Saturday, July 9, 2016

Contest reminder: deadline approaching

July 31st is the postmarked deadline for the BWS 2016 contest  “400 Years Since Shakespeare” . The contest is open to all  writers in all genres; entries should relate in some way to Shakespeare himself or to his plays. We look forward to reading all the ways creative minds can play with the theme. Prizes are $200, $100 and $50, plus a year’s membership/subscription for honourable mention. Entries are to be one page in length. The entry fee is $10 for 1 entry and $25 for 3 entries. Your name and email address or phone number should be clearly identified on the reverse side of your submission. Please mail your entry along with cheque or money order to Burnaby Writers’ Society 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby BC V5G 3T7.
Congratulations to BWS members Shawn Gale  and Gloria Barkley, whose  books have been shortlisted  for the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards. Shawn is nominated for his collection The Stories That Make Us, while Gloria has been shortlisted for her poetry collection Water Window Mirror.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Calling all poets

Hone your craft at the University of the Fraser Valley this fall in English 313 (Contemporary Canadian Form Poetry) with Vancouver poet Rob Taylor. From sonnets to erasures, ghazals to prose poems, formal poetry is thriving in the modern literary world. In this intensive poetry-writing workshop course, you'll encounter a wide range of traditional and recently popular forms, and the literary techniques that underpin them. You'll produce a strong and varied portfolio of your own work, while engaging with some of the best new poetry being produced in Canada and beyond. Kevin Spenst and Jordan Abel will make special appearances!

The course is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45-12:55. For more information, please contact rob.tayor@ufv.ca.



Monday, June 6, 2016

Our Spoken INK guest readers June 9


SPOKEN INK PRESENTS:


Elee Kraljii Gardiner directs Thursdays Writing Collective. She is the editor and publisher of seven anthologies from The Collective and the co-editor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012).  serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016) is her first book of poetry. Visit her at  https://eleekg.com

Chelene Knight is currently the Managing Editor and the Poetry Submissions Coordinator at Room Magazine. She has been writing poetry and short stories in secret since she was a child. Her work is
deeply rooted in her experiences of mixed ethnicity. Braided Skin,her first book (Mother Tongue Publishing, March 2015), has given birth to numerous writing projects. Chelene stands strong in her
chosen position as a young, hardworking single parent. She lives in Vancouver. Visit her at http://cheleneknight.com/

Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers' Society on the second Thursday of each month (except July and August).  @ 8:00 p.m. Wings Pub & Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby

A Burnaby Writers’ Society workshop session begins at 7 p.m. followed by the Spoken INK readings at 8 p.m. For more information,  contact bwscafe@gmail.com

Friday, May 6, 2016

Our Spoken INK guest readers for May 12




Mallee Stanley has been writing for the last fifteen years. She has completed two novels; her first set in India, Sri Lanka and Ireland and her second mainly in Tanzania. Both are presently going through the editing process. She is currently working on a third set in Uganda and a fourth set in New Zealand and Australia.

Having spent years in several of these countries, her novels have a similar thread running through them: how a government policy dramatically changes the lives of an ordinary family living in the country.

Her website: www.malleestanley.com
Her travel blog: https://malleestanley.wordpress.com

 

Farida Somjee was born in Mbeya, Tanzania. She grew up in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Many of her childhood memories resonate with her and come across in her writing. She moved to Canada in her late teens with twenty dollars in her pocket, a lot of dreams and God on her side. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and son. The Beggar’s Dance is her first novel.

Juma is a boy living on the streets of coastal Africa. He is eleven. Set in the years between 1977 and 1992, The Beggar’s Dance depicts Juma’s journey through fear, betrayal, love and loss.


Thursday May 12, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. Wings Pub & Grill 6879 Kingsway Burnaby. A Burnaby Writers’ Society workshop session begins at 7 p.m. followed by the Spoken INK readings at 8 p.m

Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers' Society on the second Thursday of each month (except July and August). For more information, visit: www.BurnabyWritersNews.blogspot.com or contact bwscafe@gmail.com

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Announcing Our 2016 Writing Competition




Calling all writers: “400 Years Since Shakespeare” is the 2016 theme of the annual contest held by the Burnaby Writers’ Society. Have fun playing with all there is to know about The Bard – whether he was the greatest writer in English history, a charlatan, or the disguise for a powerful nobleman who was the true playwright. The contest is open to all genres; we look forward to reading all the ways creative minds can play with the theme. Submission could (though not necessarily) be in the form of a sonnet, or written in iambic pentameter; the opportunity to have some fun is endless. Prizes are $200, $100 and $50, plus a year’s membership/subscription for honourable mention. Please have your submissions in by July 31st, Entries are to be one page in length and formatted in Calibri 12. The entry fee is $10 for 1 entry and $25 for 3 entries. Your name and email address or phone number should be clearly identified on the reverse side of your submission. Please mail your entry along with cheque or money order to Burnaby Writers’ Society 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby BC V5G 3T7.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Latest members' news

Shawn Gale’s collection of short stories, The Stories That Make Us, is now available through his website www.shawngale.com.

Offering a lineup of varied, colourful characters, The Stories That Make Us spans from World War II to the present, from love to hate, and from joy to anguish—and everything in between.

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“…it is easy to get lost in these stories…days after, the characters and scenes are still with me.      San Francisco Book Review 4/5 stars

Shawn Gale writes on Canada’s West Coast. He is a graduate of Fraser Valley Writers’ School and Humber College’s School for Writers, where he earned a Letter of Distinction. His stories have appeared in periodicals and anthologies in Canada and the United States. He is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.