CVWS Reading Night – Thursday, March 23, 2023

The next CVWS Reading Night is on Thursday, March 23rd at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

This month’s theme: Symbolically, March represents new growth, fertility, and procreation in humans, plants and animals. Its meaning embodies a kind of reigniting of the hearts, like our ancestors, we are quickened… our souls long for new conquests. The theme, which is optional, is focused on our own new growth and longing for new adventures and conquests.

Tune in to share for up to 10 minutes; or just to listen and appreciate the writing of your fellow members.

Other theme ideas for March:
March 1 – World Compliment Day, Plan a Solo Vacation Day
March 3 – Caregiver Appreciation Day, World Day of Prayer
March 5 – Multiple Personality Day
March 6 – Dentist’s Day, Oreo Cookie Day
March 8 – International Working Women’s Day, National Proofreading Day
March 9 –Popcorn Lover’s Day
March 10 – International Day of Awesomeness
March 11 – Genealogy Day
March 12 – Girl Scouts Day
March 13 – Smart & Sexy Day
March 14 – Learn about Butterflies Day, National Pi (3.14) Day
March 15 – Ides of March
March 16 – Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, Giant Panda Day
March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day
March 18 – Goddess of Fertility Day
March 19 – Let’s Laugh Day
March 20 – Earth Day, Extraterrestrial Abductions Day, International Day of Happiness, Proposal Day, Spring Equinox
March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Poetry Day
March 23 – Ramadan
March 25 – Feast of the Annunciation
March 26 – Live Long and Prosper Day
March 30 – I am in Control Day, Take a Walk in the Park Day
March 31 – International Transgender Day of Visibility


2023 North Island Writers Society registration is open

Check out the wonderful workshop line-up for the 2023 North Island Writers Conference on January 20 – 22. Full program details with descriptions of each workshop and their presenter can be found here: 2023 North Island Writers Conference.

Don’t delay too long. Registrations are coming in and you will not want to miss out.

And don’t forget to join us for the Opening Night event at 7 p.m. on January 20 in the Stan Hagen Theatre, Komoux Hall at the NIC campus. This one is free and open to the public! See you there!

Double Book Launch Invitation

Kerri Scott and Terry James invite you to join them on June 9th for their double book launch.

Everyone is welcome at 40 Knots Winery for their Thirsty Thursday event from 4-7pm. Then a special edition book club begins in the vineyard terrace at 7pm with Kerri and Terry sharing excerpts from their newly released titles, Prosperity Codes and Where His Thumb Led.

All book sale proceeds will be donated by the authors.

Exciting upcoming event for members only

From Private to Public – How to Read Your Work
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: via Zoom

Presenter: Richard Brown, member of CV Toastmasters

For more information, click here.
And don’t forget to click on the “Registration” tab to get your name on the invite list!

From Private to Public – How to Read Your Work – Nov 4, 2021

From Private to Public

Your North Island Writers Conference committee is pleased to present the third mid-conference session event titled: “From Private to Public – How to Read Your Work”. It will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

In order to promote their books, authors need to be prepared to read from their work in front of an audience. This is not always an easy thing to do and takes lots of practice.  In this presentation, our guest speaker, Richard Brown, will describe why public speaking is a learned skill and will provide insight in how to acquire this skill.

Richard’s forty-year career in Information Technology put him in front of many different audiences, for purposes of training, leading and managing expectations. Eventually, this led him into working as an Adult Instructor with High School students, and later, joining Toastmasters.

There will time for questions at the end.

To register for From Private to Public – How to Read Your Work, please fill out the form under the “Registration” tab by November 3rd. Once you have registered, look for your Zoom invitation for this event to arrive in your Inbox and save it to your calendar. (Check your “Spam” folder if you do not see the Zoom invitation.)

This event is for CVWS members only.

If you have any questions, please contact Joline at [email protected]. (It is listed in the drop-down Contacts box on the Contact page.) If you do not see your Zoom invitation, please contact [email protected]…also in the drop-down Contacts box)


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Next CVWS meeting – Oct 21, 2021 at 7 p.m.

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom due to continued COVID restrictions set by the B.C. Health Authority.

There will be a short business meeting for valuable updates on various ongoing activities and plans of great events to come. Afterwards, we will hear from Member, Jim Krause, about his experiences in producing an audiobook. This promises to be both interesting and informative; you will not want to miss!

Also on the agenda is Member, Betty Annand, who will be introducing her latest book, Canada by Jove. This is the third book in her family saga series. Official book launch date is Oct. 30th. More details forthcoming on the CVWS website.

CVWS Members: watch for your Zoom invitation arriving into your Inbox soon. Please save it to your calendar.

Meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. See you on-screen!

Call for Submissions – Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine

Deadline October 15th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PST)

The pandemic has offered experiences that are uniquely yours while at the same time there are some things that are universal to us all. Have you been writing poetry over the last few years while you have been in quarantine? Are you ready to share your work?

Whether you have been writing about despair and loss of hope and change, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine is now open for submissions for a Pandemic Issue to be released later this year.

Please send your submission, name, and contact info to [email protected]
Deadline October 15th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PST)

Meet the Editors:
Bonnie Nish is Executive Director of Word Vancouver and Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society. Bonnie has a Masters in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education from UBC. Bonnie’s first book of poetry ‘Love and Bones’ was released by Karma Press Her next book “Concussion and Mild TBI: Not Just Another Headline” an anthology of concussion-related stories, was published by Lash and Associates in 2016. Bonnie is an Expressive Arts Therapist with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the Vancouver Expressive Arts Therapy School where she is also a faculty member. Her latest book, Cantata in Two Voices, co-written with Jude Neal was released by Ekstasis Editions.

Ali Denno is a writer and a Counselling Psychology student who has a passion for combining creative writing with the counselling world. She has facilitated workshops at Pacifica Rehabilitation Centre through Pandora’s Collective and currently is a peer support volunteer at The Looking Glass Foundation. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Creative Writing from KPU and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from UBC. Ali will start her Master of Counselling Degree at Adler University this fall. She hopes to share the joy and community that writing can bring.

Event reminder & new contest for consideration

Book launch by the Glacier Writers on September 25, 2021 at 2 p.m. More details at: Come and support your fellow writers!

Also, we just received a message through the CVWS website about a contest for Indie writers. You can find the full details about this contest at: