Forbidden Plateau, has gone into second printing. More...

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2015
    1:00 pmJuan De Fuca Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 1759 Island Highway.

    Writers Lucky Budd, Sylvia Olsen, Penny Chamberlain, Ann Walsh and Carol Ann Shaw will read, tell stories and answer questions about where ideas come from and what it’s like to be a writer. Tuesday, April 21 at 1pm, Juan De Fuca Branch, 1759 Island Highway. Free. Further info at gvpl.ca

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmT’exelc Band Gymnasium, Williams Lake Indian Band, Indian Drive

    Join local authors Willie Sellars and Bev Sellars for a discussion about the role of storytelling in First Nations culture in Canada. Readings from They Called Me Number One and Dipnetting with Dad impart the rich history of the peoples of the Chilcotin region, asking the question: where do we go from here? FREE. For further info: Facebook.com/ReadLocalBC

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2015
    7 - 9 pmThe ACT Maple Ridge 11944 Haney Place

    Editor Lesley Cameron will explain the twelve-steps-of-editing as defined by the Editors’ Association of Canada: you’ll never confuse editing with proofreading again. You’ve not only written your book (article, memoir, report …), you’ve also reworked it at least a dozen times. So why does it need to be edited? More...

  • Thu
    23
    Apr
    2015
    1 - 3 PMHeritage Centre, 1620 Mount Seymour Road

    20150423-EarthPoetics

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015
    1:30 pmGreater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St., Victoria

    In partnership with the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society and the Creative Nonfiction Conference, GVPL is pleased to offer a free introductory class for creative nonfiction with Calgary award winning writer and teacher, Kim McCullough. Learn how to turn true-life events into compelling narratives with strong descriptions and characters. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information, or visit the GVPL Site

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015
    7:30 - 9:30 pmMcMillan Arts Centre , 133 McMillan Street, Parksville

    Award winning author and professional storyteller from Ottawa will lift the veil to the faerie world in an enchanted evening of stories, laughter, and magic.  Tickets $12 at the MAC or on eventbrite.com

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015
    Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel

    British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance. Gala tickets will be available for purchase online starting March 16. Updates and short list available at BC Book Prize News.

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015
    1 - 4 PMIndigo Books, Park Royal Shopping Centre, West Vancouver

    Author Elinor Florence will sign copies of her wartime novel and chat with patrons. More...

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015
    10 AM - 2 PMGreater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St., Victoria

    Celebrate Poetry Month with an Ekphrastic Walking Tour of downtown Victoria. Victoria’s Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer, the city’s Youth Poet Laureate Zoe Duhaime along with Garth Martens, Wendy Morton, Daniel G. Scott and Rhona McAdam will lead you through the city from architecture to sculpture to graffiti reciting poems as they go. Meeting place is the Central Library Courtyard. Register at on the GVPL website or call 250-940-GVPL (4875).

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015
    10 am - NoonMcMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville

    Award-winning author Marie Bilodeau will share secrets of her success. She will show you how to "amp" up your writing. Fee $30. On the same day Marie will also be offering a workshop on using social media to promote your career, 1 to 3 PM. Take both workshops for $50. Register on eventbrite.com

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015
    9:30 AM - 8 PMExecutive Suites & Conference Centre, Burnaby, 4201 Lougheed Hwy

    A festival for Writers, Readers and Artists, the day will include workshops, presentations, panels, blue pencil critiques, readings and an expo, as well as a catered lunch and keynote speech. Come meet like-minded people, network, learn to improve your craft, get inspired and shop for great goodies.  More...

  • Tue
    28
    Apr
    2015
    6:30 – 9:30 PMThe Vault Cafe, 499 Wallace St., Nanaimo

    Poetry, prose, music & good food. Featured: Christine
    Smart & Niki Kourouris. More...

  • Thu
    30
    Apr
    2015
  • Thu
    30
    Apr
    2015
    Fri
    01
    May
    2015
    Vancouver, Langley, New Westminster, Salmon Arm, Kamloops, Vernon

    Author Neil McKinnon takes to the road in April and May promoting his newly released book The Greatest Lover of Last Tuesday, now available in bookstores and online. "I thought that I had worked hard writing the book but the real effort is just beginning," said Neil. His last stop is: May 30, 2015 (3:00 pm): Reading/Talk, New Westminster Public Library, New Westminster, BC

  • Thu
    30
    Apr
    2015
    Sun
    03
    May
    2015
    Vancouver Island University

    LATE UPDATE: The Cascadiia Poetry Festival will take to the air through livestreaming, organizers have announced: See livestream schedule.  The Cascadia Poetry Festival is an international event which seeks to bioregionally animate & culturally construct Cascadia by gathering writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself. Web Site

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Dust off your pen, typewriter or computer and spruce up your best fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2015. Entry fees are $15 for VWS Members and $20 for nonmembers. Prizes in each category are $300 for 1st, $200 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd. Send submissions to: Victoria Writers’ Society, Annual Writing Competition, PO Box 8311, Victoria, B.C., V8W 3R9. Contest rules (check for updates after Feb. 5)  at victoriawriters.ca/writing-contest/

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Entrants will receive a one-year subscription to TDR for themselves or a friend. One story, maximum 3000 words, double-spaced with word count indicated on first page. Winning entries will be published in TDR’s Sumer 2015 issue. Information Sheet

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Emerging writersare encouraged to send in works of fiction, up to 3,500 words. Winner receives $1,000, publication, and will be interviewed. Submission fee is $25 in Canada, $30 in US, $35 international. All additional entries $15. This year's judge is Elyse
    Friedman. More Info...

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015
    7:30 pmVancouver Island University, Nanaimo

    Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia, published by Leaf Press. This anthology is a collection of innovative and influential poets of Cascadia, the bioregion which stretches from Cape Mendocino in the south to Mt. St. Elias, Alaska, to the north and to the Rocky Mountains in the east. It will be a survey of the bioregional poetry scene, beginning with an introduction by the co-editors: Paul Nelson, Nadine Maestas, Barry McKinnon and George Stanley. More...

  • Tue
    05
    May
    2015
    7 - 8:30 pmSaanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 3110 Tillicum Rd.

    Celebrate Canadian Children’s Book Week with writer and actor Lesley Livingston, author of the Wondrous Strange series, the Never series and the Starling Saga. Browse Schoolhouse Teaching Supplies and Children’s Bookstore’s table before the meeting begins at 7:30. Sponsored by the Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable and TD Canadian Children's Book Week. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more
    information.

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2015
    8 - 10 pmCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street (at E29th Ave), Vancouver

    The Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University presents TWS Reading Series. We are delighted to celebrate 15 years of TWS by welcoming Betsy Warland as our featured reader.  Previous director of The Writer's Studio, Betsy's most recent book is Breathing the Page - Reading the Act of Writing. For excerpts from her work-in-progress Oscars of Between, visit Oscar's Salon, www.betsywarland.com. Betsy is the Director of Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. More...

  • Sat
    09
    May
    2015
    11 AM & 1:30 PMGibsons & District Public Library

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  • Tue
    12
    May
    2015
    7:30 pmMunro’s Books, 1108 Government Street, Victoria

    The poems in The Wrong Cat are vintage Crozier: sly, sexy, irreverent, and sad, and populated by fully realized characters whose stories take place in a small lyrical space. We learn about a mother’s last breath, the first dog in heaven, a man’s fear that his wife no longer loves him, and the ways in which animals size up the humans around them and find them wanting. These poems provide an affirmation in the midst of the fluid, often challenging nature of experience. More...

  • Wed
    13
    May
    2015
    7:30 pmCottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver

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  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015
  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015
    Sun
    17
    May
    2015
    Prestige Hotel, Salmon Arm

    Charles de Lint, Brian Brett, Gail Bowen, Norma Charles, Anne de Grace, Grant Lawrence, Kathryn Para, Gary Fjellgaard, Harold Rhenisch, and more. Coffee House, Banquet, Blue Pencil, New Website up early In Feb. More

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015
    Sun
    24
    May
    2015
    Sumac Ridge Winery, Summerland

    Fed members are encouraged to take advantage of early-bird rates in effect until May 4. Workshops, entertainment, connections, a review of the year-gone-by and the year-to-come, and an opportunity to participate in your organization's decision-making process. Register now for the best rates

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015
    7:30 pmMcMillan Arts Centre , 133 McMillan Street, Parksville

    King Shahryar kills a new wife every night before she can stop loving him.  But new bride Shahrazad has a clever plan to save  herself.  Her nightly stories are so exciting that King Shahryar finds himself postponing her execution – again and again . . . We can't tell you all 1001 stories, but we can tell you some of our favourites (and probably yours). Storytellers Tara Hartley, Rachel Muller & Marva Blackmore are featured. Tickets are $12 and are available at the MAC or from eventbrite.com

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015

    This New Quarterly $1,000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. There is no word limit. More...

  • Mon
    01
    Jun
    2015

    Submit your original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection by June 1. The entry must be between 400 and 600 words. Open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Submit online or by mail using the downloadable the submission form (PDF fie). Fee of $25 (taxes included) for each entry. More...

  • Fri
    05
    Jun
    2015
    7 - 9 pmRed Brick Café, Sidney

    Two localaward-winning authors, Pamela Porter and Monique Gray Smith, will read June 5 in support of the Oct. 2-4 Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival. Books on sale & live music too. Tickets: Tanner's Books, Sidney & Munro's Books, Victoria. More

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015
    Sun
    07
    Jun
    2015
    The Point Artist-Run Centre, Alta Lake, Whistler

    Writers Adventure Camp at The Point Artist-Run Centre on beautiful and peaceful Alta Lake in Whistler, BC, is a unique weekend-long immersive experience. Participants will work with award-winning professionals Charlotte Gill (Memoir), Zsuzsi Gartner (Fiction), Mark Leiren-Young (Humour for page, stage or screen) and Geoff Berner (Songwriting), cross-fertilizing their creative output with exposure to different artistic disciplines. For more information and registration, please click here

  • Wed
    10
    Jun
    2015
    7 - 10 PMVancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia

    Historical authors W. Ruth Kozak and Eileen Kernaghan
    read from their novels Shadow of the Lion and Sophie, in
    Shadow

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015
    Sun
    14
    Jun
    2015

    Planet Earth Poetry will offer a two-day poetry retreat in Victoria, led by Jane Munro, award-winning author of eight poetry collections, and now nominee for the Giller! Jane will teach, lead discussions, provide writing exercises, critiques, and one-on-one sessions with 8-12 participants. The process will indeed deepen your poetic practice. The retreat runs Saturday 10:00-5:00 and Sunday 9:00-3:00. Fee: $225.00. Please see attached flier for details. For more information, contact planetearthreg@gmail.com

  • Sun
    14
    Jun
    2015
    9:15 AM to 5 PMCrescent Beach, Surrey

    A full-day of great workshops on the craft and business of writing. An official Federation of BC Writers' event. Sessions include:

    • Identity Theft & Taxes for Writers by Past Fed President George Opacic,
    • The Hero’s / Heroine’s Journey by master storyteller and author Ed Griffin,
    • Illustrating for Writers by published author and master artist Loreena Lee,
    • Writing for Young Adults by one of Canada’s most popular Young Adult author story-tellers James McCann,
    • A two-hour Screenwriting workshop – producing scripts for film and television by Keith Digby of West Coast Screenwriting

    You can register online.

    Participation in WOTB entitles you to special rates when you join or renew your membership. See the Fed's Registration Page for details.

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015
    1 - 2:30 PMRichmond Public Library, Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate

    Richmond Public Library will hold a free workshop on Self-Publishing & Successful Marketing for Writers as part of its Writers Roundup event for adult writers. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events or call 604-231-6413. Guest presenter is author Lesley Taylor.

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015
    10:30 a.m. - NoonRichmond Public Library, Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate

    As part of its Writers Roundup event, Richmond Public Library will hold a free interactive workshop for adult writers on “How to Writer a Memoir”. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Guest presenter is community member Dr. Robin Percival-Smith.

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015
    10:30 a.m. - NoonRichmond Public Library, Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate

    As part of its Writers Roundup event, Richmond Public Library will hold a free interactive workshop for adult writers on “How to Writer a Memoir”.  To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Guest presenter is community member Dr. Robin Percival-Smith.

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015
    2 - 4 PMRichmond Public Library, Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate

    As part of its two-day Writers Roundup event, Richmond Public Library will hold a free interactive workshop for adult and teen writers on “Social Media for Creative People.” To register go to guest speaker Tav Rayne’s website at www.greenestweb.net.  Participants will be invited to submit questions before the class starts. Registrants are encouraged to bring any of their mobile devices with them (laptops, smartphones, Windows tablets, iPads, Blackberries, Androids, etc.). Space is limited so register early.

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015
    7 - 8 PMRichmond Public Library, Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate

    D.R. Graham will read from her latest biker and rodeo novels for teens and adults in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is part of the library’s Authors in Our Midst Series.

  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2015
  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2015

    Canadian Authors 2015 Short Story Contest Deadline June 30, 2015
    Open to all Canadian writers | Over $600 in prizes: First $300, Second $200, Third $100 | Winning entries will be published in National Voices 2016 Anthology. Read more ...

  • Fri
    03
    Jul
    2015
    Ottawa

    The Parliament of Canada has issued a call for nominations to begin the search for Canada’s seventh Parliamentary Poet Laureate. The role of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate is to promote the importance and value of poetry among all Canadians. More information...

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015
    Tue
    07
    Jul
    2015
    Island Mountain Arts, Wells

    Whether writers are working in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, the well they must draw from is personal and historical memory. Join acclaimed novelist, memoirist and poet Karen Connelly for a workshop about accessing, working with, and transforming memory into polished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. More...

  • Sun
    05
    Jul
    2015
    Fri
    17
    Jul
    2015
    Woodhaven Eco Cultural Centre, Kelowna

    Open to writers of all genres, the 2015 Woodhaven Summer Writing Intensive: Writing in Place is a 12-day program of writing, master classes, workshops, and exploration. During the day, you will inhabit the retreat setting of the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre in Kelowna, working with UBC Okanagan faculty and distinguished visiting writers. The Woodhaven Summer Writing Intensive is to be a dynamic site for idea exchange about habitation, place, and landscape. You will experiment with writing practice as inquiry into the ideas of place and the geographic self. More info...

  • Wed
    15
    Jul
    2015

    Send us your best short stories and poems. We're thrilled to announce that the top prize in each category has increased to $1000, and the honourable mention will now receive $50 in addition to publication on our website. Fiction Judge: Shani Mootoo; Poetry Judge: Jen Currin. All shortlisted pieces, including the honourable mentions, will be considered for publication in subsequent issues of Room at our regular rates ($50-$120 depending on page count). Guidelines

  • Fri
    17
    Jul
    2015
    Sat
    31
    Oct
    2015
    British Columbia (Penticton)

    VOICES FROM THE VALLEYS is an upcoming anthology with a BC flavor. Submit a short story, creative nonfiction, or poem showcasing a unique or typical BC experience. Proceeds go to charity. Our aim is to publish high-quality curated and edited stories and poems with a “wow” factor. No entry fee.

    Check out more:

    http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.ca/2015/07/voices-from-valleys-anthology-depicting.html

    Cobalt Books: info@CobaltBooks.net

  • Sat
    01
    Aug
    2015

    Annual CNF contest gives $1,000 to the best memoir or personal essay between 2,000 - 3,000 words. One-year subscription comes with entry fee  of $35 - $45 (depending on location). Additional entries welcome and cost $15 each, no limit. The 2015 judge is Jane Silcott. More...

  • Wed
    09
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 pmAlliance for Arts and Culture, 100 - 938 Howe St, Vancouver V6Z1N9

    Canadian Authors Vancouver is holding a marketing workshop! Participants develop their own marketing timeline and action plan. Topics include you and your story, research, market evaluation and timing, plus tips for monitoring the plan, and how and when to measure the outcome.

    Margo Bates has over 35 years experience as a publicist, workshop
    presenter, writer, and photographer.

    See more:

    http://canadianauthors.org/vancouver/programs/meetings/

  • Fri
    11
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 pmShoal Centre Auditorium, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, BC

    Planet Earth: Two Perspectives
    Bob McDonald and Sylvia Olsen are headlining the last fundraiser for the Oct. 2-4 Literary Festival. During this memorable evening you’ll hear two unique perspectives on life here on our beautiful planet. Bob McDonald will take us to space for an appreciation of Earth from afar and the challenges of dealing with an alien setting. Sylvia’s viewpoint is Earth-centered: our connections with our cultures, our history and our stories. Together, they will give us a better appreciation of home and our relationships with each other.

  • Tue
    15
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 pmThe ACT Maple Ridge 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, British Columbia V2X 6G1

    Writer's Toolbox: Poetry & Short Story Techniques

    Ace Baker will be talking about both poetry and short fiction and how
    they can influence each other. He will help you fill your writer's
    toolbox!

    There is no charge to attend. Please rsvp at the
    link.

    Event Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/814605645303197/

  • Thu
    17
    Sep
    2015
    Thu
    12
    Nov
    2015
    Central Library, Kitsilano and South Hill branches of VPL

    The Vancouver Public Library is very excited to be partnering with the B.C. Branch of Editors Canada to offer our patrons the opportunity to sign up for a free ½ hour one-on-one editing consult. These consultations are with professional editors and for all types of writers: students, journalists, authors, or those new to writing.

    These sessions will take place on September 17, October 15 and November 12, 2015 at our Central Library, Kitsilano and South Hill branches.

    Registration of at least one week prior to the consultation time is required. Here is a link to our online event calendar for more information and contact information: https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=blue%20pencil%20consults

  • Sun
    20
    Sep
    2015
    1:00 pmBard & Banker Pub Government Street Victoria BC

    Caroline Woodward will present a 30 minute slideshow and LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRtalk about her book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper.
    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Mon
    21
    Sep
    2015
    10-11:30amBowen Room 2, Nanaimo BC

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  • Wed
    23
    Sep
    2015
    7-9pmNakusp Public Library Nakusp BC

    Caroline Woodward will present a 30 minute slideshow and LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRtalk about her book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper.
    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Thu
    24
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 pmCentral Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library 735 Broughton St. Victoria

    Thinking of publishing or designing your own book? Join Darin Steinkey of Aldridge Street Print & Media to learn about the essential elements of book design and layout. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information. Registration begins
    September 8. Free. Event Web Link: www.gvpl.ca

  • Thu
    24
    Sep
    2015
    7-9pmNelson Public Library Nelson BC

    Caroline Woodward will present a 30 minute slideshow and LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRtalk about her book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper.
    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Fri
    25
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 pmNellie McClung Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library 3950 Cedar Hill Rd. Victoria

    Tim Rogers will read from his fictional
    account of the mysterious sinking of the Southern Cross off
    Newfoundland's coast in 1914. He will also perform songs drawn from
    the Newfoundland tradition. Register at gvpl.ca or call
    250-940-GVPL(4875) for more information. Registration begins September
    8.
    www.gvpl.ca

  • Fri
    25
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 pmStudio 700, 700 Hamilton St

    Word Vancouver is thrilled to announce its partnership with Pandora's Collective to co-produce the Pandora's Collective Literary Awards Gala.

    The Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards are presented to those who by their example and hard work continue to maintain and foster the Vancouver literary community. The Awards were last given in 2013. Pandora’s Collective and Word Vancouver are excited to announce and co-produce their return as part of the Word Vancouver festival in 2015.

    This year's awards recipients will be honored at a special Gala to be held on Friday, September 25 at CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St., 7 p.m. Festivities will include a cash bar and silent auction. Admission is free. The event will be hosted by literary promoter Sean Cranbury (previous recipient of a Pandora’s Collective Award).

    Pandora's Collective Literary Awards Gala
    Fri. Sept. 25
    Studio 700, CBC, 700 Hamilton St.
    Doors open at 7pm, event begins at 7:30.
    Admission: Free
    Cash bar, silent auction
    Info: info@rebuscreative.com604-684-8266

  • Fri
    25
    Sep
    2015
    7-9pmCultural Centre Performance Hall

    On Friday, Sept. 25th the Writer-in-Residence Launch Event takes place in the Cultural Centre Performance Hall from 7-9 p.m. This is a free event for adults and older teens. Pre-registration for this event is recommended: call 604-276-4300 and quote program #1170958.

  • Fri
    25
    Sep
    2015
    7-9pmBosun Hall New Denver BC

    Caroline Woodward will present a 30 minute slideshow and LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRtalk about her book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper.
    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Sat
    26
    Sep
    2015
    10am-12pmBruce Hutchison Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library 4636 Elk Lake Dr. Victoria

    Poetry is language at its deepest; it is language at its
    most complex and its simplest. In this workshop, students will develop
    a heightened awareness of language, and write poems rich in linguistic
    depth and play. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for
    more information. Registration begins September 8.
    www.gvpl.ca

  • Sat
    26
    Sep
    2015
    1:30 pmEsquimalt Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library 1231 Esquimalt Rd. Victoria

    Novelist Katrin Horowitz ("The Best Soldier’s Wife")
    will focus on different ways to develop your stories’ characters,
    structure and plot — and why this will make your stories better.
    Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940 GVPL(4875)for more information.
    Registration begins September 8. Free.
    www.gvpl.ca

  • Sat
    26
    Sep
    2015
    3pm-5pmVancouver Public Library, Peter Kaye Room, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC V6B 6B1

    Learn how the structural principles of screenwriting apply to other writing forms and that “thinking like an actor” is a valuable tool for generating multi-dimensional characters. Review the challenges of adapting a story from one form to another, and determine the ideal form for a new story concept.

    http://issuu.com/wordvancouver/docs/word_vancouver_program_guide_2015/13?e=9240263/15051209

  • Sun
    27
    Sep
    2015
    1:00 pmHeritage Grill Backstage Room 447 Columbia St., New Westminster, BC

    The Legendary Tom Konyves and Carolyn Marie Souaid Prelude To Poetic Justice

    DOUBLE BOOK LAUNCH: Hosted by Candice James, NW Poet Laureate

    "Perfect Answers to Silent Questions" by Tom Konyves"  (Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, BC

    “This World We Invented" by Carolyn Marie Souaid (Brick Books, London, Ont.)

    About the Poets:

    Tom Konyves

    Born in Budapest and based in Montreal until 1983, Tom Konyves is one of the original seven poets dubbed The Vehicule Poets, a group influenced by the avant-garde literature movements and the artistic innovations of the times. His poetry collections include: Love Poems (Asylum Publishing), No Parking (Vehicule Press 1978); Poetry in Performance (The Muses Company, 1982); Ex Perimeter (Caitlin Press, 1988) and Sleepwalking Among the Camels (The Muses Company, 1995). His surrealist novella OOSOOM (Out Of Sight Out Of Mind) was published by Bookthug Books (2007). Since 2006, he has been teaching screenwriting, video production, journalism and creative visual writing courses at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Konyves

    Carolyn Marie Souaid

    Carolyn Marie Souaid is the Montreal-based author of six books of poetry and editor of over a dozen. She has toured her work across Canada, Europe and the United States, and has been shortlisted for a number of literary awards including the A.M. Klein Poetry Prize and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. In 2012, her videopoem, Blood Is Blood, won a prize at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. In 2013, she was awarded a seven-week writer’s residency at The Banff Centre to work on a novel. Her newest poetry book,This World We Invented, will appear from Brick Books in 2015.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolyn_Marie_Souaid

    FOLLOWED BY POETIC JUSTICE
    EKPHRASTIC POETRY FEATURE Candice James, Poet Laureate, New Westminster, BC followed by open-mic

  • Sun
    27
    Sep
    2015
    2:30 pmVancouver Public Library downtown Vancouver BC

    Caroline Woodward will present a 30 minute slideshow and LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRtalk about her book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper.
    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Sun
    27
    Sep
    2015
    4pm-7pmThe Fairview Pub, 898 West Broadway, Vancouver

    This event is to raise funds for the annual Writer’s
    Studio student anthology, emerge, and boy, do we have a fantastic
    Sunday planned for you—the kind that makes you happy to be alive and
    not in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

    There will be music, literary readings, a silent auction, a plethora
    of awesome secondhand books for sale, and good people like yourselves
    to connect with.
    Our featured reader is poet Raoul Fernandes, a graduate of The
    Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University in
    2009.

    https://goo.gl/aVavsV

  • Mon
    28
    Sep
    2015
    7:00pm-8:30pmBook Warehouse 4118 Main Street Vancouver BC

    Caroline Woodward will present a 30 minute slideshow and LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRtalk about her book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper.
    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Mon
    28
    Sep
    2015
    7pm-8:30pmAlma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC V6B 6B1

    What happens when local poets, storytellers and musicians come together for a night of readings, music and fun? An evening of entertainment and inspiration provided by six local People of the Page. In partnership with CAA Vancouver.

    http://canadianauthors.org/vancouver/programs/meetings/

    (Phone: 604-331-3603)

  • Tue
    29
    Sep
    2015
    4:00 pm5210 Seawright, Hornby Island

    Poetry* Hornby Island (*not only poetry) hosts what might be the best reading of the upcoming season! Eve Joseph and Jordan Abel. Sept 29th, 4 pm at 5210 Seawright (please note change of venue; not at Tiamat, but across the street from it), on Hornby Island.

  • Wed
    30
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 pmFanny Bay Hall, 7793 Island Highway

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  • Wed
    30
    Sep
    2015
    7-9pmThulin Room Maritime Heritage Centre Campbell River BC

    Caroline Woodward will present a 30 minute slideshow and LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRtalk about her book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper.
    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Thu
    01
    Oct
    2015
    8pm-10pm4468 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

    Always a great lineup of TWS students past and present and local and touring authors
    reading poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. This month featuring TWS 2013 alumna Janet Fretter

    http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/events/2015/10/tws-reading-series1.html

  • Fri
    02
    Oct
    2015
    Sun
    04
    Oct
    2015

    Celebrate words, imagery and books through the talents of 19-20 award-winning regional authors at the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival. Readings, workshops, writing contests and more! Website

  • Fri
    02
    Oct
    2015
    Sun
    04
    Oct
    2015
    Various venues in Sidney BC

    Celebrate words, imagery and books through the talents of 16 award-winning regional
    authors at the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival to be held October 2-4, 2015. Readings, author-audience discussions, workshops, writing contests, book signings, local musicians and more.

     

    http://www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca

  • Fri
    02
    Oct
    2015
    Sun
    04
    Oct
    2015

    Celebrate words, imagery and books through the talents of 16 award-winning regional authors at the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival to be held October 2-4, 2015. Readings, author-audience discussions, workshops, writing contests, book signings, local musicians and more.

    Invited authors represent genres from mysteries and memoirs to poetry, novels, short stories and non-fiction. Amongst the line-up are Richard Wagamese (Indian Horse), Fred Stenson (The Trade and Who by Fire), Lorna Crozier (14 books of poetry and a Governor General award-winner), Naomi Beth Wakan (Nanaimo’s Poet Laureate), Steven Galloway (Cellist of Sarajevo and The Confabulist) and William Deverell (Arthur Beauchamp detective series). Two free workshops at Sidney’s library too: memoir writing by Wakan and creative writing for kids ages 9-12 by children’s author Nikki Tate.

    The three-day Festival will wind up Sunday with a “Breakfast with the Authors” at Haro’s Restaurant where each author shares a table with half a dozen participants.Weekend pass and individual event tickets are available online at http://sidneyliteraryfestival.ca/tickets/ or at Tanner’s Books in Sidney and Munro’s Books in Victoria. Support the literary arts!

    Website: http://sidneyliteraryfestival.ca

     

  • Fri
    02
    Oct
    2015
    Sat
    03
    Oct
    2015
    7pm - 5pmGibsons, BC

    Whether it’s between forms/genres, languages, time frames, cultures/race, identities, or art forms, between-ness is a dynamic site for writing that involves the written word. You will do a series of exercises to identify, then experiment with, the greater potential in writing into and out of your narrative’s inherent between-ness.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/485075838333370/

     

  • Sat
    03
    Oct
    2015
    1-4pmClearbrook library

    I would like to invite you to participate in the Author Fest event on Saturday, October 3 from 1-4 in the Clearbrook library.  This event is for published/self published local(Lower Mainland)  authors and I am sure some of your members are writers. Please extend this invitation to all your members. We have limited number of tables, so please let me know by Tuesday, if you can spare some time. I would really appreciate your presence.

  • Sat
    03
    Oct
    2015
    2:00pm-4:30pmTerry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3B1

    A writing workshop with Vancouver Island-based freelance editor and romance writer, Lee McKenzie. The author of nine romance novels will discuss the general elements of
    romance writing, as well as the different types that publishers are looking for. Library registration appreciated: 604-927-7999

     

     

  • Thu
    08
    Oct
    2015
    10am-12pmLarge Studio, The Post at 750, 110-750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver BC, buzzer #100 at the door.

    The ABPBC will be hosting a two hour session with Brad Schmidt (Friesens Corporation), who will be sharing prepress tips and tricks to help streamline production operations. There will be a Q and A, so feel free to bring questions or topics that are of particular interest to you or your organization. The session is $20 (plus GST) per participant and is taking place from 10-12pm on Thursday, October 8.

    The ABPBC will invoice publishers after the session.  This seminar is eligible for one travel subsidy per firm covering half travel and one night’s accommodation for ABPBC members in good standing.

    Please email natalie@books.bc.ca to register.

  • Wed
    14
    Oct
    2015
    7pm-9pmAlliance for Arts and Culture, 100 - 938 Howe St, Vancouver V6Z1N9

    Back by popular demand, it's Canadian Authors Vancouver Open Mic Night. Twenty spots available. Registration required.

    http://canadianauthors.org/vancouver/programs/meetings/

    http://canadianauthors.org/vancouver/programs/meetings/

  • Thu
    15
    Oct
    2015
    Thu
    26
    Nov
    2015
    Online

    NEW ONLINE WORKSHOP! -- APPLICATION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30th, 11:59pm PST

    Poiesis is 6-week cross-genre generative writing workshop appropriate for individuals with all levels of experience in creative writing. Participants will be part of an intergenerational, innovative, and collaborative community that centers play, encourages experimentation, and fosters supportive space for risk-taking in the exploration of creative voice. Through this workshop we consider the aesthetic, beside ethics, and the crucial role of creative voice in the work of individual transformation, and collective liberation.

    Check here ( http://l.facebook.com/l/JAQFDy4Q8AQG8hg4ND4_73e8nkwC93phslJ7PA5rb4gFwWQ/wp.me/P3lKlh-dE) for full details!

  • Sat
    17
    Oct
    2015
    9:30am-NoonKyle Centre, 125 Kyle Street, Port Moody

    Presented by Debra Purdy Kong, this workshop is for you if you have ever considered setting a murder victim in a real hotel or using a public event for a scene in your book.
    When is the truth too much? When is it not enough? What are the risks you run as an author? How do you identify and manage the potential issues?
    Learn how to weigh the benefits against the drawbacks of incorporating well-known settings, people, and events in your fiction. Discover how to successfully blend them into compelling scenes for your novels and short stories. NB: Essential for CNF writers too.

    http://beaconlit.blogspot.ca/2015/09/balancing-lies-and-truth-in-fiction.html

     

  • Sun
    18
    Oct
    2015
    10:00 amBlind Bay Hall, 2510 Blind Bay Rd, Sorrento, BC

    Writing Home: A morning workshop with internationally best-selling author Gail Anderson-Dargatz, on writing fiction inspired by real life.

    http://www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca/cms/index.php/news

  • Tue
    20
    Oct
    2015
    7-9pmThe ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, British Columbia V2X 6G1

    Join Golden Ears Writers for this panel-style writers workshop. Young adult authors Denise Jaden, Dawn Ius Dalton, and Shari Green discuss finding and developing story ideas, and explore the world of re-tellings and re-imaginings. No charge to attend. Please
    RSVP at link or to citizen@shaw.ca

    http://www.facebook.com/events/1498844767097518/

  • Thu
    22
    Oct
    2015
    1pm-2pmCurious Coho Books Port Alberni BC

    LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRCaroline will be signing books at Curious Coho Books, 5039 Johnston Road in Port Alberni for an hour. Come in and meet the author and lighthouse
    keeper!

    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Thu
    22
    Oct
    2015
    7-9pmChar's Landing 4815 Argyle Street Port Alberni BC

    Caroline Woodward will present a 30 minute slideshow and LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRtalk about her book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper.
    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Fri
    23
    Oct
    2015
    Sun
    25
    Oct
    2015
    Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Surrey

    70+ workshops and panels over the three days. Four workshop sessions on the Friday and Saturday instead of three. You’ll be able to attend more sessions than ever before. This year’s prices will be identical to last year’s. group rate is already available at the hotel and bookings are well underway. Check out the information here. Writing contest now open to entries. This year, we’re concentrating on short fiction of all sorts, with our Storyteller’s Award. Details on our contest page. More info at www.siwc.ca

  • Fri
    23
    Oct
    2015
    7:30pm-9:30pmTofino Clayoquot Theatre Tofino BC

    Caroline Woodward will present a 30 minute slideshow and LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRtalk about her book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper.
    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Fri
    23
    Oct
    2015
    Sat
    24
    Oct
    2015
    7pm - 5pmVancouver's West End

    In this workshop, writers with a group of poems, several short stories or creative nonfiction pieces, and writers with a manuscript will learn The Layers’ Technique. This
    practical method—comprised of series of micro to macro layers of editing—is based on Betsy’s decades of working with other writers.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/844062505713702/

  • Sat
    24
    Oct
    2015
    7:30pm-9:30pmGeorge Fraser Room Ucluelet Community Centre Ucluelet BC

    Caroline Woodward will present a 30 minute slideshow and LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LRtalk about her book, Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper.
    www.carolinewoodward.ca

  • Sun
    25
    Oct
    2015
    10:00am-12:00pmEspresso Bar at the Kayak Shop 320 Main Street Tofino BC

    Clayoquot Writers Group  LightYears_DJ_CMYK_LR

    Writing Your Own Memoir: the Light & Dark Years with Caroline Woodward author of Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper Sunday, October 25th, 10 a.m.-12 noon
    Cost: $40 Maximum class size: 12  Register at Tofino Sea Kayaking in Tofino.

    www.carolinewoodward.ca

     

     

  • Thu
    05
    Nov
    2015
    Sun
    24
    Jan
    2016
    International, Open to everyone

    Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer or a short story, 5 pages maximum length, for a chance
    to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. Multiple entries are accepted. Visit our website for details on how to enter! Event Web Link: http://www.dreamquestone.com

  • Thu
    05
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 pmDjavad Mowafaghian Cinema SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

    Join us during the 2015 Community Summit for a special event during which Teju Cole and Eleanor Wachtel, host and co-founder of CBC Radio's Writers & Company, will explore Cole’s work, the power of cities, and the lure of literature. Tickets are free but registration is required, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2015-summit/open-city.html

  • Thu
    05
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 pmDjavad Mowafaghian Cinema SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

    Join us during the 2015 Community Summit for a special event during which Teju Cole
    and Eleanor Wachtel, host and co-founder of CBC Radio's Writers & Company, will explore Cole’s work, the power of cities, and the lure of literature. Tickets are free but registration is required, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2015-summit/open-city.html

  • Sat
    07
    Nov
    2015
    11am-3:30pm West End, Vancouver

    Whether you’re writing short or long, literary or genre fiction, for the stage, screen or web, your story needs a plot. We will discuss how to develop your character’s needs
    and desires into internal and external plots and use specific writing tools to focus your plot threads and embed your theme. Then we’ll explore causality and how it drives the plot and brings your story to  a satisfying end.

    We’ll explore the Hero’s Journey and use this effective storytelling structure to identify plotting problems and break down the elements and identify story structure’s strengths and weaknesses.

    Bring a pen and paper so we can focus your story ideas with specific writing tools and exercises and be prepared to share!

    By the end of the class, participants will understand character arc, how internal and external plots develop from your character’s desire and need, and how story structure affects plot, pace, and reader response. You’ll take away two excellent tools that focus your plot and kick writer’s block to the curb!

    Custom course materials will be provided.

    Fee: 65.00
    Length: 4 hours. 11-3:30 (half hour break for lunch BYOL)
    Event Web Link:
    https://kpara.wordpress.com/

  • Thu
    12
    Nov
    2015
    7pm-9pmAlliance for Arts and Culture, 100 - 938 Howe St, Vancouver V6Z1N9

    Join Patrick Taylor, M.D. as he tells the story of his writing career and reads from his tenth volume of the Irish Country series of books, An Irish Doctor In Love And At Sea (Forge Books October 2015).

     

    http://canadianauthors.org/vancouver/programs/meetings/

     

  • Sun
    15
    Nov
    2015
    ?The Rockinghorse Pub (1738 Sanders Rd, Nanoose Bay)

    There is a Nanaimo Area get-together coming up for FBCW members (though all are welcome!) November 15 at the Rockinghorse Pub in Nanoose Bay. There will be get togethers in Salt Spring, Tofino, Duncan - and maybe more as well, dates TBA. If you have a friend or relative who is not a member but would like to come along, that is okay. Everyone is welcome.
    The Rockinghorse Pub (1738 Sanders Rd, Nanoose Bay)  is off Northwest Bay Rd between the PetroCanada/Nanoose Bay exit on the TransCanada and the south-most Parksville Exit.

  • Tue
    17
    Nov
    2015
    9:00 amVancouver, BC

    Writers of all genres are welcomed to apply to Vancouver Manuscript Intensive 2016. Whether you have begun a manuscript, have a body of work that needs shaping into a manuscript, or have graduated from a writing program but haven’t resolved your manuscript—the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive is a comprehensive, tailored course
    developed specifically for your particular writing needs. During the program, you will have a top-notch mentor work with you on a one-on-one basis. Unique to VMI, we begin by assessing your entire manuscript or body of work. Many VMI alumni have then gone on to publish their books.

    http://vancouvermanuscriptintensive.com/home/

  • Wed
    18
    Nov
    2015
    12:00 pmTeck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings, Vancouver, BC

    Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique vibrant exchange of poetic
    ideas and cadence held the third Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 pm, in the Teck
    Gallery at Simon Fraser University's Harbour Centre Campus. This November, we
    welcome Clint Burnham & Jonina Kirton.

    https://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/upcoming-events/lunch-poe
    ms.html

  • Wed
    18
    Nov
    2015
    1:00 pmTeck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings, Vancouver, BC

    Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique vibrant exchange of poetic ideas and cadence
    held the third Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 pm, in the Teck Gallery at
    Simon Fraser University's Harbour Centre Campus. This November, we welcome
    Clint Burnham & Jonina Kirton.

    https://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/upcoming-events/lunch-poems.html

  • Fri
    20
    Nov
    2015
    10-2Coles Bookstore, Cherry Lane Mall, Penticton, BC

    I will be signing copies of my newly-published childrens' flipbook, "The Girl Who Only Turned Right / The Boy Who Only Turned Left". A wonderful Christmas gift for kids aged 4 to
    8.

  • Sat
    21
    Nov
    2015
    Sun
    22
    Nov
    2015
    Royal Roads University, Continuing Studies Program, Victoria BC

    A course  being given at Royal Roads University (Victoria), in their Continuing Studies Program, on how to Self Publish Your Book for Free.

    It's a 2 day course, based on the book Zero Cost Self Publishing (available on Amazon and other sites) and covers everything you need to know to self publish.  

    If any of your members have a book they’ve planned, have in progress or completed and would like to learn how to publish but need some direction on how to proceed, this course provides guidance from beginning to end. The result is the ability to publish a professional quality book, and make it available for sale on international markets. All at no cost.

    Course:         Self-Publishing Your Book For Free

    Given By:      Royal Roads University, Continuing Studies Program

    Location:       Victoria BC

    Dates:           November 21 and 22, 2015

    Cost:             $145 plus tax.

     

    Registration is now open and can be accessed at:

      http://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/self-publishing-your-book-for-free

     

    Or, if you have concerns about security, do a search for Royal Roads University and navigate to their Continuing Studies Courses. Their printed catalogue will be available at local libraries in mid September, or can be requested from the web site.

     

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  • Mon
    23
    Nov
    2015
    10:00 amNotch Hill Hall, 1639 Notch Hill Road

    Bring your fiction up to the next level in this one-week workshop led by internationally best-selling author Gail Anderson-Dargatz.

    http://www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca/cms/index.php/mentorships/notch-hill-workshop

  • Sat
    28
    Nov
    2015
    1:00 pmTBA

     

    Join Terry Ann Carter (Poet and paper artist, President of Haiku Canada,  Member of Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild) on November 28 for an all-day workshop in Japanese literary forms and book making. Perfect timing for small gift-books and holiday ornamentation! See examples of Terry Ann’s work at www.terryanncarter.com. In the morning session she will lead a writing retreat that explores the rich classical tradition and contemporary expression of haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun. The afternoon will offer a hands-on workshop in small book making: flutter and origami, mini match box, star. Each participant will leave with five books, to hold the poems created in the morning session.

    At a welcoming home on the scenic Gorge. Address supplied upon registration. Maximum 10 participants. Please use subject line PEP November workshop to register at wdonawa@uvic.ca  FEE: $50.00. A cheque will hold your place.

    Light refreshments provided. Terry Ann will provide basic papers. Please feel free to bring photographs and papery ephemera. CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds after November 20. Places may be transferred to someone else as long as Registration is notified by November 23.

  • Sat
    05
    Dec
    2015
    3:00 pmSalt Spring Isl. Library

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  • Wed
    16
    Dec
    2015
    12:00 pmTeck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC

    Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique vibrant exchange of poetic
    ideas and cadence held the third Wednesday of every month, noon to 1
    pm, in the Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University's Harbour Centre
    Campus. This December, we welcome Chris Turnbull & Roger
    Farr.
    Event Web Link:
    https://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/upcoming-events/lunch-poe
    ms.html

  • Thu
    31
    Dec
    2015

    Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the Red Tuque Books 2015 Short Story Writing Contest. The total prize money to be awarded is $1,000. The first, second and third place stories will be selected by accomplished writers. The Finalist judges for this competition have yet to be announced. See submission guidelines...


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