Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 2017 update

 PLEASE NOTE: The February 9 meeting is postponed because of today's bad road conditions. Instead, we'll be meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., at the Robert Prittie Metrotown Library.

POSTPONED: Our February meeting/critique workshop will be happening at the  Robert Prittie Metrotown Library on Thursday February 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. (Please check at the front desk for the room number.)

The library is located just west of Metrotown skytrain station. Take the Millennium or Expo line, or take the 19, 49, 106, 110, 116, 129, 130, 144, 430, C6 or C7 bus. Parking is available underground. Enter the parking garage off Kingsborough Street.

Drop-in visitors are welcome as always. Feel free to bring work for critiquing. (Up to about ten minutes of reading time, and a few extra copies to share.)

Our February Spoken INK Special Guests: Tuesday, February 21, 8 p.m.

Alan Hill:  Alan’s work has appeared in over forty literary magazines in Canada, USA and the UK; including Canadian Literature, Event, Antigonish Review, CV2, Cascadia Review, Denver Review, Switchback, Impressment Gang, Vancouver Review, Word Works (Federation of BC Writers), Sub- terrain, Poetry is Dead, Windsor Review (upcoming) and many others. He also had poetry in the 2007 Rocksalt Anthology –the first BC wide anthology of BC poets for thirty years.

Kyle McKillop is a master’s student in UBC’s Optional-Residency Creative Writing program and also teaches high school English in Surrey. The host of the 2014 Poetry in the Park series and organizer for 2015, Kyle is a Past President of Royal City Literary Arts Society. He has been published in a number of anthologies, online journals, and print periodicals and can be found online

 at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery,   6584 Deer Lake Avenue.  (not the Burnaby Art Gallery)


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.