Upcoming events

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us for In/Verse on Saturday, December 10th 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:

    Adèle Barclay’s poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Walrus, The Tyee, The Malahat Review, glitterMOB, PRISM, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award and The Walrus’ 2016 Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry. Their debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Renaissance Normcore was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the ReLit Award and placed third for the 2020 Fred Cogswell Award. They teach literature and writing at Capilano University. adelebarclay.com

    ryan fitzpatrick is the author of four books of poetry, including the recent Coast Mountain Foot (Talonbooks 2021) and the forthcoming Sunny Ways (Invisible 2023). He is the publisher of the online-based Model Press. You can find him at ryanfitzpatrick.ca.

    Délani Valin is neurodivergent and Métis with Nehiyaw, Saulteaux, French-Canadian and Czech ancestry. She studies for her master’s in professional communications at Royal Roads University, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Vancouver Island University. Her poetry has been awarded The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize and subTerrain’s Lush Triumphant Award. Her work has appeared in PRISM International, Adbusters, Room, and in the anthologies Those Who Make Us and Bawaajigan. She is on the editorial board of Room and The Malahat Review, and lives on traditional and unceded Snuneymuxw territory (Nanaimo, BC).

    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.


    • 7 Jan 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us Saturday, January 7th at 7pm for The Write Stuff - Clearing a Path: Finding your way to a first draft. A multi-genre workshop that offers tools and support for completing the first draft of your book with Alessandra Naccarato. This session is part of The Write Stuff new virtual series focused on writing craft in various genres. 

    This is designed as an open-level workshop, well-suited for a writer working on their first book, a writer working in a new genre, or someone working on a long-term project. Ideally, participants will have a work-in-progress and a sense of their goals and themes.

    Alessandra Naccarato is the author of Imminent Domains: Reckoning with the Anthropocene (Essays) and Re-Origin of Species (Poems). Born and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto), she is the recipient of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and the CBC Poetry Prize, and her poetry and essays have appeared widely in publications such as The New Quarterly, Room Magazine, and Event. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a graduate degree in Community Economic Development from Concordia University, supporting two decades of work and research in grassroots social change, community arts, and the prevention of gender-based violence. Her debut poetry collection, Re-Origin of Species, was awarded the AICW Bressani Literary Prize for Poetry, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, longlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and named a Best Book of 2019 by CBC Books.

    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.

    • 11 Jan 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us Wednesday, January 11th at 7pm for How to write a brilliant memoir (minus the crushing fear, doubt + overwhelm) with Nicole Breit and Rowan McCandless.

    In this webinar co-hosted by award-winning authors Nicole Breit and Rowan McCandless you'll discover an approach to writing a memoir that can save you hours of time (and unnecessary stress). Learn how Rowan was able to overcome the challenge of revisiting vulnerable material as she wrote Persephone's Children. Nicole will share examples of non-traditional, rule-breaking memoirs that might just inspire you to tackle your book in an exciting new way.*

    * Nicole and Rowan will share details on the Spark Your Story Intensive, a 12-week online program for writers who are working on a memoir or essay collection

    Nicole Breit is an award-winning essayist, poet, and writing instructor. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies including Brevity, The FiddleheadRoomHippocampusPithead Chapel, Event, Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories and Getting to the Truth: The Craft and Practice of Creative Nonfiction. Nicole’s essay about first love and loss, “An Atmospheric Pressure”, was selected as a Notable by the editors of Best American Essays 2017. Learn more at nicolebreit.com.

    Rowan McCandless writes from Treaty 1 territory. A finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award in nonfiction, Rowan’s debut memoir, Persephone’s Children: A Life in Fragments also co-won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book (2022). Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journalsLong listed for the Journey Prize, winner of the Constance Rooke CNF prize, gold winner with the National Magazine Awards, Rowan is the Creative Nonfiction editor with The Fiddlehead magazine. Follow Rowan on Twitter (@rowanmccandless), Instagram (rowanmccandlesswrites) or online (rowanmccandlesswrites.com).

    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.

    • 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.(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.

    • 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.

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