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.

Last Minute Invite – Fat Oyster Reading Series

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM

FAT OYSTER Reading Series, the little reading series that won’t quit, is adapting to these Covid days and have changed the format for their upcoming reading to a virtual format.

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom book launch featuring Cornelia Hoogland and Ted Goodden reading from and discussing their new book, a collaboration between a visual artist and a poet, Cosmic Bowling.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81809773866?pwd=MDY4L1dyK090R05DNE9MZU9ZTXpJZz09

Meeting ID: 818 0977 3866
Passcode: 137656

If you have any questions or difficulty with zoom, contact fat.oyster.fanny.bay@gmail.com

Cornelia and Ted are Hornby Island residents and long-time supporters of the Fat Oyster Reading series. You may remember Cornelia’s launch of Trailer Park Elegy at the hall in 2017, a book of poems set at Deep Bay that was a finalist for The League of Canadian Poets Raymond Souster award.  Cosmic Bowling is Cornelia’s eighth book of poetry, of which several have been shortlisted for major prizes. Ted Goodden is a visual artist who works primarily in architectural stained glass, sculpture and mixed media. His stained glass windows hang in hundreds of public and private collections, and his work is exhibited in major galleries.

See more about Cosmic Bowling at the publisher’s site: https://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781771835374