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    • 17 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us for an information session on this year's contests.  We will discuss the categories, the prizes, the anthologies, changes for the year, and the most common pit falls of our entrants.

    Our goal is to help all of you be as successful as possible in the contest. Join us for this session to learn how.


    • 30 Jun 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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    Mindfulness Practice for writing ease: Be Like Water with Lydia Kwa

    Member Price: $15

    Non-Member Price is $25

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

    Description:

    In this experiential webinar, I will present some techniques I have learned from different martial arts as well as from mindfulness practice. I have found these techniques to be critical in negotiating my work as a creative person. Participants will have opportunities to try these exercises during the webinar.

    Mindfulness practices could help a person stay more in the present moment, and hence reduce the intrusion of procrastination, anxiety, judgements from self and others, while engaging in a writing process. Practicing mindfulness is like becoming water that flows around psychological obstacles. Anyone engaged in a writing creative practice can attend.

    Audience: Anyone and everyone.

    Presenter bio: 

    Lydia Kwa has published five novels and two books of poetry. She has a new book of poetry from time to new coming out this Fall with Gordon Hill press. She has had opportunities to sample various forms of martial arts classes over the past four decades; she attained a second Dan black belt in ki aikido; and is currently practicing Yang style Taiji; and a Chinese form of martial arts called Choy Lai Fut.


    Digital doors open at 1:55 pm, event starts at 2:00 pm


    • 22 Jul 2024
    • 8:30 AM
    • 26 Jul 2024
    • 3:00 PM
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    Join us for 5 days of digital learning from July 22 to 26, 2024 Online

    Our event is focused on creative nonfiction and memoir and will include sessions that focus on:

    • Writing for Friends and Family,
    • 1 Hour Memoir Q&A
    • Difficult Conversations
    • What You Can Say without Landing in Trouble
    • and more (official titles may change)

    The event features:

    • 8:30 am Mindfulness Exercises (5 sessions)
    • 9:00 am Writing Sprints (5 sessions)
    • 11:00 am Main Sessions (5 Sessions)
    • 2:00 pm Bonus Sessions (2+ Sessions)

    Presenters:

    • Our full line-up will be announced on June 19th


    • 28 Jul 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Submitting Your Writing 101

    Member Price: $15

    Non-Member Price is $25

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

    Description: Getting our work out there can feel like an overwhelming task. Where do we even begin? In this presentation, Gail offers an overview of the steps involved in getting your writing published, from finding markets open to submissions to writing a query letter. Whether you're ready to get your short work or your book-length project out there, Gail will offer guidance that will help you find a home for your project.

    Audience: Anyone and everyone.

    Presenter bio: 

    GAIL ANDERSON-DARGATZ’s first novel, The Cure for Death by Lightning, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the UK’s Betty Trask Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Vancity Book Prize. Her second novel, A Recipe for Bees, was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Spawning Grounds was nominated for the Sunburst Award and the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award and short-listed for the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Fiction. Her thriller The Almost Wife was a national bestseller in 2021, and The Almost Widow, released in 2023, also hit the Globe and Mail bestseller list. In 2024, The Almost Widow was shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada.

    Gail also writes young adult and hi-lo books for the educational market. Her book Iggy’s World was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Book Awards. The Ride Home was short-listed for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, as well as the Red Cedar Fiction Award and the Chocolate Lily Book Award. Bigfoot Crossing was a 2023 Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection and commended as a CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens.

    Gail taught for nearly a decade in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and now mentors writers online. She lives in the Shuswap region of British Columbia.


    Digital doors open at 1:55 pm, event starts at 2:00 pm


    • 8 Aug 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us for a Writers' Social on Tuesday, August 8th from 7:00 - 8:15 PM PDT 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.

    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 75 minutes over Zoom. Meet new people and get the most out of being a part of a provincial organization! Below are the proposed discussion groups for August's meeting (subject to change). Please consider which discussion group you would like to join before you arrive, and email meaghan@bcwriters.ca if you would like to suggest a future discussion topic. See you soon!

    Discussion Groups:

    • Coming soon.  Please e-mail us any requests

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

    • 25 Aug 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Resilient Writers: Dealing with Rejection, Negativity, and (Inner) Critics

    Member Price: $15

    Non-Member Price is $25

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

    Description:

    Every writer will face rejection, bad reviews, and tough feedback from time to time – not to mention the loudest voice of all: our own inner critic. Join Christina Myers to take a closer look at the challenge of dealing with negativity, both external and internal, and to find inspiration and tools to manage the tough emotions that can go hand-in-hand with artistic endeavours, so we can continue to flourish in our writing.

    Audience: Anyone and everyone.

    Outcomes

    Participants will explore the various ways that writers can experience challenging feedback (from the public, readers, fellow writers, ourselves) and the inevitable rejection that comes with a writing career. More importantly, how can writers respond to, or manage, feedback and rejection so that it helps rather than hurts our confidence and creativity. Through examples, discussion and a few practical exercises, this session should leave writers feeling confident – and reminded that the “tough stuff” is inevitable and an experience shared by the writing community at large.

    Presenter bio: 

    Christina Myers is a writer, editor, and former journalist. Her novel The List of Last Chances was longlisted for the Leacock Medal, shortlisted for the Fred Kerner prize, and won the 2023 Canadian Book Club Award in the fiction category. Her latest book, Halfway Home: Thoughts from Midlife, was published by House of Anansi in spring 2024. She teaches fiction and non-fiction through SFU's creative writing continuing studies, and was the 2023 Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers. She is a member of Da'naxda'xw First Nation, and lives in Surrey, BC, with her rowdy family: one spouse, two kids and, at present count, four cats.


    Digital doors open at 1:55 pm, event starts at 2:00 pm


    • 17 Nov 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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    Perfecting & Subverting Point of View

    Member Price: $15

    Non-Member Price is $25

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

    Description:

    What is editing, exactly? Most of us have an intuitive understanding that editing is the process of making our writing better. But it’s not one singular task or process, but several stages that happen over time. What are the types of editing – for example, what’s the difference between a developmental edit and a copy edit? What kinds of editors are out there to be hired, or that you might encounter at a publishing company in different stages of the publishing process?

    Outcomes:

    articipants will gain a more thorough understanding of the stages of editing, the lingo and language of editing, and get some practical ideas about when to consider hiring an editor (and how to go about choosing someone.) This session does not include instruction about how to edit, but rather is an overview of the role of editing, the types of editing, when they are needed in the writing process, and the definitions and terminology used in editing and by editors. Session will include an intro to a few important tools used by editors (reference books, etc.)

    Intended audience:

    All writers who are learning about writing and editing, anyone who has felt unsure about the jargon and shorthand of editing

    Bio:

    Christina Myers is a writer, editor, and former journalist. Her novel The List of Last Chances was longlisted for the Leacock Medal, shortlisted for the Fred Kerner prize, and won the 2023 Canadian Book Club Award in the fiction category. Her latest book, Halfway Home: Thoughts from Midlife, was published by House of Anansi in spring 2024. She teaches fiction and non-fiction through SFU's creative writing continuing studies, and was the 2023 Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers. She is a member of Da'naxda'xw First Nation, and lives in Surrey, BC, with her rowdy family: one spouse, two kids and, at present count, four cats.


    Digital doors open at 1:55 pm, event starts at 2:00 pm


    • 24 Nov 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Perfecting & Subverting Point of View

    Member Price: $15

    Non-Member Price is $25

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

    Description:

    What point of view to use is one of the most important decisions a writer has to make. Point of view helps readers connect with the story, changes the tone of the work, and can add depth and richness to a story. Experimenting with point of view can add new levels of skill to your writing. In this workshop, we'll go over the rules of point of view and learn when and how to break them, and practice the different ways to approach POV with guided generative writing exercises.

    Outcomes:

    Participants will leave the session with enhanced understanding of point of view and possibly two first drafts of stories

    Intended audience:

    Writers of every skill level

    Bio:

    Finnian Burnett is a writer whose work explores the intersections of the human body, mental health, and gender identity. They are a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts grant, a finalist in the 2023 CBC nonfiction prize, and a 2024 Pushcart nominee.

    Their work appears in Blank Spaces Magazine, Reflex Press, The Daily Sci-Fi, and more. Their two novellas-in-flash, The Clothes Make the Man and The Price of Cookies, are available through Ad Hoc Fiction and Off Topic Publishing respectively.

    When not writing or teaching, Finnian enjoys cold weather hiking, Star Trek, and cat memes.

    Digital doors open at 1:55 pm, event starts at 2:00 pm


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