BC Literary Calendar

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  • Sun
    01
    Jan
    2017
    Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017

    Theatre BC’s annual playwriting competition deadline for online submissions is January 31st. Prizes include cash and one play to be work-shopped at ‘MainStage’, Theatre BC’s annual theatre festival finals.
    For details see: http://theatrebc.org/playwriting-competition/

  • Tue
    17
    Jan
    2017
    7PM-9PMThe ACT Arts Centre 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, British Columbia V2X 6G1

    Even if you don’t fight, you can write it. Learn which details of a fight scene are important, how to reveal character, interject world building and make it all super cool at the same time. Join martial artist and author Sandra Wickham for tips, dos and don’ts, lingo and practical demonstrations to learn how to write an effective and believable fight scene.

    Sandra acquired her black belt in martial arts in 2013 and is working toward her second degree black belt. She is also the organizer of the
    Creative Ink Festival - http://www.creativeinkfestival.com/ Find out more about Sandra here -http://www.sandrawickham.com/index.html

    This is an adult event, but older teenagers with an interest in writing are welcome. No young children, please. No charge to attend.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1112026695577267/

  • Wed
    25
    Jan
    2017
    6:30 am Vancouver Public Library
     Jan 25th, 2:30-4pm  "New Novelist’s Guide to Publishing” workshop with Elle Wild at the Vancouver Public Library.  Contact: Jenna Dufour, jenna.dufour@vpl.ca (*Registration required in advance.)
  • Wed
    25
    Jan
    2017
    2:30 pm350 West Georgia Street Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6B1

    Elle Wild joins Women in Film & Video Vancouver for a members’ screening of the book trailer for Strange Things Done, her debut novel.

    https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=new%20novelist's
    Phone: 604-331-3603

  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017
    5:00 pmThe Hive Emporium (Gabriola Island)

    Spring is in the Air! Little QR codes are appearing all over the island! That must mean that Poetry Gabriola will be holding its Annual General Meeting. Join us on Saturday, February 4th, 2017, at HIVE Emporium, starting at 5pm.

  • Sun
    05
    Feb
    2017
    2pm-4pmGorgeous Coffee 300 Gorge Road West Victoria

    Hear Diana Elizabeth Jones read from her debut novel The Bearer's Burden. Come and celebrate!

  • Mon
    06
    Feb
    2017
    Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017

    Words and Images: On-line Ekphrastic Writing workshop - REGISTER NOW

    Are you a writer with a strong interest in visual art? Or, are you an artist wanting to enrich your connection with writing?
    Learn about ekphrastic writing: writing about another art form; for example, music, dance, or painting. The writing may describe the work, but, more importantly, it seeks to enrich it. For this online workshop, participants will write about some selected pieces of art using varying approaches in different writing exercises. Once familiar with these approaches, participants will write about a favorite piece of art, their own creation, or someone else’s work. The Instructor will help the participant deepen and enhance their writing with suggestions. Both writers and artists will benefit, as this workshop encourages taking a fresh look at one's usual creative outlet.

    Instructor: Naomi Beth Wakan website | contact
    Four Weeks: February 6 to March 5, 2017
    Fee: $160 US
    Enrollment Limit: 8
    Naomi Beth Wakan is a personal essayist and the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo. She has authored over fifty books, most recently, On the Arts, a series of essays on various aspects of creativity based on pieces she has written for Still Point Arts Quarterly. She lives on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, Canada.
    TO REGISTER: https://www.shantiarts.co/workshops/workshops_register_wakan_ekphrastic.html

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pmThe Shoal Centre 10030 Resthaven Drive Sidney

    The Sidney and Peninsula Literary Society presents a reading with poets Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane that is sure to be a fascinating and inspiring evening.

    Doors open at 6:30 pm.

    Tickets $10 at Tanner’s Books or online
    http://www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca/

    All proceeds will go to support the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival.

  • Mon
    13
    Feb
    2017
    Mon
    20
    Mar
    2017
    1 PM - 3:30 PMMcMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville, BC

    Join this weekly workshop which continues for six weeks and learn how to get started writing your memoirs. Register early. This workshop always sells out.

    http://www.wordweaver.info/workshops.html

  • Tue
    21
    Feb
    2017
    7PM-9PMThe ACT Arts Centre 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, British Columbia V2X 6G1

    D.R. writes sweet and edgy young adult and new adult novels for Harper Collins and Entangled Publishing. This is an adult/older teen event. Those with an interest in writing are welcome. No young children, please.

    We meet in the lobby of The ACT Maple Ridge. There is no charge to attend and the lobby bar/concession is open.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1708077169482935/

  • Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pmVancouver Public Library - Central Branch - 350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

    Explore the many identities, cultures, sights, and scents of the West Coast with readings from three of its most promising young authors: Jen Sookfong Lee (The Conjoined), Carleigh Baker (Bad Endings) and Kevin A. Couture (The Lost Animal Club). Free -RSVP
    recommended.

    http://vanwritersfest.formstack.com/forms/incite

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017
    9:00am-3:30pmUFV Campus 33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission BC V2V 7B1

    How Dreams Influence Writing: Features workshops, speakers, readings and more. Presenters - Jordan Abel, Michelle Vandepol, Daniela Elza, Rob Taylor, Sylvia Taylor, and Robb Lucy.
    http://www.lifetimelearningcentre.org/events-by-type/writers-and-readers-festival/10th-annual-mission-writers-readers-festival/

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017
    7PM-9PMBC Alliance for Arts + Culture, 100-938 Howe Street, Vancouver V6Z 1N9

    Participants learn how to turn historical data into a riveting work of fiction, how to “interview” your characters, and what steps you need to release the story you’ve always wanted to tell. This writing intensive class is for writers at all levels. Come prepared to write!

    Cost: $10 at the door.

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

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017
    Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017
    Remote

    Lennox magazine is seeking submissions of all kinds! Regardless if you have been published or not we want to see your work. Lennox magazine is a Canadian magazine looking to bring together people from all walks of life to celebrate literature and the arts.

    www.lennoxthemagazine.com

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017
    Sun
    19
    Mar
    2017
    Swanwick Centre, Metchosin, BC

    A residential writing retreat in a beautiful natural setting. Your writing guides (Marie Maccagno and Janet Sheppard) use the Amherst Writers & Artists' Method for generating fresh writing and sharing our words in a powerful interactive process. Contact  maccagno.marie@gmail.com for more information

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017
    7PM-9PMShoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney

    The Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival Spring Reading Series continues with an evening with authors Tilar Mazzeo and C.C.
    Humphreys. Dr. Tilar Mazzeo is the author of numerous works of narrative nonfiction, and several of her books have been New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times bestsellers. Her latest book, Irena’s Children, is the remarkable history of a “female Schindler,” Irena Sendler (1910-2008), who saved more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis. Chris (C.C.) Humphreys is an actor and writer of historical novels.His newest book is Fire, a thrilling reimagining of the events of the 1666 Great Fire of London.
    http://www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca/

  • Mon
    20
    Mar
    2017
    Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017
    1:00 pmLoon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge, BC

    3-day, self-directed retreat for writers who are working on long projects and need time away from the routine. Single room and all meals included. Contact pandorabee1@gmail.com for more information.

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017
    Tue
    28
    Mar
    2017
    464 South Fletcher, Gibsons, BC

    Whether you plan to self-publish your writing or to send it to a publisher or agent, it first should be edited. Even if you hire an editor, a round of self-editing will make that person’s job easier—and less costly—and it will strengthen you writing voice. This workshop will show you how to unify your manuscript, streamline its language, and eliminate errors. The workshop looks at substantive editing, stylistic editing, copy editing, and voice development.  http://artsbuilding.org/events/writerly-art-of-self-editing/

  • Thu
    23
    Mar
    2017
    7PM-9PMThe ACT Arts Centre 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, British Columbia V2X 6G1

    Golden Ears Writers is very pleased to welcome back author Cathy Ace to our Lobby Night event (note that we are meeting on a THURSDAY this month). Cathy will be speaking about crime fiction subgenres.

    This is an adult/older teen event. Those with an interest in writing are welcome. No young children, please. We meet in the lobby of The ACT Maple Ridge. There is no charge to attend and the lobby bar/concession is open. Cash only.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1017141321754180

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017
    Sun
    02
    Apr
    2017
    12-6Delta Burnaby Hotel, 4331 Dominion Street Burnaby

    The Creative Ink Festival is a weekend long event for writers and readers of all levels and genres. Our Author Guests of Honour are Aurora Award-winning author Eileen Kernaghan and award-winning author Ken Scholes. The weekend includes workshops, presentations, panels, blue pencil critiques, pitch session, kaffeeklatches with our GoHs, readings and a dealer room. Come meet like-minded people, network, shop for great goodies, learn to improve your craft and get inspired.
    http://www.creativeinkfestival.com

  • Wed
    05
    Apr
    2017
    7-9 PMDarwin’s Cafe, Tofino Botanical Gardens, 1084 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino,

    C_V2 - Colour of Pride - 12x18 - 10pt 2In July of 1967, while attending the University of Windsor, David Floody watched from the Canadian shores of the Detroit River as the fires of racial hatred consumed the Motor City in a five-day riot. The Detroit he knew so well - where he saw Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Diana Ross and The Supremes, watched the play of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers - was wreathed in a pall black smoke whipped into  whirlwinds by Huey helicopter gunships above the sounds of machine gun fire and the sirens of fire engines and emergency vehicles. It was the most disturbing five days of his life and inspired The Colour of Pride.

    Storyline: A year after the 1967 Detroit race riot, white Canadian teen ballplayer, Frank Phelan, befriends and defends black teen ballplayer, Ellie Fitzgerald, from a racist bully and mounting prejudice at the 1968 World Series, while both strive get the autograph of their baseball idol, Al Kaline.
    Availability: The novel is available as paperback and ebook from Amazon and Amazon Kindle. More details are available from David Floody’s Facebook page and from his twitter feed @defloody. His new website will be launched at the same time at www.davidfloody.com.
    David is indebted to the Federation of BC Writers for their support.  250 725 1220.
  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    Sun
    09
    Apr
    2017
    Shatford Centre, Penticton BC

    Join us in beautiful Penticton! Our conference offers workshops, panel discussions, entertainment, blue pencil sessions and more. Chat with our stellar presenters (representing a broad range of experience in various aspects of the publishing industry) over meals—five included with registration. Only 100 seats available; register soon.

    www.facebook.com/OKWritersFest01/
    okanaganvalleywritersfestival.com

  • Mon
    24
    Apr
    2017
    5:30 pmThe Hive Emporium

    Spring is here and to celebrate National Poetry Month we are bringing back the open mic! Join us April 24 at The Hive, 5:30 PM. Our first open mic is featuring you! Bring one of your favorite poems by another poet and one of your own to read. Hosted by local poets Jill Talbot and PC Vandall. We hope at least some of you will choose a poet that is still alive (Jill and Pam have both chosen contemporary poems but you will have to come to find out which!) If you need any help finding a poem or have any ideas for the open mic, feel free to email Jill Talbot at talbotwriter@shaw.ca or post on our Facebook page. We would love to hear what you are planning for Poetry Month. If you come just as an audience member there may be a chance for you to send us your favorite poem to share online after
    the event.

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017
    Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017
    AnyNanaimo, BC

    blue pencil nanaimo poster April 2017

  • Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PMFirefighters Hall, 6515 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby, BC, Canada

    The BC Association of Travel Writers (BCATW) is pleased to present its 2017 Symposium, themed Luxury Travel - Writing in Style. The conference will explore the super-charged travel industry sector of 'Luxury’. BCATW 2017 will be held April 30, 2017 at the Firefighters Hall in Burnaby and is open to both BCATW members and non-member writers.

    The symposium will include a panel of lifestyle editors who will also engage in speed dating-style pitching sessions. There will also be breakout sessions on the topics of pitching, technology, and social media. The day includes a photo contest, Twitter contest, and drawings of numerous travel-related door prizes. The program runs from 11am to 5pm. Registration begins at 10am. Your ticket includes coffee and muffins in the morning, a full lunch buffet, and coffee and snacks in the afternoon.

    Following the event, we’ll go downstairs to party in the Firefighter’s Pub.

    http://bcatw.org/bcatw-2017-symposium-luxury-travel/

  • Sun
    07
    May
    2017
    Sun
    14
    May
    2017
    Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

    Muhlenberg is a small, private, four-year liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The city is served by Lehigh Valley International Airport. 

    Muhlenberg offers a variety of special amenities:

    • The air-conditioned dorms are located adjacent to the Student Union and classroom building where workshops will be held.
    • The award-winning dining hall provides a variety of options, and a café and snack bar offer between-meal options.
    • The Red Door is a private lounge in the basement of the Student Union that will be the site of our after-hour gatherings.

    Workshops

    30 workshops in all genres; critique groups, in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; and a community salon:

    Be Your Own Personal Prophet: Create Vibrant Writing Prompt Cards in a Mixed-Media Workshopwith Suzi Banks Baum

    Plot, Structure, and the Map of Opportunity with Lynne Barrett

    The Screenplay: An Original or Adapted from Another Medium with Linda Bergman

    The Final Edit: Advanced Writing Seminar with Pat Carr

    Listening to Your Life with Heather Summerhayes Cariou

    The Use of Ritual in Creating the New Narrative of Compassionate Inclusion with Alyce Smith Cooper

    Making Spaces/Going Places: Getting Published with Mary Beth Coudal

    Writing and Producing Your Ten-Minute Play or Monologue for the Stage with Kelly DuMar

    The Changing Face of Publishing with April Eberhardt

    What Kinds of Fools (or Shamans!) Are We? with Lisa Freedman

    Diving into the Wreck: Writing about Pain, Loss, and Other Difficult Subjects with Janice Gary

    What Are Women Writing about Anyway? with June Gould

    WRITUALS: The Power and Spirit of Authentic Writing with Dorothy Randall Gray

    eKpHrAsIs: Visual Art as Spaces for Poetry with Marj Hahne

    The Evolution of the Modern Memoir with Maureen Murdock

    Love Is in the Air! Writing the Romance Novel with Cathleen O’Connor

    When a Woman Writes: Opening Our Eyes, Ears, and Hearts to the Power of Our Words with Jan Phillips

    Inviting the Image to Speak: Writing from SoulCollage® Cards with Judith Prest

    Writing in the Mythological Voice: Elevating the Mundane into Myth with Natalie Reid

    Meditate and Create with Nina Ayin Remier

    Raising the Decibel of Women's Voices with Mel Ryane

    Writing as a Goddess: World-Building & Other Elements of Genre Fiction with Paula Chaffee Scardamalia

    The Writer at Work: Old Words and New with Eunice Scarfe

    The Wonder of Words: Writing for Your Life with Linda Leedy Schneider

    The Poetry of Time and Place with Myra Shapiro

    Songs: Crafting a Marriage with Words and Music with Arielle Silver

    How to Google Your Own Brain: Using Imaging to Jump-Start Your Writing with Marylou Kelly Streznewski

    Ready, Set, Go! with Carren Strock

    Words Matter: Writing from Your Truth with Susan Tiberghien

    Stories to Change the World: Writing Your Truth with Pamela Varkony

    Creating with Comedy with Anne Walradt

    Writing for Racial Healing salon with Connie Garcia-Barrio and Linda Wisniewski

    Basic Daily Schedule

    7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
    9:00 am - 10:30 am Session 1 Workshops
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm Session 2 Workshops
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Session 3 Workshops
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Session 4 Workshops
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Open Readings (Monday will feature the Writing for Racial Healing salon and an open studio with Suzi Banks Baum)
     

    Registration Packages

    Each package has different pricing for members and nonmembers. Want to join? Need to renew your membership? Please do so here BEFORE registering for this event to enjoy member pricing.
     
    Entire Event: Includes seven nights, six days, twenty meals, all workshops, critiques, salons, open readings, and book fairs. Check in Friday, July 7 (beginning at 2:00 pm) and check out Friday, July 14 by 10:00 am.
     
    Long Weekend Package (Friday-Monday): Includes three nights (including Opening Night), four days, nine meals (Friday dinner through Monday lunch). Check in Friday, July 7 (beginning at 2:00 pm) and check out Monday, July 14 (out of room by 10:00 am). Registrants can attend all workshops and other conference activities on Monday (check-out day).
     
    Commuter Daily Rate: Includes all workshops and activities for that day, as well as Opening Night admission, Friday, July 7. Meals not included, but breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be purchased onsite. To register for multiple days, contact us.

    Housing: Room Options

    1) Single in a suite of four singles with shared bath, kitchenette, and sitting area.

    OR

    2) Double with private bath and shared common areas (kitchenette and lounge). 

    OR

    3) Private room with private bath and shared common areas (kitchenette and lounge).

    All rooms are air-conditioned. First-come/first-served in choosing room options; singles in a suite of four are limited in number; a limited number of singles with private bath are available for the week, for an additional $350 fee. During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to propose a roommate (double) or roommates (suite). Requests for suite mates cannot be guaranteed but will be honored to the best of our ability.

    Cancellation Policy

    Until May 7 - Full refund minus $75 admin fee
    May 8 - June 7 - 50% refund
    After June 7 - No refund

    Contact Information

    Questions regarding the conference, registration, or technical issues? Email Marj atiwwgquestions@gmail.com.

  • Thu
    18
    May
    2017
    1-2:30 PM103, 318 Wale Road, Colwood

    A writing workshop linking art and words that will give writers and artists a deeper understanding of their craft and a fresh approach to looking at and writing about works of art.

    http://www.coastcollective.ca/classes-1/open-studio

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017
    Sun
    21
    May
    2017
    7:00 PM - 2:30 PMPRESTIGE HOTEL ,SALMON ARM BC

    14 GREAT PRESENTERS, PATRICK TAYLOR/GAIL ANDERSONDARGATZ/JACQUEILINE GUEST/ SHERI-D WILSON/ MYRNA KOSTASH/THERESA KISHKAN/CEA SUNRISE PERSON/ANNA COMFORT O'KEEFFE/HALLI LILBURN/& MORE24

    24 WORKSHOPS. READINGS @ CAFE LIT ON 19TH. BANQUET & ENTERTAINMENT BY PRESENTERS 20TH, SPEED MEET PRESENTERS, 20TH CONVERSATION WITH JOHN VAILLANT 21ST. COOL PRIZE DRAW FOR EARLY REGISTRATIONS. GREAT PRICE! WE EVEN FEED YOU LUNCH BREAKFAST. SORRY, YOU HAVE TO BUY THE BANQUET, THOUGH. 🙁

    www.wordonthelakewritersfestival.com

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017
    Sun
    21
    May
    2017
    7:00PM - 2:30PMPRESTIGE HOTEL, SALMON ARM BC

    14 GREAT PRESENTERS, PATRICK TAYLOR/GAIL ANDERSONDARGATZ/JACQUEILINE GUEST/ SHERI-D WILSON/ MYRNA KOSTASH/THERESA KISHKAN/CEASUNRISE PERSON/ANNA COMFORT O'KEEFFE/HALLI LILBURN/& MORE.

    24 WORKSHOPS.
    READINGS @ CAFE LIT ON 19TH.
    BANQUET & ENTERTAINMENT BY PRESENTERS 20TH,
    SPEED MEET PRESENTERS, 20TH
    CONVERSATION WITH JOHN VAILLANT 21ST.
    COOL PRIZE DRAW FOR EARLY REGISTRATIONS.
    GREAT PRICE!
    WE EVEN FEED YOU LUNCH BREAKFAST. SORRY YOU HAVE TO BUY THE BANQUET
    THOUGH. 🙁

    www.wordonthelakewritersfestival.com

  • Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017
    Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017
    Knox Hall, New Denver, BC

    The 2017 Convergence Writers' Weekend in New Denver, B.C. will feature talks and workshops by B.C. writer Gary Geddes and Alberta author Carolyn Pogue. This year's theme is "We will not be separated," how writing can unify a community. Registration deadline 1 June; for feedback on writing by Geddes, deadline is May 19. Registration: $45 plus GST.

    http://widespot.ca/convergence-writers-weekend/

  • Fri
    23
    Jun
    2017
    Mon
    03
    Jul
    2017
    La Romita School of Art, Terni, Umbria, Italy

    In this ten-day poetry writing retreat you will be inspired in structured writing sessions through the poems of master poets and
    other creative prompts to write unexpected poems that stretch you as a writer. And what better place to be stretched than Italy – its
    sights, sounds, smells and tastes - which you will discover through our many out trips from our home base - La Romita School of Art.

    Open to writers of all levels of experience this retreat will take care to maintain a constructive balance between facilitated writing
    sessions, lots of quiet times for writing and our out trips to some of the remarkable places near and far-near from La Romita including,
    Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto and some of the many towns that dot the hilltops of Umbria, each with their own special features and
    histories.
    Facilitator Profile

    Richard Osler lives in Duncan, on Vancouver Island, Canada, where he
    leads more than 100 poetry writing workshops/retreats a year as a
    poetry facilitator at an addiction recovery centre and in other
    locations with writers in Canada and the U.S. Since November 2010 he
    has written a poetry blog (recoveringwords.com) on average twice a
    month.

  • Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017
    1-4 PM646 Langford Street

    Join us for a cozy afternoon workshop with Trillium award-winning author Pasha Malla in the study of a classic Victoria Heritage home. 646 Langford Street.

  • Thu
    06
    Jul
    2017
    8:00 pm Cottage Bistro

    HEIDI GRECO, author of Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart, heads a great lineup of TWS students and alumni and local and touring authors reading poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Click the Website button for full playbill details.

    https://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/events/2017/07/tws-reading-series.html

  • Wed
    13
    Sep
    2017
    7PM-9PMBC Alliance for Arts + Culture, Suite 100, 938 Howe Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 1N9

    Russ Froese is an award-winning Journalist/Producer, and Canadian Red Cross Communications Delegate. He was a spokesperson and communications specialist in the disaster zone of Banda Aceh Indonesia after the 2004 earthquake and tsunami. From the perspective of a seasoned journalist, Russ will describe the process of getting the story out.

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

  • Fri
    22
    Sep
    2017
    Sun
    24
    Sep
    2017
    7pm-11amMary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC The Sidney and Peninsula

    Literary Festival, September 22-24, 2017 Join fourteen renowned Canadian authors who will engage book lovers with readings from their works, panel discussions, and writing workshops. For further information and tickets please visit www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca.

    The Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival, September 22-24, 2017 Join fourteen renowned Canadian authors who will engage book lovers with readings from their works, panel discussions, and writing workshops.

    For further information and tickets please visit www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca.

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    12:30pm - 4:30pmKelowna, BC

    Michelle Barker, author of 4 books and a popular workshop presenter will show you how to organize your draft with strong elements of the structure. Join us at The Rotary Centre for the Arts.

    The Word Guild - Okanagan/Shuswap

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    5:00 pmThe Rotary Centre for the Arts

    Beginnings, Middles, and Ends; Elements of Structure presented by author of four books and popular presenter: Michelle Barker

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    10:00 pm204-450 Lansdowne Street, Kamloops

    There are so many books published each year, both through self-publishing and traditional publishers. How does an author connect with agents, publishers and readers or get noticed in the ocean of social media posts? Gail Anderson-Dargatz will talk about approaches that have helped her books become national and international bestsellers.
    $20
    www.kamloopswritersfestival.com

  • Sun
    01
    Oct
    2017
    2:00 pmMaple Ridge, BC - The ACT - 11944 Haney Place

    Join us October 1st from 10:30am to 3:30pm at The ACT for a festival celebrating the written word. It's an all-day event complete with workshops, manuscript evaluations, and a lively discussion about reading and Canadian authors over afternoon tea.

    There is no charge for workshops, manuscript evaluations or interaction in the lobby. Afternoon Tea tickets are available for $5 through The ACT.

    https://www.theactmapleridge.org/buy-tickets/other-presentations/great-canadian-author-tea/

    https://www.facebook.com/events/299953727141852/

  • Thu
    05
    Oct
    2017
    8:00PM-10:00PMCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver

    MARIE MACCAGNO has been writing since she could make pencil squiggles on paper. She has an abiding curiosity and desire to explore. After walking the Camino de Santiago, Marie followed a path to reclaim her voice.
    See playbill: http://bit.ly/2wQyJVd

    https://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs/the-writer

  • Wed
    11
    Oct
    2017
    7-9 PMBC Alliance for Arts and Culture, 100 - 938 Howe Street, Vancouver

    This author will discuss her books and film about Canadian Mennonite social history, based on letters, interviews, diaries and memoir. Many of the letters were written from Stalin's gulag in the 1930s to recipients in rural Saskatchewan.

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

  • Mon
    16
    Oct
    2017
    Mon
    20
    Nov
    2017
    1-3:30 PMMcMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville, B.C.

    Join this six-week workshop led by the Past President of the Storytellers of Canada, Marva Blackmore. Classes start on Monday, October 16 from 1:00 to 3:30 and continue every Monday until November 20. The registration fee of $175 includes ALL materials.
    Register at www.eventbrite.ca

    http://wordweaver.info/workshops.html

  • Mon
    16
    Oct
    2017
    Mon
    20
    Nov
    2017
    1-3:30 PMMcMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville, B.C.

    Join this six-week workshop led by the Past President of the Storytellers of Canada, Marva Blackmore. Classes start on Monday, October 16 from 1:00 to 3:30 and continue every Monday until November 20. The registration fee of $175 includes ALL materials.
    Register at www.eventbrite.ca.

    http://wordweaver.info/workshops.html

  • Tue
    17
    Oct
    2017
    1-2:30 PM 103, 318 Wale Road, Colwood

    This workshop explores how you can go beyond "artspeak" to present an open honest statement of your current work, or of the work you intend to do in the future.

    classes@coastcollective.ca

  • Tue
    17
    Oct
    2017
    3:45 pm2916 McBride Ave, Crescent Beach

  • Tue
    17
    Oct
    2017
    7PM-9PMThe ACT Arts Centre, Lobby 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, British Columbia V2X 6G1

    Live Action Anonymous Critique with editors Lesley Cameron, Jenn Landels, Susan Pieters, and slush reader & editorial assistant Cassandra Schoeber.

    A panel of editors will provide short, verbal feedback on anonymous first pages which will all be read aloud.

    The editors will discuss their impressions: what works, what doesn't work and suggestions for improvement. Bring the first page or two of your manuscript. Selections will be drawn randomly. (see link for more information)

    https://www.facebook.com/events/126333988023741

  • Fri
    20
    Oct
    2017
    7PM-9PMShoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, BC V8L 3G4

    An Evening with Frances Backhouse and Ian Gibbs hosted by the Sidney & Peninsula Literary Society. Tickets $10 at Tanner Books, on line or at the door.

    Event Web Link:  http://www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca/tickets/

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017
    2:00 - 3:30 PM 150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

    This workshop explores how you can go beyond "artspeak" to present an open, honest statement of your current work, or the work you intend to do in the future.

    artlab@nanaimogallery.ca

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    7 to 8:30 p.m. Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC

    Presented by Pandora's Collective and Britannia Branch Sponsored by the Telus.  Carmen Aguirre will be reading passages from both of her memoirs.
    Something Fierce, won the 2012 CBC Canada Reads contest and was a #1 national bestseller. Mexican Hooker #1, is a powerful, heartfelt and grippingly honest
    memoir.  Free Admission

    http://www.pandorascollective.com/community-event-listings.html

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Parksville, B.C.

    The most honoured storyteller in the United States will mesmerize you with stories that will speak to your heart.  Advance tickets available at the McMillan Arts Centre (250-248-8185)  or on-line at www.mcmillanartscentre.com.
    Only $18.

    http://talesforthetelling.org/tales-for-the-telling.html

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    7PM-9:30PMParksville, B.C.

    The most honoured storyteller in the United States will mesmerize you with stories that will speak to your heart.  Advance tickets available at the McMillan Arts Centre (250-248-8185) or on-line at www.mcmillanartscentre.com. Only $18.

    http://talesforthetelling.org/tales-for-the-telling.html

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    10:00 - 4:00McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville, B.C.

    Learn from the most honoured storyteller in the United States about the elements that build a story into a memorable reading or listening experience. This workshop will be of most interest to people writing either fiction or personal narrative or storytellers crafting stories for oral performance.

    Register on www.eventbrite.ca. Registration Fee is only $150.

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    10:00 - 4:00McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville, B.C.

    Learn from the most honored storyteller in the United States about the elements that build a story into a memorable reading or listening experience. This workshop will be of most interest to people writing either fiction or personal narrative or storytellers crafting stories for oral performance.

    Register on www.eventbrite.ca. Registration Fee is only $150.

  • Sun
    29
    Oct
    2017
    2:00 - 3:30 PM 2687 James street, Duncan

    A workshop to inspire you to get going, help you find where to begin, and suggest how you can shape those memories. Whether it's for yourself, your children, or your grandchildren, it's so important to get the past recorded.

    crone562003@yahoo.com

  • Thu
    02
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

    Nilofar Shidmehr, poet, teacher, author of four books and Writer-in-Residence for the City of Richmond, heads a great lineup of TWS students and alumni and local and touring authors reading poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Visit the website button for full playbill details.

    https://author.sfu.ca/cf#/content/sfu/continuing-studies/events/2017/11/tws-reading-series1.html

  • Fri
    03
    Nov
    2017
    Sun
    05
    Nov
    2017
    5:30 PM - 11:30 AM Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie

    Retreat leader Naomi Lewis will lead two writing workshops, and (as long as you can resist the other amenities) there will be plenty of time to write. Participants will stay in beautiful condo style apartments, enjoy gourmet meals, and have access to an optional yoga class and a guided hike.

    goo.gl/8ZeDvC

  • Wed
    08
    Nov
    2017
    7PM-9PMBC Alliance for Arts and Culture, 100 - 938 Howe Street, Vancouver

    Many author submissions go unanswered, but changing tactics can lead to more positive results. It helps to recognize when an opening is offered by publishers, editor, or agent, and know how to respond. This is an insider’s look at how to approach the gatekeepers in the publishing world.

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

  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017
    Mon
    13
    Nov
    2017
    7777 Mission Rd, Cranbrook, BC

    Celebrate the Craft

    November 9-13, 2017

    This November, St. Eugene will host their second writers' conference gathering award-winning Canadian authors to lead three and four-day workshops for writers at all levels. The St. Eugene Resort is perfectly suited for this sort of working writing retreat. Running from November 9 through the 13, Remembrance Day weekend, the Conference is an opportunity for BC writers to study and benefit from nationally established writers and gather with like-minded peers.

    The conference is a “working” conference with small groups of writers spending the time with a single leader. Writers present their work and the group makes specific comments on how the piece might be improved. The next day the process repeats. And a third day.

    The comments, directed by the leader, come from peers. Everyone is seeking to develop a stronger writing craft. With the support and guidance of the leader, progress is tangible. There will be workshops in fiction/non-fiction, screenwriting, poetry, a manuscript review workshop for writers with a long piece under way and a Finding Your Voice session for emerging writers.

    The workshop leaders bring depth and knowledge of writing to the groups. The poetry leader, Tom Wayman has over 20 published poetry collections, a novel and a couple of short story collections. Sioux Browning, leading the screenwriting session, is on the faculty of UBC and has numerous productions to her credit. Deryn Collier with her successful mystery series will be showing fiction/non-fiction writers how to develop and sustain tension in their writing. For emerging writers, Keith Liggett will lead his Finding Your Voice workshop.

    The last day of the Conference, Monday, November 13, will be a Self-Publishing workshop. Special guest Randy Morse, former President of the Alberta Publishers Association, authors and small press publishers will take participants from a finished manuscript through putting a book on a bookstore shelf. From raw pages to readings, this day will be a must for anyone looking to self-publish and jump-start their book sales.

    The St. Eugene Writers Conference is one of the new series of cultural events being held at St. Eugene Resort/. In late August, the resort hosted a Long Table Dinner in the courtyard. Over 140 guests enjoyed a multi-course dinner with paired wines.

    Look for more regional cultural events in the future at St. Eugene Resort.

    For more details on the St. Eugene Writers Conference:

    www.steugenewriters.ca

    Or contact:

    Keith Liggett                                       Jessica Britton

    Conference Director                            Marketing & Digital Media Manager

    t.keith.liggett@gmail.com                    jbritton@steugene.ca

     

     

  • Sun
    19
    Nov
    2017
    2pm-4pmSimon Fraser University HC, 515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver V6B 5K3

    Stephen Leacock, a Canadian political scientist, was once the most famous English-speaking humorist in the world. His light humour and his penetrating sketches still evoke laughter in contemporary audiences. Join Paul Conway and Leslie Robbins-Conway of VoyageurStorytelling.ca for an entertaining afternoon with a Leacock Talk-and-Tell for authors, writers, and storytellers.

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

  • Sun
    19
    Nov
    2017
    2pm-4pmSimon Fraser University HC, 515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver V6B 5K3

    Stephen Leacock, a Canadian political scientist, was once the most famous English-speaking humorist in the world. His light humour and his penetrating sketches still evoke laughter in contemporary audiences. Join Paul Conway and Leslie Robbins-Conway of Voyageur Storytelling.ca for an entertaining afternoon with a Leacock Talk-and-Tell for authors, writers, and storytellers.

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

  • Fri
    24
    Nov
    2017
    7:00 pmShoal Activity Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, BC V8L 3G4

    Travel through the mysteries of nature in our National Parks with North Saanich poet, Ulrike Narwani. Join former park ranger George Mercer who will read from his compelling mystery/suspense stories set deep in Canada's wooded parklands.

    http://www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca/ticket-fall-readings/

  • Fri
    24
    Nov
    2017
    7:00 pmShoal Activity Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, BC V8L 3G4

    Travel through the mysteries of nature in our National Parks with North Saanich poet, Ulrike Narwani. Join former park ranger George Mercer who will read from his compelling mystery/suspense stories set deep in Canada's wooded parklands.

    http://www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca/ticket-fall-readings/

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018
    Ends MidnightSalmon Arm, BC

    Contestants may submit original unpublished works in the following categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. First place winners will receive a cash prize of $150 plus a 2018 conference package, Saturday Night Award Ceremony ticket and be published in the Askew's Foods’ Word on the Lake Anthology which will be available at the festival and after the Festival through Bookingham Palace Books, Salmon Arm BC.

    wordonthelakewritersfestival.com

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    8:00PM-10:00PMVancouver, Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street

    Award-winning filmmaker, spoken word poet and mental health activist Kagan Goh heads a great line-up of TWS students, alumni and local and touring authors reading poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Full playbill details available on the website.

    http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/events/2017/12/tws-r
    eading-series1.html

  • Sat
    23
    Dec
    2017
    Mon
    25
    Dec
    2017
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PMGaliano Oceanfront Inn and Spa 134 Madrona Drive Galiano Island

    An intimate festival featuring readings and writing workshops for book lovers.

    https://galianoliteraryfestival.wordpress.com


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