Last Minute Invite – Fat Oyster Reading Series

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM

FAT OYSTER Reading Series, the little reading series that won’t quit, is adapting to these Covid days and have changed the format for their upcoming reading to a virtual format.

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom book launch featuring Cornelia Hoogland and Ted Goodden reading from and discussing their new book, a collaboration between a visual artist and a poet, Cosmic Bowling.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81809773866?pwd=MDY4L1dyK090R05DNE9MZU9ZTXpJZz09

Meeting ID: 818 0977 3866
Passcode: 137656

If you have any questions or difficulty with zoom, contact fat.oyster.fanny.bay@gmail.com

Cornelia and Ted are Hornby Island residents and long-time supporters of the Fat Oyster Reading series. You may remember Cornelia’s launch of Trailer Park Elegy at the hall in 2017, a book of poems set at Deep Bay that was a finalist for The League of Canadian Poets Raymond Souster award.  Cosmic Bowling is Cornelia’s eighth book of poetry, of which several have been shortlisted for major prizes. Ted Goodden is a visual artist who works primarily in architectural stained glass, sculpture and mixed media. His stained glass windows hang in hundreds of public and private collections, and his work is exhibited in major galleries.

See more about Cosmic Bowling at the publisher’s site: https://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781771835374

 

CVWS News – Memberships for 2020/2021 now open

October 11, 2020

New Memberships and Renewal Memberships have been set at $10.00 for the 2020 / 2021 year due to the necessary health restrictions in place with regard to COVID-19.

The Membership form has been updated to reflect the new dues for this year and is now active. Click here to fast track to the Membership page.

Local CVWS News – March 30, 2020

CVWS General meetings and Small Writing Group meetings
Due to the present COVID-19 health situation, the CVWS Board has suspended all meetings until further notice.

Online Writing Group Trial
Ian McIntyre (CVWS Vice President) is conducting a trial of a online writing group session using Zoom. If successful, he will offer to facilitate other sessions while we are all practicing self-isolation. Small writing group chairs/facilitators are welcome to contact Ian if they are interested.
Stay tuned.

Vancouver Island Regional Library
All VIRL branches will remain closed until further notice. However, VIRL’s eLibrary will remain open to everyone who has a VIRL library card. The eLibrary collection contains thousands of ebooks and audiobooks, scores of downloadable music, and hours of streaming movies and TV.

Local Writers who offer writing courses
There are writers in our community who offer writing courses. Please contact the individual instructors to learn more about what they offer and when.

Denman Island’s 18th Readers and Writers Festival
Dates: July 16 – 19, 2020
Registration opens May 1st

For more information, go to: https://denmanislandwritersfestival.com

 

March 12, 2020 – Diana Stevan

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker this month is Diana Stevan. She will discuss how she used family history and other research to write her novel, Sunflowers Under Fire, a historical fiction, a finalist for the 2019 Whistler Independent Book Award and a semi-finalist for a 2019 Kindle Award for Literary Fiction. Diana will read from her novel and there will be time for a Q & A session.

New members and guests are welcome.

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CVWS Membership 

Renew or join online at www.cvwriterssociety.ca or pay by cheque/cash at general meeting.

Yearly fee is $25.00, payable in September.

After January 1st new members pay $15. Renewing members must still pay $25.

February 20, 2020 – No speaker

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

New members and guests are welcome.

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CVWS Membership 

Renew or join online at www.cvwriterssociety.ca or pay by cheque/cash at general meeting

Yearly fee is $25.00.

After January 1, 2020 new members pay $15. Renewing members must still pay $25.

January 16, 2020 – Kim Bannerman

The next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker this month is local author Kim Bannerman. She will talk about Sense of Place, building a rich world for the reader to experience. Setting has a huge influence for a story. It guides our use of language and emotions.

Kim’s talk will focus on her research of Cumberland history for Bucket of Blood, Harrison Hot Springs for Agony of St. Alice and the creation of the fantasy landscape in Love & Lovecraft.

Kim has a background in anthropology and travel writing. She has written four books and is a partner in Fox&Bee Studio. She has a website: foxandbee.com and is on Facebook. Kim lives in Cumberland.

Members are to write a short piece about a place or landscape they enjoy or love and bring it to the January 16th meeting.

New members and guests are welcome.

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CVWS Membership  

Renew or join online at www.cvwriterssociety.ca or pay by cheque/cash at general meeting

Yearly fee is $25.00.

After January 1, 2020 new members pay $15. Renewing members must still pay $25.

December 12, 2019 – Christmas Party

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.

November 21, 2019 – Dr. Mary Lindsay (Mei-Li-Lee)

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 https://cvwriterssociety.ca/membership  or at the November meeting.