Upcoming events

    • 27 Sep 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • 1 Oct 2021
    • 2:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us for Wise Words Senior's Week!  Comprised of 2 Writing Prompt Serenades, 1 Memoir Workshop & an Open Mic!

    As part of our Wise Words Program, we are taking this week to celebrate our Seniors!  The week ends fittingly on October 1st, which is National Seniors Day in Canada.

    Wise Words is a unique writing and communication initiative for Seniors in all corners of our lovely province.  This program is Funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

    Our week-long event will be celebrated by hosted 4 fabulous sessions on:

    September 27th. 28th, 29th, and Oct 1st  all at 1pm.

    September 27th at 1pm - Writing Prompt Serenade, with Andrew Sims

    Join us for an hour of writing to piano music by Andrew Sims.  At the start of the session our host Cristy Watson will share a handful of writing prompts before introducing and handing the session over to Andrew.  While he plays, we can write to the prompts or your own projects and/or just enjoy the music.

    September 28th at 1pm - Writing from the Heart, with Ruth Kozak

    Writing memoirs of any kind: You are crafting something toward a work of art and you want to engage your readers. Memoirs deal with emotional truths. Writing a memoir is a journey into yourself. The memoir isn’t necessarily about you. (Don’t let ‘ego’ slip into ‘egotism’.) You will be present but not always writing about yourself. 

    September 29th at 1pm - Writing Prompt Serenade, with Andrew Sims

    Join us for an hour of writing to piano music by Andrew Sims.  At the start of the session our host Cristy Watson will share a handful of writing prompts before introducing and handing the session over to Andrew.  While he plays, we can write to the prompts or your own projects and/or just enjoy the music.

    September 30th - No session in honour of The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Please watch our Facebook page that day for some great reading recommendations: https://www.facebook.com/bcwriters. 

    October 1st - Open Mic with Cristy Watson - Time to Share YOUR Stories
    *This event is 90 minutes long (longer than our other 1 hour sessions)

    By now you may have attended one or all of our Wise Words sessions.  We have shared, discussed, and had a few laughs together while addressing topics important to us.  Many of these sessions have included inspirational writing prompts.  Why not read one of your pieces at our open mic?  We have twenty, 3 minute time slots where you can share a piece with us, and your thoughts on the piece.  In order to have twenty folks share, we have to strictly adhere to the timing, so please practice your piece so that you know you can make it under the 3 minuted allotted.

    How to sign up to speak?  Email Cristy Watson cristy@bcwriters.ca

    We will also allow registrants to sign in 15 minutes early and ask to be placed on a back up list.  This is not guaranteed, so if you are sure you would like to speak, do not delay and get your name on the list as soon as possible. 

    You can register here (scroll up and click the blue register button to get started) and a link will be sent to you that you can use for the week. 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 Daily at 1245pm! (Pacific Time)


    • 7 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us Thursday October 7th for an hour with Kelsie Kilawna of IndigiNews. Kelsie has been working on a resource for news media to ensure Trauma-informed Reporting. This is essential in times when there is an abundance of traumatic news being reported on.

    Doors Open at 6:45 and the event will start around 7.

    She will join us for an hour to share her resources and culturally sensitive practices for writers. Whether you write for media or otherwise these practices are crucial and invaluable going forward. We are honored and thrilled that she is available to speak with us.

    Kelsie is a Syilx and Secwepemc storyteller for IndigiNews and CBC Radio. Prior to that, she worked for 15 years with Indigenous youth, children and families throughout the so-called province of B.C. as a trauma-informed, community-informed advocate utilizing various forms of therapeutic communications, guided by her Enowkin ethics as a sqilxw [skay-lugh] woman.




    • 9 Oct 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Digital Doors Open at 1:45, Event Starts at 2PM


    Join us for In/Verse on Saturday, October 9 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.


    Sita Gaia is a queer chronic illness warrior and TEDx Alumnae, with her talk "The Hell of Chronic Illness" being taught across North America. She originally went to university for Social Work, but realized how ableist the field is. She honed in on her voice during the pandemic, and recently published a chapbook " Knocking on The Body's Door" this past June with Prolific Pulse Press LLC. Her chapbook takes you on a journey through their chronic illness, and is a haven for some as well as a teaching tool. They have been published in Poetry Soup, Harness Magazine, Fine Lines Literary Magazine along with Kissing Dynamite, their ultimate achievement. They drink too much coffee, loves Owls, and currently resides in Vancouver with their wife.

    Rob Taylor is the author of Strangers (Biblioasis, 2021) and three other poetry collections. He is also the editor of What The Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018), and the guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2019 (Biblioasis, 2019). He lives in Port Moody, BC, on the unceded territories of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-waututh) peoples, and teaches Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University."

    Linda K. Thompson was raised on a potato and cattle farm in the Pemberton Valley and has lived for many years now on Vancouver Island. Her work has been published across Canada and in the U.S. and Great Britain. Linda has a chapbook Four Small People in Sturdy Shoes, 2014 and her work was recently published online at Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You III: Canadian Flash Fiction and Prose Poetry, Applebeard Edition, 2021. Linda’s debut book of poetry “Black Bears in the Carrot Field” (Mother Tongue Publishing) was released in July, 2021. She lives in Port Alberni.

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    Susan Alexander is the author of two collections of poems, The Dance Floor Tilts and Nothing You Can Carry and a former journalist. Her work has won multiple awards, including the Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry in 2019. Susan’s poems appear in anthologies and literary magazines in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., have ridden Vancouver buses as part of Poetry in Transit and even shown up in the woods around Whistler. She lives on Nexwlélexm/Bowen Island, the traditional territory of the Squamish people. 




    • 13 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Join us Wednesday, October 13th at 1pm for Wise Words - When You Feel Your Life Is Burning Up – Poetry as Firefighter with Richard Osler.  This sessions are part of our Wise Words Program.  A unique writing and communication initiative for Seniors in all corners of our lovely province.  This program is Funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

    In this 90 minute generative poetry session for writers/poets of all levels you will be given poems and prompts to help you discover how a poem can help you order the disorder you are feeling or have struggled with. And in that ordering you may be surprised with what you unpack and recognize. You might find something previously hidden from your awareness. Your poem might help you to start dousing your emotional fire.

    To find what may be hidden from us when we are triggered or emotionally provoked! One way I know how to get to there is writing especially poetry. As Canadian poet Susan Musgrave says: It seems to me my poems know more than I do and are wiser than I am. That’s what’s so magic about writing.

    And here’s another quote about the discovery a poem can be. This one from master American poet Marvin Bell: When I say that I myself do the unpacking by writing the poem, I mean simply that the writing of a poem is, for me, in the first place, an almost total act of abandon leading to discovery leading to recognition.

    Richard Osler is a 70 year-old Canadian poet and long-term poetry blogger who has led generative poetry writing workshops and retreats in Canada and Italy, and now on Zoom, as well as twice-weekly generative poetry therapy workshops at a major mental health facility on southern Vancouver Island, B.C. Nothing in his previous life as a national business print journalist with the Financial Post, national business columnist on Canada’s CBC radio network and self-employed money manager would have suggested his current occupations. Richard has been short and long-listed for poetry awards in the U.S. and Canada and his poems are included in a number of Canadian poetry anthologies. In 2016 Quattro Books of Toronto published his first full-length collection, Hyaena Season and in 2012 Leaf Press published his chapbook Where the Water Lives. Richard’s blog and website: recoveringwords.com.

    If you are uncomfortable signing in the first time, or need extra help to log-in, email us at hello@bcwriters.ca and one of our staff will touch base with you.

    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. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Digital Doors Open at 1245pm! (Pacific Time)


    • 23 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us Saturday, October 23 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!

    Digital Doors Open at 645pm!

    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 WalrusPlayback 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”.

    Megan Cole:

    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.


    • 1 Dec 2021
    • 31 Dec 2021

    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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