Unfortunately, due to poor participation, Reading Nights are cancelled as of January 2024 until further notice.
February 19th session of Prose & Poetry is cancelled due to National Family Day holiday.
Next Prose & Poetry session is on March 18th.
Reading Night on Thursday evening, October 26th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Courtenay Regional Library on 6th Street.
Our theme for October is either Halloween or Thanksgiving – your option.
Additionally, you can hear about the Ugly Witch (spoiler alert – what’s inside you can often be the better part of who you really are), and don’t witches deserve friends after all? Hope to see you at the library.
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”
- World Alzheimer’s day
- World beard day
- Sexual health day
- Labour day
- Day of Charity, Cheese pizza day
- Read a book day
- Day of clean air for blue skies
- Cystic Fibrosis Day, Literacy day
- Protect Education from Attack
- Grandparent’s day
- Suicide Prevention day
- Day of Encouragement, Day of South-
- Bald is beautiful day, Chocolate day
- World Sepsis day
- Day of Democracy, Hispanic Heritage day,
- Coastal cleanup day, Preservation of the
- Patient safety day, wife appreciation
- National First Love day, Cheeseburger day
- IT Professionals day, Batman day
- Talk like a Pirate day
- Day of Peace, Gratitude day
- Elephant appreciation day, Hobbit day,
Rhino day, Autumn Equinox
- Sign Languages day, Hunting and Fishing
- Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day,
World Rivers day
- Dream day, International day of Total
Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
- World contraception day
- World Tourism day,
- National Sons day, Rabies day, Universal
Access to Information day
August 17 – 20, 2023 in Sechelt.
For full details, information on authors, workshops and registration: https://writersfestival.ca/
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.
- Writing for magazines: Find your way to an editor’s heart, with 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!