In Honour of National Poetry Month – Apr 25, 2019

Courtenay Library Presents: Five Authors – Five New Books

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: Courtenay Regional Library

In honor of National Poetry Month join these authors as they share from their new collections:

  • Near Miss by Laura Matwichuk
  • Outside, America by Sarah de Leeuw
  • Fresh Pack of Smokes by Cass Blanchard
  • Hymnswitch by Ali Blythe
  • Mooncalves by Victoria Hetherington


Next Poetry & Prose – April 26, 2019

The next Poetry and Prose Open Mic session will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 12 – 2 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 – April 18, 2019

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay.

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

Please wear a name tag so we can get to know each other’s names!

Special Event – April 18, 2019

What: Topic of Memoirs at Courtenay Treasure Story Hour
Date: Thursday; April 18, 2019
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Courtenay Regional Library; 600  6th St.

CVWS members Joline Martin, Jane Wilde and Carolyn Walton will be speaking on the topic of memoirs at the Courtenay Treasure Story Hour. Everyone is welcome.

McLoughlin Gardens Society – Fundraising Event – April 4, 2019

The McLoughlin Gardens Society will present a screening of “The Gardener” on Thursday, April 4th at 7 p.m. in the Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Courtenay campus.

The Gardener is a film that reflects upon the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and plantsman Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his twenty-acre English style garden and summer estate that was opened to a film crew for the first time ever in 2009. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents has become one of the world’s foremost private gardens. Created over 75 years and three generations, it is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, a horticultural masterpiece of the 21st century. Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, the film looks back at this remarkable man’s personal story and the artistic philosophy that gave birth to one of the greatest gardens in the world.
One hour, 24 minutes; directed by Sébastien Chabot

Tickets are $15 and available at:

  • Laughing Oyster Bookshop – 286 5th St, Courtenay
  • Blue Heron Books – 1775 Comox Ave, Comox
  • Tarbell’s Deli – 2705 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland

Small Genre Groups – Info Session – April 3, 2019

Date: Wednesday; April 3, 2019
Place: Bayside Café at #5 – 2760 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay (upstairs)
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Members interested in joining a small writing group in the genre of their preference are encouraged to attend and learn how small writing groups operate. The roles of hosts and facilitators will be outlined. Members themselves will decide how often, when and where to meet as well as the type of feedback they wish employed from casual critiquing to a more structured format.

Suggested genres for small writing groups include:

  • Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Writing for Children
  • Biography
  • Memoir
  • Poetry
  • Humour
  • Playwriting
  • Crime/Mystery

We currently have one Fiction and one Eclectic group that are not able to accept new participants at this time.

The Crime/Mystery Group generally meets the 4th Monday of the month at the Courtenay Library in the Events Room from 11 – 12:30 pm.  For more information contact:

Guidelines for Peer Critiques/Reciprocal Reading are being formulated. In this model members read other members’ work or members exchange work and critique privately with each other. This was a function of our society at the regular monthly meetings when there were fewer membership numbers and more time for readings, feedback and discussion. Therefore, joining a specific genre writing group would ensure you receive reading time and valuable critiquing.

Do you know of a good place for a small group of writers to meet? Let the board know.




Update – CVWS meeting – March 21, 2019

Guest speaker: Catherine Hedrich
Catherine is Editor-in-Chief for Tide Change, the Comox Valley’s Centre for Community
Action. Catherine is relatively new to the Comox Valley and comes from a community newspaper background. She will present a current Tide Change project that will be of interest to writers of all genres.

Join us on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay.

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

And please wear a name tag so we can get to know each other’s names!

Book Launch – Neil Garvie

Book Launch - Neil GarvieNeil Garvie – “Silence Craves a Voice”

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Where: Bayside Café at 2760 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, BC
Time: 10:30 a.m.  Refreshments will be served.


BOOK PROMO – Silence Craves a Voice 20190205
Neil Garvie | Poplar Publishing | February 2019 | ISBN:  978-1-7751352-0-3 | $14.00 Soft cover, 54 pages

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