Next CVWS mtg – Jan 17, 2019

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, January 17, 2019 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay.

Guest Speaker: Jean Sarrazin, NIC Elder College instructor. Jean will give a presentation on Audio books vs Podcasting: Which is the better medium for practicality and posterity?

Everyone is welcome. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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Have you registered for a workshop or two at our 2019 North Island Writers Conference yet? No? Well hurry up!! The workshops are filling up and you do not want to miss out.

Check out the Program and Presenters at https://cvwriterssociety.ca/conference then click on the registration page to fill out the form. Don’t forget to hit the “submit” at the bottom of the page which will take you to the payment page. You can pay either by credit card or through PayPal, if you have an account.

All the fun and festivities start on Friday evening, Jan. 25 at 6:30 in the Stan Hagen Theatre. Terry Jordan, our guest speaker from December (and the Haig-Brown writer-in-residence) will be presenting and giving a reading. Also, the winner of the NIC 3-hour writing contest held on Nov. 18, Alyssa Le Fort, will be reading her winning entry.

Everyone is welcome! Admission is free and refreshments will be served afterwards.
See you there!

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WORDS ON THE WATER, Campbell River Writers Festival, March 15 & 16, 2019. CVWS Members – If you wish to submit your name for a chance to win a free weekend pass, please email 1234jvm@gmail.com with the words ‘WORDS ON THE WATER’ on the subject line, or inform Janet at the January 17th General meeting.

Embrace Your Story – workshop

EMBRACE YOUR STORY  Enter the World of Memoir

CVWS Member Marie Maccagno is facilitating the following workshop:

Four Tuesday afternoons, beginning January 15, 2019 and ending February 5, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST
Location: Nourish Wellness, Comox, BC – Unit C (upstairs) 1822 Comox Avenue
Cost: $90 for the session; deposit of $30 to reserve your spot.

Class size limited to 10 people; waiting list will be created.

To register, contact maccagno.marie@gmail.com

Next CVWS meeting – Dec. 20, 2018

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, December 20, 2018 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School.

Guest Speaker: Terry Jordan, Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence will be our guest speaker. Terry is an award winning fiction writer, musician, essayist and dramatist. His book of stories It’s a Hard Cow won a Saskatchewan Book Award and his novel, Beneath That Starry Place was published internationally and was nominated for multiple awards. Terry taught Creative Writing at Concordia University and has facilitated the Fiction Workshop at Sage Hill Writing Experience. He has served as W-I-R at the public libraries of Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Regina, and at Okanagan College. He currently resides in Saskatoon. His most recent book is Been in the Storm Too Long.

 Terry Jordan is accepting manuscripts for consultation. Max 10-12 pages for initial submission in Fiction, Memoir, Creative Non-Fiction, Song Lyrics and Scripts (both playwriting and screenplays). Please send to: haigbrownwriter@gmail.com

Our CVWS members are encouraged to take part in this opportunity to have their work professionally critiqued.

To check out Terry’s further plans for playwrights, a song-writing workshop and more, please contact him directly or visit http://www.crmuseum.ca/    

December Writing Challenge: Write a one-page story about “The Truth Within the Lie”, or any story about a lie, holiday themed if the writer feels joyfully and triumphantly compelled to do so. Five-minute max, please, so we can hear as many readers as possible.

December 20th is also our Christmas gathering! Everyone brings a savoury or sweet to share. There is also a book exchange this meeting. If you care to downsize your bulging bookcase, or bookcases, bring one or two (unwrapped) for your fellow writers and readers.

This is our Christmas Gathering! Everyone brings a savoury or sweet to share.

Everyone is welcome. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Memberships are due. The membership year runs from September 1 to August 31. You can pay by cheque or cash at the December meeting. Or you can pay via PayPal on our website. Go to https://cvwriterssociety.ca/membership/?target=join-now.

Author Reading Event – Dec. 18, 2018

Sponsored by Courtenay Regional LibraryThe Irish Affair

Author: Linda Christian Diver
Book: The Irish Affair

Date: Tuesday, December 18th 2018
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Place: Courtenay Regional Library, 300  6th St.

Join us for our last author reading of 2018!

Linda Diver – Book signing on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

Book signing at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018!

The Irish AffairLinda Diver will be at Laughing Oyster Books in downtown Courtenay to sign copies of her book, The Irish Affair. This story is set in Ireland at a time when the terrifying and seemingly inevitable war between Britain, France and Germany was looming like ominous storm clouds on the horizon, where MI5, Irish Neutrality and the IRA ensnare a divergent cast of characters.

Next CVWS meeting – Nov. 15, 2018

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.