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    • 25 Feb 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Planning & Plotting: Methods for Outlining

    Member Price: $15

    Non-Member Price is $25

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

    In this 1.5-hour interactive online workshop, FBCW ambassador Christina Myers will share Planning & Plotting: Methods for Outlining.

    Have great ideas for a book but struggle to organize them? Get started with lots of energy but then lose steam after a few chapters? Planning can help. This session will introduce outlining methods, from the simple synopsis to a full scene-by-scene outline, with some exercises and takeaway information to continue on your own. 


    Participants will learn about the difference between "pantsing" and "plotting" and the many ways to approach planning a book that fall at either end, and between, this spectrum. The session will explore benefits to planning ahead, ideas for how to keep going, and will introduce ways to outline, including a closer look at the "Snowflake Method" as well as simple ways to incorporate more basic plotting tools. 


    This session is for writers thinking about writing a book-length project or already writing a work-in-progress but facing roadblocks; for anyone interested in learning about how and why to outline, or anyone who doesn’t currently use outlines but are curious about how outlining might help their work. The session may touch briefly on writing non-fiction proposals as a tool of outlining and planning, but most of the session is aimed at fiction projects (though many tools are cross-genre.) 


    Presenter bio: Christina Myers is a writer, editor, and former journalist. Her novel The List of Last Chances was longlisted for the Leacock Medal and was the fiction category winner in the 2023 Canadian Book Club Awards. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, online and in a dozen anthologies, and she was the editor of an award-winning anthology in 2020. Her next book, Halfway Home: Thoughts from Midlife, is coming May 2024 from House of Anansi. She is a member of Da’naxda’xw First Nation, grew up all over Canada, and lives in Surrey, BC. 


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

    **This event will be recorded.



    • 27 Feb 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 pm Pacific for Regional Spotlight: North Shore Writers’ Association with hosts Wiley Wei-Chiun Ho and Meaghan Hackinen. Register here 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. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

    Digital Doors Open at 6:55 pm!


    Wiley Wei-Chiun Ho (regional host) 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. www.wileyweichiunho.com


    Samantha Adkins is a writer and teacher living on beautiful Bowen Island. She has recently published an historical fictional novel, Enough, with Amazon KDP. She has also published four Jane Austen-inspired women’s fiction novels The Jane Austen Contest, published with Amazon KDP, Expectations, Suspiciously Reserved, and Banff Springs Abbey, published with City Lights Press. Her adult romance novels Emmy in Harding and After His Heart, and her young adult fantasy Not As They Appear have been published by CKN Christian Publishing. After His Heart won the 2019 Christian Indie Award for Fiction Romance.

    Marie-Claude Arnott was born in France and lives in West Vancouver. She studied foreign languages, has a BA in International Studies/Law, and a certificate from the London School of Journalism. She was published digitally and in print. She is also a member of the North Shore Writers’ Association and the International Women Writing Guild. 

    Her first book, Biography of a Friendship will be released on March 14, 2024, by Tule Publishing.

    Calvin Wharton has published fiction, non-fiction and poetry in Canada, the U.S., Wales, Sweden and Denmark. A former chair of Creative Writing at Douglas College and editor of Event magazine, he has also been writer in residence at the University of Wales and had a Coracle Europe residency in Sweden. His books include a collection of short fiction and two collections of poetry, most recently This Here Paradise (Anvil).

    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. https://meaghanhackinen.com/


    *This event will be recorded.



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


    ABOUT OUR PANEL

    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 https://thecanadaproject.wordpress.com/

    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. https://meaghanhackinen.com/


    **This event will be recorded



    • 12 Mar 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us for a Writers' Social, Tuesday March 12th from 7:00 - 8:15 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.

    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 meaghan@bcwriters.ca 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

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