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    • 23 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom
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    Join us Saturday, Jan 23 at 7 pm for FBCW Telling The Truth, an event with non-fiction writers, hosted by Megan Cole. Register here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and a link will be sent to you. When it's time for the event, click on the link to join the live Zoom event. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

    Digital Doors open at 6:45PM!

    Wendy Wickwire:

    Wendy Wickwire is an emeritus professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria.  Among her publications are: Stein: The Way of the River (with Michael M’Gonigle), Talonbooks, 1988;  Write It On Your Heart: the Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller (with Okanagan elder, Harry Robinson), Talonbooks, 1989, ; Nature Power: In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller (with Harry Robinson), Douglas &McIntyre, 1992 – Talonbooks, 2004),  Living By Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory (with Harry Robinson)  (Talonbooks, 2005); and At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging (UBC Press, 2019).  The last book – a BC Bestseller --recently won the  Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ $10,000 Canada Prize; the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio prize; the Canadian Anthropology Society’s Labrecque-Lee book prize; and the Canadian Studies Network’s best book prize. Wickwire lives with her partner, Michael M’Gonigle, in Central Saanich.  


    Aaron Chapman:

    Aaron Chapman is a writer, historian, and musician. He is the author of The Last Gang in Town, the story of Vancouver's Clark Park Gang; Liquor, Lust, and the Law, the story of Vancouver's Penthouse Nightclub, now available in a second edition; and Live at the Commodore, a history of the Commodore Ballroom that won the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award (BC Book Prizes) in 2015. His most recent book, Vancouver After Dark won the BC Book Prize Duthie award in 2020, that same year he was elected as a member of the Royal Historical Society. He lives in Vancouver.


    Megan Cole:
    Megan is a tattooed food enthusiast with an obsessive reading habit. Her writing has appeared in The Puritan, Invisiblog, Kootenay Mountain Culture and more. She's currently working on her first book titled Head Over Feet: The Lasting Heart Ache of First Loves.  When she's not writing, reading or cooking, she's working as the director of audience development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes and recording interviews for the podcast Writing the Coast.  



    • 30 Jan 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom
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    Join Al Rempel and Kerry Gilbert for a day of discovery and learning! The day will feature 2 workshops and an open mic later in the evening.

    The event is free, except for your time; that is invaluable!

    The link you receive will be valid for both the workshops and the open mic.

    Event Schedule

    Workshop Digital Doors Open at 12:45

    Workshops 1:00PM to 3:40 PM (breaks included)

    Open Mic Digital Doors open at 6:15PM

    Open Mic Event Starts at 6:30PM


    Al Rempel Workshop:

    Retorquing Your Poetry: How to Give Your Poems Power

    When should you break a line? What word will you land on? Begin with? In this session we will be exploring what gives force to poems. We'll discuss some different types of torque and look at where they give energy to a poem. Participants will be invited to bring their own poems to work on.


    Kerry Gilbert Workshop:

    Interior  

    adjective  

    being within; inside of anything; internal; inner; further toward a center  

    How do you find the interior of an idea? How do you find the center of a poem? In an interview for CBC, writer Eve Joseph says: “Two pieces of writing advice that stay with me are both from the late American poet Jane Kenyon, who said, 'Read good books, have good sentences in your ears.' And although I no longer know where I read it, I'm sure it was Kenyon who advised writers to apply the 'So what?' test to whatever they write. I do this all the time and, most often, what I write doesn't pass the test.”   

    In this workshop, we are going to work on finding the interior of an idea/of a poem and then we will put it through the “so what?” test to push our work closer toward a center.   



    • 30 Jan 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom
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    This registration if for those who do not want to attend the workshops, but wish to join the open mic, please register here to get a zoom link for the event.

    If you wish to attend the free workshops, please register here


    Open Mic Digital Doors open at 6:15PM

    Open Mic Event Starts at 6:30PM



    • 13 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom
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    Digital Doors Open at 1:45, Event Starts at 2PM

    Join us for In/Verse on Saturday, Feb 13 at 1:45 pm by registering here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and a Zoom link for the event will be sent to you. When it’s time for the event you can click on the Zoom link to join the event.

     

    Heidi Greco works as a writer and editor in the wilds of South Surrey. Her most recent poetry collections are Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart (Caitlin, 2017) and Practical Anxiety (Inanna Publications, 2018). She has poems forthcoming in several anthologies and is currently working on a book that’s a departure for her – critical commentary about one of her favourite films, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Glorious Birds: A Celebratory Homage to Harold and Maude will be published by Vancouver’s Anvil Press early in 2021. More info at her website: heidigreco.ca

    Evelyn Lau is the Vancouver author of thirteen books, including eight volumes of poetry. Her memoir Runaway:  Diary of a Street Kid (HarperCollins, 1989), published when she was eighteen, was made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh in her first major role. Evelyn’s prose books have been translated into a dozen languages;  her poetry has received the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award, the Pat Lowther Award for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman, and a National Magazine Award, as well as nominations for a BC Book Prize and a Governor-General’s Award. Her poems have been chosen numerous times for inclusion in the Best Canadian Poetry series, and she has been writer-in-residence at UBC, Kwantlen College and Vancouver Community College, as well as Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Calgary. From 2011-2014, Evelyn served as Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver.

    Tolu Oloruntoba was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Harvard Divinity Bulletin, PRISM International, Pleiades, Columbia Journal Online, ObsidianThe Maynard, and the Humber Literary Review, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His debut chapbook, Manubrium, was published by Anstruther Press, and was shortlisted for the 2020 bpNichol Chapbook Award. A full-length collection, The Junta of Happenstance, is forthcoming from Anstruther Books in Spring 2021. He lives in Metro Vancouver. https://tolu.ca/

    Al Rempel’s books of poetry are Undiscovered Country, This Isn't the Apocalypse We Hoped For,  Understories, and three chapbooks: Deerness, Four Neat Holes and The Picket Fence Diaries. His poems have also appeared in journals such as The Malahat Review, CV2, and Event as well as in various anthologies, most recently Sweetwater and Heartwood. He has collaborated in a variety of videopoem projects. He can be found at https://alrempel.com/



    Host Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored three books of poetry, including her most recent collection, Odes & Laments, as well as a children’s book about dealing with grief, The Rainbow Rocket. She edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems on Facing Cancer, and has co-edited two nonfiction anthologies.  Her poems have thrice appeared on Poetry in Transit.  Her prose and poetry appear in more than 35 anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry (2010 and 2020 editions) and Forcefield: 77 Women Poets of BC. Her poetry videos have screened at festivals locally and internationally. She teaches at SFU Continuing Studies. fionalam.net  



    • 21 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • On-Line via Zoom



    If you’re doing your job as a writer- you’re making it REALLY hard for your character to get what they want in the story. So what will keep them working toward that goal when you throw everything at them? This workshop will help you understand your character’s motivation, both what they know and what they may not be aware is impacting them. What happened in the past will change how they see challenges now and will invest readers in seeing your character’s succeed. 

    This webinar is presented by Eileen Cook

    Bio: In second grade Eileen’s teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I am sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as Eileen penchant for making things up. While she would go on to fill endless notebooks with really bad poetry, short stories, and the occasional start to a novel, she would first go on to pursue a career as a counsellor working with individuals with catastrophic injuries and illness.

    Eileen quickly discovered that the challenge of working with real people is that they have real problems and she returned to writing where she could make her characters do what she wanted. Her first novel was published in 2008. Entertainment Weekly called her novel WITH MALICE a “seriously creepy thriller” which pretty much made her entire year.

    When not planning murder and mayhem on the computer, Eileen enjoys reading, knitting, yelling at her dogs to stop digging holes and watching hockey (which she is required to do as a new Canadian.)

    Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada, provides writing/editorial coaching, and is a mentor/instructor for The Creative Academy and the Simon Fraser University The Writer’s Studio.

    Eileen can be found on her Website, Twitter and Creative Academy for Writers


    To join us, please purchase a ticket from Eventbrite.

    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Digital Doors Open at 1:45, Event Starts at 2PM

    Join us for In/Verse on Saturday, Feb 13 at 1:45 pm by registering here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and a Zoom link for the event will be sent to you. When it’s time for the event you can click on the Zoom link to join the event.

     

    Stephen Collis is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Commons (Talonbooks 2008), the BC Book Prize winning On the Material (Talonbooks 2010), Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016) and Almost Islands: Phyllis Webb and the Pursuit of the Unwritten (Talonbooks 2018). In 2019 he was awarded the Latner Writers’ Trust of Canada Poetry Prize in recognition of his body of work. In 2021 Talonbooks will publish A History of the Theories of Rain. He lives near Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, and teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University.

    Jen Currin is the author of Hider/Seeker: Stories, which was named a Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2018. Jen has also published four poetry collections, including The Inquisition Yours, winner of the 2011 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, and School (2014), a finalist for three awards. Jen lives on the unceded territories of the Qayqayt, Musqueam, and Kwantlen Nations (New Westminster, BC), and teaches writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

    Poet, novelist and musician Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines, genres and media. Her writing has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, she was Poetry Editor for the LA Weekly and publisher of the Edgewise Cafe, one of Canada’s first electronic literary magazines. Haley has directed numerous videopoems, official selections at dozens of international film festivals. Renowned as an engaging performer, she’s toured Canada, the U.S and Europe in support of two critically acclaimed AURAL Heather CDs of spoken word song, Princess Nut and Surfing Season. She is the author of poetry collections Sideways, Three Blocks West of Wonderland, Skookum Raven and debut novel, The Town Slut's Daughter, currently being adapted to the stage.

    Chelene Knight is the author of the Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, and the Toronto Star. Her work is anthologized in Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter, winner of the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Award. Knight was the previous managing editor at Room magazine, and the previous festival director for the Growing Room Festival in Vancouver. She is now CEO of her own literary studio,Breathing Space Creative and she works as an associate literary agent with Transatlantic Agency. Chelene teaches part time at the University of Toronto.



    Host Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored three books of poetry, including her most recent collection, Odes & Laments, as well as a children’s book about dealing with grief, The Rainbow Rocket. She edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems on Facing Cancer, and has co-edited two nonfiction anthologies.  Her poems have thrice appeared on Poetry in Transit.  Her prose and poetry appear in more than 35 anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry (2010 and 2020 editions) and Forcefield: 77 Women Poets of BC. Her poetry videos have screened at festivals locally and internationally. She teaches at SFU Continuing Studies. fionalam.net  



    • 28 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • On-Line via Zoom



    In 2021 there are plenty of great reasons to write short stories - from
    flash to novelette. The form is enjoying a resurgence of popularity and
    it’s a path to reach readers and connect with publishers. Writing short
    is also a way to test-drive other genres, hone your craft, and stretch
    your creative muscles.

    Join short story author KT Wagner for this
    information packed workshop.

    If you are interested in joining us, purchase a ticket from Eventbrite here.

    • 1 Dec 2021
    • (PST)
    • 31 Dec 2021
    • (PST)

    Disappointed you missed Ev Bishop's popular webinar on marketing and promotion from a small town? Looking for editing tips from Darling Axe senior editors David Brown and Michelle Barker

    You can still access one of our popular Sunday webinars if you did not get a chance to participate live. Recordings of all past webinars can be viewed here. You just need to create an account to access the Teachable platform. Recordings are accessible for the discounted rate of $12 (live webinars are $20). 

    Webinars available include:

    Rearranging Words - with Darling Axe senior editors Michelle Barker and David Brown

    The Monster - errr, ART - of Marketing & Promotion from a Small Town - with author Ev Bishop

    Understanding the Publishing Landscape in 2020 - with author Barb Drozdowich

    5 Tips to Improve Your Confidence in a Social Media World - with author Barb Drozdowich

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