Events & Contests for Vancouver Island Writers 

 Upcoming Writing Course

 

A Workshop for Fiction & Nonfiction Writers in Campbell River, BC

Oct 15 & 29
Nov 12 & 26, Dec 10
(includes Remembrance Day weekend)
1:30-4:00 p.m., Sundays
Museum at Campbell River, 250-287-3103
Five Sessions

Instructor: Jeanette Taylor, author of River City and Tidal Passages

Writing a memoir, family history, biography or fiction requires story crafting, editing savvy, and planning structures. The Museum at Campbell River once again offers a five-session creative writing workshop to inspire and motivate aspiring writers October 15 through December 10.

Instructor Jeanette Taylor enjoys working with people of diverse skill levels and intentions. She has four non-fiction books in print, including River City, A History of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands and Tidal Passages, a History of the Discovery Islands. Taylor was a recent judge for a Federation of BC Writers’ competition. Her current projects are a biography of a Vancouver Island settler and a novel for young adults.

Taylor believes learning to write both fiction and nonfiction requires an understanding of the craft and great storytelling. “Whether you’re writing for family or hope to publish a novel, it’s all about presenting a memorable tale and characters who grab the reader’s 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 winter ahead.
Registrants should have a subject in mind, with the basic research done, as fodder for exercises. The bi-monthly format allows time for writing between classes, leading toward peer and instructor review of a segment of a chapter or short story produced during this workshop.

A comprehensive binder of articles and exercises is included in the fee of $165.00. To register call the Museum at Campbell River at 250-287-3103. Spots are limited, to allow for an interactive class, so register soon. For more info call Jeanette Taylor at 250-285-3651.

 

Events

~A series of events with Writer in Residence John Donlan at the Museum at Campbell River, BC. For more info or to register call 250-287-3103:

  • An Afternoon with John Donlan, Saturday, January 21, 1 – 2:30 p.m., cost $6, at the Museum at Campbell River.
  • Memoir Writing workshop, February 11, 1 – 4 p.m., $40.
  • Poetry Workshop for Teens aged 14 – 17, Saturday February 25, 1 – 3:00, free.

~Poetry reading with John Donlan, January 22 at 3:30 p.m., Perrywinkle Cottage, 692 Cedar Drive, Quadra Island, BC.

~Campbell River, BC Writers’ Fest, March 10 & 11, Words on the Water, early bird rate tickets are on sale: http://www.wordsonthewater.ca/

Contests

 

Our Storied Paths Writing Workshop with Annette Yourk Saturdays, October 22, November 5, November 19, 3 – 5 PM

Nothing makes sense until it’s turned into a story (John Gardner)

The Workshop Our Storied Paths takes place at Campbell River Art Gallery over three Saturday sessions at two-week intervals, allowing time for preparation before each session.

Annette Yourk, writer, storyteller, editor and coach

Annette Yourk, writer, storyteller, editor and coach

There will be time in class for writing exercises, discussion, and for other creative process aimed at waking up our senses, mining memory, speaking our truth; and finding ultimate meaning in unearthing the bones of our unique stories. Participants will find the keys to remembrance through discussion, memory and through the universality of the human experience.

Our stories are not only mental narratives that engage our imagination or a string of interesting pictures ideas and dialogue. Story has the power to go right through us reaching into every cell, changing our chemistry and profoundly affecting our well-being

There are many paths to illumination, healing and transformation. Storytelling is one. Annette Yourk is a storyteller, freelance writer and instructor with TheScribes.ca. Her work in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, magazines and online. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writing & Publishing Program, and of the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma Program in Adult Education, she has worked in all genres and with a wide range of learners; designing teaching, and editing.

Cost: $150 (Non-Members) or $130 (Members) plus GST

Call Campbell River Art Gallery at 250-287-2261 to register.

 

Workshop for Aspiring Fiction & Nonfiction Writers  

This workshop is FULL, but we’re taking a waiting list, as we may increase the class size.

Museum at Campbell River, BC

Oct 16, 30, Nov 6, 13 & 27, 2016

1:30 – 4:00 p.m., Sundays

$150 per person

Register at: 250-287-3103. Spaces are limited to 12.

Instructor: Jeanette Taylor

Jeanette will guide new and intermediate writers through all aspects of a project, from planning strategies to writing craft, story structure, self-motivation, revisions and publication. Participants will write a short (up to 10 pages) non-fiction or fiction article, essay, or chapter through instruction, interactive discussion, in-class and homework exercises. There will also be peer and instructor feedback and you’ll receive a comprehensive binder of articles and tips.

This course is suitable for those writing memoir, biographies, family history or fiction.

Bring your ready-to-go story idea, a notebook and get set to write.

Jeanette Taylor, a historian, writer and coach, has four books in print, including River City; Tidal Passages; The Quadra Story; and Exploring Quadra Island. She has numerous short pieces in magazines and anthologies, including a recent issue of Raincoast Chronicles. She offers a range of writing support services through the collective: The Scribes, Comprehensive Writing Services

 

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Events & Contests

Victoria Festival of Authors, Sept 21-25, http://victoriafestivalofauthors.ca/. Talks, readings and workshops.

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Vancouver Writers Festival, Oct 18-22, https://www.writersfest.bc.ca/
See their writing contest for poetry and short fiction (1500 words). Deadline Oct 23 https://www.writersfest.bc.ca/writingcontest

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The Short Screenplay Challenge 2016 is officially open for registration! The 8th annual competition challenges writers around the world to create short screenplays (5 pages max.) based on genre, location, and object assignments. Each writer will participate in at least 2 writing challenges and as many as 4 depending on how well they place in each challenge. The competition begins with the first challenge starting at 11:59PM EDT on Friday, October 28th. Writers receive feedback from the judges on every submission and there are thousands in cash and prizes for the winners. Sound like fun? Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/1h1K1qC. Good luck writers!

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Prism Magazine (UBC) International writing contests: http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

-Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize Oct 15

-Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction Jan 15, 6,000 words

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The London Magazine short story competition, international, 4,000 words or less, deadline Oct 31: http://www.thelondonmagazine.org/short-story-competition-2016/

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CBC Short Story Prize, 1200-1800 words, deadline Oct 31, Canadian contestants only: http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/shortstory/
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Fiddlehead Magazine, short fiction (up to 6,000 words) and poetry. Dec 1 deadline. see: https://thefiddlehead.ca/contest

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A New Writer-in-Residence Program in the Comox Valley, BC.

The McLoughlin Gardens is an eleven-acre park opening in September, 2016, under the stewardship of the Comox Valley Land Trust. The Society will use of the house for writer and visual artist residencies from May – September annually.

The first writer/mentor is Anne Simpson, of Nova Scotia, with poetry workshop and fiction workshops, and individual consultations with local writers.
Attend an open house reception for Anne Simpson at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 7th, from 1 – 4 p.m.
McLoughlin Gardens,  814 Tasman Road. Pedestrian access only; park at the gate and walk in. P

Please RSVP, to Carol Neufeld at 250-339-6799.

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The Malahat Review, invites emerging international poets to enter poems not previously published. One prize of $1000 (CAD). Deadline: May 1.
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The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada.  Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective. Deadline: May 31.

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Lush triumphant Literary Awards competition. Send fiction (up to 3000 words); Creative Non-Fiction (up to 4000 words); Poetry (suite of five related poems).  Deadline:  May 15. Entry fee of $27, includes one year subsc. to Subterrain Magazine. www.subterrain.ca   info: subter@portal.ca

 

Thanks to the Federation of BC Writers for the above three listings!

 

Postcard Story Contest, Geist Magazine. Deadline Feb 1, 2016. Cash prizes. See: http://www.geist.com/contests. Are you wondering how this new genre works? See: http://www.postcardshorts.com/

Creative Nonfiction Contest, 3,000 words, $750 prize and publication. Deadline Nov 30, 2015. See: http://creativenonfictioncollective.ca/contests/

Young Writers Awards, Federation of BC Writers, deadline Feb 17, 2016. See: http://bcwriters.ca/

Federation of BC Writers general contest, with awards for poetry, fiction, nonfiction and writing for children, closes Feb 9, 2016. For details: http://bcwriters.ca/

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Sidney & Peninsula Literary Fest, Oct 2-4

2015 Festival Authors

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Creative Non-Fiction Collective’s competition.

Send unpublished nonfiction piece, up to 3,000 words, $750 prize. Deadline Nov 30.

http://creativenonfictioncollective.ca/

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CBC’s short story competition

Send 1200-1500 words, deadline Nov 1. http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/shortstory/

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A Workshop for Aspiring Writers

of Family History, Biography, Memoir or Fiction.
Oct 18 to Nov 15, Sundays, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Museum at Campbell River.

Cost: $140.

It’s time to start with a fresh page and tell your story.

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

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

The instructors are: Jeanette Taylor, historian/writer/writing coach and instructor, with four books in print, including River City; Tidal Passages; The Quadra Story; and Exploring Quadra Island; and Annette Yourk, editor/writer/instructor, with fiction, nonfiction essays and articles, and poetry in print.

Yourk and Taylor offer a range of writing support services through their collective: The Scribes, Comprehensive Writing Services. They assist writers in creating stories they’re proud of, through classes, one-on-one coaching, editing and book design. See their website: www.thescribes.ca for details and to follow their Blog: A Writers’ Study, where you’ll find writing tips and history tales.

Testimonials from Previous Classes: Thank you both so much for a really fun and informative workshop. I feel much more empowered to do what I wanted to do.—Nickie Gidlof. You each bring different skills and experiences that are complimentary. I love it when you discuss things or wonder about things in front of us.— evaluation questionnaire.

Make your family history, biography, memoir, and fiction come alive:

• Define your story and how will it be told.
• Create memorable characters and scenes.
• Develop a voice for your narrator.
• Hone your writing craft skills.
• Banish writer’s block.
• Work with the stages of drafts and revisions.

Participants will take their story through the steps of a writing project, from a well-conceived plan to story craft, character development, scenes and voice. There will be in-class and homework writing time, to get your project well underway. There will also be class discussion, Q & A opportunities and short lessons on writing craft. You will give and receive peer writing reviews to gauge reader response, and you’ll receive a comprehensive binder of resources to guide your ongoing work.

Advance Prep Requirements:

Your research should be complete. (Let us know if you’d like some how-to tips.) Please send us a one page (single-spaced) description of your story idea and a list of the main characters three weeks in advance, to be circulated to your classmates: scribeswritingserve@gmail.com, or Box 368, Quathiaski Cove, BC V0P 1N0.

Please bring a notebook or laptop; and order a copy of Write Away, One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George through your favourite bookseller in readiness for the first class.

Complete and send the attached registration form (or simply respond to the questions in an e-mail) to the instructors. Send it soon. Your input allows the instructors to tailor some elements of course materials to your specific interests.

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Working your way to the Home Stretch
Intermediate Writing Course for Biography, Family History, Memoir & Fiction

Five bi-monthly Saturdays, Oct 10 – Dec 5, 1:30-4:00 p.m., Museum at Campbell River, $140.00.

The instructors are: Jeanette Taylor, historian/writer/writing coach and instructor, with four books in print, including River City; Tidal Passages; The Quadra Story; and Exploring Quadra Island; and Annette Yourk, editor/writer/instructor, with fiction, nonfiction essays and articles, and poetry in print.

Yourk and Taylor offer a range of writing support services through their collective: The Scribes, Comprehensive Writing Services. They assist writers in creating stories they’re proud of, through classes, one-on-one coaching, editing and book design. See their website: www.thescribes.ca for details and to follow their Blog: A Writers’ Study, where you’ll find writing tips and history tales.

Testimonials from Previous Classes: Thank you both so much for a really fun and informative workshop. I feel much more empowered to do what I wanted to do.—Nickie Gidlof. You each bring different skills and experiences that are complimentary. I love it when you discuss things or wonder about things in front of us.— evaluation response.

Share your Writing to Gain Momentum and Inspiration.

Fiction and creative nonfiction writers with a project well in process and some prior experience or training will gain motivation and incentive to keep writing through these facilitated workshop sessions.
Each session will focus on a specific topic, from narrative structure to character development, voice, scenes and writing craft. Class time is divided between participant discussion of reading assignments, peer reviews, and writing exercises. Students must submit up to six double-spaced pages (digital or hard copy) from their current project before Oct 1, to be distributed to classmates in preparation for our first class, along with information on providing thoughtful analysis and feedback. There will be writing critique and revision in every class.
This program suits people who want the stimulation and focus of a collegial environment to inspire continued writing. Please purchase Write Away, One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George through your favourite bookseller.

Send your registration form (or answer the questions in an e-mail) and your six double-spaced pages from the project you’ll work on in class to: scribeswritingservice@gmail.com before Oct 1.

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Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Rockwood Centre, Sechelt, Aug 13 – 16, 2015. Over 20 authors offer readings and talks. See www.writersfestival.ca.

Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Oct 23-25, 2015. 70 workshops and talks. Pitch your manuscript to top-tier North American agents & editors. See www://siwc.ca.

Vancouver Writers Fest, Oct 20 – 25, Granville Island. See www.writersfest.bc.ca. Tickets on sale Sept 8: 604-629-8849.

June 30 deadline, Canadian Authors 2015 Short Story Contest, 1,000 – 2,000 words in any genre. See:  http://canadianauthors.org/vancouver/programs/contests/?utm_source=Canadian+Authors+Association+Vancouver+Branch&utm_campaign=d0f7f1aad7-News+You+Can+Use+May+2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7a56c0dd9d-d0f7f1aad7-103743525

UBCO Woodhaven Summer Writing Intensive, July 5-17.See http://fccs.ok.ubc.ca/programs/graduate/summer/writing.html

Malahat Review’s Contest, 2015 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize, Deadline Aug 1. See http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, Oct 2-4, 2015. Over 30 workshops, seminars, panels, and plenary sessions on the craft of writing. Also: manuscript critiques, literary contest. Online registration begins late July. See www.writeonthesound.com.

Are You Interested in Creative Nonfiction as a Genre?

Creative Nonfiction Newsletter (U.S.) ~ http://app.getresponse.com/archive/cnf_newsletter/May-Newsletter-Hope-for-those-seeking-help-A-new-book-a-new-fellowship-an-upcoming-conference-new-summer-classes-284089902.html?e=&u=OO1J

Creative Nonfiction Collective (Canadian) ~ http://creativenonfictioncollective.ca/

Events

Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Sechelt, Aug 13-16, www.writersfestival.ca

Competitions

3rd Great BC Novel Contest. Judges: Pearl Luke, Bill Gaston, Kathryn Para. mothertonguepublishing.com. Open to all writers living in BC.

 

Writers’ Workshops & Talks ~ Winter/Spring 2015

Family History, Biography, Memoir & Fiction

Spots are Limited ~ Sign Up Soon

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GET STARTED ON THAT WRITING PROJECT

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

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? We’ll 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.

Instructors:  Jeanette Taylor & Annette Yourk

Fee: $30,with handouts

Please register for this workshop through Jeanette Taylor at 250-285-3651 or scribeswritingservice@gmail.com.

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HOT TIPS FOR HISTORICAL RESEARCH

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

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

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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 our introductory session on January 11 (see details above) to get started on your project .

Our workshops are limited to 12 and some spots have already been spoken for so we advise you to enroll soon. See dates and locations below.

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WRITERS’ WORKSHOP ~ CAMPBELL RIVER, BC

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: scribeswritingservice@gmail.com. (If you can’t scan the form, just answer the questions in the body of your e-mail.)

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WRITERS’ WORKSHOP ~ QUADRA ISLAND, BC

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 writerontherock@gmail.com. (If you can’t scan the completed registration form just answer the questions in the body of your e-mail.)