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    • 21 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    (IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT, PLEASE register, and a link will be sent to you via email. Keep the email, and when it's time for the event, PLEASE CLICK ON THE ZOOM LINK THAT WAS EMAILED TO YOU. Looking forward to seeing you!) 

    If you give public presentations, readings, or performances; emcee events; or just want to sound better and gain confidence when using a microphone, spend an hour learning about microphones and how they can enhance or hinder the sound of your voice. We'll also take a look at developing breath control.

    Carla Stein, has extensive experience in broadcasting as an on-air personality, program producer, and voice-over artist. Her many years in the counselling field have taught her a lot about how to get past anxiety-producing situations, such as speaking in front of an audience! Besides sharing her tips through workshops, Carla often emcees literary events and performs her own spoken word poetry. Her visual art and poetry have been published in Sustenance, An Anthology of Nanaimo Poetry, Ascent Aspirations Friday's PoemsIsland Arts MagazineIsland WomanStonecoast Review, Sad Girl Review, and Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, an anthology benefiting mental health awareness in the United Kingdom. She has released two poetry chapbooks, Sideways Glances of an Everyday Sailor and Shrieking from the Shore. Carla is the current artistic director of Wordstorm Society of the Arts, and a co-founder of 15 Minutes of Infamy, a Nanaimo-based performance venue for wordcrafters. View her artwork at: www.roaeriestudio.com

    This free session from the Federation of British Columbia Writers is open to all. By registering, you will receive an email with a link to click on when it's time for the session. Questions? Email fbcw.islands@gmail.com  

    Looking forward to seeing you! 

    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Register here (at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) for this event, and you will receive an email with a FREE Zoom link. Save that email and when it's time for the session, just click on the link! 

    Join FBCW guest host Pat Buckna over three weekly sessions as he talks with finalists for the 2020 Whistler Independent Book Awards. 

    Laesa Kim’s debut memoir, Can't Breathe, has been an Amazon Bestseller and is a finalist for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. Laesa is an active member on parent advisory committees at BC Women’s and BC Children’s hospitals and shares her experiences as a medical mom openly on social media. She writes at various coffee shops throughout Vancouver, Canada, where she lives with her husband and two children.

    Can’t Breathe is a young mom’s compelling recollection of her medically complex daughter’s journey toward life. Evelyn Faith survives—she even thrives. But her path is unimaginably hard, riddled with pain and trauma, hope and miracles, and incessant uncertainty. 

    This beautifully written, harrowing book captures the nuances of life with a special-needs child. It is a map of the boundlessness of the human spirit and the love that drives parents onward whatever the cost. In this debut memoir, Laesa Kim reaches into her darkest and most private depths to share the truth—the struggles and joys she and mothers like her face each day. 

    R.E. Donald writes the Highway Mysteries series, featuring a former RCMP homicide investigator who takes to the road as a long haul trucker. Although her hero, Hunter Rayne, is based in the Vancouver area, the five novels in the series take the reader on highways from L.A. to Alaska.  Ruth draws on her years in the transportation industry to create realistic characters and situations in her traditional mysteries. She lives on a ranch on B.C’s Cariboo plateau.

    Yellowhead Blues: Just west of the Rocky Mountains, a frightened horse with a bloody saddle is loose on the Yellowhead highway. Former RCMP investigator Hunter Rayne is on the road in his eighteen-wheeler when he’s flagged down to help calm the horse and find its missing rider.

    The horse with the bloody saddle leads Hunter, along with a good-natured French Canadian cowboy and a rookie female RCMP constable, into a complicated murder mystery.

    This is the fifth novel in a unique mystery series set on the highways of North America.    

    Guest host Pat Buckna is a member of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. A Powell River author and songwriter, he self-published his family memoir Only Children (http://www,onlychildren.ca) in August 2019. A graduate of the Writer’s Studio at SFU, Pat worked with mentors Stephen Osborne (2002) and Wayde Compton (2010), attended Betsy Warland’s Manuscript Intensive and the Banff Wired Writing programs with Elizabeth Philips and Curtis Gillespie. In the 1980’s Pat lived in the Arctic and released an album - Flint & Steel - featuring his music and the words of poet Jim Green. He was responsible for bringing 750 performers to Vancouver to perform at the NWT pavilion at Expo ’86 and has been a long-time promoter of live music events.

    • 27 Sep 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    (REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE AT BCWRITERS.CA/EVENTS-FOR-WRITERS AND A ZOOM LINK WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU. Keep that email and click on the link when it's time for the session! Questions? Email fbcw.membership@gmail.com) 

    Book Journey is set to debut Sept. 27, 2020 on Zoom, courtesy of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

    On Book Journey, indie publisher Colton Nelson and FBCW president Jacqueline Carmichael explore the literary adventures of FBCW authors.

    With the September 27, 2 p.m. debut edition on Zoom, attendees will get a glimpse into the book journeys of three authors:

    Author Wendy Burton was the director of teaching and learning at the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack. Her novel, Ivy’s Tree (Thistledown Press) releases this month. She lives on Hornby Island.

    Freelance writer Claudia Cornwall’s new journalistic memoir, BC in Flames: Stories from a Blazing Summer  (Harbour Publishing 2020) has been excerpted in the Tyee. She is a non-fiction mentor in The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser. She lives in North Vancouver.

    David Floody was raised across the river from Detroit Michigan, where he immersed himself in its Motown music and culture. His YA novel, Insect Youth (Implosion Press 2020) is set in Windsor, in 1968, and is semi-autobiographical. Retired from teaching, he lives in Tofino.

    The program is free; register here (at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and a Zoom link will be sent to you for the event. Questions? Contact us at fbcw.membership@gmail.com ... Looking forward to connecting with you! 

    • 28 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Join screenwriter Patty Sandoval Sralla in a free discussion group to talk about using the 'Save the Cat' system for programming your fiction project for success. Learn widely applicable techniques for writing plots readers will love, and ratcheting up tension in your story.  Get in on the discussion about 'Save the Cat,' the popular "beat" system used by thousands (and thousands) of writers. Sandoval recommends reading Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder, or Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You'll Ever Need by Jessica Brody. Both of these titles are available as ebooks on Kindle, and they can change the way you watch movies and read books, as well as how you write. 

    A South Texas native, Patty Sandoval Sralla, 58, is a screenwriter/producer/director and a retired print journalist who lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, son and three furry children. She organizes the San Antonio Screenwriters Guild and her screenplays have consistently placed in the top 20 percent of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Contest and PAGE International. She also sings in a rock band and is a five-year, post double-lung transplant recipient.

    • 1 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • (PST)

    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

    • 25 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom

    Have you heard the saying "Work Smart, Not Hard?" Do you spend entirely too much valuable writing time trying to figure things out? Curious about learning about tricks and tools that can make your writing life a bit easier?

    This workshop will introduce you to various tools that will make your author's life easier. From writing tools like Scrivener and Grammarly to Formatting tools like Vellum and Pressbooks to Social media tools like Hootsuite, Cinchshare, Canva and Mockupshots - we'll cover them all.

    Join me for this detailed filled workshop and learn a few tricks that can put to use immediately.

    To reserve your spot, purchase a ticket from Eventbrite

    • 29 Nov 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • On-line using Zoom

    Finding an agent is a huge hurdle for all writers, and yet if you want your manuscript to be read by the top publishers, you can’t get through the door without one. As authors with literary representation, and as editors who have interviewed at least fifty agents to find out what they’re looking for, we will talk about why it’s so hard to find an agent and what you can expect an agent to do (or not do). We’ll also share our experience with query letters, synopses, and manuscript challenges.

    To join this workshop, purchase your ticket from Eventbrite here.

    • 13 Dec 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • On-Line via Zoom

    Publishing a book is an intimidating venture. Whether you decide to approach a traditional publisher or decide to experience the self-publishing world, the publishing world is filled with jargon. It is also a world that is ever changing.

    This workshop will help you understand the process of publishing using normal English, not jargon. It will cover current and up to date information from the publishing world.

    To join this workshop, purchase a ticket from Eventbrite.

    • 17 Jan 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • On-Line via Zoom

    This will be an interactive discussion about the joys (and a few challenges) of freelancing as a career. Find out ways to get started, whether you need to query a publication or not (hint - not always!) and what to expect. Bring all your questions from beginner to advanced as the presentation will cover basics with more information in questions and answers.

    To join us, purchase a ticket from Eventbrite here.

    • 21 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • On-Line via Zoom

    If you’re doing your job as a writer- you’re making it REALLY hard for your character to get what they want in the story. So what will keep them working toward that goal when you throw everything at them? This workshop will help you understand your character’s motivation, both what they know and what they may not be aware is impacting them. What happened in the past will change how they see challenges now and will invest readers in seeing your character’s succeed. 

    This webinar is presented by Eileen Cook

    Bio: In second grade Eileen’s teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I am sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as Eileen penchant for making things up. While she would go on to fill endless notebooks with really bad poetry, short stories, and the occasional start to a novel, she would first go on to pursue a career as a counsellor working with individuals with catastrophic injuries and illness.

    Eileen quickly discovered that the challenge of working with real people is that they have real problems and she returned to writing where she could make her characters do what she wanted. Her first novel was published in 2008. Entertainment Weekly called her novel WITH MALICE a “seriously creepy thriller” which pretty much made her entire year.

    When not planning murder and mayhem on the computer, Eileen enjoys reading, knitting, yelling at her dogs to stop digging holes and watching hockey (which she is required to do as a new Canadian.)

    Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada, provides writing/editorial coaching, and is a mentor/instructor for The Creative Academy and the Simon Fraser University The Writer’s Studio.

    Eileen can be found on her Website, Twitter and Creative Academy for Writers

    To join us, please purchase a ticket from Eventbrite.


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