Events, Writing Competitions & Workshops

These are offered (roughly…) in date order.

  • The Malahat Review has a call for submissions. Deadline July 1, 2015. See guidelines: or contact Guest editor: Lynne Van Luven.
  • Word on the Lake Writers’ Fest, May 15 – 17, Salmon Arm, BC.
  • SubTerrain Lush Triumphant Literary Awards competition, deadline May 15, 2015. $3,000 in cash prizes.
  • Room Magazine, Literary journal by and about women, fiction and poetry prizes. Deadline July 15, 2015. See:
  • Banff Centre has announced its new fall residencies: Highlights include the Centre’s first Memoir Residency with Karen Connelly, Alexandra Fuller and Booker-nominated Canadian author Alison Pick; a master class on The Writing Life with Suketu Mehta (Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found) and 2015 Folio Prize-winner Akhil Sharma (Family Life); theMountain and Wilderness Writing residency with Marni Jackson, Tony Whittome, and guest faculty Lori Lansens who will be sharing insights from her new novel The Mountain Story; the Centre’s first midwinter Crime Writing Residency, faculty to be announced soon; and an evening with Salman Rushdie as part of one of two stops for the Canadian launch of his new novel, Two Years Eight Months a: nd Twenty-Eight Nights.
  • Creative Nonfiction, USA, has an upcoming conference and writers’ competition. See Join us for three days dedicated to the art and craft of memoir, magazine writing, personal essays & more. May 22 – 24 | Pittsburgh, PA   Friday, May 22nd: DEFINING YOUR TRUTH-TELLING VOICE. We’ll kick off the day with a conversation about the difference between “public” creative nonfiction and “personal” creative nonfiction and why the genre matters now more than ever; then we’ll dive into the art and craft of memoir and balancing fact and story, with opportunities to practice pitching to editors.  Saturday, May 23rd: THE FIRST PERSON & BEYOND: MAKING IT AS A WRITER. Presentations and panel discussions with experts in the industry provide in-depth advice and insights about how to publish your book and place your short pieces in literary magazines and news outlets. The day ends with several volunteers live-pitching to a panel of editors and then a Mini-Moth Story Slam. PRESENTERS: Lee Gutkind // Stephanie Bane // Jason Bittel // Torie Bosch // Rachel Ekstrom // Hattie Fletcher // Maggie Jones // Saeed Jones // Jill Kandel // Adam Kushner // Marissa Landrigan // Emily Loose // Dinty W. Moore // Alan Olifson // Leslie Rubinkowski // Anjali Sachdeva


  •  CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS from Creative Nonfiction: DEADLINE May 11:  The Weather, What’s on the line: $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up; publication in CNF. What to send: True stories–personal, historical, reported–about fog, drought, flooding, tornado chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever’s happening where you are. We’re looking for well-crafted essays that will change the way we see the world around us.
  • Aug 31, Marriage, What’s on the line: $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up; publication in CNF. What to send: True stories that portray what married life is all about. Whether you’ve celebrated your 50th anniversary or 5th marriage; eloped to Vegas or fought for (or against) marriage equality in DC; just filed your divorce papers or proposed to your high school sweetheart, tell us your story.

Event, Annual Nonfiction Contest

$1500 in prizes, plus publication. $34.95 entry fee. Hosted by Douglas College. Deadline April 15, 2015. See for details.

Sub Terrain, Lush Literary Awards Competition

Cash prizes and publication in Subterrain Magazine. Deadline May 15, 2015. See: for details.

Write on the Beach

A one day event for new and emerging writers, offered by the Federation of BC Writers, Sunday June 14, 2015 Surrey. The Fed offers five workshops for new and emerging writers: Taxes & Identity Theft; The Hero’s Journey; Writing for Young Adults; Illustrating; Screen Writing. See

The Great BC Novel Contest

The Great BC Novel Contest, deadline September 1, 2015. Judges Pearl Luke, Bill Gaston and Kathryn Para. $40 entry fee. Cash prizes for three finalists and publication for the winner. Offered by Mother Tongue Publishing. See their website:


Workshop: Family History, Biography, Memoir & Fiction

Spots are Limited ~ Sign Up Soon



Diana Shallard, Dionne LaPointe-Bakota and Clint Young review each other's writing in a critique session in a Scribes class.

Have you got an idea for a biography, family history, memoir or fiction, but need some guidelines to get started? Jeanette Taylor and Annette Yourk will talk about ways to plan a narrative and strategies for crafting a compelling story. This program will give you a taste of what’s involved and serves as preparation for one of our upcoming workshops. Comprehensive handouts are included.

Location:    Quadra Island, BC ~ Community Centre, West Road (car pooling may be arranged)

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015, 10 – 1:00 p.m.

Fee: $30, including handouts Please register for this workshop through Jeanette Taylor at 250-285-3651 or



Billy & Hans Hansen, Port Neville, BC Photo Courtesy Museum at Campbell River.

Do you need help finding details about your ancestors’ lives or about community history? Jon Ackroyd, history sleuth extraordinaire, has a wealth of info to share. He’s joined by Jeanette Taylor, local historian and writer. Bring your laptop or electronic device (with the capacity for internet connection) and a notebook.

Location:  Quadra Island Community Centre

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015, 1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Fee: $5 drop in fee. No registration required.

Instructors: Jon Ackroyd & Jeanette Taylor


Upcoming Writing Workshops

in Campbell River & on Quadra Island, BC.

See Location Details Below.

Are you writing a biography, family history, memoir or fiction—and want the support of fellow scribes? Jeanette Taylor and Annette Yourk will lead two writers’ workshops this winter/spring, one on Quadra Island and one in Campbell River.

Each session will focus on a specific aspect of narrative writing and provide exercises and examples to help you build skills, inject clarity, story craft and polish into your project. There will be facilitated peer reviews and homework assignments, based on readings from The Making of a Story by Alice LaPlante. (Please purchase this in advance through your bookseller.)

These workshops are designed for writers with a project that has been outlined or is underway. You’ll read a short passage (several paragraphs) at the first session, and submit several pages with your registration form. Your writing can be long or short. It can be memoir, biography, autobiography or fiction.

For those who have not attended a Scribes course previously, or who have not yet started a project, we recommend you attend the introductory session on January 11  (see above for details) to get started your narrative .

Our workshops are limited to 12 and some spots have already been spoken for!



Bring your in process manuscript and we’ll delve into some of the essential elements of story craft through in class exercises, discussion and peer writing feedback. Ask us for a detailed outline.

Location:  Hosted by the Museum at Campbell River

Date: January 24 to March 21, every second week, Saturdays, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $130

Instructor: Jeanette Taylor To enroll call the Museum at 250-287-3103. You can pay by credit card on the phone, or in person by card, cheque or cash.

Complete a registration form and provide a one to two page, double-sided, sample of your writing well in advance, preferably from your workshop project. This guides course content, tailored to your interests. Send the form and writing to: (If you can’t scan the form, just answer the questions in the body of your e-mail.)



Bring your in process manuscript and we’ll delve into some of the essential elements of story craft through in class exercises, discussion and peer writing feedback. Ask us for a detailed outline.

Place:   Quadra Island Community Centre

Dates: January 25 to March 22, every second Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $130

Instructor: Annette Yourk Call 250-285-2673 to enroll. Cheques can be mailed to Box 411, Quathiaski Cove, BC, V0P 1N0, or payment can be made in person at Book Bonanza in Quathiaski Cove on Quadra Island.

Complete a registration form and provide a one to two page sample of your writing, preferably from your workshop project. This helps us design aspects of the workshop for your specific interests. Send the form and writing to the above mailing address or via e-mail to (If you can’t scan the completed registration form just answer the questions in the body of your e-mail.)