Sept. 2023 Reading Night – Thursday 28th

Reading Night on Thursday evening, September 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Courtenay Library on 6th St., Courtenay.

We have gone to a no-theme Reading Night so feel free to bring any previous written poem or prose piece, or something you are working on to share with your fellow writers for up to 10 minutes. If there are less than 8 participants you can extend that to 15 minutes. We hope to see you there to celebrate your writing talents and listen to what other CVWS members are writing.

For those of you experiencing “writer’s block” or who need a little break from what you are working on or need some inspiration/motivation, here are some special days/ideas to consider …

September’s ”Special Days”

  1. World Alzheimer’s day
  2. World beard day
  3. Sexual health day
  4. Labour day
  5. Day of Charity, Cheese pizza day
  6. Read a book day
  7. Day of clean air for blue skies
  8. Cystic Fibrosis Day, Literacy day
  9. Protect Education from Attack
  10. Grandparent’s day
  11. Suicide Prevention day
  12. Day of Encouragement, Day of South-
    South Cooperation
  13. Bald is beautiful day, Chocolate day
  14. World Sepsis day
  15. Day of Democracy, Hispanic Heritage day,
  16. Coastal cleanup day, Preservation of the
    Ozone Layer
  17. Patient safety day, wife appreciation
  18. National First Love day, Cheeseburger day
  19. IT Professionals day, Batman day
  20. Talk like a Pirate day
  21. Day of Peace, Gratitude day
  22. Elephant appreciation day, Hobbit day,
    Rhino day, Autumn Equinox
  23. Sign Languages day, Hunting and Fishing
    day
  24. Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day,
    World Rivers day
  25. Dream day, International day of Total
    Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
  26. World contraception day
  27. World Tourism day,
  28. National Sons day, Rabies day, Universal
    Access to Information day

 

General Meeting – Sept. 21, 2023

September 21 – Thursday at 7 p.m. – Bayside Café, #5 – 2760 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay

We are excited to announce that our guest speaker for the evening is Vici Johnstone from Caitlin Press. Vici will speak about “The changing landscape in publishing. Where do we go from here?” Bring your curiosity and your questions. Writer friends who are non-members are welcome to join us for this event.

Membership fees for the 2023 / 2024 year are due now. Cost is $25.00 and Membership forms will be available at the meeting, or you can pay online through the CVWS website.

As always, our thanks to Ben and Gerri, owners of the Bayside.

 

Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival July 2023

Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival – July 20 to 23 2023

For full details about the Festival: https://denmanislandwritersfestival.com/

2023 Festival Workshops
by Stewart Goodings

As well as the solo sessions, Main Stage panels, and five day intensive The Writing Week, Denman’s Readers and Writers Festival always offers small group workshops for attendees who want to devote 3 hours to a particular topic.

This year, four workshops will be presented—three by invited authors Tsering Yangzom Lama, Susan Lundy, and Tolu Oloruntoba—and one by Denman writer Jo-Anne McLean.

Here’s a brief description of each workshop to pique the interest of loyal Festival-goers as well as those coming to the Festival for the first time. Full details of each workshop are available on the website: www.denmanislandwritersfestival.com Registration opens May 15 for these workshops and all other session.

  1. Writing for magazines: Find your way to an editor’s heartwith Susan Lundy: Susan is an experienced writer and editor and is the Managing Editor of the Boulevard Magazine Group. In this workshop, participants will explore the dos and dont’s of freelancing for magazines and will learn how to create the perfect pitch, write an engaging story, and make the editor love you!
  2. Poetry Forest Walk, with Tolu Oloruntoba: Here’s a first for the DI Festival—what could be more Denman-like than a stroll through one of the island’s forests, while conversing and listening to one of Canada’s most renowned poets, winner of both the Governor General’s Prize for Poetry and the Griffin Prize for Poetry. Tolu’s latest book is all about finches, so clearly he’s been spending some creative time with the birds. Join him for an experience that combines poetic inspiration and gentle exercise!
  3. The Ins and Outs of Self-Publishing, with Jo-Anne McLean: For wannabe writers, the self-publishing options have never been so numerous or appealing, for both author and potential reader. But it can be frustrating to a novice writer to figure out the best routes to take in the world of independent publishing. Author of 9 novels, Jo-Anne has demonstrated not only her literary chops but also her expertise in producing attractively formatted books and getting them in the hand of scores of loyal readers. She will explain the mysteries of self-publishing, and be ready to answer any questions from writers thinking of going in this direction.
  4. Small Moves in Revision, with Tsering Yangzom Lama: Short-listed for last year’s Giller Prize for fiction, Tsering offers a fiction workshop focusing on the “small moves” that can transform one’s writing in the revision process. This workshop will look at moves acclaimed writers make to add texture, depth, and surprise to their work. Participants will be asked to bring along a piece of writing and to be prepared to revise. They will be invited to share their writing in this workshop, though this is optional.

With only ten slots in each workshop, it is highly recommended to register as early as possible. Be part of Festival 2023 and take one or more of these workshops!

To register: https://denmanislandwritersfestival.com/registration/

June 2023 Reading Night – Thursday 29th

Reading Night on Thursday evening, June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Courtenay Library on 6th St.

We have gone to a no-theme Reading Night so feel free to bring any previous written poem or prose piece, or something you are working on to share with your fellow writers for up to 10 minutes. If there are less than 8 participants you can extend that to 15 minutes. We hope to see you there to celebrate your writing talents and listen to what other CVWS members are writing.

For those of you experiencing “writer’s block” or who need a little break from what you are working on or need some inspiration/motivation, here are some special days/ideas to consider …

Special Days in June

June – all month – National Indigenous History
June 1 – Global Day of Parents, Running Day, Go Barefoot Day, World Reef Day
June 2 – National Black Bear Day, Donut Day, Rocky Road Ice Cream Day
June 3 – National Health and Fitness Day, Egg Day, World Bicycle Day, Bowls Day
June 4 – National Cheese Day, Innocent Child of Aggression Day, Hug your Cat Day, Cancer Survivor Day
June 5 – World Environment Day, Hot Air Balloon Day
June 6 – National Drive-in Movie Day, D-day, Clean Air Day, Yo-Yo Day
June 7 – World Food Safety Day, World Running Day, Drawing and Pencil Day
June 8 – National Best Friend Day, World Ocean Day, Race Unity Day
June 9 – National Donald Duck Day
June 10 – Portugal Day, World Pet Anonymous Day, Iced Tea Day
June 11 – National Cheese Fondue Day, Pet Day, Clean Up Your Pantry Day, and Submarine Day
June 12 – World Day Against Child Labour Day, Peanut Butter Cookie Day
June 13 – National Sewing Machine Day, World Softball Day, Banana Split Day
June 14 – World Blood Donor Day, Family History Day, Juggling Day
June 15 – World Elder Abuse Day, Nature Photography Day
June 16 – National Garden Day, Blooms Day, Fudge Day
June 17 – World Day to Combat Decertification and Drought
June 18 – Father’s Day, Picnic Day, Fresh Vegetables Day, Go Fishing Day
June 19 – National Martini Day, Garfield Day
June 20 – World Refugee Day, International Surfing Day
June 21 – National Aboriginal Day, Summer Solstice Day, Skateboarding Day, Yoga Day, Selfie Day
June 22 – Onion Rings Day, World Rainforest Day
June 23 – Widow’s Day, UN Public Service Day, Women in Engineering Day
June 24 – Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 25 – Global Beatles Day
June 26 – Day of Seafarer, Day Against Drug Abuse, PTSD Awareness Day
June 27 – National Sunglasses Day, HIV Testing Day
June 28 – National Insurance Awareness Day
June 29 – International Day of Tropics
June 30 – Asteroid Day

General Meeting – June 15, 2023

The Comox Valley Writers Society’s 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held on June 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College campus.

At 7 p.m., following the AGM, BC author Bill Arnott will read and show slides from his best-selling book, A Season on Vancouver Island. His book will be available for purchase and signing before and after the presentation, thanks to Laughing Oyster Books.

It promises to be a fabulous evening! See you there!

General Meeting – May 18, 2023

May 18 – Thursday at 7 pm – Bayside Café, #5 – 2760 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay

We are excited to announce our guest speaker for the evening is Joy Gugeler, PhD, from Vancouver Island University. Joy will speak to us about “The pros and cons of traditional versus self-publishing—which one is right for you.” Please bring your questions to this informative presentation.

The evening will wrap up with an Open Mic. Bring your poetry or prose and sign up at the door to read for about five minutes.

See you there!

(Our thanks to Ben and Gerri, owners of the Bayside, for providing this lovely venue.)

April 2023 Reading Night – Thursday 27th

Reading Night on Thursday evening, April 27 from 7 to 9 pm.

This event is for CVWS Members only and is held via Zoom.
Zoom invitation will be sent to all CVWS members on Wednesday, April 26.

April is named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. The Romans called this month Aprilis, which may derive from the verb aperire meaning “to open”, referring to flowers and fruits opening. Members are invited to share prose and/or poetry for up to 10 minutes on the April theme of Love and Renewal – with Mother Nature or yourself – or any topic related to the special days in April. Other themes/topics are welcome. Members who just want to listen are also welcome!

Special Days in April

April 1 – April Fool’s Day, International Fun at Work Day, National Greeting Card Day
April 2 – International Children’s Book Day, Int. Fact-Checking Day, World Autism Awareness
April 3 – National Find a Rainbow Day, National Inspiring Joy Day, World Party Day
April 4 – International Hug a Newsperson Day, National School Librarian Day
April 5 – National Self-Care Day, Read a Road May Day, National Deep Dish Pizza Day
April 6 – National Acai Bowl, Burrito, Carbonara, Pajama, and Student Athlete Day
April 7 – Good Friday, National Coffee Cake and No Housework Day, World Health Day
April 8 – National All is Ours, Empanada, and Zoo Lovers Day
April 9 – Easter Sunday, National Name Yourself and Unicorn Day
April 10 – National Encourage a Young Writer Day, Farm Animals, and Hug Your Dog Day
April 11 – National Cheese Fondue, Pet, Clean Up Your Pantry, and Submarine Day
April 12 – Walk on Your Wild Side Day, National Licorice and Only Child Day
April 13 – Celebrate Teen Literature Day, National Peach Cobbler and Scrabble Day
April 14 – Day of Silence, National Donate a Book, Look Up to the Sky, and Gardening Day
April 15 – Husband Appreciation and Record Store Day, World Art Day
April 16 – Emancipation and Good Deeds Day, National Eggs Benedict and Librarian Day
April 17 – International Haiku Poetry Day, National Cheese Ball and Kueickball Day
April 18 – National Animal Crackers, Exercise, and Newspaper Columnist’s Day
April 19 – Humorous and Wear Pajamas to Work, Banana and Garlic Day
April 20 – National Cheddar Fries, High Five, Look-Alike, and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day
April 21 – Big Words Day, National Kindergarten, Tea, and Thank You for Libraries
Day
April 22 – April Showers and Earth Day, National Jelly Bean, and Girl Scout Appreciation Day
April 23 – World Book Day, National Email, Lover’s, Picnic, and Take a Chance Day
April 24 – National Pigs in a Blanket Day
April 25 – National DNA, Telephone, School Bus Driver’s and Zucchini Bread Day
April 26 – World Stationary, Stop Food Waste, Alien, Audubon, Denim, and Get Organized Day
April 27 – National Tell a Story, Prime Rib, Morse Code, and Take Our Kid To Work Day
April 28 – Great Poetry Reading, Women’s Wellness, Superhero, Arbor, and Blueberry Pie Day
April 29 – Independent Bookstores, Astronomy, Veterinary, and World Wish Day

April 30 – Healthy Kids, Honesty, Jazz, Raison, and Tie Dye Day

General Meeting – April 20, 2023

April 20 – Thursday at 7 pm – Bayside Café, #5 – 2760 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay

Guest speaker is Sarah Corsie from Caitlin Press.

Sarah will speak about “The changing landscape in publishing. Where do we go from here?” Bring your curiosity and your questions.

Sarah Corsie is the production manager at Caitlin Press and Dagger Editions. Prior to joining the Caitlin Press team in 2018, she worked as the marketing coordinator at Harbour Publishing and Douglas & McIntyre.

Originally from Nanaimo, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Vancouver Island University and a Master of Publishing Degree from SFU. She lives in the qathet district, (formerly Powell River Regional District), on the Sunshine Coast.

The evening will wrap up with an Open Mic. Bring your poetry or prose and sign up at the door to read for about five minutes.

See you there!

(As always, our thanks to Ben and Gerri, owners of the Bayside, for providing this lovely venue at no cost to us!)