Next Poetry and Prose – Oct. 26, 2018

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.

Next CVWS meeting – Oct. 18, 2018

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.

Next Poetry and Prose – Sept. 28, 2018

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.

Next CVWS meeting – Sept. 20, 2018

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.

Upcoming Poetry Event Sept. 6-9, 2018

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.

Cascadia Poetics Lab 2018

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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.

 

Summer workshops at McLoughlin Gardens – July 2018

McLoughlin Gardens residence

McLoughlin Gardens residence

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer workshops:

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 chrisda@shaw.ca. Or visit the McLoughlin Gardens Society website and scroll down for information about Michelle’s workshop.


Arleen Pare

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 chrisda@shaw.ca. 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.

Year-end party – Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Garden of Leslie and John Cox
7896 Fairview Rd, Black Creek (directions follow)
Bring:  partner/spouse
finger food
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.

 

 

Next CVWS Meeting – June 21, 2018

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, June 21, 2018 in the library at Valley View Elementary School.

This is our Annual General Meeting with Election of Officers for the upcoming year. Following the election, there will be readings from the members.

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