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    • 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

    • 1 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 29 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 35

    Keeping you company in National Novel Writing Month: FBCW Writing Rooms for November, 2020 - Sprints or Write-Through. Register for one or more at bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers, free Zoom link will be emailed! Watch FBCW on Facebook for schedules, and we will update this link with detailed schedules soon! 

    SUNDAYS, NOV. 1,15,22,29 at 6:45 PM

     (6:45 pm check-in, chat and 7 pm workspace)





    • 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.

    • 6 Dec 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom

    This year, circumstances beyond the board's control required us to move our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to Dec 6th 2020 at 2PM from previously planned dates.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

    The AGM is an opportunity for all members in good standing to be actively engage in our organization.  AGMs include reports from key officers within the organization, board elections, and a look under the hood of our overall operations and financials.  Think of it as an administrative open house.

    AGM also happens to be a great opportunity to join our board or any number of our committees.  Info on each can be found via the following links



    Our board is actively recruiting and eager to welcome new members.  To nominate yourself or another members, please send an e-mail to board@bcwriters.ca

    Please include your name, a preferred phone number, and a 2-3 sentence bio.

    As this is a members only event, if you are not signed in, the register button will ask you for the e-mail associated with your federation of BC writers profile and for you to login. (It will be whatever e-mail you use to access our newsletter)

    • 12 Dec 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom

    Digital Doors Open at 1:45, Event Starts at 2PM

    Join us for In/Verse on Saturday, Dec. 12 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.


    Jillian Christmas is the author of The Gospel of Breaking (Arsenal Pulp Press 2020) She is a queer, afro-caribbean writer living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people. Jillian works as an artist, educator, curator and consultant. She is the current speaker coordinator for Cicely Blain Consulting, long-time Spoken word curator of the Vancouver Writers Fest, and former artistic director of Verses Festival of Words. She has won numerous Grand Poetry Slam Championship titles and represented both Toronto and Vancouver at eleven national poetry events. She has presented poetry and theory in a multitude of venues including the BC Civil Liberties gala, the SFU 2018 grad conference closing keynote, and numerous panels focused on the intersections of critical race theory and contemporary art.


    Daniel Cowper is a poet from Bowen Island. He is the author of Grotesque Tenderness (McGill-Queen's University Press 2019), and The God of Doors, published in 2017 as co-winner of Frog Hollow Press' chapbook contest. His poetry and criticism has appeared in ArcVallum, and many other literary publications in Canada, the US, and Ireland, and he has been long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize.


    Wendy Donawa writes from BC’s salty west coast, where she spent her early years. She spent much of her adult life in Barbados where she raised her Barbadian sons and worked as an educator and museum curator. Since her return to BC, her poems have appeared in Canadian magazines, anthologies, and chapbooks. Her début collection, Thin Air of the Knowable (Brick Books, 2017), was long-listed for the Raymond Souster and a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award. She lives in Victoria.


    Susan McCaslin is an established Canadian poet residing outside Fort Langley, BC. A new volume of her poetry, Heart Work, will be published by Ekstasis Editions (Victoria, BC) in January 2021. Susan has also authored Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna Publications, 2017). An upcoming volume, Named & Nameless, will be released by Inanna Publications in the Fall of 2022. In 2012, she initiated The Han Shan Poetry Project, a successful effort to help save a rainforest near her home. Susan can often be found walking her dog Rosie along the Fraser River.


    In/Verse host Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored three poetry collections, Intimate Distances (finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Prize), Enter the Chrysanthemum, and Odes & Laments (Caitlin Press, 2019), and an illustrated children’s book, The Rainbow Rocket.  Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been published in more than 35 anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English (2010 and 2020).  She edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems on Facing Cancer, and co-edited two nonfiction anthologies, Love Me True: Writers on the Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs of Marriage with Jane Silcott, and Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood with Cathy Stonehouse and Shannon Cowan. Her poetry videos have screened at festivals locally and internationally. fionalam.net 

    • 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.

    • 16 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom

    • 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.

    • 28 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • On-Line via Zoom

    In 2021 there are plenty of great reasons to write short stories - from
    flash to novelette. The form is enjoying a resurgence of popularity and
    it’s a path to reach readers and connect with publishers. Writing short
    is also a way to test-drive other genres, hone your craft, and stretch
    your creative muscles.

    Join short story author KT Wagner for this
    information packed workshop.

    If you are interested in joining us, purchase a ticket from Eventbrite here.


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