December 17, 2020 – General meeting

ZOOM DECEMBER GENERAL MEETING – Thursday, December 17, 2020
Meeting starts at 7 pm.

In the past we traditionally had a writing challenge for our December meetings as well as holiday treats and a book exchange. This year we can’t share treats, but we can share our stories. Wear holiday clothes and enjoy your own goodies and libation of choice as we share our stories via Zoom.

THE CHALLENGE: The most popular Christmas story of all time (next to the biblical one) is Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” wherein Scrooge is visited by his old deceased partner Marley. The most endearing movie and a holiday tradition for many of us is “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a film, by the way, many found too socialistic at the time but now watched by many, wherein a visit by the angel, Clarence, gave Jimmy Stewart’s character a reason for living. An angel and a ghost changed lives.

Writing Challenge

Theme: How did an apparition bring about a change

Your challenge is to write a 500 word (or so) story of an apparition which/who brings about change in someone or something. Reading time not to exceed 5 minutes (or so).

The readings will be preceded by a brief run-through of a few business items and any information tidbits to be shared.

Looking forward to hearing your stories.

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.

2020 NIWC Pre-Conference Extravaganza – Nov. 29, 2019

Presented by North Island College and CVWS  

On Friday, November 29th, as part of the NIC Write Here Reading Series, presenters from the 2020 North Island Writers Conference will be reading excerpts from their work.

The author line-up includes: Jayne Barnard, Jeanette Taylor, Jennifer Manuel, Jo-Anne McLean, Judy LeBlanc, Marlet Ashley, Michelle Simms, Paula Wild, Terrance James, and Traci Skuce.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 – 9 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Comox Valley campus.  Refreshments will be served at intermission. The event is free and open to everyone.

Date: Friday, November 29, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 9 pm
Place: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley campus