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

Next Prose and Poetry – Nov. 29, 2019

The next Poetry and Prose Open Mic session will be held on Friday, November 29, 2019 from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Events Room at the Courtenay Regional Library.

Come to read or to listen. Everyone is welcome.

Hosted by the Comox Valley Writers Society.

Note: There is no Poetry and Prose session in December. The next one will be on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Book signing – Leslie Cox – Nov. 17, 2019

Leslie Cox will be signing her first, self-published book, Duchess of Dirt: The Record Years, on Sunday, November 17.

Place: Laughing Oyster Bookshop, 286 5th Street
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

It is Customer Appreciation Day and First Sunday Opening at Laughing Oyster Bookshop. Come join the fun!

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.

 

October 17, 2019 – Island Time Crime Writers genre group

Next monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Writers Society is on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in the library at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School, 1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay.

Guest presentation this month is from our small genre group: Island Time Crime Writers. They will entertain us with readings from their work.

New members and guests are welcome. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Please wear a name tag! We want to get to know everyone!

It is also Membership Renewal time! You can pay at the October meeting or online at https://cvwriterssociety.ca/membership. Please mark whether you are renewing or are a new member.