BC Literary Calendar

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  • 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    Contestants may submit original unpublished works in the following categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.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

  • Wed
    10
    Jan
    2018
    7PM-9PMVancouver Alliance for: BC Alliance for Arts and Culture 938 Howe Street

    Writers know pitching a story is a challenge. Margo Bates, writer, and alumna of Erma Bombeck Humour Writers Workshop will teach participants how to confidently get a story across in the time available, whether it’s one, five, or ten minutes.

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

  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2018
    Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018
    1:00- 3:30 PMProvidence Farm, Duncan, BC

    Ready to record the important events of your life, but need some encouragement? This 6-week class will provide an inspiring and supportive environment to get you started. A certified Guided Autobiography instructor will provide engaging exercises and themes to help bring your memories vividly to life.
    http://www.redbirdmemoirs.com/workshops

  • Fri
    16
    Feb
    2018
    5:00 pm Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, BC, V8L3G4

    Monique Gray Smith’s book, Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, explores how Canada’s relationship with
    Indigenous people has suffered as a result of the Residential School system. The other journey was that of a young man who set out to travel through the mountains three hundred years ago. When his remains were discovered, First Nations elders called the discovery Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį (Long Ago Person Found). Richard Hebda’s book, Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį: Long Ago Person Found is a portrait of the man and his world.

    http://www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca/tickets/

  • Sun
    18
    Feb
    2018
    12:30 pm90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G4

    An opportunity to write, chat, and share. We're still deciding the best exercises for our little monthly gatherings, but as a group, we decide whether to do writing prompts, write our own projects, or discuss publishing and ideas. See you soon!

  • Sun
    18
    Feb
    2018
    3:00 pmCates Hill Chapel, 661 Carter Rd, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G0

    Join award-winning historical novelist Carol M. Cram in celebrating the launch of her third book, The Muse of Fire, which completes her trilogy of works about women in the arts. There'll be readings, refreshments... and a few surprises!

  • Sun
    18
    Feb
    2018
    3:00 pmCates Hill Chapel, 661 Carter Rd, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G0

    Join award-winning historical novelist Carol M. Cram in celebrating the launch of her third book, The Muse of Fire, which completes her trilogy of works about women in the arts. There'll be readings, refreshments... and a few surprises!

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018
    Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018
    1:00 - 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

  • Wed
    07
    Mar
    2018
    2:00 pmVancouver Island Regional Library (Harbourfront), Nanaimo, 90 Commercial Street, V9R 5G4

    Join Al for a book launch celebrating his newest novel-- the Haida Gwaii Detour! Presented by VIRL Harbourfront and Sponsored by the Federation of BC Writers.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/140935016602407/

  • Wed
    07
    Mar
    2018
    7:00 pmVictoria Public Library Central Branch, 735 Broughton,

    Andrew Struthers is an energetic and entertaining writer on topical issues.  His latest book, 'Sacred Herb/The Devil’s Weed' (2017) explores the hazy truths and half-baked misconceptions surrounding cannabis. He paints a hilarious portrait of the world’s most misunderstood plant and its faithful users. Andrew's 'The Green Shadow' (1995) chronicled clearcut logging protests in Clayoquot Sound and won a National Magazine Award in its original serialized form.

    Mr. Struthers has four books currently in print and a fifth on the way. www.newstarbooks.com.
    His YouTube video 'Spiders on Drugs' has been viewed approximately one hundred million times (YouTube channel Apeman888). Andrew is presently shooting a feature film in his living room, and is hoping to poach our audience for likely actors for this current movie project. He is also looking for an old telephone switchboard.

    7 pm on Wednesday March 7th.
    Victoria Public Library
    Central Branch, 735 Broughton,
    Victoria writers' Society
    http://victoriawriters.ca/

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018
    2:00 pmWhite Room Studio, 4 Church St, V9R 5H4

    Join Nanaimo's Al Cool for the release of his latest novel, The Haida Gwaii Detour! Featuring readings, refreshments, and live music by Ben Zyakin. Come celebrate!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/190387158375610/

  • Mon
    12
    Mar
    2018
    3:00 pm12854-17 Avenue, Surrey, BC V4A 1T5

    Come meet Taslim Burkowicz, Jennifer Honeybourn, and Simon Choa-Johnston. Listen to the writers read a passage from their book. Stay to learn about the novels, the writing process, and the publication experience. At the end of the event you can mingle with the authors, get autographs, and buy a book.
    https://surreylibraries.ca/events/authors-among-us-0?eventdate=Mon%20Mar%2012%20|%206:30%20pm

  • Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018
    12:30 pm90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G4

    An opportunity to write, chat, and share. We're still deciding the best exercises for our little monthly gatherings, but as a group, we decide whether to do writing prompts, write our own projects, or discuss publishing and ideas. See you soon!

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018
    2:30 - 4:30Chameleons Rest #3-220 West Island Hwy Parksville at Mcmillan

    Bring some 3-minute poetry/prose to read. Celebrate the return of the light by getting to know other writers.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018
    5:00 pm Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, BC V8L 3G4

    Spring Reading Series: An Evening with Margriet Ruurs and Bill Gaston Margriet Ruurs' book "Stepping Stones" tells the story of Rama and her family who were forced to flee from the dangers of civil war.  Bill Gaston will read from his new book "A Mariner's Guide to Self Sabotage".

    http://www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018
    6:30 to 8:30pmThe Silk Purse Arts Centre 1570 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 1A1

     

    Pandora's Collective Presents
    A warm environment, writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Great for beginners or seasoned writers. Get past the inner critic by writing ten to fifteen minutes on each prompt. See what you can whip up. 4th Tuesday of every month
    Host: Fran Bourassa
    Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
    Location: The Silk Purse Arts Centre
    1570 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 1A1
    Contact: Fran at fbourassa@hotmail.com
    www.pandorascollective.com

     

  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018
    Thu
    03
    May
    2018
    1:00 - 3:30 PMUnitarian Hall, Nanaimo, 150 Townsite Rd

    Ready to record the important events of your life, but need some encouragement? This 6-week class will provide an inspiring and supportive environment to get you started. A certified Guided Autobiography instructor will provide engaging exercises and themes to help bring your memories vividly to life.

    http://www.redbirdmemoirs.com/workshops

  • Tue
    03
    Apr
    2018
    6:30 pmNanaimo North Library

    Coastal sands bleached with bones, and stream banks veined with gold
    http://www.lawrencewinkler.com/the-bolthole/

  • Tue
    03
    Apr
    2018
    7:00 pmBook Warehouse on Main and 25th!

    Just letting you know that there is a reading from Love Me True, the anthology of engaging personal narratives and poems by award-winning and Lam and Jane Silcott notable writers that I co-edited (and contributed to) with Jane Silcott on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 pm at Book Warehouse on Main and 25th!

    The very diverse collection covers same-sex marriage, the decision NOT to get married, ambivalence, abuse, mental illness, snoring (!), arranged marriage, the effect of the death of a child, adultery and much more.

    Vancouver poet laureate Rachel Rose, Monica Meneghetti (on polyamory, recently nominated for a Lambda), Mandy Len Catron (about anniversaries, of New York Times fame!) and Gina Woolsey (about loss faced with a dying partner) will read from their terrific pieces. (Jane and I will read humorous and moving work by other contributors, such as Michael Crummey (on sex when you have young kids to tend to), Lorna Crozier (sex as a senior citizen), as we already read our own pieces at the Feb 14 VPL event earlier.)

  • Tue
    03
    Apr
    2018
    7:00 pmMilkcrate Records, 527 Lawrence Ave, Kelowna
  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018
    6:30 - 8:00 pm White Rock Library on Buena Vista Avenue. 15342 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock, BC V4B 1Y6

    We provide writing prompts and encourage people to take the challenge. Emphasis is on exercising the right brain in a safe environment – sharing is optional.
    Host: Karen Shaw
    Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
    Location: White Rock Library on Buena Vista Avenue.
    15342 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock, BC V4B 1Y6
    (604) 541-2201
    Contact: pcwhiterock@yahoo.ca
    www.pandorascollective.com
    Karen Shaw, chezshaw2013@gmail.com

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018
    7:00 pmPort Theatre, 125 Front St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6Z4

    Nanaimo and Ladysmith high school students read their poems from The Elder Project and Who We Are initiatives.

    With Nanaimo Poet Laureate Tina Biello

    http://www.bcwriters.ca/

    http://www.porttheatre.com/events/apr-2018/federation-bc-writers-presents-every-word-has-spirit/

  • Thu
    05
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018
    University Theatre, ADM 026, 1138 Alumni Ave, UBCO Campus, Kelowna

    Thursday, April 5 to 6, at 7 p.m. Saturday April 7, 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, April 8 2 p.m.

    Here and Now: The only way to fly is to stand still!

    A show created by UBC Okanagan performance students about the art of living in your own story. An evening of movement, music, poetry and small (but wide) moments. This show is suitable for all ages.

    University Theatre, ADM 026, 1138 Alumni Ave, UBCO Campus, Kelowna

    Tickets $5 at the door or contact Denise Kenney: denise.kenney@ubc.ca

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/158123544886374/

  • Thu
    05
    Apr
    2018
    1:00 pmThe Nanaimo Museum, 100 Commercial St

  • Thu
    05
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 - 9:30 PMCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street

    Award–winning novelist, journalist, and short story writer Timothy Taylor heads a terrific line–up of TWS alumni and new and emerging local authors, who will be sharing published and unpublished works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Visit the website to see the full playbill.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mhoPwgxGfdRXdo7tcspeRZcTKtkjAzpM

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018
    6:00 PM - 1:00 PMShatford Centre, 760 Main Street, Penticton

    Starting a writing project, looking for a home for your writing, or setting new goals? Join us! What really sets our conference apart is access to the presenters: connect with authors, editors, and publishing professionals at breaks between sessions and during the meals and social events. Prepare to be inspired.

    https://okanaganvalleywritersfestival.com/

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018
    Saxe Point, Victoria, BC

    April 8 // May 6 // June 17 // July 8 // August 19: Writers' Refuge in Esquimalt with Deepam Wadds - A full day for those who long to write - skilled or inexperienced - to dive deep into writing practice. The morning begins with muffins and hot drinks, introductions, followed by unique prompts to inspire spilled ink. Participants have the opportunity to share selected pieces of their freshly generated work for supportive feedback.

    After lunch (provided) participants have the afternoon to work on a project, continue working on one of their new pieces or refresh themselves by the Salish Sea at Saxe Point Park. The afternoon concludes with readings of chosen pieces to receive encouraging feedback. For more information: https://wp.me/P5lAix-zp

     

     

  • Tue
    10
    Apr
    2018
    3:00 pmVancouver Library--Hastings Branch 2674 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z6

    2nd Tuesdays of every month, Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. 10 -15 minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. L

    Hosts: Leanne Boschman & Jami Macarty
    Contact: blnish@pandorascollective.com

  • Wed
    11
    Apr
    2018
    6:30 pm90 Commercial Street Nanaimo, BC

    A free workshop by professor George Opacic, full of tax tips for writers.

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018
    New Westminster, BC
  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018
    3:30 pmBrighouse Branch, Richmond Public Library

    From Iran to Canada, from war to peace, Nasreen Pejvack, a finalist for BC’S 2016 Ethel Wilson Book Prize, will present her books and share her experiences in the two cultures. Her novel, Amity, provides a window to the wreckage caused Yugoslavia’s dissolution and Iran’s revolution. She will also be reading from her collections of short stories, Paradise of the Downcasts, which was inspired by her experience of life in Canada. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online.

    For more details, visit yourlibrary.ca/events, call 604.231.6413 or talk to a staff member.

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018
    10-11:30 AMWest Vancouver Library, Marine Drive

    Bernice Lever and 2 others are the opening Panel of the annual North Shore Writers’ “Spring Festival- 2018”, held at West Vancouver Library on Marine Drive. This free event continues with a community lunch and other events until the 5pm announcement of annual contest winners! Panel has well published: fiction, non-fiction & poetry speakers on Canadian publishing and publications as a theme.

  • Mon
    16
    Apr
    2018
    Mon
    14
    May
    2018
    7-9:30 PMEsquimalt

    Most Mondays from 7 to 9:30 pm Deepam Wadds leads Write Your Way In writing workshops using the AWA method. Esquimalt. For more information: https://wp.me/P5lAix-wa

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmMassy Books, 229 East Georgia, Vancouver

    E.D. Blodgett, Terry Ann Carter, and Rhonda Ganz come together at Massy Books in Chinatown to celebrate National Poetry Month and read from their recent publications. With three featured poets, the Open Mic segment will be short, so come early to showcase your poem. For more details, contact James Felton at: james@poetscorner.ca

    www.PoetsCorner.ca

     

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    6-9702 Bernard Ave, Kelowna

    Wednesday, April 18 to Saturday, April 21, showings every 30 mins, 6 to 9 p.m.

    Traces: An Audio-Conscious Exploration of Memory, Borders, & Space

    Traces is a performance that explores the memories of another through audio immersive story-telling.

    702 Bernard Ave, Kelowna

    Tickets are by donation to the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society. Book times online at: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=15267487

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    1:00 - 4:00 PM150 Skinner St, Nanaimo, BC

    Building Imaginary Worlds from the Outside In with fantasy author Danika Dinsmore April 22, 2018, 1 pm - 4 pm  info@danikadinsmore.com

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    12:30 pm90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G4

    An opportunity to write, chat, and share. We're still deciding the best exercises for our little monthly gatherings, but as a group, we decide whether to do writing prompts, write our own projects, or discuss publishing and ideas. See you soon!

  • Wed
    25
    Apr
    2018
    2:30 - 4:30Vancouver Public Library Main Branch 350 W. Georgia Alice MacKay Room
    Over 100,000 children were sent to Canada as indentured workers between 1833 and 1949. Patricia Skidmore and Beryl Young both grew up not realizing their parents were child migrants. They talk about how they discovered and researched the surprising stories of their parents.
    Beryl Young is the author of the best-seller "Charlie: A Home Child’s Life in Canada". Patricia Skidmore is the  author of "Marjorie: Too Afraid to Cry" and "Marjorie: Her War Years."
    Free event
    Sunday, April 25
    2:30-4 pm
    Vancouver Public Library Main Branch
    Alice MacKay Room
  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018
    3144 Linwood Rd, Roberts Creek, BC

    The Writers Union of Canada presents

    SPRING WRITER’S RETREAT AT The LINWOOD

    April 27 – 29

     

    The Writer’s Union of Canada (TWUC https://www.writersunion.ca/ ) in cooperation with Federation of BC Writers (http://www.bcwriters.ca) is hosting  SPRING WRITER’S RETREAT at The Linwood in Roberts Creek at the end of April. All local and BC writers are welcome to participate in a variety of activities over the weekend.

    Workshops featured at the retreat include: Creative Non Fiction with Lynne Van Luven, From Research to Fiction with Michelle Barker (www.michellebarker.ca) , Maneuvering the Media Ocean: Social Media for Authors with Sapha Burnell (http://www.saphaburnell.com),  and FIRE UP YOUR COMMITMENT to Your Writing with Donna Barker as well as Shut Up and Write! sessions, concurrent with the workshops over the weekend. An Open Mic on Saturday night will feature writers reading their best work, and all registrants will enjoy a variety of delicious and healthy meals served at The Linwood.

    Admission to the workshops is free for writers who are currently paid-up members of TWUC or BC FED of Writers . For writers who cannot show membership at the door, admission to each workshop is $15. Shut Up and Write! Sessions are free. Out of town writers and local writers who want accommodation and / or to participate in the meals served at The Linwood, register directly with Gwen McVicker: (604) 885-0214. Space is limited at The Linwood, so book now!

     

     

    Workshops & Instructors:

    Creative nonfiction:  Finding your way to story, with Lynne Van Luven. Vital stories dance all around us, but how do we share them in the best way possible? This workshop focuses on the types of creative nonfiction and the techniques best suited to each kind of  story. Lynne Van Luven taught creative nonfiction and journalism at the University of Victoria in the Department of Writing for almost two decades.  She is now a professor emerita and is exploring a series of personal essays on aging and death.

     

    From Research to Fiction with Michelle Barker. Anyone who writes fiction has probably come up against the challenge of doing research, and then the added challenge of incorporating their research into the story without making it sound like a textbook. This workshop will address the pitfalls  and joys of researching. A few writing exercises will hone new skills. Michelle Barker is an award-winning author and poet from Vancouver, BC. Her newest book, an historical novel for teens called The House of One Thousand Eyes (Annick Press), comes out this fall. Michelle has an MFA in creative writing from UBC and works as a workshop leader and editor. www.michellebarker.ca

     

     

    Maneuvering the Media Ocean: Social Media for Authors

    with Sapha Burnell.  www.saphaburnell.com  Sapha’s tells you all you need to know and more! about Twitter, 

     

    Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads and how you as an author should spend your precious time promoting yourself on social media. Sapha Burnell: Overlapping science, myth & gender. Public Speaker. Activist. The Writers' Union of Canada BC/Yukon Rep. Comparative mythologist. 

    FIRE UP YOUR COMMITMENT to Your Writing with Donna Barker (http://www.donnabarker.com) Why is it so hard to commit? To your writing practice, that is! To getting the story — the one you know you have to tell — out of your head and into the world? Writers who have successfully committed to their writing practice often speak of a trigger event that pushed them past their blocks, sometimes after years of flailing. In this workshop you’ll identify your own personal triggers and milestones.

     

    Donna Barker, in her own words: “It took me 10 years to write my first, never-to-be-published manuscript and less than 2 months to write the book that made me a published author. What created that change? Milestones — figuring out the ‘what’ that would fuel my commitment to get my story told. And since science backs up my personal experience, it’s a secret I love to share!”

     

     

     

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018
    2:00 pmQUALICUM BEACH LIBRARY 660 Primrose Street Qualicum Beach

    You are invited to a book launch and reading of Dorothy’s suspenseful and intriguing new novel. Copies available for purchase at the event.

    For more information Contact: Dorothy Collins 250 752 8228

  • Thu
    10
    May
    2018
    Sun
    13
    May
    2018

    7777 Mission Rd, Cranbrook, BC

    The St. Eugene Writers Conference is a workshop conference. Writers bring their work and present it to a small group of their peers. The group discusses the work, what is effective, where there might be improvements and how it holds together as a whole. Then move on to the next writer. This is the standard academic manner of teaching creative writing in both undergraduate schools and graduate MFA programs.

     

    The St. Eugene Writers Conference is the only venue in BC where this technique is used for multiple days outside of an academic institution. The St. Eugene format allows writers to participate in a proven program without the expense and time commitment of going back to school

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018
    Sun
    13
    May
    2018
    3:30 pmSalmon Arm. Prestige Harbourfront Hotel, 251 Harbourfront Drive NE

    “Join us on the shore of beautiful Shuswap Lake for three action-packed days of sharpening your skills in a variety of workshops and presentations. Talk to published & non-published writers. Meet new people; share your experiences over a coffee and discover how much you have in common. Network till your eyes cross!

    http://wordonthelakewritersfestival.com/

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018
    5:00 pmMassy Books, 229 East Georgia,

    Ekstasis Editions, the enduring B.C. publisher, turns 35. Join us as writers published by this venerable literary press read
    from their Ekstasis publications. The evening is a literary tribute to founder Richard Olafson and his partner, Carol Sokoloff. Admission by donation. For more details, contact James Felton at:james@poetscorner.ca
    www.PoetsCorner.ca

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018
    Sun
    20
    May
    2018
    Delta Hotel, Burnaby

    For more information →http://creativeinkfestival.com/

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018
    12:00 pm90 Commercial Street Nanaimo, BC

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    7-8:30 PMRichmond Public Library, Brighouse Branch, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room

  • Wed
    30
    May
    2018

    7:00 pmFanny Bay Hall

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018
    7:00 pm 3696 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, V6R 1Z1, Canada

    Join us at Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art on Thursday May 31 for a Meet the Author night with Robyn Harding. Robyn is the author of the international bestseller, The Party, published in
    June 2017, by Scout Press/Simon & Schuster. She has also written four novels of contemporary women’s fiction, a young adult novel, and a comedic memoir with an environmental focus. Her books have been translated into seven languages. She is also the screenwriter and executive producer of the independent lm, The Steps which premiered at TIFF and was the closing gala lm at the Miami  International Film Festival. Robyn lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband, two children, and a seven-pound dog with no teeth.

    This event is a wonderful opportunity for book lovers to connect individually with our author, ask questions and engage in discussion. Tickets are $22 and include wine, non-alcoholic beverages and light fare. To reserve your spot email lyceum@christiannehayward.com or give us a call at (604) 733-1356.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/367035870456051/

  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018
  • Thu
    07
    Jun
    2018
    8:00 pmCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street

    Managing editor of Room magazine and author of two books, "Braided Skin" and "Dear Current Occupant" Chelene Knight heads a great line-up of TWS alumni and new and emerging local authors sharing published and unpublished works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

    https://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs/the-writers-studio-creative-writing-certificate/reading-series.html

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    9 AM - 4:30 PM6515 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby

    BCATW 2018 Symposium is a full day of networking and professional development exploring the exciting Adventure segment. Keynote Speakers: Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman, aka The Travel Guys.

    Panels, pitching, breakouts and prizes. Includes coffee and rolls, lunch, snacks, prizes, and entrance to after party.

    https://bcatw.org/bcatw-2018-symposium/

    https://www.picatic.com/bcatw2018symposium

  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018
    2-4 PMNanaimo Harbourfront Library

    GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times – BOOK LAUNCH

    2–4 pm, Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018, Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, Nanaimo, BC

    Launch of GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House, 2018)                          Edited by Tanis MacDonaldRosanna Deerchild, and Ariel Gordon.

    This event includes a pad/tampon drive to benefit the Nanaimo Women’s Centre.

    In GUSH, more than 100 women and nonbinary writers from Canada and around the world take apart the bloody instruction of menstruation: its cultures, its lessons, its equipment, and its lexicon. Co-edited by Ariel GordonTanis MacDonald, and Rosanna DeerchildGUSH offers menstrual manifestos for our time that question the cultural value and social language of monthly blood loss, with rage, humour, ferocity, and grief, and propose that the menstrual moment is as individualized, subjective, personal, political, and vital as the feminist click. With work from emerging and senior writers in poetry, cartoons, flash fiction, personal essays, lyric confessions, and experimental forms, this anthology features the voices of Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, rural writers and urban writers, representing four generations of menstruators: writers who call down their bloodiest muses.

    Vancouver Island GUSH contributors include: Sonnet L'Abbe, Kim Clark, Janet Miller, Cornelia Hoogland, Christine Sy, Yvonne Blomer, Rachel Lallouz, Arleen Pare, Janet Rogers, Susan Stenson

     

  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018
    7-8 PMOnline (Facebook)

    Planting Seeds: A Marketing Workshop for Authors

    June 12, 14, 19, & 21 from 7-8 PM (NST)
    Offered Online via Facebook

     $20 for WANL Members, $30 for Non-Members
    Payment accepted by EMT, Credit Card, cheque, or money order

    ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

    Email info@wanl.ca to register.

    Geared towards traditionally and independently published authors, this four-part online series will cover the essential marketing skills every author needs.

    Participants are required to have a Facebook account to access this workshop.

    Topics Include:

    Planting the Seeds: The Essence of Marketing,

    Watering your Garden: Marketing your Books in the Real World (Offline),

    Expanding your Field: Marketing Online, and

    Preparing for Harvest: Putting your Plan in Place

    Facilitator Bio:

    A full-time writer with four published books, Carolyn R. Parsons is originally from Change islands, NL, and resides in Lewisporte, NL. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she worked primarily in management positions in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Her credentials include extensive marketing experience attained through her business and entrepreneurship education as well as on-the-job skills. The majority of her past work was in a media or communications environment that required knowledge and application of marketing principles. Adapting these principles to marketing her own work has been her focus in the past year as she independently published two books that required her to be the sole marketer. She is one of the co-founders and director of Literary Events NL Inc., focusing on Media Relations, and is the Central/Burin representative for the Writers’ Alliance of NL.

    Website: http://wanl.ca/programs-services/workshops/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writersalliance/

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    Silverton’s Memorial Hall, 203 Lake Ave. (Highway 6).

    SUZUKI FOUNDATION’S JAMES HOGGAN AND FORMER NELSON CITY COUNCILLOR DONNA MACDONALD FEATURED AT the 5th CONVERGENCE WRITERS’ WEEKEND IN SILVERTON, B.C., JUNE 15-16

                A former chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and a long-time Nelson city councilor will be the two featured speakers at the 5th annual Convergence Writers’ Weekend in Silverton, B.C. June 15 and 16.

                The theme of this year’s Convergence weekend is “Keeping a Civil Tongue.” Presentations will focus on how speakers and writers on all sides of controversial issues increasingly regard those who disagree with them as not only wrong-headed but evil. All Convergence events take place at Silverton’s Memorial Hall, 203 Lake Ave. (Highway 6).

                Speaking at 7 p.m. June 15, at an event open to the public as well as Convergence registrants, will be James Hoggan. Besides his work for the Suzuki Foundation, Hoggan chaired Al Gore’s Climate Project Canada. His most recent book is I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up. Hoggan notes that the demonizing of opponents hampers a community’s ability to solve common problems. His book identifies some approaches to counter this trend.

                Also presenting at the June 15 event will be Donna Macdonald, a Nelson city councillor for 19 years before retiring in 2014. Her memoir of life as a civic politician, Surviving City Hall, stresses the importance of local government while emphasizing the need for truthfulness, kindness and civility in public life.

                Registrants for Convergence also have the choice to attend one of two writing workshops offered during the day on June 16, as well as attending an arts performance and discussion that evening. Writing workshop leaders are Macdonald and New Denver journalist, historian, novelist, poet and performer Sean Arthur Joyce.

                Registration is now open, at a cost of $45 plus GST. More information, including how to register, is available at http://widespot.ca/convergence-writers-weekend/

                Deadline for registration is June 1. Deadline for persons wishing feedback on their writing from Joyce in his workshop is May 19.

                Convergence is partially supported by the ProVision fund of the United Church’s B.C. Conference, the Columbia Basin Trust, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Area H director, Walter Popoff.

     

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    10:30 - 3:30Saturna Island, B.C.

    Please join me for a one day workshop on creating imaginary worlds through fiction. My emphasis will be on technique-setting, description, dialogue, and structure.

    robertarich.com

  • Sat
    18
    Aug
    2018
    1:00 - 3:004360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L2

    Join award-winning poet Fran Bourassa for a 3-hour writing workshop! Participants will begin by reading an original poem to the class that they feel best represents their style, their voice, their message in a bottle. Using the guidelines for giving feedback provided, participants will offer each other constructive feedback on their work, and a discussion surrounding the craft of poetry will follow.

    In the second portion of the workshop, take inspiration from the diverse artwork on display in ‘Discovery,’ Seymour Art Gallery’s juried exhibition for emerging artists, to create an original poem. Using free-writing exercises, participants will open up their creative voices by silencing their inner critics.

    Anyone who wishes can share their poem during the open mic portion of ‘Poetry Meets Art,’ which takes place the following afternoon at 2 pm. Those who aren’t ready for the spotlight are encouraged to join the audience with appreciation.

    Preparation for Workshop: After registering online, please email your original poem the be edited at the workshop to info@seymourartgallery.com

  • Sat
    18
    Aug
    2018
    8:30 - 5:00 Magnolia Hotel, Victoria, B.C.

    a one-day retreat for fiction writers, featuring five craft presentations (including Sustaining A Series by Laurie R. King); $55 SinC members $75 non-members

    www.sinc-cw.ca/retreat-2018

  • Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018
    2:00 - 4:004360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L2

    Join us for a special event in conjunction with our ‘Discovery’ exhibition for new and emerging artists. Poet Fran Bourassa hosts an afternoon of poetry by talented local writers inspired by the artwork on display. Audience members can participate by reciting their own exhibition-influenced poem during the ‘open mic’ portion of the afternoon.

    Juried by artists Rebecca Chaperon, Pierre Coupey, and Seymour Art Gallery’s curator/director Vanessa Black, ‘Discovery’ is an exhibition that provides exposure to emerging artists. This fresh and eclectic show presents a collection of work by each of the nine exhibiting artists in a variety of media including drawing, painting, ceramics, collage, mixed media, fiber art, and sculpture. Despite this diversity, common themes arise and unlikely relationships are formed throughout the exhibition.

    For more information see:

    https://www.seymourartgallery.com/2018/07/01/august-19-2018/

  • Thu
    23
    Aug
    2018
    2:30 - 4:30 MARY WINSPEAR CENTER, 2243 BEACON AVE, SIDNEY

    Would you like to know more about grant opportunities with the BC Arts Council? Walter Quan from the BC Arts Council will be presenting his seminar and be answering your questions on August 23, at 2:30 PM. It will be a cozy session with a maximum of 18 participants at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney, BC. Coffee and tea will be served, and a nominal fee will be asked of participants to cover the room rental.

    Register early, to ensure you get a spot!

  • Sat
    06
    Oct
    2018
    Mon
    15
    Oct
    2018
  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018
    Wed
    17
    Oct
    2018
    9:00 am-5:00 pmHollyhock on Cortes Island PO Box 127 Manson's Landing Cortes Island, BC V0P 1K0 Canada

    If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be writing for film and TV. For writers interested in creating a feature script or television pilot and those revising a first draft. Instructor: Governor-General Award winner Peter Behrens
    Visit hollyhock.ca/programinfo/behrens


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