Upcoming events

    • 7 Dec 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom

    Join us on December 7th to learn how to get the most out of your membership! Executive Director Bryan Mortensen and team members from the Federation of BC Writers will walk you through event registration, updating your profile, and any questions you may have!

    • 8 Dec 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Join us Wednesday, December 8th at 1pm for Wise Words - Dream Delving: Prospecting in your Sleep for New Writing Ideas, with Carla Stein.  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.

    How can you use dream interpretation and lucid dreaming to vitalize and enhance your writing? Carla Stein will introduce you to techniques for understanding your dreams and ways to make the most of the writing gold that’s been waiting to be discovered under your pillow.  

    Carla Stein’s poetry and images have been published in Sustenance, Friday's PoemsStonecoast Review, Sad Girl Review, Pocket LintPlease Hear What I’m Not SayingLemonspoutingThe Belladonna, Polar Starlight and others. She has released two poetry chapbooks, Sideways Glances of an Everyday Sailor and Shrieking from the Shore. Until leaving the field to focus on writing and art, Carla practiced for 20+ years as a counselor and accredited mental health and addictions therapist. She holds a M.Ed. degree as well as a diploma in Fine Art. Her career has included writing as both a freelance and broadcast journalist. Carla is artistic director of Wordstorm Society of the Arts, based in Nanaimo, B.C. View her artwork at: www.roaeriestudio.com 

    For those of you new to zoom - if you are uncomfortable signing in the first time, or need extra help to log-in, email us at hello@bcwriters.ca and one of our staff will touch base with you.

    Register 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 1245pm! (Pacific Time)

    • 9 Dec 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom

    The AGM is an opportunity for all members in good standing to be actively engage in our organization.  AGMs include reports from key officers within the organization, board elections, and a look under the hood of our overall operations and financials.  Think of it as an administrative open house.  We are prepping to have an additional AGM in Spring to get us back into our normal AGM cycle.

    AGM also happens to be a great opportunity to join our board or any number of our committees.  Info on each can be found via the following links



    Our board is always welcome to new participants. To nominate yourself or another members, please send an e-mail to board@bcwriters.ca by Nov 25th

    Please include your name, a preferred phone number, and a 2-3 sentence bio.

    As this is a members only event, if you are not signed in, the register button will ask you for the e-mail associated with your federation of BC writers profile and for you to login. (It will be whatever e-mail you use to access our newsletter)

    • 11 Dec 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Digital Doors Open at 1:55, Event Starts at 2PM

    Join us for In/Verse on Saturday, December 11 at 1:55 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.

    Barbara Nickel

    Essential Tremor, released by Caitlin Press in April 2021, is Barbara Nickel’s third collection of poetry. Her first collection, The Gladys Elegies, won the Pat Lowther Award and her second, Domain, was a Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year. Her work has appeared in many publications including The Walrus, Poetry Ireland Review, and most recently in the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2021, and is featured on the BC Transit system as part of the 2021-2022 Poetry in Transit. Nickel is also an author of books for young people, one of which won a BC Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year. Barbara lives and writes in Yarrow, B.C., on the Stó:lo territory of the Pilalt and Ts’elxwéyeqw.

    Dallas Hunt

    Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty Eight territory in northern Alberta. He has had creative works published in Contemporary Verse 2, Prairie Fire, PRISM international and Arc Poetry. His first children’s book, Awâsis and the World-famous Bannock, was published through Highwater Press in 2018. His new book, CREELAND, is out through Nightwood Editions. Hunt is an assistant professor of Indigenous literatures at the University of British Columbia.

    Diane Tucker

    Vancouver native Diane Tucker has published a young adult novel and four books of poems, most recently Nostalgia for Moving Parts (Turnstone Press, 2021). Her play about poet Christina Rossetti was produced by Calgary’s Fire Exit Theatre in 2013. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and in more than seventy journals in Canada and abroad. She lives once again in beloved East Van.


    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. 

    • 15 Dec 2021
    • 31 Dec 2022

    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

    • 13 Jan 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom

    The Federation of BC Writers would like to build greater partnerships with organizations around the province. To that end, we have drafted an Affiliate Network project description and category system. Our goal is not to force anything on our partners, so we are eager for your feedback and to create a broader network to help all groups and organizations serving the writing communality. bcwriters.ca/affiliates

    • 20 Jan 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom

    As part of our efforts to relaunch our area rep system, we gathering our area reps to have a round table discussion on the network and how best to move forward!

    Please join us for this important conversation.

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