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    • 29 Feb 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Zoom

    Join us for a panel and chat on book launches. Meaghan Hackinen, Ruth DyckFehderau, and Renée Sarojini Saklikar have all recently launched books. They will discuss what worked, what didn’t, and what we should expect as we take on what can for many be a daunting process. This panel is hosted by our own Meaghan Hackinen and will be an informative and fun evening. Each of our panellists will also share readings from their books.

    Join us on Thursday, February 29 at 7:00 pm Pacific by registering here 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.

    Digital doors open at 6:55 pm!


    Ruth DyckFehderau has written three books.  I (Athena) was released by NeWest Press in April, 2023.  E nâtamukw miyeyimuwin: Residential School Recovery Stories of the James Bay CreeVolume One, nonfiction, written with James Bay Cree storytellers, was released in March, 2023.  The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree (2017), nonfiction, also written with James Bay Cree storytellers, is now in Second Edition (2020) and is being translated into five languages. Ruth sometimes teaches Creative Writing and English Lit at the University of Alberta where she is an Adjunct Professor.  She has received many awards for writing and for teaching, and a few for activism. She lives in Edmonton with her partner. She is hearing-impaired.

    Renée Sarojini Saklikar is the author of five books, including the award-winning Children of Air India and Listening to the Bees. Her poetry, essays and short fiction have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, including Exile Editions, Chatelaine, The Capilano Review, and Pulp Literature. Bramah’s Quest is the latest volume of her epic fantasy in verse, THOT J BAP, The Heart of This Journey Bears All Patterns. She was poet laureate for the City of Surrey 2015–2018 and volunteers for Event magazine, Meet the Presses collective, Surrey International Writers Conference and Poetry in Canada. Renée Sarojini teaches creative writing and editing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and hosts Lunch Poems at SFU. Find out more

    Meaghan Hackinen (FBCW host): is a bike-obsessed bookworm on a lifelong hunt for exceptional cycling routes, both on and off the pavement. Her cross-continental bike race memoir, Shifting Gears, was released by NeWest Press in 2023. This year, Meaghan is gearing up to compete in the Tour Divide: a self-supported 4,400-kilometre mountain bike race from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

    **This event will be recorded

    • 6 Mar 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom

    An Overview of Grants for Writers at the BC Arts Council

    About: In this interactive session, learn about the funding programs at the BC Arts Council that are relevant to writers at all stages of their careers. After a brief presentation, Michelle Benjamin will answer questions and provide insight into the world of arts funding.

    Presenter Bio: Michelle Benjamin is a Program Advisor at the BC Arts Council with responsibility for literary programs including book and periodical publishers, literary festivals, and creative writing. She also co-manages the Early Career Development and Professional Development programs.

    Before joining the BC Arts Council in 2020, Michelle was the Executive Director of the Gabriola Arts Council for ten years. Before that, Michelle worked for 25 years in book publishing – she was owner and publisher of Polestar—a small literary press—for ten years; she was publisher at Raincoast Books in the 2000s; and was Project Editor at Greystone Books.

    Michelle lives on Gabriola Island, and is grateful for the privilege of residing on the traditional and unceded lands of the Snuneymuxw people.

    Digital doors open at 10:55 am, event starts at 11:00 am PST

    **This event is being recorded

    • 12 Mar 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Zoom

    Join us for a Writers' Social, Tuesday March 12th from 7:00 - 8:15 PM PT by registering here ( 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.

    Many of us strive for a connection with our fellow writers. This members-only monthly event is designed to bring us together for casual chats with breakout rooms. Join us to talk craft, career, and connection for about an hour over Zoom. Meet new people, make some connections, and get the most out of being a part of a provincial organization! Below are the proposed discussion groups for February's meeting (subject to change). Please consider which discussion group you would like to join before you arrive, and email if you would like to suggest a future discussion topic. See you soon!

    Discussion Groups:

    • Book launches

    • Fiction writers connect

    • Memoir writing

    • Editing and revision 

    • General writing discussion (several groups)

    Digital Doors Open at 6:55, Event Starts at 7:00 PM PT

    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    The Federation of BC Writers is excited to present a Fireside Chat with Dr. Norma Dunning. This chat will be about an hour long and will feature our special guest host, Wiley Wei-Chiun Ho. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.

    Join us on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 pm Pacific by registering here 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.

    Digital doors open at 6:55 pm!

    **This event will be recorded. 

    Norma Dunning (PhD) is a Padlei Inuk writer, professor and grandmother. She’s published in poetry, prose, fiction and nonfiction. 

    Kinauvit? (what’s your name?) a work of nonfiction shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen prize for political writing in 2023 and Tainna (the unseen ones) received the Governor General’s in 2021. Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (2017) received the Danuta Gleed n 2018, as well as several other literary awards. Her books have translated into French, Greek and Amharic. Aput! (snow), a children’s book is releasing in 2024. 

    Dunning lives in Regina where she teaches at the First Nations University of Canada.

    Wiley Wei-Chiun Ho (she/her) is an award-winning author whose short stories and personal essays have appeared in River Teeth, ROOM, PRISM international, Ricepaper, WordWorks, and several anthologies. A member of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, she also serves on the boards of the Federation of BC Writers and the North Shore Writers’ Association. Wiley is in the throes of completing a geopolitical memoir about growing up in a transnationally separated family between Taiwan and Canada. When dodging her desk, she can be found forest bathing and tree hugging.

    • 24 Mar 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Overcoming our Fears to Write Powerful Stories

    Member Price: $15

    Non-Member Price is $25

    **This event will be recorded. Registrants can access the recording for 30 days.

    **We are changing our registration systems, so reminders may look a little different from normal after we migrate to the new platform.

    Description: In this 1.5-hour interactive online workshop, award-winning author and writing coach Gail Anderson-Dargatz will discuss how to overcome our fears to write powerful stories.

    Our fears can stop us from finishing a book -- or even starting it. We may feel we need to stick to writing only what we know, and write from personal experience, but then worry about what Mom will think. And we so often avoid our protagonist’s conflicts, for the same reasons we avoid our own. The result: passive protagonists and wandering storylines. Author and writing coach Gail Anderson-Dargatz will draw from more than twenty-five years of experience as a writer, teacher and developmental editor to explore the many ways we avoid conflict in our projects and our writing lives and offer solutions that will help kickstart your writing and help you develop your project to the fullest.

    Audience: This workshop is geared towards fiction writers, however much of it will apply to those working non-fiction projects as well.

    Presenter Bio: Gail Anderson-Dargatz's novels The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees were both short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her thrillers The Almost Wife and The Almost Widow were national bestsellers. Gail also writes hi-lo books for the educational market. She taught for nearly a decade in the CW MFA program at UBC, and now mentors writers online. For more, or to check out her mentoring and editing services, see her website:

    Digital Doors Open at 1:55 PM, Event Starts at 2:00 PM

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