Sunday, January 8, 2017


Freedom to Read Week: February 26 – March 4, 2017.

Please Note: because of the unreliable weather, there will be no regular 2nd Thursday January meeting. Instead, join us for a short critiquing workshop 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. preceding Spoken INK. That’s Tuesday January 17 at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery,   6584 Deer Lake Avenue.


Our Spoken INK January 17th readers

Chelsea Comeau is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Claremont Review, Quills, CV2, and BUST magazine. In 2011, Amber Tamblyn chose her poem as the winning entry in the BUST magazine poetry contest. In 2014, she attended the Banff  Centre's Writing With Style programme with Lorna Crozier, and in 2015 she was the Canadian winner of the Leaf Press chapbook contest. She attends poetry retreats twice a year with Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane.

Owain Nicholson is an award-winning poet from the Great Canadian Prairies and the western wend of the Rocky Mountains. His writing digs unforgiving into the make of our people and our histories, the stories we live and, therefore, live by. Educated at the University of Victoria, Nicholson's first book of poetry is recently released with Nightwood Editions. His current studies pursue a masters of fine art at the University of Guelph, Toronto.

 Tuesday January 17,  8 p.m.  at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery,   6584 Deer Lake Avenue.


 Watch for updates on our February Spoken INK reading and  workshop meeting

Friday, December 2, 2016

Burnaby Writers' Society :Spoken INK

 Tuesday, December 20 at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue   


Our December 20 Spoken INK Guest Readers

Catherine Owen lives in New Westminster, BC. She is the author of ten collections of poetry, among them, Designated Mourner (ECW, 2014), Trobairitz (Anvil Press 2012), Seeing Lessons (Wolsak & Wynn 2010) and Frenzy (Anvil Press 2009). Her poems are included in several recent anthologies such as Forcefield: 77 Women Poets of BC (Mothertongue Press, 2013) and This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone (Caitlin Press, 2014). Stories have appeared in Urban Graffiti, Memwear Magazine, Lit N Image (US) and Toronto Quarterly. Her collection of memoirs and essays is called Catalysts: Confrontations with the Muse (W & W, 2012). In 2015, Wolsak & Wynn published her compendium on the practices of writing called The Other 23 and a Half Hours or Everything You Wanted to Know That Your MFA Didn’t Teach You. She works in TV, plays metal bass and blogs at Marrow Reviews.

Timothy Shay writes and lives in Vancouver, BC. His work has appeared in many Canadian literary magazines, on CBC Radio and in the Rolling Stone. He has one book, This Cabin as the S.S. Titanic, and several chapbooks, and his collection The Dirty Knees of Prayer (2016) has just been released from Caitlin Press.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

BWS Workshop Meeting & Annual General Meeting

Thursday, December 8

Studio 104, Shadbolt Centre

AGM 7 p.m.

Critiquing workshop 7:30 to 9p.m.

Bring your stories, articles, poems, short novel excerpts etc. for round-table discussion – max. 10 minutes reading time -- and please bring a few extra copies.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Spoken INK November 15

Our Spoken INK  November Guest Reader

Tuesday November 15 at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue  

8 to 9:30 p.m.

Cynthia Sharp has been published and broadcast internationally. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net Anthology. She is a graduate of The Writer's Studio, where she developed her Marcie of the Stars fantasy series.