Local CVWS News – March 30, 2020

CVWS General meetings and Small Writing Group meetings
Due to the present COVID-19 health situation, the CVWS Board has suspended all meetings until further notice.

Online Writing Group Trial
Ian McIntyre (CVWS Vice President) is conducting a trial of a online writing group session using Zoom. If successful, he will offer to facilitate other sessions while we are all practicing self-isolation. Small writing group chairs/facilitators are welcome to contact Ian if they are interested.
Stay tuned.

Vancouver Island Regional Library
All VIRL branches will remain closed until further notice. However, VIRL’s eLibrary will remain open to everyone who has a VIRL library card. The eLibrary collection contains thousands of ebooks and audiobooks, scores of downloadable music, and hours of streaming movies and TV.

Local Writers who offer writing courses
There are writers in our community who offer writing courses. Please contact the individual instructors to learn more about what they offer and when.

Denman Island’s 18th Readers and Writers Festival
Dates: July 16 – 19, 2020
Registration opens May 1st

For more information, go to: https://denmanislandwritersfestival.com

 

March 12, 2020 – Diana Stevan

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker this month is Diana Stevan. She will discuss how she used family history and other research to write her novel, Sunflowers Under Fire, a historical fiction, a finalist for the 2019 Whistler Independent Book Award and a semi-finalist for a 2019 Kindle Award for Literary Fiction. Diana will read from her novel and there will be time for a Q & A session.

New members and guests are welcome.

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CVWS Membership 

Renew or join online at www.cvwriterssociety.ca or pay by cheque/cash at general meeting.

Yearly fee is $25.00, payable in September.

After January 1st new members pay $15. Renewing members must still pay $25.

Upcoming Writers Read event – Feb. 27, 2020

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Where: Bayside Café at 2760 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

All CVWS members are invited to bring their work and read for the entertainment of the members and their guests.

Come a little early to sign up to read and purchase your beverage and treat, provided by our host, David.

This is a wonderful intimate venue in which to practice reading in front of a supportive audience. Please come and share your work with us!

Upcoming reading events at VIRL

Saturday, February 22, 2020 – Lawrence Cooper
Comox Valley’s Poet Laureate will be reading from his latest book Enchanted with Life
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

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Friday, March 6, 2020 – Brian Harvey
Brian will be reading from his book Sailing with Ghosts
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Federation of BC Writers – discount memberships

Three fer Half – The Federation of BC Writers is reaching out to writers groups with a unique membership drive.

Their Winter 2020 deep discount membership drive is inviting non-member writers to join in groups of three or more at a fifty percent discount. Runs from January 17 to February 17, 2020.

Check their website at https://bcwriters.ca for more information, or write to them at membership@bcwriters.ca.

February 20, 2020 – No speaker

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

New members and guests are welcome.

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CVWS Membership 

Renew or join online at www.cvwriterssociety.ca or pay by cheque/cash at general meeting

Yearly fee is $25.00.

After January 1, 2020 new members pay $15. Renewing members must still pay $25.

January 16th meeting cancelled!

Due to weather, the next CVWS General meeting on Thursday, January 16th has been cancelled.

News of note that would have been announced at the meeting:

From the North Island Writers Conference Committee:

To all conference attendees – for Saturday, Jan. 25th & Sunday, Jan. 26th

  1. Wear warm clothing (layer). Classrooms can be chilly, as NIC turns down the heat on weekends.
  1. Coffee and tea will be available throughout the weekend. Think about bringing your own mug, although cups will be available there.
  1. There is no lunch facility at the college during the conference. We suggest you bring your own lunch or plan to go to one of many food outlets in the area: Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, MacDonald’s, Subway, Thrifty’s, etc.
  1. The Words on the Water draw will take place at the conference opening on Friday evening, Jan. 24th.  If you are interested, submit your name to registration@cvwriterssociety.ca by Monday, Jan, 20th.

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If you are a CVWS member who would like to sell one or more of your books, here’s how:

  1. Select 5 copies each of up to 3 titles.
  1. Insert a slip of paper inside the front cover of each book with your name, title and price. Please round the price off to the nearest dollar.
  1. Include your biography sheet, bookmarks or business cards, if you have them.
  1. Deliver to the book selling table near the conference check-in at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday.
  1. Pick up any remaining books at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, along with your envelope of book sale proceeds.

Questions about book sales? Contact registration@cvwriterssociety.ca

Stay safe everyone!

Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers

The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC) invites submissions to its 27th annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Unpublished works of fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words in English are eligible, and writers may submit multiple entries.

A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. The deadline for entries is February 14, 2020.

For more information: https://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition

January 16, 2020 – Kim Bannerman

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker this month is local author Kim Bannerman. She will talk about Sense of Place, building a rich world for the reader to experience. Setting has a huge influence for a story. It guides our use of language and emotions.

Kim’s talk will focus on her research of Cumberland history for Bucket of Blood, Harrison Hot Springs for Agony of St. Alice and the creation of the fantasy landscape in Love & Lovecraft.

Kim has a background in anthropology and travel writing. She has written four books and is a partner in Fox&Bee Studio. She has a website: foxandbee.com and is on Facebook. Kim lives in Cumberland.

Members are to write a short piece about a place or landscape they enjoy or love and bring it to the January 16th meeting.

New members and guests are welcome.

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CVWS Membership  

Renew or join online at www.cvwriterssociety.ca or pay by cheque/cash at general meeting

Yearly fee is $25.00.

After January 1, 2020 new members pay $15. Renewing members must still pay $25.

Winter Writing Workshop with Jeanette Taylor

McLoughlin Gardens Society is hosting a Winter Writing Workshop with Jeanette Taylor.

Saturdays: 1 – 4 p.m. Six sessions: January 18, February 1, 15 (long weekend) & 29, March 14 & 28.
Registration Fee: $305 MGS members, $325.00 non-members.
Place: Courtenay Museum.

Writing a memoir, family history, biography or fiction requires story crafting, editing savvy, and planning structures. Author and historian Jeanette Taylor believes learning to write both fiction and nonfiction requires both writing craft skills and great storytelling. “Whether you’re writing for family or hope to publish a novel, it’s all about presenting a memorable tale and characters who grab the imagination of readers,” says Taylor.

Registrants should have a subject in mind, with the basic research done, as a starting-point for class exercises. Interactive discussion and writing exercises focus on story planning, finding focus, character development, settings, scenes, writing craft, voice, writer’s block, self-motivation, and publication options. Class exercises and homework will advance your in-process writing.

The bi-monthly schedule allows time for homework, as you polish a final extract for instructor and peer critiques. You will receive a comprehensive binder of handouts to guide continuing work. An e-mail address is required, to share writing.

Registration information: Society members who are interested in taking the class are invited to register by contacting board member Christine by phone at 250-331-0600 or by e-mail at chrisda@shaw.ca to arrange a deposit of $100.

Other news:

McLoughlin Gardens Society is pleased to announce they now have two writers on their board, three including Christine! Writer-in-Residence next summer will be a playwright. https://www.mcloughlingardens.org/