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.)

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!

Next CVWS meeting – Nov. 21, 2019

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, November 21, 2019 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay. New members and guests are welcome.

Guest speaker this month is Dr. Mary Lindsay (Mei-Li-Lee). Dr. Lindsay, a former teacher and educational psychologist in S.D. #71.

She will also be reading from her historical novel Potlatch Blanket for a China Man on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30 at the Courtenay Library. Unlike other accounts set in British Columbia, this novel privileges non-European perspectives and celebrates the complex alliances among Chinese, First Nations, Blacks, Hawaiians, Mexicans and women. Voice is given to marginalized communities that are not represented in history books. Everyone is welcome to either event.

At our October meeting we heard readings from our Crime/Mystery small writing group. Members read excerpts from their current writing projects. This group is very popular and may need to expand into a second group.

New members and guests are welcome. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Please wear a name tag! We want to get to know everyone!

Last call to renew your CVWS membership! Anyone who has not renewed by November 30th will not receive the CVWS newsletter or notifications of CVWS events. You can pay online at  or at the November meeting.


Special Event – Nov. 7, 2019

The CVWS presents an evening reading and open mic event:

“Writers Who Read Evening” 

When: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
Where: Bayside Café at 5-2760 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay
Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm. Sign up for open mic starts at 6:30 pm. Readings start at 7 pm. Come early to purchase your coffee, tea and treat and settle in.

Who: Featured Readers will be Christine Dickinson and Janet Miller.

Followed by open mic readers. (Maximum 5 minutes per reader, including preamble. Practice at home, read out loud, time yourself, don’t get dinged off the stage!)

Max of 10 – 12 open mic readers so come early to sign up

Audience: CVWS members. Guests are welcome. (Only CVWS members will be reading.)

The CVWS Board of Directors extend a huge thank you to Bayside Café owner, David Keelan, who has agreed to open the café in the evening, especially for our group.