Friday, February 02, 2007

More Great Stuff from the Federation of BC Writers

Fed Workshop: Coffee Table Books from Creation to Publication

February 24, 1 to 5 pm.
Coffee Table Books
Instructor: Anthony Dalton
Location: Alliance for Arts and Culture, 938 Howe Street, Vancouver.
Cost: $50 for Fed members, $75 for non-members.
Registration deadline: February 18
Contact the Fed office at
for the registration form.
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
the recently released Baychimo: Arctic Ghost Ship (Heritage House) and three nonfiction coffee
table books.
TWUC Workshops in Kelowna and Vancouver
March 7, 2007, 9:30 to 4:30 at the Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna.
March 9, 2007, 9:30 to 4:30 at SFU, Harbour Centre, Vancouver.
"Writing as a Profession: How to Get Published and Survive as an Author" Professional Development
Workshops for Writers in all Phases of Their Careers.
The Writers' Union of Canada is offering this opportunity to non-members as well as to members, to
book writers, whether unpulbished, emerging, or established. Cost is $45.00 and includes lunch.
Participants will be provided with an opportunity to meet with local writers, workshop presents (Ken
McGoogan & Merilyn Simonds) and Deborah Windsor, Executive Director of The Writers' Union of
Canada. Here's the link for more information:

Canadian Authors Association

Meeting Wednesday, February 14, 7 pm. followed by Open Mic
Location: Alliance for Arts & Culture, 938 Howe Street, Vancouver
"Let's Talk About Love" is the theme for the CAA meeting this month. Members and guests will
each have five minutes of Open Mic time to read from their current poetry or prose creations
on the positive aspects of love. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. For info,
contact Jean Kay at 604-943-9247 or email


Literary Press Group Seeks Rep
The Literary Press Group are looking for a Vancouver-based sales rep for BC and the Territories.
The position requires excellent sales, organizational, communication and customer service skills.
You have a love of Canadian literature, and may also understand the publishing sales process.
You are detailed in your preparation and follow-up, and a creative promoter and problem-solver.
As a self-motivator, you will provide a high level of service to existing accounts while striving to
expand your customer base. The job involves some travel, plus occasional evenings and weekends
and a reliable car will be needed. As a LPG sales rep, you'll have the exciting opportunity to work
with some of Canada's most interesting independent publishers and booksellers--not to mention
reading Canada's best literature. The job is based out of your home office. The sales rep is supported
by a top-notch sales team from across the country that you'll meet with regularly on the phone and
in-person. Active since 1975, the Literary Press Group of Canada is a non-profit association of
Canadian owned and operated book publishers. LPG publishers specialize in Canadian literary fiction,
poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, YA, aboriginal and local interest titles.
Please email resumes to Margaret Bryant at by February 7, 2007.

Muskwa-Kechika Artist Camp
Writing on the Ridge, together with conservationist, photographer and widely experienced back
country guide, Wayne Sawchuk, are holding the second annual Muskwa-Kechika Artist Camp from
July 28th - August 4th at Mayfield Lake in the heart of the Muskwa-Kechika (M-K) wilderness area
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northern British Columbia. Poet Don McKay was one of the
participants at last year's camp as well as visual artists Sally McKay from Toronto and Deryk Houston
from Victoria. Artists who are selected will engage in group discussions on wilderness and their work,
but will spend most of their time pursuing their own projects and enjoying the wilderness under the
guidance of Wayne Sawchuk.
Each artist will be required to produce a piece of work for a
collaborative art show that will be displayed at galleries in BC and beyond in 2008. Most of the camp
time will be spent at Mayfield Lake (in the heart of the Muskwa-Kechika) but will include, weather
permitting, a two day pack string ride/hike into the alpine. For more information, or to register, please
Donna Kane's website or send an email to Donna at

New Creative Spin Blog
Vancouver marketing and publicity guru Steve Duncan has introduced Do-it-Yourself event postings
on his Creative Spin blog. He's also looking for columnists--interested writers can contact him at

Vancouver Writes
Vancouver Writes, taking place at Performance Works on Granville Island on February 23, features
the biggest collection of Vancouver writers in one event ever, together with Vancouver's all female
jazz and blues quartet, Mother of Pearl, and the audience for a collaborative writing contest. Join
host Billeh Nickerson and a dozen of the city's finest writers (Caroline Adderson, Elizabeth Bachinsky,
Kevin Chong, Steven Galloway, Zsuzsi Gartner, Genni Gunn, C.C. Humphreys, Nancy Lee, Billie
Livingston, Miranda Pearson, Bill Richardson and Timothy Taylor) to create instant literature at
Vancouver Writes, the Vancouver International Writers Festival's collaborative writing contest.
Top prizewinners will be published in The Tyee, Vancouver's on-line newspaper. Register early!


The New Fed Anthology
Deadline: May 1, 2007.
The Federation of BC Writers is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a new
anthology of nonfiction by Federation members which will be published by Anvil Press in Spring
2008. The editorial board, directed by award-winning author Daniel Francis, is seeking literary
nonfiction pieces with a strong sense of place that capture the writer's connection or interaction
with a specific geographical landscape, community or setting in British Columbia. Full submission
guidelines are posted in the winter issue of WordWorks (delivered to members last month) and
on our website at

MARKET: The Ethnic Detective
The next issue of Mystery Readers Journal (Volume 23: 1) will focus on the Ethnic Detective. The
editorial team is looking for reviews, articles and Author! Author! essays. Reviews: 100-500 words;
essays: 500-2000 words and Author! Author! essays: 500-2000 words. Each review or article must
focus on the theme of the issue: The Ethnic Detective. Author! Author! essays should be first
person, upclose and personal about yourself, your mysteries and the Ethnic connection. Deadline
for articles is February 20, 2007. All articles and reviews should have an author bio/tagline and
a snail-mail address.
Future themes: History Mysteries, Scandinavian Mysteries.
Mystery Readers Journal:Enriching the lives of mystery readers.
For more information on Mystery Readers, go to:


Writers' Union Postcard Story Competition
Deadline: February 14, 2007
What is a Postcard Story? Are you up for the challenge? The challenge is to create a dramatic,
short, snappy piece in only 250 words. You can use humour, poetry, dialogue--anything goes!
Open to all writers--Canadian citizens or landed mmigrants. Winning entry will be published in
postcard format. $5 entry fee. Blind judging in effect. $500 prize. For full details, see website.

The Okanagan Short Story Contest
Deadline: March 16, 2007
All residents of the Southern Interior of British Columbia are eligible to enter the Okanagan Short
Story contest this year. Prizes are $500 for first prize, $200 for second and $100 for third, with
publication in a limited edition chapbook. The contest is sponsored by the University of British
Columbia Okanagan, Okanagan College, CBC Radio One Kelowna and the Central Okanagan
Foundation. For rules and guidelines, as well as information about the contest, see the website.

Borderlines Poetry and Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: March 31, 2007
Ascent Aspirations Magazine seeks poetry and flash fiction for its fourth anthology, Borderlines,
to be published in Fall 2007. Prizes include cash and publication. Contest fee for poetry is $10 for
three poems. Contest fee for flash fiction is $10 per piece of flash fiction. Multiple entries will be
accepted. Full details on the website or contact David Fraser at

The Vision Writing Contest

Deadline: May 1, 2007
"The Vision" Writing Contest for writers and lovers of the works of the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns.
The Prize is the James Turnbull Memorial Award - $500 (Cdn) and possible publication in the Celtic
Faerie Magazine. Choose your favorite poem/song by Robert Burns, and tell why you like it, what
you believe Robert Burns was trying to convey to his readers, and any relevant history or
documentation of interest. Entry fee: $10 (Cdn). Word maximum: 2000. Entrants are strongly
encouraged to contact the contest trustee for full guidelines at or phone:
(Canada) 204-482-8271; or the website of the Winnipeg Robert Burns Club:

Literary Writes 2007
Deadline: July 1, 2007
The Federation of BC Writers presents the 19th Annual Literary Writes contest. This year's
theme is Foreign Affairs: Travel Stories with a Twist! Danger or desire, fiction or creative
nonfiction, from political intrigue to a chance encounter in a Tunisian cafe, send us your best
in 1000 words or less. The competition is open to all BC writers and residents and entries must
be original work, not previously published in any form. Blind judging in effect. Entry fee is $15
for Federation members, $20 for non-members. Multiple entries allowed but each entry must be
accompanied by the entry fee and a cover sheet. First prize is $500.
For full details, check out the website.

For additional contest listings, visit our website


New Children's Book Award Announced
The Province of BC will sponsor a new book award, Time to Read, for British Columbian and Canadian
children's authors and give a free copy of the winning book to every BC kindergarten student. As part
of their literacy campaign, the Province is investing $500,000 to sponsor this award with a cash prize
of $15,000 being divided between the author and illustrator of the winning book. The 2007 award is
open to all themes. BC culture and history will be the theme for the 2008 award to celebrate the
province' sesquicentennial, and sports will be the theme for the 2009 award to celebrate the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This year's deadline for submissions is March
12. Submission guidelines can be found at


Established in 1976, the Federation of British Columbia Writers is BC's largest writing organization,
serving over 600 organizational and individual members throughout the province.

Fernanda Viveiros, Executive Director

The Federation of British Columbia Writers

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