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    • 5 Apr 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online webinar via the Zoom platform

    Hiring an illustrator is like dating. When looking for and finding the RIGHT illustrator for you, just like MR/MRS RIGHT, it is important to keep in mind that all perceptions are different. What is good for YOU, may not be the case for another person. When YOU make a book, YOU will have a vision for how YOU will want that book to look. It is pretty neat when you find someone who nails that vision on the head with accuracy, it’ll be pretty damn close – but it will never be EXACTLY as you envisioned. Accepting this truth first will help you on your journey of finding the RIGHT illustrator for you, and maybe even MR/MRS RIGHT too.

    In this workshop you will learn:

    • How to choose the right illustrator
    • How to talk to your illustrator
    • What you are paying for
    • and the answers to 7 other important questions.

    Join Lindsay and learn all about illustrators and illustrations.


    Lindsay Ford is the author, illustrator and publisher of Bread + Clutter Books: A revolutionary children’s book series changing the way we think of the world, and the people in it. Described as “nextgen books”, Bread+Clutter stories are made for children, with adults in mind.

    The Awkward + Awesome series is a collection of such books, celebrating real people with their uniquely amazing stories – however strange or odd they may be. Stories of unsuspecting, unlikely heroes who manage to change the world we live in just by being themselves and owning their inner weirdos. Titles include: Tommy Tutu; The Granny That Never Got Old; The Big Bike Bamboozle and, coming this year, Ugly Food.

    Bread + Clutter supports mental health awareness. Every book is made with the hopes of starting the conversation about mental health. Each story speaks to a world where it’s okay to be weird and wonderful.

    For more information about Lindsay please visit www.breadandclutter.com

    To purchase a ticket, visit EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/10-things-to-know-when-hiring-an-illustrator-tickets-99635703070

    • 15 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Kootenay Gallery of Art, 120 Heritage Way (Across from Airport), Castlegar, BC

    Celebrate Poetry Month at the Kootenay Gallery of Art with poets

    Linda Crosfield, Susan Andrews-Grace, Jane Byers.


    Admission is free

    This is a Federation of BC Writers event, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets.

    For more information contact membership@bcwriters.ca

    • 17 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, BC V8L 3G4


    An evening with Bob McDonald

    Reading from his newest book, An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space, beloved science commentator Bob McDonald will take us on a tour of our galaxy, unravel mysteries of the universe and help us navigate our place among the stars. This is an evening that will interest all ages and will remind us about our very special place in the universe.

    April 17, 2020 7 p.m. Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, B.C. 

    Tickets $10 (including refreshments) at Tanner’s Books and online (https://www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca/). All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the 2021 Sidney LitFest. 


    • 24 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Gibsons, BC

    The Federation of BC Writers will follow the recommendations of the BC Department of Health notifications concerning the coronavirus in moving forward with Spring Writes. If we need to cancel or move to another date we will immediately notify all registrants.

    Spring Writes brings writers of all stripes to Gibsons April 24th to 26th to read, to write and just to listen. As writers, we spend far too much time in the closet scribbling on notepads, banging away on computers and generally not talking to anyone but our muse.

    At the end of this long winter, Spring Writes draws us out of our closets and into the lengthening days to gather and exchange the work of the winter.

    This year Spring Writes offers attendees the option of taking individual workshops a la carte or to purchase a Gold Pass, which allows the individual to full access to attend any workshop, have a one-on-one meeting with an editor/agent, and attend the Saturday night Spring Writes dinner.

    Gold Pass holders must decide if they want to attend a Workshop Intensive (sign up for it when they purchase the Gold Pass) or if they want to attend the Short Workshops offered all day Saturday and Sunday.

    Every Gold Pass holder has a seat at the dinner. Every Gold Pass holder can have a one-on-one meeting with an editor/agent.

    At the same time, attendees may choose to simply take one or two sessions a la carte that directly speak to their particular craft. And maybe attend the Spring Writes dinner after the AGM.

    For those that choose the Gold Pass the savings are substantial.

    For those that choose a la carte, the cost may be minimal.

    Join us for Spring Writes in Gibsons, April 24-25, 2020.



    • 7PM Opening Reception at Gibsons Art Gallery

    Saturday: (We have the Gibsons Market Cascade Room all day)

    • 9-1                   Workshop Intensives (6 to 8 sessions. See below.)
    • 9-10:45            Short Session 1 (two sessions)
    • 11-1                 Short Session 2 (two sessions)
    • 2-4                   Short Session 3 (two sessions)
    • 5-6                   AGM
    • 6-7                   Social Hour
    • 7-on                 Dinner


    Sunday: (We have the Cascade Room from noon on)

    • 9-1                   Workshop Intensives (6 to 8 sessions. See below.)
    • 9-10:45            Short Session 4 (two sessions)
    • 11-1                 Short Session 5 (two sessions)
    • 2-4                   Short Session 6 (two sessions)
    • 4-5                   Closing readings and sharing.

    Workshop Intensives

    For the first time, Spring Writes will offer two-day intensive workshops. Limited to eight writers, each group will meet Saturday and Sunday morning from 9AM to 1 PM. With subjects ranging from The Poem, to Marketing Your Self-Published Book, to Pacing and Proximity, to The Memoir, there is a session for everyone.

    Due to the schedule of the Workshop Intensives, participants will only be able to attend the afternoon Short Workshops.

    If a participant purchases a Gold Pass ($150 for members), this includes one Workshop Intensive ($120), access to two afternoon Short Workshops ($70), a meeting with an editor/agent ($25) and the Spring Writes dinner ($35) for a savings of $100 over the individual a la carte tuition.

    Sign up at registration for your Workshop Intensives to be assured of a spot. At only eight per session, each will fill quickly.

    • Letterpress—The Broadside
    • The Craft of Memoir Writing--From Start to Finish—Darrel McLeod
    • Self-Publishing Electronic Manuscript Boot Camp—Barb Drozdowich (Fed Board member)
    • Self-Publishing Marketing Bootcamp—Bill Arnott
    • The Poem—Jane Munro
    • Proximity and Pacing in Fiction/Non-Fiction-- Betsy Warland
    • Overcoming Our Fears, Fiction/Non-Fiction—Gail Anderson-Dargatz
    • The Blog, building relevance in today’s crowded blog-o-sphere—Adam Olsen

    Workshop Intensives Info & Registration » 

    Short Sessions

    Saturday and Sunday are filled with Short Workshops, two groups in the morning and one group in the afternoon. These sessions range from Eco-Poetry, to Memoir, to the Haiku, to Overcoming our Fears in Writing. There is literally a session for everyone. There are over twelve individual sessions to pick from.

    Attendees have two options with the Short Workshops.

    The first, a la carte. Pick the session you want, one, or two, and only pay for that session. Simple.

    Or buy a Gold Pass ($150 members) and attend a workshop in each of the six sessions ($210), meet with an editor/agent ($25) and attend the Spring Writes dinner ($35) for a savings of $130 over the a la carte.

    The choice is yours.


    Session 1

    Session 2

    • Poetry and Ecology: finding new metaphors for a changing world -Yvonne Blomer(Cont. 1&2) 
    • Master Your Point of View—Jennifer Manuel Info & Registration »

    Session 3


    Session 4

    Session 5

    • TBA--Jenifer Manuel--
    • Overcoming Our Fears to Write Powerful Stories--Gail Anderson-Dargatz Info & Registration »

    Session 6

    • Everything You Want to Know about Book Publishing and What It Takes to Create a Great Book-- Craig Shemilt Info & Registration »
    • Travel, Memoir, Advocacy: “Setting Things Straight in Creative Nonfiction--Trevor Carolan Info & Registration »


    Your registration package will have a schedule of free readings around the Gibsons community during Spring Writes.

    Please consult the schedule to fill your extra time with the words of our guest readers.

    Pricing & Registration

    Gold Pass

    The Gold Pass offers attendees access to all Spring Writes workshops, a one-on-one meeting with an editor/agent and a seat at the Spring Writes dinner at a single price at a substantial savings.

    For those attending a Workshop Intensive, the combined savings is $100.

    For those attending only the Short Workshops, the combined savings is $130.

    Our intent is to offer folks the broadest of options. Pick and choose. Or take in the full monte.

    Your choice.

    Members: $150

    Includes one WI ($120, if desired), all access to Short Sessions (At $35 each, $210), one meeting with an editor or publisher ($25), social hour and dinner ticket ($35.).

    Non-Members: $180

    Includes one WI ($145, if desired), all access to Short Sessions (At $45 each, $270), one meeting with an editor or publisher ($35), social hour and dinner ticket ($45.).

    Register for Gold Pass


    A La Carte

    With the broad selection of workshops, some writers may want to concentrate on only a couple of sessions, then enjoy the readings, the informal gatherings and simply revel in the company of other writers for three days.

    For those folks, Spring Writes offers the a la carte option. Pick and choose only the session(s) exactly meets your needs. One workshop. Or two. Join us for the Spring Writes dinner. Or not.

    The choice is all yours.

    It is a la carte.

    Workshop Intensives

    • Member: $120
    • Non-Member:  $145

    Short Sessions

    • Member: $35
    • Non-Member: $45


    • Member: $25
    • Non-Member: $35

    Readings Free to all

    Reception Free to all, No Host bar.


    Memberships at event, 25% off

    First 50 signing up receive cotton swag bag.

    Early Bird ends April 1, 2020

    Rates will rise substantially after April 1, 2020

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 2 sessions

    “There are no/ other rivers,/ no prairies, no air, no clear/ wordless root of the breath.” Jan Zwicky, Seeing

    In the pre-Romantic era, mountains were not considered beautiful, rather they were seen as wasted space. The Romantic poets changed how we view the natural world. What are we, in the 21st Century seeing and not seeing? How can poetry lead us to look and see and report in language and metaphor our changing world? How do we write about our environment, is it a celebration or an elegy?

    In this three-hour course, participants will have a chance to explore in poetry, through metaphor and form, the natural world, the changing world and delve into the truths of living in the Age of the Anthropocene. 

    The cost of this workshop is $45 for Federation of BC Writers members/$55 non-members.

    Yvonne Blomer

    Yvonne Blomer is the author of a travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, and three books of poetry, as well as an editor, teacher and mentor in poetry and memoir. She is the Federation of BC Writers’ 2019 Honourary Ambassador. She served as the city of Victoria poet laureate from 2015–2018. In 2018 Yvonne was the Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Bateman Centre and created Ravine, Mouse, a Bird’s Beak, a chapbook of ekphrastic ecological poetry in response to Bateman’s art. In 2017 Yvonne edited the anthology Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (Caitlin Press) with poets responding to their connection to the Pacific from the west coast of North America, and as far away as Japan and New Zealand. Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds is the second in a trilogy of water-based poetry anthologies coming out with Caitlin Press. Blomer lives, works and raises her family on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. She gives thanks for the privilege of water.

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 2 sessions

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    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Gibson's, BC

    Letterpress—The Broadside

    Spend two mornings learning letterpress basics, setting type and each producing a short-run broadside (minimal words unless we use photo-set type.)

    The Craft of Memoir Writing—From Start to Finish—Darrel McLeod

    In this extended workshop with Darrel J. McLeod, we will explore the starting points in memoir writing through exercises getting the proverbial creative juices flowing. Even if your memoir is well underway, the exploration will foster the inspiration to continue, bringing more depth and meaning to your work.

    This is a hands-on workshop in which we will create chapter or story beginnings for you to use well into the future. We’ll also spend time on a six stage self-editing process Darrel developed to bring your work to a very polished and submission-ready state – all on your own.

    Darrel J. McLeod is Cree from Treaty 8 First Nation of Alberta. He is the author of the memoir Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre), winner of the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and finalist for the RBC Charles Taylor Prize, BC Book Prize and Victoria Butler Book Prize. The sequel to Mamaskatch, entitled Peyakow, is in the final editing phase and will be released in the fall of 2020.

    Darrel is a fluent speaker of French and Spanish and is studying Cree. He holds degrees in French literature and education from the University of British Columbia, and has advanced training in dispute resolution. Much of Darrel’s career was devoted to education at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels. He has done curriculum design, instruction, and delivered numerous workshops on many topics.

    Darrel’s full-time writing career began in 2013 with a course entitled Memoir of Inquiry at SFU. Since then he has taken numerous workshops and courses with established writers like Betsy Warland, Shaena Lambert, Caroline Adderson and Sarah Selecky. He has developed a highly praised and sought after workshop for the Federation of BC Writers. Darrel has been a presenter and panelist at many literary festivals including The Victoria Festival of Authors, The Sunshine Coast Literary Festival, The Ottawa Literary Festival, Blue Metropolis in Montreal, Vancouver Word on the Street, The Toronto Writer’s Festival, The Bangkok Book Festival, and the Georgetown Literary Festival in Malaysia.

    In the spring of 2018 Darrel was accepted into the Banff Writing Studio to advance his first work of fiction. He lives, writes, sings and plays jazz guitar in Sooke, B.C., and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

    Self-Publishing Electronic Manuscript Boot Camp—Barb Drozdowich (Fed Board member)


    Taking your ready to publish manuscript to the different electronic platforms. Work on design. Formatting. At the end of the two mornings, be on the web and go wide.

    A technology expert for authors,

    Barb Drozdowich

    is the author of twenty-seven books with several more are in the works. Her day job is helping authors with their blogs and all things social media. She uses normal everyday language and to help people understand how to use the new tools of today’s world of publishing – Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, etc. She’s patient with upwards of 2 decades of teaching under her belt and completely comfortable with technology. As a voracious reader. she lives in awe of those who create the magical stories that she reads every day.

    Self-Publishing Marketing Bootcamp—Bill Arnott

    Over the two mornings develop the marketing tools needed to successfully market a self-published book. Facebook, Instagram, press releases, web pages and so on. Develop the book promo packet needed to successfully pitch bookstores for launches and readings.

    Bill Arnott is the bestselling author of Gone Viking: A Travel Saga and Dromomania. His work is published in Canada, US, UK, Europe and Asia. Bill is a poetry award recipient and finalist for Whistler Independent Book Awards with Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. When not trekking the globe with a weatherproof journal and outdated camera phone, Bill can be found on Canada’s west coast, making friends and misbehaving.


    The Poem—Jane Munro

    Shoot images with words; choreograph a poem’s dance moves; catch a metaphor to where you’re going. Play. Listen with the inner ear. Craft dynamic poems.

    Jane Munro’s new poetry collection is Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). Her sixth collection, Blue Sonoma (Brick Books), won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.

    Munro has taught Creative Writing at several universities in BC, given many informal writing workshops, and read her poetry to audiences across Canada and in Ireland, the USA, Italy, India, and Egypt.

    She is a member of the collaborative poetry group Yoko’s Dogs and lives in Vancouver. For more information see: https://www.janemunro.com/

    Proximity and Pacing in Fiction/Non-Fiction—Betsy Warland

    Two common weaknesses in a manuscript or a personal essay, suite of poems, short story, etc. are inaccurate proximity and contradictory pacing. In first and early drafts we need to hold the focus and just get it down. In later drafts, if proximity and pacing are not corrected, the narrative's energy becomes oddly static or confusing. Bring 3-5 pages of your work that you are vexed by to try some revisions or experiment on to improve proximity and pacing.

    Betsy Warland has published 13 books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose. Warland’s 2010 book of essays on new approaches to writing, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing became a bestseller. Author, mentor, teacher, manuscript consultant, editor, Warland received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Literary Excellence in 2016. Warland is the director of Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, co-founder of the national Creative Nonfiction Collective, and established The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University she was director of from 2001–2012, and Mentor in numerous times between 2001—2018. 

    Overcoming Our Fears, Fiction/Non-Fiction—Gail Anderson-Dargatz

    Our fears can stop us from finishing a book, or even starting it, and we so often avoid our protagonist’s conflicts, for the same reasons we avoid our own. The result: passive protagonists and wandering storylines. In this workshop, we’ll explore the ways we avoid conflict on the page and find solutions so we can develop our projects to the fullest.

    Please be prepared to share a portion of a novel chapter or short story of no more than 2,000 words two weeks before the workshop. Writers will “meet” ahead of time on Gail’s teaching forums where manuscripts will be distributed on a private board. If forums are new to you, don’t worry. Gail will help you out. 

    Gail Anderson-Dargatz is the author of The Cure for Death by Lightning, A Recipe for Bees and, most recently, The Spawning Grounds. She offers developmental edits and mentors writers from around the world on her online teaching forums. For more, please visit her website at www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca or follow her @AndersonDargatz.

    The Blog, building relevance in today’s crowded blog-o-sphere—Adam Olsen

    Creating a blog that will touch readers and develop a following. The blog form. The first couple of posts. Developing a voice. Creating a breadth of subject matter to maintain interest.

    Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP) serves as the Member for Saanich North and the Islands and Interim Leader for the B.C. Green Party. Inspired by the incredible place and people he represents; Adam has a deep love and respect for his home in the Salish Sea (W̱SÁNEĆ).

    Always seeking new ideas, new ways to achieve goals and new ways to come together to move forward, Adam believes in intergenerational equity – that the current generation has a responsibility to following generations to leave the world a better place. A philosopher at heart, Adam believes that there is a deep connection between all things. All things are equal, all have spirits, and we need to rebalance our perspective; each part of the ecosystem is incredibly important.  

    Born in Victoria, BC, Adam has lived, worked and played his entire life on the Saanich Peninsula. He is a member of Tsartlip First Nation (W̱JOȽEȽP), where he and his wife, Emily, are raising their two children, Silas and Ella

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Most writers have a POV they use without deep consideration, but is it the best POV for your story? This workshop will take you beyond the usual descriptions of first-person and third-person points of view. You’ll learn the essential connection between POV, voice, and narrative distance. You’ll also acquire tricks to script your POV in powerful ways, as well as valuable POV exercises and an array of examples.

    Jennifer Manuel has received acclaim for her short fiction. Her novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float won the 2017 Ethel Wilson Prize and has been optioned for a television series. She has been a Western Magazine Finalist and CBC named her a Writer to Watch. Her first children’s novel, Dressed to Play, came out in Fall 2019. She has taught for Sarah Selecky’s Writing School and her own online course, Reimagine the Page, offers an effective, original approach to the revision process. She lives in both Duncan and Kyuquot, where she teaches high school.

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    A workshop on English-language haiku will include structure and form with a list of things to consider such as juxtaposition, aha moment, season word, and musicality. The “basics” will stem from modern and traditional Japanese-style haiku. To celebrate the season and inspire haiku there will also be a short walk.

    Angela Naccarato

    Angela Naccarato is the founder of the Vancouver Haiku Group and co-editor of The Jade Pond. She has studied haiku for almost a decade and continues to work on establishing English-language guidelines. In 2014, Writers International Network Canada honoured her with the inaugural Distinguished Haiku Poet Award for her contribution to haiku, and Members of the Legislative Assembly in the cities of Burnaby and Richmond presented her with two Certificates of Recognition for the same.

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM

    Slipstream speculative fiction is an increasingly popular approach to weaving relevant and resonant stories for the 21st century reader. Short story author KT Wagner will discuss her rationale, strategies and approaches to integrating the supernatural and folk horror into science fiction tales. Bring your writing tools!

    Surrounded by gnomes, gargoyles and poisonous plants, KT Wagner writes creepy stories in the garden of her Maple Ridge, British Columbia home. She enjoys day-dreaming and is a collector of strange plants, weird trivia and obscure tomes. In her spare time, she organizes writer events and works to create literary community. KT graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio in 2015 (Southbank 2013). A number of her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies. She’s currently working on a scifi-horror novel. KT can be found online at www.northernlightsgothic.com and @KT_Wagner

    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Our fears can stop us from finishing a book, or even starting it, and we so often avoid our protagonist’s conflicts, for the same reasons we avoid our own. The result: passive protagonists and wandering storylines. In this workshop, we’ll explore the ways we avoid conflict on the page and find solutions so we can develop our projects to the fullest.

    Please be prepared to share a portion of a novel chapter or short story of no more than 2,000 words two weeks before the workshop. Writers will “meet” ahead of time on Gail’s teaching forums where manuscripts will be distributed on a private board. If forums are new to you, don’t worry. Gail will help you out.

    Gail Anderson-Dargatz is the author of The Cure for Death by Lightning, A Recipe for Bees and, most recently, The Spawning Grounds. She offers developmental edits and mentors writers from around the world on her online teaching forums. For more, please visit her website at www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca or follow her @AndersonDargatz.

    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Content coming soon.

    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Join veteran author, film-maker and editor Trevor Carolan in exploring how writers of diverse branches of Creative Nonfiction invigorate their material for a public audience. Borrowing methods from journalism, fiction, and scriptwriting, we’ll explore the C.N.F. mojo for catching and holding the reader’s (or an editor’s) eye. Consider:

    * Travel writing and effective memoirs are still powerfully attractive to readers: what elements transform a writer’s personal experience and thoughts into a piece of literature full of meaning, history and emotion?

    * Once we identify the possibility of writing “creative” nonfiction, how do we get started in this challenging new vein? Who publishes C.N.F.?

    * Creative nonfiction typically incorporates a strong first-person narrative. How do we face up to the challenge of developing our own writerly “voice”?

    * The desire to help shift public perceptions obliges discipline and focus. Can advocacy become a burden for the writer?


    Bring a pen & notepad to this session and be prepared to air and share ideas regarding this increasingly popular, respected genre of writing. We’ll engage in some short writing projects in the course, and participants will be given take-home exercises to stay engaged with Creative Nonfiction following Spring Writes.

    Trevor Carolan reads and lectures internationally. His work includes 20 books and two documentary films. He began writing professionally at 17 for The New Westminster Columbian, filing dispatches from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury music scene where singer Janis Joplin, to whom his last work was co-dedicated, offered him early encouragement.

    His forthcoming new work Road Trips: Journeys in the Unspoiled World, presents 20 travel stories from among the more than 50 countries he has visited. These subtly-textured accounts in search of an authentic life offer readers a harvest of encounters with intriguing people, remarkable landscapes and rich cultures, packed with appreciations of food, art, wine, and the magic of what makes life happen.

    Carolan has held a number of senior arts appointments throughout his career. He earned a Ph.D. at Bond University, Queensland, and is the long-time International Editor of Pacific Rim Review of Books. He teaches Environmental Studies at UFV. See: www.trevorcarolan.com

    “Once in a very blue moon, some writing seems to pass straight into you and lay a hand on your heart. Return to Stillness is one of those books."

    - John Moore, The Vancouver Sun

    • 28 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • https://www.meetup.com/YVR-Authors/events/hbkndrybcgblc/

    Unlock the Mysteries of eBook Promotion - Martin Crosbie

    Join this meetup to get help marketing your eBook.

    You've all seen them - the sites that let you give your eBooks away or sell them for $0.99.  You've just spent your blood, sweat and tears to publish your book and now you need to promote it.  But how do you go about it?  

    This session answers your questions

    Check the Meetup listing for location.


    • 17 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    MAY 17, 2020

    Writing from Real Life - A Free Memoir Workshop with Gail Anderson-Dargatz

    10 am-12pm - 




    We’ve all heard the phrase “write what you know” but writing from real life isn’t easy. We worry about what family and friends will think. We worry if we have the right to tell the story, or write about a given location. We’re unsure what to include and what to leave out, or how to organize or structure our story, and our project flounders. In this workshop, award-winning author Gail Anderson-Dargatz will explore all these issues and more with the goal of helping you write powerfully from real life.

    Gail Anderson-Dargatz is the internationally bestselling author of The Cure for Death by Lighting and The Spawning Grounds, and has been a finalist for the Giller Prize twice. She also writes hi-lo novels for adults and teens working to improve literacy skills. Gail offers developmental edits and mentors writers from around the world through her on-line teaching forums. She hosts a fall writers’ retreat at the Sorrento Centre, BC. For more, please visit her website at www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca or follow her on Twitter @AndersonDargatz.

    A Federation of British Columbia Writers sponsored event, with funding from the Province of BC.

    • 24 May 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • On-line via a Zoom meeting

    • The very words marketing and promotion tend to strike fear and insecurity into the hearts of authors—and that unease is magnified when you live in a small town, where there is no publishing “industry,” no “network” for networking with, no “connections” to connect to. I’m happy to say, it doesn’t have to be that way! Regardless of how far off the beaten track you live or how isolated you feel, there are ways to find your unique readers, build your brand (Gag! Doesn’t that sound horrific and money grubbing? Don’t worry, Ev will de-horrify it.), and help you bring in at least enough dough to enable you to write even more—without making you feel like you’ve sold your soul.

      Topics you’ll benefit from:

    •      Definitions of key terms—and a discussion about what promotion is and isn’t  
    •      The importance of having a marketing plan that fits you
    •      Three strategies that are critical for every author
    •      Other helpful tactics

    Appropriate for writers of every form and genre, this workshop will be particularly valuable to those who are new to publishing or who have a few published books but haven’t done a lot (if any) formal marketing and feel intimidated by the process.

    Please bring any questions you have!

    To purchase a ticket, visit EventBrite here: 

    • 29 May 2020
    • 30 May 2020
    • Eco Village, Shawnigan Lake

    Writers' Refuge Spring Retreat at OUR Ecovillage in Shawningan Lake. May 29-30, 2020

    This retreat offers the opportunity to relax into your authentic voice, stretch those writing muscles, and focus on the story you want to tell. In whatever form you want to tell it—poetry, fiction, memoir or essay. All in a safe and nurturing eco-space.
    Whether you are reviving a dream of writing or well-established in your practice; an old pro or a nervous beginner, this retreat is certain to inspire and motivate you to explore, take risks, and listen deeply.
    The weekend program includes sensory exercises and meditation to heighten awareness and deepen your experience.

    Guided writing practice is facilitated by Deepam using the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method.

    Cost is $125.00 

    Meals and Accommodation booked separately.


    Deepam (Susan) Wadds,




    • 12 Jun 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • 13 Jun 2020
    • Silverton, BC


                 B.C. environmental author and activist Nancy Holmes, B.C. women-in-trades poet and memoirist Kate Braid, and Alberta wilderness writer and singer-songwriter Sid Marty will headline this year’s Convergence Writers’ Weekend, in Silverton, B.C. June 12 and 13.
                Registration is now open for the 7th annual event, to be held at the Silverton Memorial Hall, 203 Lake Ave. (Highway 6). Cost for the weekend is $50 plus GST. More information, including how to register, is available at http://widespot.ca/convergence-writers-weekend/
               This year’s theme is “Story as Resistance.” Talks by the featured authors on the theme will occur on the Friday night, June 12, at 7 p.m. which will also offer a musical performance by Marty. The Friday night event is open to the public; admission for non-registrants is $12. Convergence registrants, besides attending the Friday event, will participate in one of two Saturday writing workshops offered by Braid and Holmes. Registrants will also take part in a Saturday evening group consideration of the theme.
               “This year’s theme grew out of the question, ‘How do the stories we tell in person and in our writing advance social and environmental justice?’,” said Convergence Writers’ Weekend co-ordinator Claire Paradis. “The Convergence organizing committee formulated six further questions that explore aspects of the theme—questions that we’d like participants to reflect on, not least in their writing.”
               The six questions are posted on the Convergence website, Paradis said. “We’re lucky to have the chance to hear this year from three highly accomplished and widely published authors who each in their own way have grappled with issues that this year’s Convergence will tackle.”
               Victoria writer Kate Braid’s memoir Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World (2012) details her 15 years as one of the first female journeyed carpenters ln Canada. She has also published collections of poems about her work experience, including Turning Left to the Ladies (2009). Other books of her poems focus on the lives of artists Emily Carr and Georgia O’Keeffe, and pianist Glen Gould. With Sandy Shreve, Braid co-edited the anthology of Canadian form poetry, In Fine Form (2nd edition, 2016). Braid taught writing for many years for Nanaimo’s Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University).
               UBC Okanagan writing professor Nancy Holmes has published five collections of poetry, most recently The Flicker Tree (2012). She edited the anthology Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems (2009), and co-founded the Okanagan’s Eco Art Incubator (ecoartincubator.com), which supports ecological art projects. One such venture in which she participates is Border Free Bees, which uses the power of art to raise awareness and develop initiatives to protect native pollinators, especially bees. She won the Malahat Review’s 2017 Creative Non-fiction award.
               Lundbreck, Alberta-based Sid Marty’s writing is strongly associated with the Rocky Mountains, where he previously worked as a park warden. His five nonfiction titles include the classic Men for the Mountains (1978; latest re-issue 2001) and most recently The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek (2008). His five collections of poems include The Rider with Good Hands (2011). He performs widely on the folk song circuit; his latest CD is Elsewhere (2002). Marty’s many awards include the $50,000 Grant MacEwan Literary Arts Award in 2008 for his contribution to Alberta literature.
               Support for this year’s Convergence Writers’ Weekend has come from the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Recreation Commission No. 6. Past funding has come from a number of Columbia Basin Trust cultural initaitives, as well as RDCK Area H and Area K directors.

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