An Invitation to a Blue Pencil Cafe – April 14, 2018
New West Writers will be supporting and encouraging local writers by hosting three established authors and editors to offer face to face feedback at a Blue Pencil Café.
Each emerging writer is invited to bring along no more than 600 words of prose in any genre or two poems. The panel members will not pre-view the pieces.
Writers will be offered a 15 minute slot between 1 – 4 pm.
Alan Hill – is the Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster. He has published two full collections of poetry and been published in over forty literary magazines and periodicals across Europe and North America. In Canada his publication credits include CV2, Event, Canadian Literature, Acta- Victoriana, Dalhousie Review, Antigonish Review, Sub- terrain, Windsor Review, Poetry is Dead and many others.
Jennifer Sommersby – a writer, copy\line editor and committed bibliophile. She writes romcoms/women’s fiction under the name Eliza Gordon; her latest release is Dear Dwayne, with Love from Lake Union Publishing (January 23, 2018). Her debut YA novel (under her own name) Sleight is the first in a duology and publishes on April 3, 2018, from Harper Collins Canada and Sky Pony Press (US). Jenn/Eliza is represented by Dan Lazar at Writers House.
Betsy Warland – is the author of twelve books and has more than thirty years experience as a writing teacher, editor and manuscript consultant. Her book Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing, published by Cormorant Books in 2010, is a best-seller. Her latest book Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas from Caitlin Press (Dagger Editions) was published in April 2016 to critical acclaim.
The Network Hub
810 Quayside Dr
BC V3M 6B9
Pre-registration via email is required. This will take place between March 1 – April 10.
Registrants will be asked to provide three time options with their preferred guest. We will do our best to accommodate the request and will work on a first-come, first-served basis.
Do not use the email (link below) for anything other than registration.
In your email please provide the following information:
email (to be used for booking confirmation)
preferred guest writer/editor
preferred time slots 1/2/3 (on the quarters between 1pm – 3.45pm)
state how you learned about the event
Registrations will be acknowledged but not always on the same day — patience is appreciated.
As space will be in high demand, no-shows will no doubt attract bad karma.
If cancelling, let us have at least 24 hrs notice so that the time slot can be reallocated. **
On the day
Parking will be in the pay parking area at the Quay.
Report to the desk at the entrance to the Network Hub on the first floor of the River Market.
Allow sufficient time to park, walk to River Market, and arrive at least 5 mins before the appointment time.
Latecomers may not be able to have their full allotted time.
About New West Writers
New West Writers stands out as one of the core groups of Metro Vancouver’s finest local talent of emerging and established poets, writers and authors. Saving Seeds – A Collection by New West Writers showcases an eclectic selection of poems and stories that invite the reader’s imagination to cross over landscapes, waterscapes and wordscapes in the discovery of new worlds. We currently publish an annual Literary Magazine, Collage — next edition available from April 14, 2018.
Hello New West Writers/Attendees of the critiquing session on 2nd April:
The next meeting of New West Writers will take place on this Saturday, September 16th between
10:30am and 4pm.
The schedule for the day will be roughly as follows:
10:30am – 11:15am Business. There are a few items of business we need to discuss at this meeting, including the possibility of doing a 2018 issue of Collage, a proposed spring event, cheque signatory designations, and confirming our new Treasurer (thanks to David Burnell for all his tireless service!).
11:15am – 4pm Critiquing of member’s writing (with a break for lunch at an appropriate time).
Please note the meeting will take place in the downstairs room of the Arts Council Gallery in Queen’s Park. If the door is locked, please knock on the glass and someone will let you in.
Please bring between 7-9 copies of an example of your writing (maximum 1000 words) for the rest of the group to critique.
This is the first meeting of the 2017- 2018 season, with memberships coming due again, so please bring a cheque (preferred) or cash to pay them. It’s $35 for renewals and $50 (including a copy of Saving Seeds) for new members. Guests are still welcome to attend without charge to this meeting to see if they want to join.
Hope you all had a great summer of writing (or other fun stuff)! I look forward to seeing you all on September 16th. (Julian will be away this month, but will be back next month.)
As always, please feel free to forward this message on to anyone new who might be interested. 🙂
This is a reminder our next meeting will take place on March 21st.
The schedule for the day will be roughly as follows:
10am – 10:30am Business.
10:30am – 12:30pm Critiquing of member’s writing
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 4pm Critiquing of member’s writing
The meeting will take place in the Plaskett Room at New West Library. Please bring between 8 – 10 copies of an example of your writing (maximum 1000 words) for the rest of the group to critique. One of these copies should be in a larger size font (at least 14 point).
If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining New West Writers, please do invite them along so they can see how we conduct our meetings.
As a reminder, if you want to be involved with the New West Writers blogs, don’t forget to create your own wordpress account and set up a profile as per the instructions in Patrick’s email of February 24th entitled ‘Filling out your WordPress.com profile completely’.
Please send your book marketing ideas to David Hutchison by March 20th, 2015. We can set aside some time at a future meeting to discuss the ideas provided by the whole group.
Federation of BC Writers Young Writer’s Conference
Saturday March 7 12 pm- 4 pm Surrey Public Library, Room 418
Entrance by at-the-door donation to Youth Food Bank (suggested donation $5 or 2 non-perishable items). All proceeds to Purpose Society Youth Food Bank. Seating is limited, please pre-register via firstname.lastname@example.org
Three workshops by youth for youth
Cody Shaw- Creating a Graphic Novel
Try your hand at sequential storytelling! This workshop is for people who are interested in visual storytelling, and want to learn to communicate with more than just words. Get started with some simple exercises and get used to a new way of getting through to readers!
Mingshu Dong- Character and Dialogue
Learn how to develop well-rounded and realistic characters for your story. Focus will be on character creation, and dialogue. Learn how to write dialogue that fits specific characters and using dialogue to show instead of tell in a story.
Yilin Wang- Setting
How do you create a fresh and vivid setting that leaves a lasting impression on your readers? Come explore the art of creating setting through this hands-on, interactive workshop. We’ll discuss ways to generate setting ideas, deepen your understanding of the story world, and use sensory details in your writing.
The winner of the VBT Memorial Emerging Youth Writer Award will be announced and the prize awarded. Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be served.