Junie Sawdron – “Write Yourself Home” workshop
Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Place: upstairs at Bayside Cafe – #5 – 2760 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay
Cost: $125.00 / person
For more info & registration: www.junieswadron.com/write-yourself-home
Junie was a presenter at our North Island Writers Conference held in January, 2018. Some people attending her session have invited her back to do an all-day workshop.
Mary Maccagno & Janet Sheppard workshop – “Adventures in Writing”
Date: April 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Place: Creekside Commons, 2202 Lambert Dr, Courtenay
Cost: $90.00 (includes lunch)
The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in the library at Valley View Elementary School.
Guest speaker is Mary Murphy, a well-known local singer and author. Her presentation topic is titled “Character Development”. For more information about Mary Murphy, please visit her website: www.marymurphy.ca.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Meeting begins at 7:00 pm.
Kunio Yamagishi – Return of the Shadow
Date: March 24, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Florence Filberg Centre – Senior’s Lounge
411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay, BC
Next meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the library at Valley View Elementary School.
Guest speaker is Marie Maccagno, author of The Chocolate Pilgrim and co-founder of Adventures in Writing workshops and retreats. Marie will speak on the topic of the Manuscript Review Process and introducing how to give feedback which encourages and energizes a writer.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Next meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, February 15 in the library at Valley View Elementary School.
Guest speaker is Susan Ketchen, author of the young adult Born That Way series. Her topic is titled: “Genograms for Writers – Using Family Therapy to Manage and Develop Your Characters”. Check out Susan’s website: www.susanketchen.ca
Everyone is welcome to attend. Meeting starts at 7pm.
Thank you to everyone who made our inaugural North Island Writers Conference such a wonderful success!
Our keynote speaker event with Bev Sellars on the Friday evening was very well attended. Standing room only but no one seemed to mind too much as Bev’s talk was so captivating.
Saturday’s full day of workshop and panel sessions got off to a slightly delayed start due to an unexpected amount of snow overnight. But once everyone managed to get to the college, the speed picked up, including some last minute registrations. Always a nice surprise.
It was heart-warming to see such a gathering of authors and budding writers in one location, sharing ideas and advice. Hopefully, contacts were established and steady friendships formed during this event.
Feedback from authors, attendees, and volunteers was overall on the positive side. The few hiccups incurred were merely noted with some very good recommendations on how we could improve on the next Writers Conference. And it would seem there is much demand for a second one next year.
Stay tuned. As soon as the wind has re-filled our sails, we will be looking at options, discussing possibilities, and selecting dates.
In the meantime, happy writing!
Terry, Kay, Joline, Leslie, Nick, and Maya
North Island Writers Conference Committee
Shaw TV in the Comox Valley has created a lovely video about the upcoming North Island Writers Conference. Click on the link here to view the video clip.
And don’t forget to register for one or more of the workshops being offered on January 27th, 2018. Spaces are filling up! Click on the link here to register online.
Next meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, January 18 in the library at Valley View Elementary School. Everyone welcome. Meeting starts at 7pm.