Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Events for Writers

Back on January 8th, I told you you should get yourself out to more public events. Here is a nice list from Fernanda Viveiros, Executive Director of the BC Federation of Writers

Fed Workshop

February 24, 1 to 5 pm.
Coffee Table Books from Concept to Publication
Instructor: Anthony Dalton
Coffee table books are published in a variety of sizes and a multiplicity of subjects. For an author
with some artistic ability writing and illustrating coffee table books is an excellent way of breaking
into book publication. This workshop will take participants through all stages of production: from
concept to publication, including discussions on: subject ideas, chapter lengths, word counts,
illustrations and where to find them, copyright, hints on query letters, book proposal layouts, and
a couple of creative writing exercises. Instructor Anthony Dalton is the author of four books,
including three nonfiction coffee table books and the recently released Baychimo: Arctic Ghost
(Heritage House). Email the Fed office at bcwriters@shaw.ca for registration form.


Writing Groups

Fed member looking for a (Vancouver area) writing partner, who is committed to her writing, or
trying to be, has writing/publishing experience; to meet regularly for support, writing exercises, etc.
Me: 50-year-old left-leaning East End type. We don't need to be twins separated at birth but we
should have a few shared interests, and common writing goals. Interested/info? Contact Andrea
at wordspinster@uniserve.com

Malaspina Writers' Association
The MWA, based in Powell River, meets the first Thursday of the month at members' homes. All
genres, all levels. Provides critique, readings, workshops. Current size is 12 members, and new
members are welcome. Contact Allan Brown at 604-485-5240.

GRIND WRITERS' GROUP: (at the Grind Cofee Cafe, 4124 Main Street @ King Edward/25th Ave).
All ages, stages, and genres welcome. Come prepared to write and (if you want to) to read. We
alternate meeting on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM-noon. Some people stay later to work
on their projects.
Meeting dates: SUN Jan 28th; S AT Feb 10th, and SUN Feb 25th, 2007.
Friendly, welcoming group. More info: wonderwords@shaw.ca ("Occasionally they do move the venue,
so if you're new it's a good idea to email Margo before attending for the first time")

The first Lingo @ Spartacus Books reading of 2007 will be the last Friday of the month as usual: January
26th, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Spartacus Books is upstairs at 319 W. Hastings. All TWS and Booming Ground
participants and alums are especially encouraged to read. For anyone who hasn't attended yet, the bookstore
is a great place to read and listen. It's comfortable and quiet, and we're in the company of a lot of printed
words and a supportive audience. Bring your own words--new work, older work you haven't tried out in a
reading. Let ElJean Dodge Wilson and James Leslie know by replying to eljean@shaw.ca , and keep your
reading to 10 minutes or so to give several people a chance to read. If there's time, there'll be an open mic,
so bring something along even if you haven't signed up to read.

Special Event
The VIWF Presents Vancouver Writes
February 23, 7 pm.
Performance Works, Granville Island

Get ready for an engaging, interactive evening of wordplay that will bring
together aspiring and established writers to produce instant literature. Join
host Billeh Nickerson, Caroline Adderson, Steven Galloway, Billie Livingston,
Miranda Pearson, Timothy Taylor and many more of Vancouver's finest for the
first edition of Vancouver Writes. Teams of eight with one well known Vancouver writer as coach and editor will collaborate to come up with a piece
of prizewinning fiction or poetry. Live music, drinks, and a chance for the contestants and published writers to mingle and talk. Tickets: $20/18 students
& seniors. Check out the website for details http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/news/van_writes.htm
Vancouver Readings

Thursday, January 25, 7:30 pm.

RAW Exchange Reading Series
Where: VPL Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Peter Kaye Room. Maxine Gadd (Backup to
), Jenn Farrell (Sugar Bush) and Sharon English (Zero Gravity ) will read from their latest
books. Panel discussion on the "Art of Personal Narrative" moderated by Richard Hopkins, Professor
Emeritus at the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies at UBC and Program Director for
The Alcuin Society. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Friday, January 26, 7:30 pm.
Featuring Russell Thornton & Neil Aitken
Surround yourself with words. Open mic with featured readers. Great coffee available next door and
a fabulous collection of used books for sale in store. Location:
Upstart Crow Books, 238 Lonsdale
Avenue, North Vancouver (Just up the hill from the Sea-bus station and Lonsdale Quay). Contact:
Bonnie and Sita (blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca, or Upstart Crow Books owner John Fisher
On-going (sign up for invites).

Wednesday, January 31, 7:30 pm.
Presentation on Made to Break by Giles Slade
Alma Van Dusen Room, VPL, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia
New Fed member Giles Slade tackles the "e-waste" problem from its inception to the modern day
in Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America, illustrating how deliberate product
obsolescence is a uniquely
American invention. Not only did America invent disposable products,
but also the concept of disposability itself. As manufacturers learned how to exploit obsolescence,
consumers increasingly accepted it in every aspect of their lives. Free admission, everyone

Thursday, February 1, 5:30 to 9 pm.
Book Launch for Red Light Neon
Join Subway Books for the launch of Daniel Francis's new book, Red Light Neon: A History of
Vancouver's Sex Trade
. Location: Art of Loving, 1819 West 5th, Vancouver.

Thursday, February 8, 7 pm.
On Edge Series presents Betsy Warland.
Emily Carr Institute, Room SB 405, Granville Island. Free admission.
Betsy Warland's most recent book, Only This Blue: A Long Poem with an Essay (The Mercury Press,
2005), traces moments of awe and dread on her journey through a life-threatening experience.
Warland has published ten books of poetry and prose and has also written numerous critical essays
on visual art for catalogues and journals.

*More event listings can be found on the Fed website here: http://www.bcwriters.com/events.php
If you would like to include your reading or book launch on our website, please send info to the Fed
office BUT please follow the format as seen above: date & time, heading, address, brief info.
Thank you,


Fernanda Viveiros
Executive Director
The Federation of British Columbia Writers

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