From Private to Public – How to Read Your Work – Nov 4, 2021

From Private to Public

Your North Island Writers Conference committee is pleased to present the third mid-conference session event titled: “From Private to Public – How to Read Your Work”. It will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

In order to promote their books, authors need to be prepared to read from their work in front of an audience. This is not always an easy thing to do and takes lots of practice.  In this presentation, our guest speaker, Richard Brown, will describe why public speaking is a learned skill and will provide insight in how to acquire this skill.

Richard’s forty-year career in Information Technology put him in front of many different audiences, for purposes of training, leading and managing expectations. Eventually, this led him into working as an Adult Instructor with High School students, and later, joining Toastmasters.

There will time for questions at the end.

To register for From Private to Public – How to Read Your Work, please fill out the form under the “Registration” tab by November 3rd. Once you have registered, look for your Zoom invitation for this event to arrive in your Inbox and save it to your calendar. (Check your “Spam” folder if you do not see the Zoom invitation.)

This event is for CVWS members only.

If you have any questions, please contact Joline at (It is listed in the drop-down Contacts box on the Contact page.) If you do not see your Zoom invitation, please contact…also in the drop-down Contacts box)


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Call for Submissions – Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine

Deadline October 15th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PST)

The pandemic has offered experiences that are uniquely yours while at the same time there are some things that are universal to us all. Have you been writing poetry over the last few years while you have been in quarantine? Are you ready to share your work?

Whether you have been writing about despair and loss of hope and change, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine is now open for submissions for a Pandemic Issue to be released later this year.

Please send your submission, name, and contact info to
Deadline October 15th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PST)

Meet the Editors:
Bonnie Nish is Executive Director of Word Vancouver and Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society. Bonnie has a Masters in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education from UBC. Bonnie’s first book of poetry ‘Love and Bones’ was released by Karma Press Her next book “Concussion and Mild TBI: Not Just Another Headline” an anthology of concussion-related stories, was published by Lash and Associates in 2016. Bonnie is an Expressive Arts Therapist with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the Vancouver Expressive Arts Therapy School where she is also a faculty member. Her latest book, Cantata in Two Voices, co-written with Jude Neal was released by Ekstasis Editions.

Ali Denno is a writer and a Counselling Psychology student who has a passion for combining creative writing with the counselling world. She has facilitated workshops at Pacifica Rehabilitation Centre through Pandora’s Collective and currently is a peer support volunteer at The Looking Glass Foundation. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Creative Writing from KPU and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from UBC. Ali will start her Master of Counselling Degree at Adler University this fall. She hopes to share the joy and community that writing can bring.

Next Generation Indie – Book Awards

The following information was sent to the CVWS Membership via our website:


2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Call for Entries
Over $10,000 in Monetary prizes, over 80 categories

Enter at

If you would like to receive greater recognition, cash prizes, awards, possible representation by a leading agent, and exposure for your books, here is
an opportunity NOT to miss.

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Creative Residencies for Comox Valley Writers and Visual Artists

The McLoughlin Gardens is pleased to welcome local writers and visual artists to reside and work at the Gardens for one- and two-week residencies this summer and fall. We offer successful applicants space and privacy to pursue their art and nurture their artistic vision and voice.

Applications will be juried by a committee. Residencies are subsidized and the cost to the artist will be $500 per week. The seaside cottage is comfortable, fully furnished and equipped with WIFI service. Please note: vehicle access is limited, and there are no laundry facilities.

To apply for the residency, please go to and submit an application by May 20, 2021.

Marketing Your Book in a Time of COVID & Beyond – May 13, 2021

Marketing Your Book

Your North Island Writers Conference committee is excited to launch the second mid-conference session event titled: “Marketing Your Book in a Time of COVID and Beyond”. It will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Three panel members – Terry James, Marlet Ashley and Teresa Hedley – (all CVWS members) will answer questions from the moderator and the attendees.

The aim of the Q & A panel session is to find solutions that can be applied during this restrictive atmosphere to form a supportive network for authors to continue their work into the future.

This event is for CVWS members only. Time being limited, each member may only ask one question of the panel which is pertinent to marketing a book. Please write out your question in the box provided on the registration form. In case someone has already asked the same question, please write out your secondary question in the space provided.

To register for Marketing Your Book in a Time of COVID and Beyond, please fill out the form under the “Registration” tab by May 9th. Once you have registered, look for your Zoom invitation for this event to arrive in your Inbox on May 10th.

If you have any questions, please contact Joline at (It is listed in the drop-down Contacts box on the Contact page.)

Marketing Panel

Terrance James
Terrance James earned BA and MEd degrees at UVIC and a PhD from the Rehabilitation Studies Department at the University of Calgary. He is a career educator having taught at elementary, secondary, college and university levels.

Writing has been a life-long interest. He has written: travelogues, poetry, professional journal articles, manuals and books. He has been published by a traditional publisher, and has self-published. He has worked as a proof-reader for an international organization and associate editor for an academic journal.

In retirement he and his wife operate Poplar Publishing, a small home-based business that publishes niche market books for first time authors in the Comox Valley. Most of these are books of memoir, family history, or autobiography written by seniors.

Marlet Ashley, B.A., B.Ed., M.A.
Marlet began her career as a T.A. in psychology at the University of Windsor and an instructor of psychology at St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, Windsor, Ontario. After earning an M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing at the U. of Windsor, she taught creative writing there as a sessional instructor. Moving to Vancouver, B.C., she was a tenured instructor of literature and composition at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, B.C.

Her first novel is The Right Kind of Crazy (2018). Along with the children’s books series Revelry on the EstuaryThe Interlopers, Trumpeters’ Tribulations, Penelope Piper’s Great Adventure, Henri Sings the Blues, and A Pirate’s Life for Gabby—as well as a children’s Christmas book—Must Be Christmas—and Robin and Ruthie Ride the Bus, her short stories and poetry have been included in a variety of literary and university publications including Generation, Wayzgoose, Taproot, and others. She is the author of the Canadian edition of Literature and the Writing Process, Pearson Prentice Hall, Toronto.

She is a member of the Federation of BC Writers and the Comox Valley Writers Society under whose auspices she facilitates a fiction writing group. Marlet has been a guest lecturer at Elder College at North Island College. She has also conducted workshops for the Comox Valley Writers Society’s conference at North Island College (2018, 2019, 2020). One of three finalists for the 2012 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award, she was also the recipient of an honourable mention in the Lorian Hemmingway 2018 Short Story Competition and the 2020 Writers’ Digest Literary Short Fiction Contest. Marlet lives in Comox, BC. Visit her blog at

Teresa Hedley
Teresa Hedley is the author of What’s Not Allowed? A Family Journey with Autism (Wintertickle Press, 2020), a memoir which offers an uplifting approach to mining the best version of each of us, autism or not. Teresa is also a parent, an educator and a curriculum designer. Teaching stints in Canada, Japan, Greece, Spain and Germany have shaped her perspective. As an armed forces family, the Hedleys lived coast to coast in Canada. Teresa and son Erik co-wrote a twenty-article series for Autism Matters magazine, “I Have Autism and I Need Your Help.” Additionally, Teresa worked with families and school boards in Ottawa as an autism consultant and advocate. She and her family returned to the Comox Valley in 2019 and are happy to be back beside the ocean.


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Poems That Whisper / Words That Explode – April 8, 2021

Your North Island Writers Conference committee is pleased to announce they will be hosting a few mid-conference workshop presentations via Zoom throughout 2021. These are free to CVWS members in good standing only and will focus on topics that develop skills and promote authors and their work. (If you are not sure if you have paid your membership, contact

The inaugural presentation, Poems That Whisper/Words That Explode, with Derek Hanebury, is on April 8th at 7 pm via Zoom. The hour-long interactive session will cover:

  • What makes a great poem?
  • When is a poem done?
  • What can be considered when editing?
  • Where to place line and stanza breaks?

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Federation of BC Writers – discount memberships

Three fer Half – The Federation of BC Writers is reaching out to writers groups with a unique membership drive.

Their Winter 2020 deep discount membership drive is inviting non-member writers to join in groups of three or more at a fifty percent discount. Runs from January 17 to February 17, 2020.

Check their website at for more information, or write to them at