Federation of BC Writers is a provincial non-profit organization, and a federally recognized charity

Upcoming events

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 2300 Ryan Rd Courtenay, BC V9N 8N6

    Ten workshops and two Q&A panels covering a range of subjects about writing. All led by qualified authors and people on the print industry. Held in the Tyee Hall, NIC Comox Valley campus. For more workshop details and to pre-register, go to https://cvwriterssociety.ca/conference. Cost $20-$25.

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • BCIT downtown campus, 555 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC Room 476

    Writing and Editing Childhood Memoirs with Carolyn Redl

    Has anyone ever told you, “You’ve had a very interesting childhood. You should write a book”? Or have you been asked to edit a memoir, but you don’t know where to begin? If so, the Editors BC January seminar is right for you.
    This six-hour seminar provides an introduction to memoir writing and editing. Throughout the day, you’ll complete exercises that will make your own childhood experiences come alive. You’ll explore ways to organize events into stories using description and dialogue. You’ll hear editing hints for developing themes, settings, and personalities associated with childhood. By the end of the day, you’ll have written a draft chapter of your memoir!
    For over thirty years, Carolyn Redl has taught workshops on memoir writing for colleges, universities, and various organizations. She lives in Victoria and is the author of travel articles, short stories, and her own memoir, A Canadian Childhood.
    Visit the registration page for further details.

    Early Bird on or before January 8, 2019
    Member:    $135.00     Non-member: $200.00     Student affiliate: $100.00       
    After January 8, 2019
    Member:    $165.00     Non-member: $230.00     Student affiliate: $100.00


    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    • 2 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Penticton Art Gallery Tea Room, 199 Marina Way, Penticton, BC

    In Your Own Back Yard: a memoir workshop


    By Michael V. Smith

    Michael V. Smith is a Canadian novelist, poet and filmmaker, originally from Cornwall, Ontario and now living in Kelowna, British Columbia. His debut novel, Cumberland, was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2002

    In a series of exercises and group discussions, new or developing writers are invited to explore memoir writing. What to write about? How do you start? Who is that narrator doing the telling and who am I in relationship to them? What are the best practices for telling my story? How much of my story do I have the right to tell? Memoir writing can be amazing, freeing work. But it's work all the same. Spend a couple hours thinking--and writing--your own life stories.



    Where? Penticton Art Gallery, Tea room

                    199 Marina Way, Penticton BC


    When? Saturday March 2, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon


    To register: This event is free and is sponsored by The Federation of BC Writers. Seating is limited so register early to secure your place.

    • 22 Apr 2019
    • 25 Apr 2019
    • Honeymoon Bay Lodge & Retreat Centre

    Writers are no strangers to joy or to sorrow.  Our lives contain both, and in abundance.  But when it is joy that sits at our table, most of us are too busy experiencingit to wish to write about it.  Sorrow, though—sorrow often stirs in us a desire to explore or explain, to make sense of, to come to terms with, to weep into, to rage against…  to write. Many writers claim (and research supports) that this sort of writing can have healing properties as we seek to give voice to the difficult events of our lives and to name the pain and injustice we see in the world around us. 

    • ·       Truth-telling: Steering into the Rocks
    • ·       Images as Repositories for Emotion 
    • ·       Speaking Back/Resistance
    • ·       Reimagining / Reclaiming the Story

    Dr. Laura Apol teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan State University. For more than twenty years, she has led workshops for writers of all skill levels in local, national and international contexts. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and she is the author of several award-winning collections:  Falling into Grace; Crossing the Ladder of Sun; Requiem, Rwanda (drawn from her work using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi); and, most recently, Nothing but the Blood


    $900 for single room, includes all meals, breaks, private room 

    $750 for shared accommodation, all meals, breaks 

    Deposit to hold a place: $100

    Balance due: March 15, 2019

    Limited registration


    Please email name, email address, address & phone number as well as e-transfer deposit or full amount to pepoetry2@gmail.com

    Please put Apol Workshop in the subject line.