Events, Writing Competitions & Workshops

  • The Malahat Review has a call for submissions. See guidelines: www.malahatreview.ca or contact malahat@uvic.ca. Guest editor: Lynne Van Luven.
  • Word on the Lake Writers’ Fest, Salmon Arm, BC. www.wordonthelakewritersfestival.com
  • SubTerrain Lush Triumphant Literary Awards competition. $3,000 in cash prizes.
  • Room Magazine, Literary journal by and about women, fiction and poetry prizes. See: http://www.roommagazine.com/contests
  • Banff Centre has literary residencies: https://www.banffcentre.ca/literary-arts. Highlights include 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 and Twenty-Eight Nights.
  • Creative Nonfiction, USA, has many conferences and writers’ competitions. https://www.creativenonfiction.org/

Event, Annual Nonfiction Contest

Event Poetry and prose – $3000 in prizes, plus publication. $34.95 entry fee. See http://www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-nf/ for details.

Sub Terrain, Lush Literary Awards Competition

Cash prizes and publication in Subterrain Magazine. See: http://subterrain.ca

Write on the Beach

A one day event for new and emerging writers, offered by the Federation of BC Writers. The Fed offers five workshops for new and emerging writers:. See http://www.bcwriters.ca/.

The Great BC Novel Contest

The Great BC Novel Contest. Entry fee. Cash prizes for three finalists and publication for the winner. Offered by Mother Tongue Publishing. See their website: http://www.mothertonguepublishing.com

 

Workshop: 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.

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)

Fee: $30, including 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.

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

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 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!

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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.)