Welcome Reception for Eden Robinson – Dec. 1, 2019

The Campbell River Museum is hosting a welcome reception for Eden Robinson, the Haig-Brown writer-in-residence for 2019/2020

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Place: Haig-Brown Heritage House, 2250 Campbell River Rd, Campbell River (Right on the Campbell River, just before Elk Falls Provincial Park.) http://www.haig-brown.bc.ca/writer-residence

Eden Robinson will also be the keynote speaker on Friday night, Jan 24, 2020 at the North Island Writers Conference.

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

Special Event – Nov. 7, 2019

The CVWS presents an evening reading and open mic event:

“Writers Who Read Evening” 

When: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
Where: Bayside Café at 5-2760 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay
Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm. Sign up for open mic starts at 6:30 pm. Readings start at 7 pm. Come early to purchase your coffee, tea and treat and settle in.

Who: Featured Readers will be Christine Dickinson and Janet Miller.

Followed by open mic readers. (Maximum 5 minutes per reader, including preamble. Practice at home, read out loud, time yourself, don’t get dinged off the stage!)

Max of 10 – 12 open mic readers so come early to sign up

Audience: CVWS members. Guests are welcome. (Only CVWS members will be reading.)

The CVWS Board of Directors extend a huge thank you to Bayside Café owner, David Keelan, who has agreed to open the café in the evening, especially for our group.

In Honour of National Poetry Month – Apr 25, 2019

Courtenay Library Presents: Five Authors – Five New Books

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: Courtenay Regional Library

In honor of National Poetry Month join these authors as they share from their new collections:

  • Near Miss by Laura Matwichuk
  • Outside, America by Sarah de Leeuw
  • Fresh Pack of Smokes by Cass Blanchard
  • Hymnswitch by Ali Blythe
  • Mooncalves by Victoria Hetherington


McLoughlin Gardens Society – Fundraising Event – April 4, 2019

The McLoughlin Gardens Society will present a screening of “The Gardener” on Thursday, April 4th at 7 p.m. in the Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Courtenay campus.

The Gardener is a film that reflects upon the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and plantsman Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his twenty-acre English style garden and summer estate that was opened to a film crew for the first time ever in 2009. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents has become one of the world’s foremost private gardens. Created over 75 years and three generations, it is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, a horticultural masterpiece of the 21st century. Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, the film looks back at this remarkable man’s personal story and the artistic philosophy that gave birth to one of the greatest gardens in the world.
One hour, 24 minutes; directed by Sébastien Chabot

Tickets are $15 and available at:

  • Laughing Oyster Bookshop – 286 5th St, Courtenay
  • Blue Heron Books – 1775 Comox Ave, Comox
  • Tarbell’s Deli – 2705 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland

Small Genre Groups – Info Session – April 3, 2019

Date: Wednesday; April 3, 2019
Place: Bayside Café at #5 – 2760 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay (upstairs)
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Members interested in joining a small writing group in the genre of their preference are encouraged to attend and learn how small writing groups operate. The roles of hosts and facilitators will be outlined. Members themselves will decide how often, when and where to meet as well as the type of feedback they wish employed from casual critiquing to a more structured format.

Suggested genres for small writing groups include:

  • Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Writing for Children
  • Biography
  • Memoir
  • Poetry
  • Humour
  • Playwriting
  • Crime/Mystery

We currently have one Fiction and one Eclectic group that are not able to accept new participants at this time.

The Crime/Mystery Group generally meets the 4th Monday of the month at the Courtenay Library in the Events Room from 11 – 12:30 pm.  For more information contact: [email protected].

Guidelines for Peer Critiques/Reciprocal Reading are being formulated. In this model members read other members’ work or members exchange work and critique privately with each other. This was a function of our society at the regular monthly meetings when there were fewer membership numbers and more time for readings, feedback and discussion. Therefore, joining a specific genre writing group would ensure you receive reading time and valuable critiquing.

Do you know of a good place for a small group of writers to meet? Let the board know.




Linda Diver – Book signing on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

Book signing at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018!

The Irish AffairLinda Diver will be at Laughing Oyster Books in downtown Courtenay to sign copies of her book, The Irish Affair. This story is set in Ireland at a time when the terrifying and seemingly inevitable war between Britain, France and Germany was looming like ominous storm clouds on the horizon, where MI5, Irish Neutrality and the IRA ensnare a divergent cast of characters.

Upcoming Poetry Event Sept. 6-9, 2018

The Deep in Cascadia Poetry Retreat is coming up soon! It is being held in Cumberland at the Masonic Hall from Thursday, September 6th to Sunday, September 9th.

Cascadia Poetics Lab 2018

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There will be two evening readings by participants on Friday and Saturday which be take the form of poetry bashes…meaning more readers on stage for a shorter time. Libations will be available so it should be fun.

A wonderful group of poets will be reading. some of them quite well-known. There will also be a presentation on Saturday afternoon by a climate scientist, Dominick DellaSala. He is the current President of the Geos Institute.

Admission is by donation.


The Cascadia Poetics Lab is also looking for any volunteers who would be willing to help out at this event. For more information about the retreat or to volunteer, contact them through their website: www.cascadiapoeticslab.ca.