Join us Saturday, October 8th at 7pm for The Write Stuff - Using point of view to serve your characters and your story with Susan Sanford Blades. This session is part of The Write Stuff new virtual series focused on writing craft in various genres.
Using Point of View to Serve Your Characters and Your Story
“The essence of the novel (not its failure) is that it comprises multiple, fluid and shifting points of view.”
—Douglas Glover, Notes Home from a Prodigal Son
Writing a novel from multiple points of view can be a great way to allow your reader access to all of your characters and the world you’ve created for them. In this talk, Susan Sanford Blades will explain how to choose the best point of view to represent each of your characters, in the situations you place them in. Using her novel-in-stories, Fake It So Real, as a guide, she’ll explain how and when to use a close third-person, first-person, and second-person point of view to best serve your characters and the story they’re telling.
Susan Sanford Blades lives on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking people, the Xwsepsum/Kosapsum and Songhees Nations (Victoria, Canada). Her debut novel, Fake It So Real, won the 2021 ReLit Award in the novel category and was a finalist for the 2021 BC and Yukon Book Prizes’ Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her short fiction has been anthologized in The Journey Prize Reader: The Best of Canada’s New Writers and has been published in literary magazines across Canada as well as in the United States and Ireland. Publications are forthcoming in Gulf Coast and The Malahat Review.
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Digital Doors Open at 655pm! (Pacific Time)
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Join us Wednesday, October 12th at 1pm for Wise Words - Forming a writing group, with Gillian Turnbull. This session is part of our Wise Words Program. A unique writing and communication initiative for Seniors in all corners of our lovely province. This program is Funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.
A writing group offers a social and professional outlet for writers who are seeking connection with fellow practitioners. It can also play a vital role in developing your craft as others get to know and critique your work. This session will introduce the mechanics of forming, and maintaining, a writer’s group. We’ll look at how to gather a group together, explore a variety of formats, and talk about keeping one going at a distance while building your individual writing and editing skills.
Gillian Turnbull holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College, where she now teaches as a mentor in the program. She is the author of Sonic Booms: Making Music in an Oil Town. Her writing group, Penizen, is working on an anthology on the creative process titled Bad Artist.
Digital Doors Open at 1255pm! (Pacific Time)
In/Verse dives into the legacy of one of BC’s best loved poets, the late Patrick Lane. Patrick’s wife, poet Lorna Crozier and their friends will read from The Quiet in Me, his posthumous collection. But we won't leave it there! We will go on to explore Patrick's influence on these writers and listen for echoes as they read from their own work.
Patrick Lane, considered by most writers and critics to be one of Canada’s finest poets, was born in 1939 in Nelson, BC. He grew up in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of the BC Interior, primarily in Vernon. He came to Vancouver and co-founded a small press, Very Stone House, with bill bissett and Seymour Mayne. He won nearly every literary prize in Canada, from the Governor General’s Literary Award to the Canadian Authors Association Award to the Dorothy Livesay Prize. In 2014, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada, an honour that recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Lorna Crozier has been acknowledged for her contributions to Canadian literature, her teaching and her mentoring with five honourary doctorates, most recently from McGill and Simon Fraser Universities. Her books have received numerous national awards, including the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry. The Globe and Mail declared The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things one of its Top 100 Books of the Year, and Amazon chose her memoir as one of the 100 books you should read in your lifetime. A Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria, she has performed for Queen Elizabeth II and has read her poetry, which has been translated into several languages, on every continent except Antarctica. Her book, What the Soul Doesn't Want, was nominated for the 2017 Governor General's Award for Poetry. In 2018, Lorna Crozier received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award. Steven Price called Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats), her latest nonfiction book, “one of the great love stories of our time.” Lorna Crozier lives on Vancouver Island.
Rhonda Ganz’s Frequent, small loads of laundry (Mother Tongue) won the Relit Award for Poetry. It was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Victoria Butler Book Prize. Her poems are in The Malahat Review, Rattle, Room, Harvard Design Magazine, on city buses (Poetry in Transit) and anthologies, including Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, Poems from Planet Earth, Force Field: 77 Women Poets of BC, and Voicing Suicide. She reads crime fiction, watches Judge Judy, and needlefelts fancy hearts in the Victoria home she shares with a quiet man and a cat on its seventh life.
Born in Malta, Seán Virgo's gypsy life has involved learning four different national anthems, three of them bilingual. He has lived and worked in many parts of Canada, from Haida Gwaii to Newfoundland, but has made his home in southwest Saskatchewan for the last 20 years. He has won awards for his work, both poetry and fiction, here and in the UK, and has subsidized his writer's calling as a teacher, logger, shepherd, editor and TV host.
Susan Alexander is the author of two collections of poems, The Dance Floor Tilts and Nothing You Can Carry and a former journalist. Her work has won multiple awards, including the Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry in 2019. Susan’s poems appear in anthologies and literary magazines in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., have ridden Vancouver buses as part of Poetry in Transit and even shown up in the woods around Whistler. She lives on Nexwlélexm/Bowen Island, the traditional territory of the Squamish people.
Digital Doors Open at 1:55, Event Starts at 2PM
*This event is not being recorded
This In/Verse event is supported by the League of Canadian Poets, The Canada Council for the Arts, and the British Columbia Arts Council. The Federation of BC Writers is grateful for their ongoing support.
Join us for Writing Sprint Serenade on Monday, Oct 24 at 12 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.
Pianist Andrew Sims creates a space for us all to be inspired. He accompanies us while we engage in our craft. This monthly event has a simple, but creative premise. Andrew plays while we write.
Each session will start with a brief introduction to the music being played and from there we launch into a creative space wherein writers are serenaded by live music to inspire us and build commonality with writers working from across BC and the Yukon
Andrew Sims completed the Bachelor of Music in piano from Baylor University and Master of Music in piano from the University of Alberta. He maintains a busy teaching studio of students from 5-99 years old. Andrew is an examiner for the Canadian National Conservatory of Music and has embraced online teaching; he specializes in creative, wholistic, and positive teaching. andrewsimspiano.com
Digital Doors Open at 11:55, Event Starts at 12PM
Member Price: $10
Non-Member Price is $20
Writing Rights: The Evolution of Copyright and Contracts, with John Degen
The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is working with international partners to drive a global conversation about copyright protection for cultural work, and the evolution of publishing agreements. As much of publishing moves toward single book contracts and reduced service to authors, it’s imperative the contracts that publishers present to authors also change with the times. The International Authors Forum (IAF) has listed ten essential principles for modern, fair contracts that all authors should become familiar with. John Degen, CEO of The Writers’ Union of Canada and Chair of the IAF will discuss the changing nature of our cultural work, and how we can better protect our rights.
John Degen is Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), and Chair of the International Authors Forum (IAF) in the UK – serving and representing over 700,000 authors worldwide. He is a poet and novelist with three published books. John has worked for many years as an arts administrator, arts funder and policy advocate on cultural issues. He is the previous Literature Officer at the Ontario Arts Council, where he administered funding for Ontario’s writers, publishers and literary presenters, and was active in expanding the granting reach for that office into Ontario’s northern and indigenous communities. His essays and opinions have been published widely throughout Canada, including in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, THIS Magazine, The Hill Times, Canadian Notes and Queries, and the Literary Review of Canada. He has served on many boards and advisories in the literary and arts sector. His debut novel, The Uninvited Guest, was shortlisted for the 2006 Amazon.ca First Novel Award.
This event will be recorded.
Join us for November 8h at 7 pm PT 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.
We are excited to present, FBCW's Fireside Chat with Chelene Knight. This chat will be about an hour long and will feature our special guest host, Megan Cole. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Digital doors open at 6:55pm!
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. Her poem,“Welwitschia” won the 2020 CV2 Editor's Choice award. She was shortlisted for PRISM's 2021 short forms contest. Chelene's novel is forthcoming with Book*hug Press in 2022, and her book on Black self-love and joy is forthcoming with HarperCollins Canada in 2023.
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