Upcoming events

    • 29 Jan 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Member Price: $10

    Non-Member Price is $20

    Join book designer and founder of fleck creative studio, Jazmin Welch, to peek behind the cover into the book design process. Together, we will discover the importance of a good cover, what book designers do and how they do it, and we will dive into some actionable best practices that utilize the elements and principles of design, so that you can create a compelling cover on your own. Authors will also learn what makes an effective interior page design that will keep readers engaged. To complete the book design process, Jazmin will outline various printing considerations, production scheduling tips, and marketing insights to help you prepare for a stress-free book launch. 


    Bio

    Jazmin Welch (call her Jaz) is the owner of fleck creative studio and book designer at Arsenal Pulp Press. She has a love for the details and revels in the problem solving challenge that each new book poses. Her goal is always to create a compelling and page-turning design that stands out on the bookshelf, suits the target audience and respects each author’s own unique desires. Jaz is a book lover who is here to advocate for your story and impress your readers! She holds an Honours Bachelor of Design (Ryerson University) and Master of Publishing (Simon Fraser University). Jaz is a dog mom with a love of fresh ocean air.

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

    This event will be recorded.

    • 30 Jan 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us for Writing Sprint Serenade on Monday, Jan 30, 2023 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




    • 31 Jan 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us for Member Orientation on Tuesday, January 31st at 2pm 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. The Zoom link is the same for both timeslots.

    Join us to learn how to get the most out of your membership! Executive Director Bryan Mortensen and team members from the Federation of BC Writers will walk you through event registration, updating your profile, and any questions you may have!

    As an added bonus, KT Wagner will provide us with a 15 minute writing activity to get us motivated.

    *Digital doors open 5 minutes before event start time.

    This event is not being recorded.


    • 4 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us Saturday, February 4th at 7pm for The Write Stuff - Optioned: Demystifying film and TV adaptations with Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This session is part of The Write Stuff new virtual series focused on writing craft in various genres. 

    In this exploding era of streaming many books are being adapted for the screen. But how exactly does a writer conduct a deal to have their work adapted? Silvia Moreno-Garcia demystifies the option process, explaining key terms and discussing some of the warning signs to watch out for.

    Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the bestselling author of The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, Velvet Was the Night, Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, and many other books. She has won the Locus and British Fantasy awards for her work as a novelist, and the World Fantasy Award as an editor. 

    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 655pm! (Pacific Time)

    *This event is not being recorded.

    • 8 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom
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    Join us Wednesday, February 8th at 10am for The Ultimate Quickstart Guide to Scrivener with Oliver Evensen.

    Ready to write your novel, but don't know where to start? Take the stress away with The Ultimate Quickstart Guide to Scrivener Webinar! Learn the fundamentals of Scrivener in no time - it's fast, easy and most importantly enjoyable. With this comprehensive webinar, you'll be on your way to writing success in no time! From the basics to more advanced features, this webinar will help you quickly understand and unlock Scrivener's full potential no matter where you are on your writing journey. Don't wait, join us for The Ultimate Quickstart Guide to Scrivener and get ready to start writing!

    Oliver Evensen is a writing mentor. As a professional writer and writing coach, he knows how to help you finish your writing projects and become a great writer at the same time. With Oliver's instruction and guidance, you will use Scrivener, Scapple, and other exceptional tools to create literary masterpieces! When you become a great writer, you can finish any project and proudly share and sell your writing.

    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 955am! (Pacific Time)

    *This event is not being recorded.

    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us for In/Verse on Saturday, February 11th at 2:00 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.


    Speakers:

    Shane Book’s first collection, Ceiling of Sticks, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and was a Poetry Society of America Selection. His second volume of poetry, Congotronic, won the Archibald Lampman Award and K.M. Hunter Award and was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award, Ottawa Book Award, and Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also a filmmaker whose work has screened in film festivals around the world. An associate professor of Writing at the University of Victoria, his third poetry collection, All Black Everything, will be published in 2023. For more about Shane visit: https://www.uvic.ca/finearts/writing/people/faculty/profiles/book-shane.php

    Matthew Tomkinson is a writer, composer, and researcher. He holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of British Columbia, where he studied sound within the Deaf, Disability, and Mad arts. He is the author of oems (Guernica Editions, 2022), Paroxysms (Paper View Books, 2022), For a Long Time (Frog Hollow Press, 2019), and Archaic Torso of Gumby (Gordon Hill Press, 2020), co-authored with Geoffrey D. Morrison. His shorter work has appeared in venues such as Exacting Clam, Anthem Press, Capacious, Theatre Research in Canada, The Town Crier, Performance Matters, and Sonic Scope. As a composer and sound designer, he has presented his work internationally, collaborating with companies such as Ballet BC, Company 605, Ace Co Pro, Kinesis Somatheatro, Magazinist, and the All Bodies Dance Project. Matthew lives and works on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), SEMYOME (Semiahmoo), and sc̓əwaθən məsteyəx (Tsawwassen) Nations.

    Sheryda Warrener is the author of the poetry collections Hard Feelings (Snare, 2010) and Floating is Everything (Nightwood, 2015). Her work can be found in Event, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Hazlitt, and The Believer, among other literary journals. She is a recipient of The Puritan’s Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for poetry, and recent poems have been selected for Best Canadian Poetry, The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, and the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize longlist. Sheryda lives in Vancouver BC with her son and partner, and teaches poetry and interdisciplinary forms in the School of Creative Writing at UBC.

    Host:

    Neil Surkan was born in Penticton, BC. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections — Unbecoming (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021), which was selected as one of three finalists for the City of Calgary’s W.O. Mitchell Award, and On High (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018) — and the chapbooks Their Queer Tenderness (Knife-Fork-Book, 2020) and Super, Natural (Anstruther Press, 2017). His award-winning poems have appeared in numerous Canadian magazines. Neil currently lives and teaches in Nanaimo, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, with Luca, Edi, and Lloyd.

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

    *This event is not being recorded



    This In/Verse event is supported by the League of Canadian Poets, The Canada Council for the Arts, and the British Columbia Arts Council. The Federation of BC Writers is grateful for their ongoing support.


    • 15 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom
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    Join us Wednesday, February 15th at 10am for An Advanced Guide to Scrivener: Write Your Finest

    Are you ready to take advantage of the most advanced features in Scrivener and get your projects written in new and exciting ways? Join us for an in-depth exploration of Scrivener's powerful writing tools, such as Snapshots, Project Targets, Custom Metadata, and many more. With our expert guidance you'll be able to create efficient workflows and write in Scrivener with ease. With our expert guidance, you'll be able to create efficient workflows and write in Scrivener with ease. Get the most out of Scrivener by signing up today!

    Oliver Evensen is a writing mentor. As a professional writer and writing coach, he knows how to help you finish your writing projects and become a great writer at the same time. With Oliver's instruction and guidance, you will use Scrivener, Scapple, and other exceptional tools to create literary masterpieces! When you become a great writer, you can finish any project and proudly share and sell your writing.

    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 955am! (Pacific Time)

    *This event is not being recorded.

    • 26 Feb 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Member Price: $15

    Non-Member Price is $25

    In this 1.5 hour interactive online workshop, we’ll analyze sample texts, review differing approaches to beginning a piece of writing, flex our writing muscles with a few prompts, and consider the importance of form and structure across the genres. You’ll go away with resources and suggestions for further reading, writing, and reflection.

    This workshop should be useful for writers at all levels, working in all genres. Come prepared to write! 


    Bio

    Susan Olding is the author of Big Reader: Essays, a finalist for the Canadian Authors Association Fred Kerner Award and the Alberta Publishing Awards Trade Nonfiction Book of the Year, and Pathologies: A Life in Essays, selected by 49th Shelf and Amazon.ca as one of 100 Canadian books to read in a lifetime. Her essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared widely in literary journals and magazines throughout Canada and the U.S., including Arc, The Bellingham Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, and the Utne Reader, and have won a National Magazine Award, the Edna Staebler Prize for the Personal Essay, and other honours. She lives with her family in the traditional territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations, in Victoria, British Columbia.

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

    This event will be recorded.

    • 27 Feb 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register


    Join us for Writing Sprint Serenade on Monday, Feb 27, 2023 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




    • 26 Mar 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Member Price: $15

    Non-Member Price is $25

    Have you ever wondered how a manuscript becomes an audiobook? Join us for a deep dive into the audiobook production process with specific examples of best-selling, diverse titles. Discover what is involved with creating an audiobook script, casting a narrator, recording, editing sound files, correcting errors, and creating a finished product that is ready to be sent out into the world.

    Bio

    Cassie Smyth is the Audiobooks Manager at ECW Press. In her role, she manages the production of more than 120 audiobooks per year, all by Canadian publishers and authors, and narrated by Canadian voice talent. She holds a BA in English, minor in Business from Carleton University, and a certificate in Creative Book Publishing from Humber College. 

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

    This event will be recorded.

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