Fall 2020 – Teresa Hedley

What’s Not Allowed? A Family Journey with Autism
Teresa Hedley
Wintertickle Press, 2020

Lauded by autism leaders and practitioners as “relatable, insightful, joyful and inspiring,” What’s Not Allowed? A Family Journey with Autism tells the tale of Erik from womb to emerging adult. Written with compassion, humour and keen observation, we are taken inside the shoes of autism and invited to link arms with the Hedley family as they nurture Erik from boy to man. Heartfelt stories highlight themes around life with autism and allow us an intriguing glimpse into the mind of autism. The tales are those of any and every family living with autism: they pose questions, poke at philosophies and offer insight into shaping potential. What’s Not Allowed? offers an uplifting approach to mining the best version of each of us—autism or not.

“There are a lot of lessons on these pages for all of us, and we can benefit from considering them and acting upon them.”
–PETER MANSBRIDGE, former anchor and chief correspondent, CBC’s The National; Stratford, ON

“Pure brilliance…Often funny, yet serious at its root, this book is a portrayal of how love and compassion overcome percentiles and projection.”
–TELAH MORRISON, Colonel, OMM, CD, Director Military Family Service, Canadian Armed Forces; Ottawa, ON,

“I highly recommend this book. Teresa is a gifted storyteller…overall a masterful blend of humour and authenticity.”
–MIKE LAKE , Canadian Parliamentarian and international autism advocate; Edmonton, AB

* What’s Not Allowed? is available online at Amazon and Indigo, at Coles in the Driftwood Mall and at Laughing Oyster Books and Blue Heron Books.

2021 NIWC Registration is open!

Need a wonderful Christmas present just for you? Any last minute shopping for a family member or a friend?

Look no further than a workshop, or two, in our 2021 North Island Writers Conference!

What a great way to beat the COVID blues and kick off the New Year on the right foot.

While this year’s Conference is smaller in the number of workshops on offer, it is still huge on quality based on the professional author / presenters who will be leading the sessions.

There are only a limited number of spots available in each workshop, so do not delay! Register now to secure your place in the workshop(s) of your choice.

Click on the following link for all of the details about the 2021 NIWC…workshops, dates, times, presenters and to register.
Remember: You must follow through to the Payment page on the registration form and pay for your workshop selections to secure your place.

2021 North Island Writers Conference

December 2020 – Ulrike Ostermann

Of Bears at Fridges, drinking Planes and Cinderella’s Shoe 
Jordis Tumby (aka Uli Ostermann)
Published by Tredition.de

Of Bears at Fridges, drinking Planes and Cinderella’s Shoe is about 8-year-old Sammy who just had been told that the family will move away from London and to a new home. In Sammy’s eyes a bombshell went off at the breakfast table, and so the book starts with a scream and a big bang caused by slammed doors.

The story addresses the fear of changes, coming with the unfamiliar and its challenges.

It is Aunt Nova, a flamboyant Woman, who suddenly comes wading through the snow on this snowy December day to approach her godchild, while Sammy sits hidden under the old oak tree on the other side of the street, observing the movers. She is equipped with a blanket, a basket with goodies and the story of Maggy, called Mag.

Slowly she drags Sammy into Mag’s story, who is eight years old as well and has to move, too; later even to a foreign country, Canada – far away from grandparents and friends. By telling the story Nova provides a neutral and fearless platform on which Sammy can relate to Mag and face the fears. Adventure and fun are not held short.

Everything starts with a stubborn ‘No!’. Will it end with a convinced ‘Yes’?

For children between eight and up, and for those who are young at heart. Taking place in London, Dresden and British Columbia.

The book is available in hardcover (176 pages, including 43 illustrations) and in paperback (148 pages, with 3 illustrations). It’s also available in German.

It can be ordered directly by Tredition.de, in bookshops or online on Amazon.com.

The author is a mother of three, has a Masters degree in educational sciences, and lives and also works as a painter in Courtenay, BC. This is her first children’s book under the name Jordis Tumby, an open pseudonym.

December 17, 2020 – General meeting

ZOOM DECEMBER GENERAL MEETING – Thursday, December 17, 2020
Meeting starts at 7 pm.

In the past we traditionally had a writing challenge for our December meetings as well as holiday treats and a book exchange. This year we can’t share treats, but we can share our stories. Wear holiday clothes and enjoy your own goodies and libation of choice as we share our stories via Zoom.

THE CHALLENGE: The most popular Christmas story of all time (next to the biblical one) is Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” wherein Scrooge is visited by his old deceased partner Marley. The most endearing movie and a holiday tradition for many of us is “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a film, by the way, many found too socialistic at the time but now watched by many, wherein a visit by the angel, Clarence, gave Jimmy Stewart’s character a reason for living. An angel and a ghost changed lives.

Writing Challenge

Theme: How did an apparition bring about a change

Your challenge is to write a 500 word (or so) story of an apparition which/who brings about change in someone or something. Reading time not to exceed 5 minutes (or so).

The readings will be preceded by a brief run-through of a few business items and any information tidbits to be shared.

Looking forward to hearing your stories.

November 2020 – Neil Garvie

Neil GarvieNeil Garvie – Mother Nature Eats Her Kind
Neil’s 2nd book of environmental poetry; published by Pod Creative

You are invited to a virtual launch — available now at garvie.ca — where you will hear selected readings by Neil and his wife, Carol. You can purchase a copy of Neil’s exciting new book at garvie.ca. Price $10.00. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to support ALS of Canada.

October 2020 – Christine Dickinson

Step Into Wilderness
Deborah Griffiths, Christine Dickinson, Judy Hagen, Catherine Siba.
Harbour Publishing (2020)

The spectacular landscapes in and surrounding the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island have long shaped the lives of the valley’s diverse inhabitants. From expansive shorelines to snowy mountain peaks, the region contains a wide variety of attractions to lure people over their thresholds for sustenance, recreation and survival, including such landmarks as Forbidden Plateau, Paradise Meadows, Comox Glacier, Mt. Washington and Miracle Beach.

More than a volume of beautiful photos, this collection illustrates a community’s evolving relationship with the natural wonders surrounding it, as well as the emergence of outdoor exploration on Vancouver Island.

More than a volume of beautiful photos, this collection illustrates a community’s evolving relationship with the natural wonders surrounding it, as well as the emergence of outdoor exploration on Vancouver Island.