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 Unpublished works of fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words in English are eligible, and writers may submit multiple entries.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

Next CVWS meeting – Jan. 16, 2020

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/

Next CVWS meeting – Dec. 12, 2019

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, December 12, 2019 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay. New members and guests are welcome. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

This is our Christmas Party time! Bring finger food to share and a book to exchange.

There will also be a guest speaker (see below), a short business meeting, games and a writing challenge which is…

Write a one page story that includes the following:
            Character: Oddities collector
            Plot line: Reckless enthusiasm

December Guest Speaker will be Eden Robinson. She is the Haig-Brown Heritage House Writer-in-Residence this year. A B.C. writer Eden Robinson has published novels, poems and short stories. Robinson’s work, infused with dark humour, portrays the everyday lives of Indigenous people in coastal B.C. Her Kitimat-set debut novel, Monkey Beach, received a nomination for the 2000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2017, Son of a Trickster, a coming of age novel, was a finalist for that year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Silver Bowerbird Gallery Open House – Dec. 7, 2019

The Open House will be a great opportunity to view the space. And have some fun as there will be readers, snacks…even craft-making. The board is working with Margaret to hammer out details as she has generously offered this space for the use of CVWS members for small writing groups, meetings, launches, etc. Stay tuned for more details to come…

Welcome Reception for Eden Robinson – Dec. 1, 2019

The Campbell River Museum is hosting a welcome reception for Eden Robinson, the Haig-Brown writer-in-residence for 2019/2020

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Place: Haig-Brown Heritage House, 2250 Campbell River Rd, Campbell River (Right on the Campbell River, just before Elk Falls Provincial Park.) http://www.haig-brown.bc.ca/writer-residence

Eden Robinson will also be the keynote speaker on Friday night, Jan 24, 2020 at the North Island Writers Conference.

2020 NIWC Pre-Conference Extravaganza – Nov. 29, 2019

Presented by North Island College and CVWS  

On Friday, November 29th, as part of the NIC Write Here Reading Series, presenters from the 2020 North Island Writers Conference will be reading excerpts from their work.

The author line-up includes: Jayne Barnard, Jeanette Taylor, Jennifer Manuel, Jo-Anne McLean, Judy LeBlanc, Marlet Ashley, Michelle Simms, Paula Wild, Terrance James, and Traci Skuce.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 – 9 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Comox Valley campus.  Refreshments will be served at intermission. The event is free and open to everyone.

Date: Friday, November 29, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 9 pm
Place: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley campus

Next Prose and Poetry – Nov. 29, 2019

The next Poetry and Prose Open Mic session will be held on Friday, November 29, 2019 from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Events Room at the Courtenay Regional Library.

Come to read or to listen. Everyone is welcome.

Hosted by the Comox Valley Writers Society.

Note: There is no Poetry and Prose session in December. The next one will be on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Book signing – Leslie Cox – Nov. 17, 2019

Leslie Cox will be signing her first, self-published book, Duchess of Dirt: The Record Years, on Sunday, November 17.

Place: Laughing Oyster Bookshop, 286 5th Street
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

It is Customer Appreciation Day and First Sunday Opening at Laughing Oyster Bookshop. Come join the fun!