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.

Upcoming Event – May 25, 2018

Prose and Poetry Open Mic – hosted by the Comox Valley Writers Society

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Place: Event Room at Courtenay Regional Library – 300  6th Street
Cost: Free

Come to listen or read. Everyone is welcome.

We will be taking a summer break in July and August. Please join us when our sessions start up again on Friday, September 28, 2018.

Next CVWS meeting – May 17, 2018

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, May 17, 2018 in the library at Valley View Elementary School.

Our panel this month will consist of some of our newer members who will tell us about themselves and their writing.

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

Upcoming event – May 6, 2018

Open House and Garden Gala – McLoughlin Gardens Society

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Place: Brian & Sarah McLoughlin Regional Park
814 Tasman Rd (off Williams Beach Rd)
Merville, BC

Highlights of the afternoon:

  • 2 p.m. – Six writers will read from their work: Bernice Friesen, Cornelia Hooglan, Harold Macy, Judy LeBlanc, Marlet Ashley, and Natalie Nickerson
  • Music performed by Patrick Desjardins (shakuhachi), Margo McLoughlin (hang drum), & Kel Kelly (guitar & vocals)

Refreshments provided by the Comox Valley Writers Society

Everyone welcome.