Upcoming events

    • 15 May 2021
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    • 21 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Digital (Zoom)

    The Federation of British Columbia Writers is pleased to announce the 2021 BC Writers' Summit running from May 15th to May 21st.  The Summit replaces our previous Spring Writes festival.

    This digital gathering is focused on skill development and opportunities for writers to practice their craft and is inclusive of people working in any genre and working at any skill level.

    Don't forget.  When you register, you have an opportunity to register for any or all of the below Summit Add-Ons

    • Membership Add-Ons
    • Blue Pencil Consultation: Query letter and Writing Sample Review
    • readON Newsletter Listing - Summit Registration Special
    • BC Writer's Summit Patron Sponsorship

    • 20 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Digital Doors Open at 6:45, Event Starts at 7PM

    Join us to celebrate our contest winners of 2020, announce our special 2021/2022 Ambassador, and kick off this year's contests!

    It has been a hard year and for many of us, our formal and semi formal attire is hanging in the closet, gathering dust. Lets get gussied up and send photos of our red carpet entrance to summit@bcwriters.ca   Get your photo submissions in at least 1 hour before the event (we know you may have to cheat a little by taking your photo before the event) to be entered for fabulous prizes! OH! and post them the night of using the hashtag #FBCWGala to your social media.

    This event is officially part of the summit, but is open to all. Donations welcome. If you have registered for the summit, you are already registered for this event.

    • 27 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Digital Doors Open at 6:45, Event Starts at 7PM

    Join us for a the WordWorks Magazine, 2021: Issue 2 Release Party!

    Lets celebrate the newest edition of WordWorks with a digital get together.  Meet the writers, ask them questions ...bring your own wine and cheese.  PLUS a special announcement from the Federation of BC Writers.  You don't want to miss this one.

    • 12 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

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

    Join us for In/Verse on Saturday, June 12 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.


    Shelley A. Leedahl is a multi-genre writer in Ladysmith. Her numerous books include poetry and short story collections, novels, nonfiction, and children's literature. Recent titles include The Moon Watched It All, I Wasn’t Always Like This, and Wretched Beast. Shelley also works as a freelance writer, book reviewer, editor, and presenter, and she writes and produces a literary podcast, “Something Like Love”. She looks forward to the release of her next poetry collection, Go (Radiant Press, Spring 2022).

    Shelley loves to explore, and when not busy with a writing project she is often hiking, running or kayaking. See: www.writersunion.ca/member/shelleya-leedahl

    Joanna Lilley’s latest poetry book, Endlings (Turnstone Press), is all about extinct animals. Her other poetry books are If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press) and The Fleece Era (Brick Books) which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Joanna’s novel, Worry Stones (Ronsdale Press), was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award and she’s also written a short story collection, The Birthday Books (Hagios Press). Joanna has given readings and workshops as far afield as Alaska and Iceland. She’s from Britain and now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, with gratitude on the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta'an Kwäch'än Council.

    Hasan Namir

    Iraqi-Canadian author Hasan Namir graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and received the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award. He is the author of God in Pink (2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail. His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Shaw TV, Airbnb, in the film God in Pink: A Documentary, Breakfast Television Toronto, CTV Morning Live Saskatoon. He was recently named a writer to watch by CBC books. He is also the author of poetry book War/Torn (2019, Book*Hug Press) and children's book The Name I Call Myself (2020, Arsenal Pulp Press). Hasan lives in Vancouver with his husband and child. 

    Billeh Nickerson is a Vancouver-based author, editor and educator whose sixth book, Duct-Taped Roses, was recently published with Book*hug Press. He is Co-Chair of the Creative Writing department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, BC. He lives and loves in East Vancouver.

    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  

    • 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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