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    Sunshine Coast Writers Retreat

    3144 Linwood Rd, Roberts Creek, BC

    The Writers Union of Canada presents


    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!”





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