BC Literary Calendar

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  • Wed
    12
    Nov
    2014
    7 to 9:30 pmThe Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver

    Features Elaine Woo (book launch) with Jen Currin and Christine Leclerc. And guest filmmaker and novelist Dylan Townsend. There will be a few open mics too. Sign up for open mic is at 7pm. More Info

  • Thu
    13
    Nov
    2014
    6- 8:30 pmSurrey Central City Library

    Features Kate Braid, with Cristina Viviani, Daniela Elza, Tanveer Sohal, Laurel Albina, Joan Boxall, and Bernice Lever. More Info

  • Fri
    14
    Nov
    2014
    7 - 11 pmGuest House, Denman Island

    Launch Party for MiNUS TiDES international, Denman Island’s literary magazine. Local writers Lorraine Martinuik, Bill Engleson and others will read poetry and short fiction and musical guests will also perform. Refreshments available for sale. Editor Hillel Wright will sell fresh copies for $4.

  • Sat
    15
    Nov
    2014
    7 - 10 pmVinci’s Café and Art Gallery, 194 West 3rd, Vancouver.

    Key speakers, live entertainment and a silent auction. Get swept back to 1920s Paris for this themed soirée. Fundraiser for the poetry outreach program at the BC Children’s HospitalvEating Disorder Clinic. Tickets: $45 ($35 for Pandora's members) Includes a glass of wine selection of canapés. More Info

  • Sun
    16
    Nov
    2014
    Vancouver

    We meet every two weeks. All levels and genres welcome. Email before attending the first time: grindwriters@gmail.com | More Info

  • Mon
    17
    Nov
    2014
    7:15 pm1831 Fern Street, Victoria

    Stories at Fern is a public gathering put on by the Vancouver Island Storytellers' Guild. It is open to all (Adults $5, Students $3). Stories are told from September through to June.  More Info

  • Tue
    18
    Nov
    2014
    8:00 pmLa Fontana Caffe, 101-3701 East Hastings St., Burnaby

    Featuring Ruth Kozak, author of Shadow of the Lion: Blood on the Moon, and Eileen Kernaghan, author of Sophie, in Shadow. Contact bwscafe@gmail.com | More Info

  • Wed
    19
    Nov
    2014
    7:00 pmFairfield Market, 1275 Oscar Street, Victoria

    Christine Lowther, Eve Joseph and Patricia Young will be
    reading from their latest books.

  • Thu
    20
    Nov
    2014
    7:00 pmPender Island Public Library

    An evening of readings with Christine Lowther and Kate Braid. More Info

  • Thu
    20
    Nov
    2014
    7 - 8:30 pmNellie McClung Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 3950 Cedar Hill Rd., Victoria

    Join us for an evening of readings by local authors shortlisted for this year's City of Victoria Butler Book Prize: M.A.C. Farrant (winner of the Butler Prize) and Audrey Thomas. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information. More Info

  • Fri
    21
    Nov
    2014
    7:00 pmIndex Gallery, 1305 Powell Street, Vancouver

    Readings by: Phinder Dulai, Ian Weir, Trish Kelly, Matt Rader, Julie Paul, and Christine Lowther. More Info

  • Sat
    22
    Nov
    2014
    1 to 4 p.m.Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minaro Gate, Richmond

    Masters of Ceremonies: Candice James and Kyle McKillop. Open Mic Session: be part of the celebration and bring your own poem to share!

  • Mon
    24
    Nov
    2014
    7:00 pmMayne Island Library

    Christine Lowther will read from her new book, Born
    Out of This. More Info

  • Wed
    26
    Nov
    2014
    6:00 pmThe Paper Hound, 344 West Pender St., Vancouver

    Reading and book signing, light refreshments. More on Hooked

  • Wed
    26
    Nov
    2014
    7 to 9 pmFanny Bay Hall

    Diverse writers, including: Des Kennedy, Rhona MacAdam and Bruce Rice (an award winning poet from Saskatchewan). Doors open at 6:30 pm. More Info

  • Thu
    27
    Nov
    2014
    7:00 pm4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

    Open-mike starts at seven, followed by a break. Then Christine reads from her new book, Born Out of This, a memoir.

  • Thu
    27
    Nov
    2014
    7 to 9:30 pmThe Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver

    Features Christopher Levenson, Sean Wiebe, and Fionncara MacEoin + Open Mic. Twisted Poets runs the 2nd Wednesday and the 4th Thursday of the month. More Info

  • Fri
    28
    Nov
    2014
    7:30 - 9:30 pmMcMillan Arts Centre (133 McMillan Street), Parksville

    Listen to storytelling about how some of the world's most famous gospel songs came to be written, then hear the songs. Tickets: $12 at the door or in advance from the McMillan Arts Centre. More Info

  • Mon
    01
    Dec
    2014

    There is only a short time left to submit your book for the 2015 BC Book Prizes. Please note that books must have been published during 2014. Prize categories and award criteria | How to enter

  • Thu
    04
    Dec
    2014
    8 - 10 pmCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street

    George Ilsley , author of acclaimed novel Manbug, will be featured reader. Manbug was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Best Novel. More Info

  • Tue
    09
    Dec
    2014
    7 to 9:30 pmThe Galbraith House. 131 Eighth Street, New Westminster

    A celebration of writing and the Federation of BC Writers' Literary Writes winners, with 12 minute readings followed by a reception.

  • Wed
    10
    Dec
    2014
    7 to 9:30 pmThe Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver

    Celebrate the solstice with local poets and musicians at
    a fundraiser for kids in need. 100% of the money raised will go toward stocking stuffers for school kids in need over the winter holidays. This event is put on by Pandora’s Collective and Dead Poet’s Reading Series.  www.pandorascollective.com

  • Thu
    11
    Dec
    2014
    7 to 9 pmBlack Bear Books, Creston

    This is Kuya’s first poetry Chapbook and is a collection of her best poems since she started writing poetry in 2006. Piano performance by Joanna Wilson; Movement Piece, “Visual Poetry” by Simon Lazarchuk. www.zenwords.net

  • Sat
    13
    Dec
    2014
    11am - 3pmHooked on Books store, downtown Penticton

    Book one of the Art Dodek Intel series. Signing, conversation, drop in and say hello.

  • Sun
    14
    Dec
    2014
    7:30 pmThe Moka House, 103-1633 Hillside Ave., Victoria

    Susan McCaslin reads from The Disarmed Heart

  • 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

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  • 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

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    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...

  • Sun
    10
    Jan
    2016
    3:00 pmCentral branch, VPL, 350 W. Georgia St.

    Five poets/poetry-lovers/readers/writers bring to life the works of their favourite deceased poets. January 10 at 3:00pm, free. Central branch, VPL, 350 W. Georgia St. More information at 604-331-3603.

  • Mon
    11
    Jan
    2016
    Mon
    08
    Feb
    2016
    7pm-9:30pmContact for more information.

    There you are, pen in hand, paper or computer in front of you, all good intentions on fire. How long do you sit, before you press pen to paper, finger to keys? How many Facebook peeks, dishes washed, to do lists made before the first sentence gets scratched out? This series of Monday evening workshops will help you get started on the “getting started blues” with writing prompts, ideas for sequence poems that will keep you going, and lots and lots of writing to build your mental muscles. We will look at some essentials of writing: imagery, metaphor, syntax, cadence, line length, using some model poems to inspire and guide. Finally, we will look at ways to revise and refine the drafts we write in class and at home.   Barbara Pelman is a teacher and writer with over thirty years’ experience. She has conducted poetry workshops in her home and in schools and is an active participant in the Victoria poetry community. She has two books, “One Stone” (Ekstasis 2005) and “Borrowed Rooms” (Ronsdale Press 2008) and a number of poems in literary journals. She has received awards for her poetry, including last year’s first prize with the Federation of BC Writers Literary Writes contest.

    The workshop will take place in Barbara’s living room, for five sessions of 2 ½  hours each, from 7 to 9:30 Monday evenings from January 11 to February 8, 2016. Cost of workshops is $125.00 for the series. Please contact Barbara atbarbarapelman@gmail.com or 250-480-1081 to register.
  • Thu
    14
    Jan
    2016
    2:30 pmSidney/North Saanich Library

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  • Tue
    19
    Jan
    2016
    7:00 pmLobby of The ACT Arts Centre, Maple Ridge

    Join us for our first workshop of 2016, Tuesday January 19th, 7pm in the lobby of The ACT Arts Centre, Maple Ridge. No charge to attend.

    Editor Susan Kelly http://www.gombocwords.com/ will present on BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS. Her workshop covers the opening and ending of a story. You will learn the power of a linked opening and ending, and the secret to fulfilling the contract with the reader.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/186039318411553/

  • Tue
    19
    Jan
    2016
    7:00 pmLobby of The ACT Arts Centre, Maple Ridge

    Join us for our first workshop of 2016, Tuesday January 19th, 7pm in the lobby of The ACT Arts Centre, Maple Ridge. No charge to attend.

    Editor Susan Kelly http://www.gombocwords.com/ will present on BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS. Her workshop covers the opening and ending of a story. You will learn the power of a linked opening and ending, and the secret to fulfilling the contract with the reader.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/186039318411553/

  • Sat
    23
    Jan
    2016
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Greater Victoria Public Library, Central Branch, 735

    Discover some good reads at a showcase of books presented
    by local authors currently showcased in our Emerging Local Authors
    Collection. Books will be available for purchase.
    www.gvpl.ca

  • Mon
    25
    Jan
    2016
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  • Wed
    03
    Feb
    2016
    1:00 pmNanaimo Harboufront Library

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  • Fri
    05
    Feb
    2016
    Sun
    01
    May
    2016
  • Sun
    14
    Feb
    2016

    $1,000.00 each in fiction, non-fiction and poetry for pieces about love. (Note that the contest deadline is Valentines day! )

    http://www.donttalktomeaboutlove.com

  • Mon
    15
    Feb
    2016
    BC

     The British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) annual book award to encourage family history research and writing in and about British Columbia, Canada. Books considered must be written by a British Columbia author and relate to British Columbia family history. Books must be published in 2015, and the deadline for submission is February 15th 2016. The books should be readable and to accepted genealogical standards. The family history should include an index, family charts, maps, photos and reference all documents. Information submitted should include the author and publishers name, address, phone number and email address and the price of the book. All books submitted become the property of the British Columbia Genealogical Society.

    To submit a book for consideration for the BCGS Family History Book Award send one copy to BCGS 211 – 14981 – 101A Avenue, Surrey, BC V3R 0T1. The British Columbia Genealogical Society Family History Award will be presented at the June 8, 2016 meeting of the British Columbia Genealogical Society. The British Columbia Genealogical Society and its volunteer members have been actively researching and preserving British Columbia, Canada’s genealogical heritage since 1971. Website: http://www.bcgs.ca

    For more information about the BCGS Family History Book Award or the BCGS, call Alice Marwood at 604-582-1548 or emailamarwood@shaw.ca

  • Tue
    16
    Feb
    2016
    7:00 pm The ACT Maple Ridge 11944 Haney Place Maple Ridge, BC V2X6G1

    From ghost stories to space operas and everything in between, speculative fiction can be a lot of fun to read and write. Katherine (KT) Wagner is planning a fun and interactive workshop for our next lobby night. Bring your writing tools!

    The term "speculative fiction" has recently risen in popularity as an umbrella description for genres with a speculative bent like science fiction, fantasy and horror as well as many other sub-genres including relatively new ones such as magic realism, bizarro and new weird.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/166697750369785/

  • Tue
    16
    Feb
    2016
    7pm-9:00pmThe ACT Maple Ridge 11944 Haney Place Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6G1

    From ghost stories to space operas and everything in
    between, speculative fiction can be a lot of fun to read and write.

    Katherine (KT) Wagner is planning a fun and interactive workshop for
    our next lobby night. Bring your writing tools!

    The term "speculative fiction" has recently risen in popularity
    as an umbrella description for genres with a speculative bent like
    science fiction, fantasy and horror as well as many other sub-genres
    including relatively new ones such as magic realism, bizarro and new
    weird.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/166697750369785/

  • Wed
    24
    Feb
    2016
    7:00 pmFanny Bay Hall

    4Feb2016FOPostersmall

  • Wed
    24
    Feb
    2016
    9-4 SFU Harbour Centre 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC | Room 2250

    Note: Editors BC will also run this seminar in Victoria later this spring in partnership with the Professional Editors’ Association of Vancouver Island (PEAVI).

    According to the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), 48 percent of adult Canadians have difficulty reading the texts necessary to their daily lives. For many of these people, as well as those of us with little time to read documents more than once, plain language is a must. This course introduces plain language. The course manual demonstrates basic plain language techniques and provides “before” and “after” examples, practical exercises and an easy-to-use checklist. The course is learner-centred and skills-based. Working in groups, you will learn by doing.

    The course supplies about 90 pages of explanation, examples, exercises, suggested responses and bibliographic materials. Registration includes a $10 fee to cover the cost of photocopying.

    Please note that lunch is not included in the cost of registration.
    LEARN MORE & REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

    Early Bird on or before February 5, 2016
    Member: $130.00 Non-member: $190.00

    After February 5, 2016
    Member: $150.00 Non-member: $210.00

    ►►►REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 19, 2016, AT MIDNIGHT◄◄◄

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016
    10 am - 4 pmVancouver Central Library in our Alice MacKay room

    Consisting of presentations and advice throughout the day, there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get the help you need. In partnership with Federation of B.C. Writers.
  • Wed
    02
    Mar
    2016
    Thu
    03
    Mar
    2016
    9:00 pmVancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8

     

    Federation member Keith Digby’s co-written feature film plays at this upscale, downtown venue for two nights only. Cop or killer?  She’s convinced he murdered her daughter, and today is payback. His pleas of innocence fall on deaf ears.  Lies are useless, mind games backfire, the truth doesn’t work.  In the end, the only way he can stop this death-ride could kill them both. Join award-winning Producer/Director Martin de Valk and Co-writers Keith Digby and Brian Paisley in the Vancity Theatre lounge bar before the show and enjoy a very scary ride at 9pm.

    To buy tickets click on http://bit.ly/Mar02Trunk or http://bit.ly/Mar03Trunk
    Chiaro Productions: http://www.chiaro.ca
    TRUNK Fb https://www.facebook.com/TrunkFlic/?ref=bookmarks

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2016
    8:00 pmCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver

    Eight writers entertain with their fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Carleigh Baker tops the bill, with a live soundscape accompanying her reading from her soon-to-be-published chapbook, The Closest We'll Get to Neon, about her experiences paddling the Peel Watershed. More.

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016
    Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016
    The Banff Centre

    The Banff Centre:  Story Summit 2016: The Intersection of Story, Technology & Sustainability on Friday March 4, 2016 and Saturday March 5, 2016. Presented by AMPIA and The Banff Centre and in partnership with On Screen Manitoba and Western Economic Diversification Canada, this gathering of North American media, entertainment and content creators will bring together the most forward thinking and knowledgeable industry professionals to share their experiences and ideas.  For more information about the Summit program, click here.

    Keynote speakers and presenters include Rashida Jeeva, Head of Content, AOL Canada & General Manager, Huffington Post Canada, Jeben Berg, Chief Marketing Officer, Zealot Networks, Caitlin Burns, Transmedia Producer and many more leaders in 360 storytelling, VR and new media.

     

    To register, click here.

  • Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016
    5:30 amMulti-purpose room #3, Port Moody Rec Centre, off Ioco Road in Port Moody.

    HOW TO RAISE YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE:  Building Visibility and Your Tribe Before Publication

    Most unpublished fiction and nonfiction authors need to raise their online presence as a professional writer and maintain it two to three years before publication. It’s a conversation, not a hard sell, to encourage book buyers.

     

    Join author, Julie H. Ferguson for a hands-on workshop to discover the best platforms for first-time authors. Find out how to approach social media without diluting your writing time. Learn how to join online conversations with editors and agents, potential readers, and the media.

     

        When, where, how: 

    • Saturday March 5, 2016, 1:30-4:00pm$40.00.
    • Multi-purpose room #3, Port Moody Rec Centre, off Ioco Road in Port Moody. (Note: the new venue d/t the need for WiFi.) Bring your laptops.
    • Register in person, online at http://www.portmoody.ca/index.aspx?page=20 by clicking “Online Registration, and entering course #60152, or call 604.469.4556 and quote “Creative Writing Workshop”
  • Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016
    10-4Heritage Park Centre Cafeterium, 33700 Prentis Ave, Mission

    Heritage Park is a combined UFV Campus and High School.  We have 6 workshops in total, 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Our price is $40 a day for adults, and students are $20 a day. That price includes a Subway lunch and refreshments.

    Our web address is www.lifetimelearningcentre.org for more info on the authors and workshop presenters and workshops. We will have a UFV Louden Singletree student magazine reading and an open mic at the lunch hour. It’s a fun, fast-paced day with plenty to choose from. We would encourage early registration as some of the workshops will have limited seating.

  • Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016
    1:30 pm Mission BC, UFV Mission Campus, Heritage Park Centre

    This year's theme is Thinking Outside the Box, The Festival provides time networking!, participating in readings, and sharing in workshops. Share your love for the written word with other local lovers of literature and other writers. Enjoy readings by published authors Discover writing tips and techniques in workshops Challenge yourself with writing exercises.

    http://www.lifetimelearningcentre.org/events/9th-annual-m
    ission-writers-and-readers-festival-thinking-outside-the-box/

  • Fri
    11
    Mar
    2016
    Sun
    13
    Mar
    2016
    The Little Gumboot in Roberts Creek
    SpringWritersRetreat2016The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC) and The Federation of BC Writers (fbcw) have teamed up to offer local writers a weekend-long Spring Writer's Retreat March 11th - 13th. The affordable weekend features 3 workshops, one Literary Cabaret and an introductory Meet & Greet.
    In this day of multiple format publishers, self-promotion, e-books, online sales with Amazon and more authors and books than ever, the two unions decided to create a supportive weekend for meeting other writers, trading stories and sharing industry information.  On Friday evening at 7 o'clock, all local writers are invited to Meet & Greet other members of both TWUC and fBCW at The Little Gumboot in Roberts Creek.
    The next day at The Linwood House Tax Tips for Writers with George Opacic (9:30 AM), is followed by lunch. An afternoon with Festival of the Written Arts Producer Jane Davidson, in a discussion Inside the Festival Circuit (1:15 – 2:45).
    Saturday afternoon at the Gibsons Public Library begins at 3:30 with Meet the Author Book Table & Signing (3:30-5:30) and a Workshop from 4:15 - 5:30 Social Media Savvy for Authors with Sapha Burnell. These events at The Gibsons Library as the Literary Cabaret at The Sunshine Coast Arts Centre are open to the public.
    The evening wraps up at The Sunshine Coast Arts Centre with a
    Literary Cabaret @7:30 featuring authors and writers from both unions performing their work in short, prepared presentations. (Sign-up to perform is on a first come, first served basis – contact caitlin@caitlinhicks.com).
    Throughout the weekend, writers from out of town will be sharing meals at The Linwood House. Sunshine Coast writers are invited to share these meals and may pay their own costs for the meals by calling Gwen McVicker at (604) 885-0214. (Breakfast $10, lunch $15 dinner $25).
    All workshops & events are $10 each for BC Fed members, $20 for non-members.  If you are a member of Federation of BC Writers, please sign up with caitlin@caitlinhicks.com

    The Fed of BC Writers is sponsoring a limited number of bursaries for low income local writers wanting to attend workshops and activities. Please enquire with caitlin@caitlinhicks.com

                To REGISTER for workshops, cabaret & author tables: caitlin@caitlinhicks.com
    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 27, 2016. Space is limited, so register early.            Tickets to Social Media Savvy for Authors with Sapha Burnell and the Literary Cabaret at The Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, for the general public are $20 (each) and can be picked up at MELOMania in Roberts Creek.
  • Tue
    15
    Mar
    2016
    7:00 pmThe ACT Maple Ridge 11944 Haney Place

    Sandra will lead an informative session on how to
    incorporate health and fitness into your life. Learn how to start and
    stick with your health and fitness goals and find out how these
    changes will benefit your creative endeavours. No charge to attend. Please RSVP at the Facebool link or email citizen@shaw.ca

  • Wed
    16
    Mar
    2016
    Sun
    20
    Mar
    2016
    UVIC

    Held each year at the University of Victoria,WordsThaw brings together writers, students, editors, publishers, and others with an interest in creative writing for a weekend of readings, panel discussions, workshops, and socializing.
    Featured participants this year include Jordan Abel, Frances Backhouse, M.A.C. Farrant, Alisa Gordaneer, Christopher Gudgeon, Stella Harvey, Keith Jones, Anita Lahey, Jeremy Loveday, Elizabeth May, Arleen Paré, Molly Peacock, Kyeren Regehr, Troy Sebastian, Melanie Siebert, Kim Trainor, Laura Trunkey, Lynne Van Luven, Katherine Wagner, J.D. Zapf, Jan Zwicky, and many more.
    Visit the WordsThaw website for schedule information, biographies of readers, and to buy tickets to event

  • Sat
    19
    Mar
    2016
    2:00 pmGibsons & District Public Library

    Gibsons Poster

  • Sun
    20
    Mar
    2016
    3:00 pmBoston Pizza, 1045 Columbia Street, New Westminster

    Poetic Justice takes place in New Westminster on the third Sunday of every month. We showcase two established poets (sometimes three), coupled with hosting an Open Mic segment. More

  • Mon
    21
    Mar
    2016

    Over $2000 in cash and prizes will once again be awarded to Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands writers as the Islands Short Fiction Contest returns for 2016.

    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).

    The competition drew over 100 entries last year, with winners and finalists hailing from Fanny Bay, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island, and Victoria, among other communities. “The islands are hotbeds of literary talent,” says Nanaimo Arts Council Executive Director Sarah Schmidt, “and the contest has become an opportunity to celebrate the many writers of all ages who make them their home.

    “And we’re particularly pleased that this year we’ve been able to lower the barrier for young people to participate, by removing the entry fees for the Junior and Youth categories.”

    Judge of the Adult category this year is VIU Creative Writing instructor and bestselling novelist Robert Wiersema, while VIRL librarians Jennifer Seper and Justin Unrau will judge the Junior and Youth submissions.

    The entry deadline is March 21, 2016. Entry forms are available at isfc.ca and at the Nanaimo Arts Council Creative Space (#4 Commercial St., Nanaimo). A $20 fee is charged per adult entry. Winners will be announced at a reception in Nanaimo in April.

    For further information, e-mail admin@isfc.ca or phone 250-729-3947 (Nanaimo). The winning entries in the 2014 and 2015 Islands Short Fiction Contests can be read athttp://isfc.ca.

    The Islands Short Fiction Contest is made possible by support from the Province of British Columbia and the City of Nanaimo.

  • Mon
    21
    Mar
    2016
    Wed
    23
    Mar
    2016
    At the Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge, BC.

    This is a self-directed Writers' Retreat for writers who would like time away from their hectic lives to work on their own literary projects. E-mail pandorabee1@gmail.com for more details.

  • Mon
    21
    Mar
    2016
    Wed
    23
    Mar
    2016
    At the Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge, BC.

    This is a self-directed Writers' Retreat for writers who would like time away from their hectic lives to work on their own literary projects. E-mail pandorabee1@gmail.com for more details.

  • Mon
    21
    Mar
    2016
    Wed
    23
    Mar
    2016
    Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge, BC

    Self-directed Writers' Retreat for writers who would like time away from their hectic lives to work on their own literary projects.  E-mail for more details.

  • Thu
    31
    Mar
    2016

    www.coquitlam125.com

    We have an opportunity for writers and aspiring writers to collect and write stories (from Coquitlam residents and from archival documents), and to report on live events throughout the year. We offer 2 professional workshops and lots of exposure to all our volunteers.

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016
    Mon
    11
    Apr
    2016
    NA

    Send us your best short fiction for a chance to WIN full tuition and resort accommodation at the 2016 Writers Adventure Camp in Whistler BC, plus publication by the Walrus.

    www.writersadventurecamp.ca

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016
    12:00 am

    Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form. $1500 in prizes available, plus publication. Contest Judge Ayelet Tsabari. Maximum entry length is 5000 words. $34.95 entry fee. Entrants will receive a
    one-year subscription to EVENT (or extension). Complete contest guidelines can be found at www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-nf/

  • Mon
    02
    May
    2016
    7:00 pmPort Moody Public Library

    Join other readers and writers for an interactive author event celebrating the launch of the Port Moody Library's first Writer in Residence. Vancouver based author Jen Sookfong Lee will share the stories behind her books, and give you an inside look at the vibrant Vancouver author scene. Discover the powerful themes that drive Jen's work, then enjoy
    coffee and dessert in the company of other literary and arts supporters. More

  • Thu
    05
    May
    2016
    8 p.m. to 10 p.m.The Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver

    Join us for another great lineup of TWS students past and
    present and local and touring authors reading poetry, fiction, and
    nonfiction. This month featuring Linda King, the author of Dream
    Street Details and Reality Wayfarers, published by Shoe Music Press. Her new collection, No Dimes for the Dancing Gypsies, has just been released by BlazeVOX Books. She lives and writes on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. More

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Road, Abbotsford

    Christian writers conference. Workshops on writing fiction, devotionals, articles, & more. Advice on marketing & money. Keynote speaker Abbotsford's own Grace Fox. More

  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016
    Sat
    14
    May
    2016
    Silverton Memorial Hall, BC

     

    Looking for a way to use your writing talents to inspire and guide a progressive 21st century? Join renowned Canadian authors J. Edward Chamberlin and Sharon Butala for Convergence 2016: The Spirit in the Landscape, a special weekend writers’ retreat held inSilverton, BC, May 13-14 at the Silverton Memorial Hall.

    Subtitled “If this is your land, where are your stories?” from Chamberlin’s book of the same name, this year’s Convergence explores the growing worldwide movement to make sacred again our relationship with Nature, to return us to a sense that all beings are sacred and we are merely one strand in that web.

    All stories, songs and poems teach values. This is an understanding inherent in many First Nations mythologies. Now at the other end of the industrial and technological revolutions, it’s time to allow ourselves to be re-absorbed into that sense of the sacred. And often it’s our storytellers, poets and indigenous elders who lead the way in crafting the narratives that point us in the direction of such a sacred relationship.

    Located 100 km. north of popular small arts town Nelson, BC, Silverton and New Denver are inspiring communities in the gorgeous Valhalla mountain range on the shores of pristine Slocan Lake—a truly inspiring setting. Local accommodations are affordable and the strong organic farming ethic in the Slocan Valley means you’ll eat healthy while here.

    Convergence was founded in 2012 by author Sean Arthur Joyce with a mandate to help writers concerned with social and environmental justice to polish their skills and engage in stimulating discussion with world-class authors. Included on the Convergence board are renowned Canadian poet Tom Wayman and Rev. Dr. Therese DesCamp, an advocate for progressive, inclusive spirituality.

    Friday, May 13, 7 p.m.

    Presentation by Sharon Butala and J. Edward Chamberlin followed by audience Q&A. Open to the public.

    Saturday, May 14

    Writing workshops

    Open to registrants only; registrants can take one or both workshops.

    • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Sharon Butala
    • 2:00 – 5:00 pm:  J. Edward Chamberlin 
    • 7:00 pm: Spirit in the Landscape panel discussion with Sharon Butala, J. Edward Chamberlin, Therese DesCamp, and Sean Arthur Joyce

    Full registration (online or at the door) covers Friday night and Saturday night events, plus Saturday writing workshops: $35.

    Saturday only admission (writing workshops and/or evening panel discussion): $35.

    Friday evening only admission: $5.

    NOTE: While we are happy to provide links to area accommodations, Convergence is not providing accommodations for registrants.

     

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2016
    6 to 9 p.m.The HIVE, #9-575 North Road, Gabriola Island

    It’s spring, and you’re invited to a QR PARTY. The Poetry Gabriola Society and its new board of directors would like to invite all of Poetry Gabriola's friends and family - artists, alumni, volunteers, and members - to join us for an informal get-together at the Hive.

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    7 p.m. to 9 p.m.The ACT Arts Centre 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge

    Golden Ears Writers is pleased to welcome author and
    columnist Lynn Easton for an interactive discussion about the role of
    truth in creative non-fiction. She will also share tips on how to fill
    in gaps of memory and still stay true to your story. This lobby night
    will particularly appeal to those writing non-fiction - personal
    essay, memoir etc. There is no charge to attend lobby
    nights. More

  • Wed
    18
    May
    2016
    10:30 amThe Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way

    Elma Schemenauer will discuss reasons why remembering the past enriches our lives. For example, it helps us appreciate what we have today and gives us a greater sense of identity. She'll also explore ways of preserving and sharing memories, for example, through photographs, recipes, storytelling, poetry, biography, and memoir. Free. More

  • Fri
    20
    May
    2016
    Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    Prestige Harbourfront Hotel, Salmon Arm, BC

    A major literary event bringing together writers,
    readers, editors and publishers in an exciting & stimulating three day
    festival.

    Shuswap Association of Writers

    www.wordonthelakewritersfestival.com

  • Fri
    03
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    05
    Jun
    2016
  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2016
    Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016
    Vancouver Island

    In addition to the dates listed below, There will also be a workshop at the Quadra Island Library on June 9, 5:30PM - 7:30PM on "Writing from the Inside Out"

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  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    6pm-5pm The Point Artist-Run Centre, Alta Lake, Whistler BC

    Writers Adventure Camp on beautiful Alta Lake in Whistler is for emerging writers of fiction, non-fiction, and screenwriting, with an opportunity to cross-fertilize your creative output with fun afternoon sessions such as Humour Writing, Blues 101, Artisanal Self-Publishing and Poetry. Join our award-winning faculty for a retreat that's best described as writers boot camp meets west coast arts festival, with your own dock!

    www.writersadventurecamp.ca

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    Quest University Canada, Squamish, BC

    Through intensive classes with faculty, small workshops with editors and publishers, craft classes designed for QWC by Fellows and Scholars, and wide exposure to artists working at the top of their form, Conference participants will be energized and supported in their existing work, while also being challenged to transform in the new.

    Join us for a generous week of intensive immersion in craft in one of the most beautiful places in the world. This year’s faculty include: Ford Fellowship winner Natalie Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri, Governor’s General Award winner Jane Urquhart, American Book Award and PEN winner Martin Espada, and BC Book Prize/Governor’s General Award shortlist writer Anne Fleming.

    To apply please visit www.questu.ca/qwc

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    Quest University Canada, Squamish, BC

    Through intensive classes with faculty, small workshops with editors and publishers,
    craft classes designed for QWC by Fellows and Scholars, and wide
    exposure to artists working at the top of their form, Conference
    participants will be energized and supported in their existing work,
    while also being challenged to transform in the new.

    Join us for a generous week of intensive immersion in craft in one of
    the most beautiful places in the world. This year’s faculty include:
    Ford Fellowship winner Natalie Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay
    Seshadri, Governor’s General Award winner Jane Urquhart, American
    Book Award and PEN winner Martin Espada, and BC Book
    Prize/Governor’s General Award shortlist writer Anne Fleming.

    To apply please visit www.questu.ca/qwc

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016
    Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016
    Various locations around the province

    Join Mark Cameron, author of Goodnight Sunshine, at a BC library, farmers'
    market or book store near you. All events are free and open to the public. More info...

  • Thu
    07
    Jul
    2016
    8:00 pmCottage Bistro, 4470 Main St.

    Jennifer Zilm, poet, librarian, archivist, and author of two chapbooks 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.  Event. Web Link

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016
    3rd Floor, 915 Fort Street Victoria, BC

    Award-winning author Richard Wagamese facilitates an intensive 2.5-day workshop and shares the successful writing formula he developed while creating 14 publications, including recent novels Indian Horse, and Medicine Walk. This workshop includes learning by doing a variety of experiential techniques based on First Nations storytelling combined with contemporary writing practices. More Info...

  • Tue
    12
    Jul
    2016
    7 - 8:30 p.m.Britannia Branch of the Vancouver Public Library, 1661 Napier

    Voice and performance skills workshop for poets, writers and public speakers. Through a proven set of proven exercises, author Ben Nuttall-Smith teaches you to relax, develop your voice and increase your power of projection. For information, or to register, call 604-665-2222. Website

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    17
    Jul
    2016
    9:00 amDenman Island

    Solo readings by Bev Sellars, Charles Demers, Barbara Adler, John Valliant, Cecily Nicholson, Bruce Cockburn, Miriam Toews, J.B. MacKinnon and Michael Christie, a Writing Week with Steven Price, four smaller workshops Thursday and Saturday, fine food, a buffet of Main Stage Events, and two sessions of local writers reading. More Info

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2016
    7:00 pmHIVE Emporium

    Trance musician, spoken-word artist, and long-time Poetry Gabriola favourite, Ian Ferrier. Rooted in poetry, his live performances are an absorbing blend of whispered and spoken word and trance guitar. His signature is the quiet, compelling voice at the centre of every piece. This summer Ian will be performing with Vancouver-based dancer and writer, Alessandra Naccarato. Tickets $15 /
    $10. Web Link

  • Thu
    21
    Jul
    2016
    7:00 pmPeople's Co-op Bookstore

    In his talk Studies in Description, Carl Peters will give a close reading of
    Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, and discuss her poetry and poetics
    in the light of contemporary developments in poetry, painting, and
    cinema.

    http://talonbooks.com/news/tomorrow-carl-peters-talks-gertrude-stein-at-people-s-co-op-books-vancouver

  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2016
    Gabriola

    Calling all Gabriola Island Youth!!!

    Are you a writer between 13 and 19 years of age? Then here’s a
    chance to get creative! Poetry Gabriola is commissioning six 'Poems
    of Place' and we want your submissions. Foun10 of Uth encourages
    youth to write, speak out, and experiment. Poems will be developed
    with experienced mentors, have a focus on text, and be performed live.
    Youth artists will receive a commission fee.

    Applicants can submit work in any format that uses text as a central
    element. Each submission will be juried and matched with a mentor, who
    will help develop the work over the month of August. Final pieces will
    be "Poems Of Place" in relation to Gabriola Island, and will be
    included in the upcoming QR Anthology project.

    How to participate:

    If you are a youth artist, send us a sample of your current work and a
    letter of interest. Poetry, songs, blog posts, serious or comical,
    designed for the page or for live performance; it can involve media,
    sound, installation art...use your imagination! If you are not sure if
    it fits, send it anyway and we will respond. Focus goes to Gabriola
    youth but Nanaimo youth may also apply.

    Deadline for submissions: July 27

    Notification: August 3

    Final Event: August 28.

    If you have questions contact Dinah D- info@poetrygabriola.com, please
    subject “Foun10 of Uth.”

    poetrygabriola.com

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2016
    6:30 pmNanaimo North Library

    Somewhere beyond the Salish Sea lived the Stout Men who did the Megin River, and Tibet, and the Amazon. There was Tictac and Poldy, Cliffy and Madame, Captain and Gung, and Papa Smurf, who would die someday, but not yet. These are the stories of where they rushed headlong, towards adventure and suffering, and how it all took place. More...

  • Fri
    05
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    07
    Aug
    2016
  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016
    9:00am-12:00pmAmy Jo's Cafe

    Book signing as part of the launch of Hell Cat, Book 2 of the VIC Shapeshifters Series. Who
    knew there were Shapeshifters in the Cowichan Valley? Copies of Book 1 - The Shape of Is, will also be
    available.

  • Sun
    14
    Aug
    2016
    1:00 PM-4:00 PMHazelwood Herb Farm, 13576 Adshead Road, Ladysmith, B.C., Canada V9G 1H6

    A great outdoor afternoon in a calm beautiful setting.
    Featured Readers: Naomi Beth Wakan, Kim Clark, Darryl Knowles, along
    with musician Terry Mack and her North American flutes. Open mic
    reading by twelve local writers.

    www.wordstorm.ca

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016
    Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    PO Box 127, Manson's Landing Cortes Island, B.C.

    Encounter personal writing as a spiritual practice and path of self-realization with bestselling author and teacher Mark Matousek . Investigate the mysterious connection between the person we believe ourselves to be and the internal witness who sees beyond the conscious mind into the secrets of our hearts. "When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed." Web Link

  • Sat
    20
    Aug
    2016
    12:45 pm 90 commercial st. Nanaimo BC V9R 5G4

    As part of the Harbourfront Library’s GEEKCON, Kristi Charish from Vancouver, author of “Owl and the Japanese Circus” & Cynthea Masson from Nanaimo, Author of “The Alchemist” will be talking about life as a Fantasy writer.

    http://virl.bc.ca/event/fantasy-authors-kristi-charish-and-cynthea-masson-book-talk

  • Thu
    01
    Sep
    2016
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PMThe Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver

    Shazia Hafiz Ramji lives in Vancouver, and works as a poetry editor at Talonbooks. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the 2016 National Magazine Awards, and has recently appeared in Canadian Literature and The Capilano Review folio. She is guest editor of Poetry is Dead’s “Intersections” issue, out this fall.

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

  • Thu
    01
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016
    9:00am-9:00pmBean Around the world cafe at Main & 20th, Vancouver

    The Active Fiction Project creates short, fictional, stories set in a Vancouver neighborhood. The self-guided stories are ‘hidden’ in public spaces for readers to discover by walking, or biking, through the same neighborhood in which the story unfolds.

    http://www.activefictionproject.com/

  • Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016
    1PM-2:30PMAlma VanDusen and Peter Kaye Rooms, Central Vancouver Library, Lower Level

    Details to Come!

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016
    4:00 pm Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney

    Two readings, double the fun. Arthur Black of Salt Spring
    Island is one of Canada’s best-known humorists. Susan Juby of
    Nanaimo is the author of the critically acclaimed Getting the Girl, as
    well as the bestselling Alice series. Refreshments included. Tickets
    at Tanner’s Books and on-line.

    www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca

  • Sat
    01
    Oct
    2016
    2pm-3pmDuncan Showroom, 133 Station Street, Duncan

    Join Diane Gallagher in celebrating the launch of her Sicilian travelogue and cookbook, Mancia di Sanu: A Canadian
    Expat's Take on Sicilian Life and Cuisine. Find out what is in a Crazy Mice Salad. What are alternate uses for a bidet? Why do
    Sicilians eat spleen and trachea sandwiches? And most of all, find out why Diane is drawn to the beautiful and ancient land that is
    Sicily.

    https://island2islandpress.wordpress.com/calendar-of-events/events/

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2016
    8:00PM-10:00PMCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver

    The October reading will be a special event devoted to fundraising for the Emerging Writer and Writing Mom scholarships and highlighting the past recipients. Stay tuned for the playbill and come on out and join us for this special evening!

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

  • Sat
    08
    Oct
    2016
    1pm-2:30pmVolume One Books, 149 Kenneth Street, Duncan

    Diane Gallagher will be at Volume One Books signing her newly released travelogue and cookbook, Mancia di Sanu: A Canadian
    Expat's Take on Sicilian Life and Cuisine. Find out what is in a Crazy Mice Salad. What are alternate uses for a bidet? Why do
    Sicilians eat spleen and trachea sandwiches? And most of all, find out why Diane is drawn to the beautiful and ancient land that is
    Sicily.
    https://island2islandpress.wordpress.com/calendar-of-events/events/

  • Sat
    15
    Oct
    2016
    2:00 pm6250 Hammond Bay Road

    Poet and essayist, Naomi Beth Wakan, will be reading from both of her two most recent books, Bent Arm for a Pillow – new and selected poems, and On the Arts, personal essays on various aspects of creativity. Her witty and caring presentations are always fun. Contact: nanaimonorth@virl.bc.cananaimo-northposter2016

  • Tue
    18
    Oct
    2016
    7PM-9PMThe ACT Arts Centre 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, British Columbia V2X 6G1

    Just in time for NaNoWriMo, Denise Jaden will discuss her tips and strategies for writing the first draft of a novel quickly. No charge to attend. Please RSVP at the link. https://www.facebook.com/events/1656087434721039/

  • Thu
    20
    Oct
    2016
    6PM-7PMVIRL - Gabriola branch, 575 N. Road, Gabriola BC

    You are invited to the launch of Infinite Power (Ekstasis 2016) Janet Vickers’ second book of poetry at Gabriola Public Library, Melodic prelude with Gabriola’s vocalist and pianist: Leah Hokanson, savouries, beverages, books for sale RSVP Janet Vickers, janetvickers@shaw.ca

    http://ekstasiseditions.com/recenthtml/infinitepower.htm

  • Thu
    20
    Oct
    2016
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pmPyatt Hall (Vancouver School of Music)

    Talonbooks will be launching six new books at this year's Fall launch! Event is FREE
    drinks+snacks so arrive early at 7:30pm, readings at 8:00 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/events/920062914766956/

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    3:30 pmSheraton Guildford Hotel, 15269 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3R 1N5

    Two launches, two prestigious literary events! Join us to celebrate the launch of emerge 16, the Writer's Studio Anthology. In its sixteenth year, emerge is an annual publication produced by students, faculty, and industry guests of the Writer’s Studio -- the award-winning Creative Writing program at Simon Fraser University. The Writer's Studio will showcase students from both our Vancouver and online programs to read works of fiction, speculative fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry at two distinguished literary events:

    - Surrey International Writers' Conference (October 22nd)
    - Vancouver Writers Fest (October 23rd)

    Full details on attached Photo Invitation. Please attend and celebrate with us!

    http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs/the-writers-studio-creative-writing-certificate/anthology-emerge.html

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    2-3 PMNanaimo North Library

    In the summer of 1980, a maverick young doctor gave it all up, to hitchhike around the world.

    The first arc he carved with his thumb stopped a little red pickup that took him over the horizon. Like his mythical hunter companion,
    Orion, he was on a vision quest, propelled toward the dawn to have hissight restored.

    This is the story of that five-year odyssey to discover his Destiny.

    www.lawrencewinkler.com

  • Mon
    24
    Oct
    2016
    Mon
    28
    Nov
    2016
    1:00 PM-3:30 PMMcMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville, BC

    Using the time-honored techniques utilized by storytellers around the world, Marva will show the participants how to apply those techniques to their memoir stories. Once the stories begin to flow, she will then show the participants ways to organize those stories to begin to create a memoir.

    www.wordweaver.info/workshops

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016
    3:30 pmKitsilano Library, 2425 MacDonald Street
    Author Ben Nuttall-Smith provides hands-on exercises in writing scenes from personal experience and translating them into story material.
    Discover the safety of acting through characters in a story, and learn how you can unravel and write your own childhood and adult memories in a manner that can be acceptable to the general public.
    Please  register: 604-665-3976 
  • Wed
    26
    Oct
    2016
    10-3464 South Fletcher, Gibsons

    Whatever you feel passionate about will produce the best writing, author and writing coach Elizabeth Rains says. In this collaborative workshop, exercises and discussions will look at story, theme, and angle. Elizabeth will help writers find the ideas that burst from their hearts and resound with readers.

    http://artsbuilding.org/events/identify-your-writing-passion/

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2016
    3:30 pmWISE Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver

    Help Rob celebrate the launch of his second poetry
    collection The News (Gaspereau Press ¶ Printers & Publishers).

    Rob will be giving a short reading, alongside special guests:

    Raoul Fernandes
    Aislinn Hunter
    Karen Solie

    Free entry and snacks. Cash bar. Oh so many books!
    Doors at 6:30. Readings at 7!

    About the book, from the jacket blurb:

    ‘The news’ can mean many things, but first and foremost in this
    collection the news is—We’re having a baby! Starting in the fifth
    week of his wife’s pregnancy, Rob Taylor wrote a poem every week as
    they traveled toward their child’s birth. His poems anticipate the
    astonishing and yet commonplace beginning of a human life, but they
    also explore how a baby’s arrival streams into both the incessant
    chatter of the world’s daily news and into that other sort of news
    that literature carries—what Ezra Pound called “news that stays
    news”.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1267273109959955/

  • Fri
    28
    Oct
    2016
    7PM-9PMShoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney

    Two local authors, MAC Farrant and Barbara Smith will read from their books. Refreshments are included. Come out, socialize and meet our writers. Have your book signed, and support the arts!

    sidneyliteraryfestival.ca

  • Thu
    03
    Nov
    2016
    10:30 pmEvent Location: 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

    Well known fiction author Patrick Taylor will be reading from his just-published novel An Irish Country Love Story. fans of gentle reads set in Ireland and Britain will enjoy this event. The book will be available for purchase.

    http://rpl.yourlibrary.ca/events_calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D120205904

  • Thu
    03
    Nov
    2016
  • Thu
    03
    Nov
    2016
    Fri
    04
    Nov
    2016
    8:00AM-5:00PMUBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St., Vancouver BC

    The Magazine Association of BC (MagsBC) hosts the annual professional industry conference for magazine publishers/staff, freelancers, and students. Join fellow magazine lovers for 1.5 days of hands-on labs, keynote talks, and workshops themed around Digital, Diversity, and Design. Network with like-minded professionals at breakfast or during the catered lunch, and join us for an after-party social.

    If you're looking to enhance your skills, learn new strategies, and connect with idea-leaders in the publishing world, this conference is your chance.

    Early bird pricing and student discounts apply. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/magazines-west-conference-2016-registration-28196152451?aff=es2

  • Thu
    03
    Nov
    2016
    8:00PM-10:00PMCottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver

    Arushi Raina’s debut novel, When Morning Comes, was released in July. She 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/2016/11/tws-reading-series.html

  • Fri
    04
    Nov
    2016
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pmVictoria, Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street

    Join authors Kay Stewart and Chris Bullock as they explain how they turned the facts about the inaugural Tour de Rock in 1998 into a crime novel about corruption and murder. Former Saanich Police Constable Martin Pepper, mastermind behind the 1998 Tour, will be a special guest.

  • Sat
    05
    Nov
    2016
    10AM-4PMSFU Harbour Centre (515 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC)

    Register today for Geist's writing workshops: Writing From Life with Jane Silcott and The Art of the Column with Stephen Henighan, Saturday, Nov. 5 in Vancouver, BC! Hone your craft, brainstorm and get writing with these hands-on workshops.

    http://www.geist.com/writers/workshops/fall-ws-2016

  • Tue
    08
    Nov
    2016
    7 to 8:30 p.m.Kitsilano Library, 2425 MacDonald Street

    You’ve done the research, written the book, created the poem and seen your masterpiece to press. As you look forward to multiple author readings and book promotions fear of public speaking can cause undue anxiety.
    Through a proven set of simple, exercises, author Ben Nuttall-Smith teaches you to relax, develop your voice and increase your power of projection.
    Please  register: 604-665-3976

  • Thu
    10
    Nov
    2016
    3:00 pmIn Community Place at the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library

    To register for this free workshop, please visit http://www.yourlibrary.ca/events/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118576929

  • Tue
    15
    Nov
    2016
    7PM-9PMThe ACT Arts Centre 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, British Columbia V2X 6G1

    Author Sylvia Taylor will be presenting Turning Memories Into Memoirs: Writing Your LifeStories. No charge to attend. From cave walls to computers, humans have been sharing the stories of their lives. Everyone has a LifeStory worth telling and it’s never too late or too early to tell it. Whether it’s a whole-life autobiography or slice-of-life memoir, take your stories to the next level and contribute to a legacy of history, heritage, and understanding.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1808739662674621/

  • Fri
    18
    Nov
    2016
    1:30 - 2:30 PM100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

    Join author Lesley Taylor who shares her self-publishing story and explains the pros and cons of becoming an "indie author". Participants will also learn how to build an author platform, and what to include in a marketing plan. http://rpl.yourlibrary.ca/events_calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D121089816

  • Fri
    18
    Nov
    2016
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

    Join painter, photographer, and author Frank Townsley as he shares some incredible images from our beautiful British Columbia and the story behind his inspiring images. http://rpl.yourlibrary.ca/events_calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D121008950

  • Fri
    18
    Nov
    2016
    7PM-9PMThe Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney

    The Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival Society and Tanner’s Books present an evening of readings and discussion with award-winning authors Pauline Holdstock & Steven Price. This event is part of the Sidney Fall Reading Series. All ticket revenue will support the non-profit society. Refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 6:30PM.

    Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Tanner’s Books, or online at Eventbrite. http://www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

    Are you a professional writer? Do you know your obligations to the CRA? If you are a writer “with the expectation of a profit”, as the CRA calls it, you are a professional. Join George Opacic, writer, human resources specialist, operations effectiveness consultant, as he
    explains the ins and out of taxes for writers.
    http://rpl.yourlibrary.ca/events_calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D121089819

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pmChurch of Truth, 111 Superior Street, Victoria

    A celebration of new books by Vancouver Island authors with readings and discussion. Refreshments

  • Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016
    2:30 - 3:30 PM100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

    Join Serafina Sammarco as she shares the story of her daughter Isabella -- her inspirational life and death at a young age due to the blood disorder, Thalassemia. After 20 years in the corporate world, Serafina resigned to write her memoir, Isabella’s Journey. Thalassemia is one of the most common genetic blood disorders in the world, though one of the least understood.

    Serafina Sammarco is a humanitarian and has spoken about Thalassemia for over 30 years. She is the founder of the Vancouver Thalassemia Society. Her mission is to educate individuals and families affected by this disorder.
    http://rpl.yourlibrary.ca/events_calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D121079845

  • Mon
    21
    Nov
    2016
    Tue
    22
    Nov
    2016
    7:00 PM-3:00 AMLe Bain, The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

    The essay is one of the most beloved types of writing among writers, it has an own voice and has enough potential for shaping the whole world view angle. Lot's of people loving and hating writing an essay, but in the 21st century, it's essential to know how to write it with power, style, and own voice. Every great writer starting from Ernest Hemingway and ending up with William S. Burroughs had their unique style of writing essay. But what secrets covers under thousands of most significant styles of essays?

    Natalie has an answer on this though question. She works as writer and editor at GetGoodGrade writing service. She read and wrote thousands of essays, and she knows the whole potential of one.

    During this event, we'll analyze greatest examples of essay writings. We will look at essays which were written by GetGoodGrade and gone viral. Also, we will examine unseen essays that hide sincerity and beauty that was never read before. During this event, there will be a little workshop on writing an essay with viral
    techniques, with the help of newest technologies and we’ll have a look on production strategies that work 100 percents.

    If you're a student, scholar, writer, editor or person with a passion for writing this evening workshop going to be vital for your soul, your mind, and your heart.

    Speaker Details
    Natalie Andersen is an educational coach and chief writer and editor at essay writing service GetGoodGrade based in New York City. Whole life her main passion was writing and her most beloved form of writing is an essay. At the night time, she works as a resident DJ at Le Bain.

    Event details
    The event will be held at Le Bain on the 18th floor of The Standard Hotel, in New York City. Every approved person will receive an e-mail with ticket and QR code for entrance. Event administrators should review all applied persons, so if you haven’t received an e-mail, you are not approved. After event will be a big afterparty with secret guest DJs and free drinks.

    http://getgoodgrade.com/blog/how-to-write-a-genius-essay-workshop

  • Tue
    22
    Nov
    2016
    4:00 - 5:00 PM100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

    How do you provide reader cookies to an audience? What should you feed a plot bunny? Who in the story gets the 'save the cat' scenes? Join Linda DeMeulemeester, author of the Grim Hill series, as she reveals the answers in an interactive visual presentation for 9 to 11 year olds, writers, and young at heart.

    http://rpl.yourlibrary.ca/events_calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D121008747

  • Thu
    01
    Dec
    2016
    8:00PM-10:00PMCottage Bistro, 4470 Main St, Vancouver

    Janie Chang, author of “Three Souls”, 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/2016/12/tws-reading-series.html

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    7 to 8:30 p.m.100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

    Join us for a night of crime and mysteries! Local mystery writers Grant Patterson and Mauro Azzano will be reading from their newly published thrillers. The books will be available for purchase.

    http://rpl.yourlibrary.ca/events_calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D121237316

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PMThe Post at 750, 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

    Discover your unique creative voice in a supportive setting. Join local poet & editor Barbara Kmiec and author & medium A. C. Vaner for this day-long workshop designed to get you writing through a simple breathwork practice and exposure to various writing prompts. Fiction and poetry will be our focus. All are most welcome!

    To Register or for More Information, Contact Barb or Adem at 604.349.1310 or at justbreatheandwrite@gmail.com

    WORKSHOP COST — $135 * EARLY BIRD RATE — $125

    ~

    Barbara Kmiec is a 2012 graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU (poetry), she has been published in the Emerge 2012 Anthology, and she has participated in many writing workshops and courses over the years. She has also been learning and practicing Middendorf Breathwork for the past three years. She is passionate about the written word and enjoys encouraging others on their creative and life path.

    A. C. Vaner is the author of the recently published novel, The Journey of Jeffrey, a book rich in symbolism, imagery, and colors. He has a strong passion for writing and a love of birds and other animals. As a medium, he has helped and guided many people through their hardships in life and given them hope by showing them the truths that were always hidden from them.

  • Mon
    12
    Dec
    2016
    ?VPL
    Dec 12th, Elle Wild joins Sam Wiebe, Writer in Residence at VPL, for Senior’s Tea with the CWC (Crime Writers of Canada) at the Vancouver Public Library.  (*Free but participants must register in advance.)
  • 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

  • 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!

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    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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