Audio Books vs Podcast – Jean Sarrazin

Jean Sarrazin, Elder College instructor, was the guest speaker at the January 17, 2019 meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society. His topic ‘Audio Books vs Podcast – which is the better medium for practicality and prosperity?’ was of great interest to members.

Sarrazin offers the Elder College course ‘Podcast 101’ at North Island College in Courtenay and is also involved in a Community Radio Project. He has provided the CVWS with what he calls a tiny sample of what is out there in terms of resources and good examples of both the Podcast and Audiobook formats.

Podcast vs Audio Book – Resources:

Audiobook Creation Exchange
Excellent resource for Authors, Producers, Recording Engineers, Voice Talent. 

Step-by-step Podcasting Tutorial from

Sites listing podcasting feeds or offering variations on podcasting aggregators:,,
and Curry’s
iPodder’s list of software tools for podcasters….

Good articles on popularity of podcasts:
“Turns out people really like podcasts after all” from Nieman Lab

Podcasts Surge, but Producers Fear Apple Isn’t Listening by John Herrman
The New York Times

Some Podcast Favs:
The Kevin Rose Show

Twenty Thousand Hertz: The stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. has their own podcast network:

NIC Nursing student Marielle Tattman’s podcast:
“These are the Nurses in your Neighbourhood”

Simon Owen’s article: Should Publishers Pivot to Podcasting?

My Contact Info: Send me an e-mail if you would like an electronic version of this list (with live hyperlinks…!)

Jean Sarrazin ->

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 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 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

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:

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    

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

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.