The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School. (New location!)
Our guest speaker will be Judy LeBlanc and she will lead a workshop titled Toward Effortless Writing.
In describing her workshop, Judy says we don’t talk enough about process, how we find that elusive path into the heart of our work. Neither the magic of the muse nor the methodical adherence to rules of craft are the whole answer. What inspires us and keeps us writing? It is much to do with engaging creatively with the world while developing an awareness of who we are as writers.
The title of her talk is a phrase taken from Dorothea Brande’s 1934 tiny gem of a book about writing process, On Becoming a Writer. Judy draws from other writers as well, and there will be some exercises which will aid in establishing a writing practice that is fluid and dynamic. This is applicable to any genre of writing.
Judy LeBlanc’s short stories have been published in numerous literary journals including Filling Station, The Malahat Review, Prism, Antigonish Review and Grain. In 2017, she was longlisted for the Prism Short Fiction contest, and in 2015 she won the Islands Fiction contest. In 2012, she won the Antigonish Review’s Sheldon Currie Fiction contest and was longlisted for the CBC short story prize. She teaches creative writing at North Island College and is a founding member and former artistic director for the Fat Oyster Reading Series. Promise of Water, her collection of short stories, was published by Oolichan Press and released in fall, 2017.
Everyone is welcome. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Also, yearly memberships are due. The membership year runs from September 1 to August 31. You can pay by cheque or cash at the November meeting. Or you can pay via PayPal on our website. Go to https://cvwriterssociety.ca/membership/?target=join-now.
The next Poetry and Prose Open Mic session will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 12 – 1:45 p.m. at the Courtenay Regional Library in the Events Room.
Come to read or to listen. Everyone is welcome.
Hosted by the Comox Valley Writers Society.
The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, October 18, 2018 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School. (New location!)
Guest speaker will be Harold Macy, local author. He will be speaking about his recent success in finding two publishers – one for his historical novel and one for his short story collection.
For over forty years Harold has lived in Merville where he says he is surrounded by “old hippies, fundamentalist Christians, faded cowgirls, broken old loggers, gimpy rednecks and urban refugees with their new plaid shirts and attitudes – all good sources of character and story”. Harold’s work has appeared in a number of literary magazines and he has twice received honorable mention in the Island Short Fiction Contest. He won the 2013 North Island College three-hour Fiction Contest.
Everyone is welcome to come meet this colourful author and hear some of his stories. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Also, yearly memberships are due. The membership year runs from September 1 to August 31. You can pay by cheque or cash at the October meeting. Or you can pay via PayPal on our website. Go to https://cvwriterssociety.ca/membership/?target=join-now.
The next Poetry and Prose Open Mic session will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Courtenay Regional Library in the Events Room.
Come and share what you have been writing this summer or come and participate as a listener. Everyone is welcome.
Hosted by the Comox Valley Writers Society.
The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School. (New location!) School is at 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay…just down the road from the new Thrifty’s Foods. Everyone is welcome to attend. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Membership fees for the 2018 / 2019 year are due this month. Fee is $25.00.
The Deep in Cascadia Poetry Retreat is coming up soon! It is being held in Cumberland at the Masonic Hall from Thursday, September 6th to Sunday, September 9th.
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There will be two evening readings by participants on Friday and Saturday which be take the form of poetry bashes…meaning more readers on stage for a shorter time. Libations will be available so it should be fun.
A wonderful group of poets will be reading. some of them quite well-known. There will also be a presentation on Saturday afternoon by a climate scientist, Dominick DellaSala. He is the current President of the Geos Institute.
Admission is by donation.
The Cascadia Poetics Lab is also looking for any volunteers who would be willing to help out at this event. For more information about the retreat or to volunteer, contact them through their website: www.cascadiapoeticslab.ca.
Arleen Pare, Victoria poet and novelist, will be the McLoughlin Gardens Society Writer-in-residence for the month of August. Please follow the link to register for her workshop or schedule a free individual consultation:
McLoughlin Gardens residence
Writing with Michelle Mulder
Are you keen to try your hand at writing for children? Join children’s book author Michelle Mulder for an afternoon workshop. This will be an opportunity to get your story underway by discovering the character who wants to tell it.
Wednesday, July 18th – “Whose Story is it Anyway?”
Time: 1 – 3:30 p.m. Registration: $40
Location: The Courtenay Museum
For registration information, please contact Christine, by phone at 250-218-5729 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the McLoughlin Gardens Society website and scroll down for information about Michelle’s workshop.
Creativity with Arleen Paré
Saturday, August 18th – “The Habit of Art”
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration: $60
Location: Directions sent to registrants.
For registration information, please contact Christine, by phone at 250-218-5729 or by e-mail at email@example.com. You can also register by visiting the McLoughlin Gardens Society website.
The phrase ‘the habit of art’ was coined by Jacques Maritain, an early twentieth century French philosopher and later borrowed by the American writer Flannery O’Connor. It is a way of heightening experience as artists, poets or painters, writers or mosaisists, opening ourselves to what’s there. It is a point of view, a way of inclining our minds, a stillness. Just saying “the habit of art” can shift the view.”
In this workshop we will employ “the habit of art” to expand our practice as writers, as artists, and as individuals interested in the world.
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Garden of Leslie and John Cox
7896 Fairview Rd, Black Creek (directions follow)
chair (if you have a convenient outdoor chair)
sweater or light jacket
bug repellent if you use it (mosquitoes in the garden with all the moisture)
Writing challenge: The topic is “Rain.” One page limit. Prose or poetry.
Weather: 14 day forecast is for a sunny day
Directions to Cox Garden:
Black Creek is north of Merville and south of Oyster River.
Take Highway 19A north from Courtenay. Shortly after entering Black Creek Unincorporated (just past Howard Rd) you will pass Topshelf Feed on right (big sign). Continue north…slight curve in highway to the right and gentle downhill slope and you will come to a large sign for Black Creek Community Hall on right. Slow down. Fairview Rd is the next street on right past the Community Hall.
If you pass the Black Creek Community Church on the right (big sign), you have missed our street. Turn into their driveway quick! Their back parking lot opens onto Fairview Rd in behind the church. We are the second house behind the church.
But if you made the turn onto Fairview, we are the second-to-last house (7896) at the end of the street…almost directly behind the church. Look for a wire fence with rugosa roses poking through along road front, green garage doors, a woodshed, a large front porch…and lots of plants.
If you are really lost, here is my phone number: 250-337-8051.
Note: There is lots of room for parking in the church parking lot, almost directly across the street from our house.
Date: Tuesday, June 19
Place: Courtenay Library
Time: 2:00 pm
Presenter: Lynne Knight, award-winning poet and teacher (www.lynneknight.com)
To register: in branch or email firstname.lastname@example.org