Events, Writing Competitions & Workshops in 2020

Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop

Instructor: Jeanette Taylor

Location: Museum at Campbell River

Five Sessions: Sundays, 1:15 – 4:00 p.m., Feb 9, 23, Mar 8 & 22, Apr 5

Fee: $280

Is your writing project stalled? Get back on track in a workshop facilitated by instructor/writer Jeanette Taylor. Each session will have a focal topic, from story structure to character portrayal, but the emphasis will be on participant discussion and writing exercises. Homework between sessions allows you time to polish extracts to share with the instructor and classmates in several sessions. Registrants must have writing in process, some prior experience with creative writing, and an e-mail address (to receive handouts and share writing.)

The workshop fee is $280. Call the Museum at Campbell River at 250-287-3103 to register. Registration is limited to 10 so sign up early. For more info call Jeanette at 250-285-3651; or contact her at


Creative Writing Primer

Instructor: Jeanette Taylor

Location: Courtenay Museum, hosted by McLoughlin Garden Society

Six sessions: Saturdays: 1 – 4 p.m. Jan 18, Feb 1, 15 (long weekend) & 29, Mar 14 & 28

Registration Fee: $305 members, $325.00 non-members

Writing a memoir, family history, biography or fiction requires story crafting, editing savvy, and planning structures. Author and historian Jeanette Taylor believes learning to write both fiction and nonfiction requires a combo of writing craft skills and great storytelling. “Whether you’re writing for family or hope to publish a novel, it’s all about presenting a memorable tale, with characters who grab readers’ imagination,” says Taylor.

She takes participants through all the phases of a project, from research and creative writing tips to thoughts about publication. While the class is geared to those new to creative writing, it’s also applicable to experienced scribes who want to get recharged for the season ahead.

Registrants should have a subject in mind, with the basic research done, as a starting-point for class exercises. Interactive discussion and writing exercises focus on story planning, finding focus, character development, settings, scenes, writing craft, voice, writer’s block, self-motivation, and publication options. Class exercises and homework will advance your in-process writing.

The bi-monthly schedule allows time for homework, as you polish a final extract for instructor and peer critiques. You will receive a comprehensive binder of handouts to guide continuing work. An e-mail address is required, to share writing.

Registration information:

McLoughlin Garden Society members must pay a $100 deposit; non-members $125, to hold a spot. Call Christine at 250-331-0600 or by e-mail at to register.

Alternatively, you may register directly through our Eventbrite listing. See Creative Writing Primer,


Research Tips for Nonfiction and Fiction Writers                     

Instructor:  Jeanette Taylor

Jan 25, 1-4 p.m.

 Location: North Island College, Hosted by Comox Valley Writers’ Society

Fee: $30

Writing about the near and distant past, whether it’s memoir, nonfiction or fiction, requires research. Enter the research labyrinth armed with tips on sources and techniques to guide your quest for authentic details about people and locales.

Jeanette Taylor, author of five BC coast histories and a former museum curator, will lead this hands-on workshop, which includes some internet search exercises. We’ll talk about sources (including interviews), ways to verify details, honour your interviewees, and organize data. Emphasis for history sources will be on BC and Canada.

Bring your laptop or a device for internet searches. Taylor will supply several handouts, including a source list and tips for finding and using research details in creative writing.

The past is a foreign place. They do things differently there.
L.P. Hartley, from The Go Between

For details (and registration) about this and many other workshops available at the Comox Valley Writers’ Conference see: