Upcoming events

    • 22 Aug 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Tradition Brewing Company 215 Port Augusta St Unit 11, Comox, BC V9M 3M9, Canada
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    Join us Monday, August 22, 2022 for our first 1-Day: Local Writing Social.  The goal of this project is to bring us back together as a writing community in local spaces to enjoy a shared experience and an opportunity to write.

    In August, our friends at New Tradition Brewing Company in Comox, BC have invited us to use their space.  Tickets include:  tour, Q&A with brew master, beer flight, and time to write in the brewery with fellow artists.  This event is a 19+ event.

    $20 for members

    $25 for non-members

    215 Port Augusta St Unit 11, Comox, BC V9M 3M9, Canada


    • 14 Sep 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us Wednesday, September 14th at 1pm for Wise Words - 65 is the New Writer, with Lenore Rowntree.  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.

    For the older writer who wants to take writing to the next level whether that be publication, performance, open mic, or simply getting the nerve up to share with friends and family. The focus will be on some of the subtle aspects of mindset and intention that can block success for a writer, especially one who fears it may be too late to get started. It is never too late. This workshop includes tips on how to crush writers’ block, as well as practical information on sources for publication and expanding resources. 

    Lenore Rowntree’s See You Later Maybe Never will be released in 2022 (Now or Never Publishing). This short story collection is an unsentimental and sometimes humorous look at aging and relationships. Other recent books include Cluck, a novel, finalist for the Great BC Novel prize (Thistledown Press), and as editor & contributor, Hidden Lives: true stories from people who live with mental illness (Touchwood Editions/ Brindle & Glass). 

    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 1255pm! (Pacific Time)

    *This event is not being recorded.

    • 19 Sep 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register


    Join us for Writing Sprint Serenade on Monday, Sept 19 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

    *This event is not being recorded




    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom
    Register


    Member Price: $10

    Non-Member Price is $20

    What Teens Want From YA Literature, and How We Can Give it to Them

    with Michelle Barker and David Brown from Darling Axe

    What do YA readers really want and what are the tropes that make them cringe? In this workshop, you’ll learn from two industry professionals who’ve dug into the disconnect between the YA novels being published and the novels teens actually want to read. They’ll discuss everything from unrealistic relationships to absentee parents, and writers will come away with a better understanding of how to write engagingly authentic YA novels.

    Bio

    Michelle Barker’s most recent novel My Long List of Impossible Things (2020) is published by Annick Press and is shortlisted for a Vine Award. Her previous novel, The House of One Thousand Eyes (2018, Annick Press) won numerous awards, including the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, and was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of A Year of Borrowed Men, finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Her poetry, short fiction and non-fiction have been published in literary reviews around the world. Michelle is represented by Westwood Creative Artists and works as a senior editor with The Darling Axe. She holds an MFA in creative writing from UBC and lives in Vancouver, on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

    David Brown founded Darling Axe Editing in 2018 after working as a freelance editor for more than fifteen years. He is an award-winning short fiction writer, recipient of a 2022 Canada Council for the Arts award, and his debut novel is represented by the Donaghy Literary Group. He has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in magazines and literary journals, and he has an MFA in creative writing from UBC. David lives in Victoria, Canada, on the traditional territory of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. 

    Digital Doors Open at 12:55, Event Starts at 2PM

    This event will be recorded.

    • 28 Sep 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register


    Join us Wednesday, September 28th at 1pm for Wise Words - Sharing our Gifts, with Joseph Dandurand.  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.

    In this interactive session, Joseph will share his own writing including poems and other work as he invites writers to explore various writing prompts in hopes of helping participants share their gifts. Have a pen, pencil, paper, or word document ready! And come open to sharing your writing in this session.

    Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River about 20 minutes east of Vancouver. He resides there with his 3 children Danessa, Marlysse, and Jace. Joseph is the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center. Joseph received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. He has been the Storyteller in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library. He has published 13 books of poetry and the latest are: I Want by Leaf Press (2015), Hear and Foretell by BookLand Press (2015), The Rumour (2018) by BookLand Press (2018), SH:LAM (the doctor) Mawenzi Press (2019), The Corrupted by Guernica Press (2020), his children’s play: Th’owixiya: the hungry Feast dish by Playwrights Press Canada (2019) his  children’s books: The Sasquatch, the fire, and the cedar basket (2020) and The Magical Sturgeon (2022) published by Nightwood Press along with his poetry manuscript: The Punishment (2022) He also is very busy storytelling at many events and Schools.


    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 1255pm! (Pacific Time)

    *This event is not being recorded.

    • 24 Oct 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register


    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

    *This event is not being recorded




    • 8 Nov 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register


    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.

    Knight was the previous managing editor at Room magazine, and the previous festival director for the Growing Room Festival in Vancouver. She has also worked as a professor of poetry at the University of Toronto. Chelene is now founder of her own literary studio,Breathing Space Creative through which she’s launched The Forever Writers Club, a membership for writers focused on creative sustainability. Chelene works as a literary agent with the Transatlantic Agency.

    *This event is not being recorded.



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