Join us Thursday, June 17 at 7pm for FBCW's Regional Spotlight - Kelowna, an event with Kelowna area writers, hosted by Meaghan Hackinen. Register here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) 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 645pm!
Sally Quon is a writer and photographer, rediscovering her voice after a long confinement. She has been published in numerous anthologies, including "Voicing Suicide," Ekstasis Editions, and "I Don't Cry Anymore," Liminal Press. Sally is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets. Her personal blog, https://featherstone-creative.com is where she posts her back-country adventures, photos and stories.
Mike McArthur lives in the Okanagan, and when not fending off bills takes part in obscure literary cage matches. He writes humorous flash-fiction that shows the human side in non-human things. You can see his work at everydayfiction.com and polarborealis.ca.
Patti Shales Lefkos: Patti’s articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The San Francisco Chronicle, Macleans, Travelife.ca, Canadian Living, Okanagan Life and Okanagan Woman. When not travelling or writing, Patti skis at her winter home at Silver Star Mountain Resort in British Columbia. In summer she paddles, rows and swims at her Ontario island cottage. NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME One Woman's Quest to Teach, Trek and Build a School in the Remote Himalaya is her creative non-fiction debut. www.pattishaleslefkos.com.
Marilyn Kriete: After a colorful life spanning four continents and 16 cities, earning her keep as cook, chambermaid, waitress, fisher-woman, missionary, speaker/teacher, tutor, and academic writing editor, Marilyn Kriete now lives in Kelowna, BC, Canada, with her charitable husband and three demanding cats. Their two grown children were adopted from Mumbai, India and Athens, Georgia. Besides her favorite activities–writing and sleeping–she enjoys hiking, cycling, blogging, reading, playing word games, watching documentaries, and cleaning other people’s homes. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Lyric, Storyteller, The Eastern Iowa Review, The English Bay Review, and Brevity Blog. Paradise Road, her debut memoir, met the world in March 2021.
Lindsay Thorimbert is a recent arrival to the Okanagan. He moved to Kelowna from Saskatoon, SK with his wife Connie in fall 2020. While he’s settling into his new home and surroundings, he has yet to find a genre or style to call home for his writing. He mostly writes short fiction, but also some non-fiction, as he throws concepts against the wall in search of something that sticks.
Lesley-Anne Evans is a Belfast born poet and arts facilitator who dabbles in woodland foraging. Her elderberry jam was voted "best served on scratch pancakes," by her family and friends. Lesley-Anne's first full length collection of poems, Mute Swan, is forthcoming from the St. Thomas Poetry Series in November, 2021. Lesley-Anne lives and writes from Feeny Wood, in Kelowna, British Columbia, where she also hosts spiritual retreats. In 2019, Lesley-Anne won the Federation of BC Writer’s Literary Prize, and was long listed for the Canterbury Poet of the Year in 2020. https://laevans.ca/
Faith Wood: Communication and conflict resolution consultant, award winning novelist and expert storyteller only begin to tell the story of Faith Wood. Going a little deeper, you find a former Peace Officer and trainer of practical communication and influence strategies for captivated audiences in government, associations and organizations in over 7 countries. Faith writes a weekly column focused on conflict resolution and mindset resets. She is the author of the Colbie Colleen Cozy Suspense Series (8 books) as well as several non fiction books. She is writing a new suspense series scheduled to launch Summer 2021. She is the mother of 4, grandmother of 9 and wife to 1.
Meaghan Hackinen is a west coast writer and ultra-endurance cyclist. Her two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along some of Europe’s highest paved roads. Her writing explores relationships, experiences on the road, and encounters with wild places. Meaghan’s debut travel memoir, South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019) was shortlisted for a two Canadian book awards.
Join us Saturday, Jun 26 at 7pm for FBCW's Telling the Truth, an event with non-fiction writers, hosted by Megan Cole. Register here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) 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!
Eva Holland is a Yukon-based freelance writer. She is a correspondent for Outside magazine, and the author of Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear.
Alejandro Frid has for over three decades inhabited the worlds of science, Indigenous cultures, and environmental activism. An ecologist for First Nations of British Columbia’s Central Coast, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, Frid works collaboratively with First Nations on the pairing of traditional knowledge and Western science to advance conservation and revitalize Indigenous control of their resources. His research experience has spanned conflicts between industrial development and terrestrial wildlife, the plight of endangered species, and the effects of overfishing on marine predators. Author of Changing Tides and A World for My Daughter, he lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia.
Megan is a tattooed food enthusiast with an obsessive reading habit. Her writing has appeared in The Puritan, Invisiblog, Kootenay Mountain Culture and more. She's currently working on her first book titled Head Over Feet: The Lasting Heart Ache of First Loves. When she's not writing, reading or cooking, she's working as the director of audience development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes and recording interviews for the podcast Writing the Coast.
Digital Doors Open at 1:45, Event Starts at 2PM
Join us for In/Verse on Saturday, July 10 at 1:45 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.
Yvonne Blomer is an award-winning poet, and author of the critically acclaimed travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur. Her most recent books of poetry include As if a Raven and the anthologies Refugium: Poems for the Pacific and Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, which she edited for Caitlin Press. She is the past Poet Laureate of Victoria, B.C. and lives, works and raises her family on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation.
Raoul Fernandes lives and writes on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, BC). His first collection of poems, Transmitter and Receiver (Nightwood Editions, 2015) won the Dorothy Livesay Award and the Debut-litzer Award for Poetry in 2016 and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry. He has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including the Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English.
Cree poet Wanda John-Kehewin uses writing as a therapeutic medium through which to understand and to respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language, and tradition. She has two poetry books published by Talonbooks, two children’s readers and is publishing a graphic novel in early 2022. She finds time to write between the lines. She calls Coquitlam her home, until the summertime when she treks to the plains of Alberta to visit family and learn more about Cree culture and tradition. She is currently in her first year of her MFA at UBC.
Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, Gentlemen of the Shade, and Chinese New Year. Jen teaches at The Writers’ Studio Online with Simon Fraser University, edits fiction for Wolsak & Wynn, and co-hosts the literary podcast, Can’t Lit.
Join us Saturday, July 24 at 7pm for FBCW's Telling the Truth, an event with non-fiction writers, hosted by Megan Cole. Register here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) 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!
Leanne Dunic was a child growing up on Vancouver Island when she first started dreaming about Paul McCartney. Those dreams led her to words and music, arms reaching for instruments, random library discoveries, and opportunities to make you laugh. She transgresses genres and form to produce projects such as To Love the Coming End (Book*hug/ Chin Music Press 2017) and The Gift (Book*hug 2019). Her lyric memoir, One and Half of You, was published Spring 2021 by Talonbooks.
Leanne is an adjunct professor at University of British Columbia, the fiction mentor at Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio, and the fiction editor at Tahoma Literary Review.
She is the leader of the band The Deep Cove, and lives on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh people.
Liz Levine is a producer, transmedia ideator and writer whose 2 decades of creative contributions span platforms and genres.
Liz’s produced films include Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut Story of a Girl starring Kevin Bacon (DGA Nom), Jason Banker’s critically acclaimed Toad Road and Across My Land (Palme D’or nominated, Cannes) and most recently she executive produced Two Sentence Horror Stories season 2 (CW/Netflix). Liz has also developed television at SonyTV, CBStv, TBS and is currently developing a film with Disney Channel.
She completed her master of journalism degree at the University of British Columbia and has written for the National Post, The Walrus, Playback magazine, and The Vancouver Sun. She is a Finalist for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, for her book “Nobody Ever Talks About Anything But The End”.
Disappointed you missed Ev Bishop's popular webinar on marketing and promotion from a small town? Looking for editing tips from Darling Axe senior editors David Brown and Michelle Barker?
You can still access one of our popular Sunday webinars if you did not get a chance to participate live. Recordings of all past webinars can be viewed here. You just need to create an account to access the Teachable platform. Recordings are accessible for the discounted rate of $12 (live webinars are $20).
Webinars available include:
Rearranging Words - with Darling Axe senior editors Michelle Barker and David Brown
The Monster - errr, ART - of Marketing & Promotion from a Small Town - with author Ev Bishop
Understanding the Publishing Landscape in 2020 - with author Barb Drozdowich
5 Tips to Improve Your Confidence in a Social Media World - with author Barb Drozdowich
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