Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Travel Writing Workshop with Ruth Kozak

Next Thursday, April 6, Ruth Kozak will be presenting a five week TRAVEL WRITING BASICS WORKSHOP at the El Santo Restaurant 680 Columbia St. New Westminster, (down the street across from the Anvil Centre and NW skytrain station). 11.45 - 1.45 (back room). COST; $50 April 6 - May 4.
Five weeks of fun learning how to construct saleable articles about your travels.  E-mail for further information.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Announcing our Spoken INK readers for March and April

8 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby


March 21:  Monica Meneghetti & Sylvia Symons

Sylvia Symons is a graduate of TWS 2016 in the poetry genre. Her work appears in Event,  Geist and Best Canadian Poetry 2016 and is forthcoming in Room. Originally from Prince George, she now lives with her husband and sons in Vancouver where she teaches ESL at Langara College.

Monica Meneghetti is a multilingual language professional and writer with a penchant for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her work appears in print and online as well as in musical scores and on stage. Her written work has appeared in Prairie Journal, Prairie Fire, Filling Station and Canadian Alpine Journal. She has also published online with CBC Canada Writes, CBC Hyperlocal, Trivia: Voices of Feminism and Plenitude Magazine. Her first work of literary translation, The Call of the Ice, was published by Mountaineer’s Books and was a finalist for a Banff Mountain Book Award.

APRIL 18:  Aidan Chafe & Lindsay Glauer Kwan

Aidan Chafe is the author of the chapbooks Right Hand Hymns (Frog Hollow Press, 2017) and Sharpest Tooth (Anstruther Press, 2016). His poetry has appeared in a number of print and online journals including Contemporary Verse 2, Cordite Poetry Review and Scrivener Creative Review. He lives in Burnaby, BC.

Lindsay Glauser Kwan is a graduate of the Writer's Studio at SFU, where she worked on her memoir, Blues Harps. She is an editor and art coordinator for Room magazine, a feminist literary and arts magazine. She is also a past editor of the Vancouver Book Club. Currently, she is completing her master’s degree in professional communication at Royal Roads University, where she focused her thesis on the ways in which writers are adapting to social media.

Incite with Janet Rogers, Rebecca Rosenblum and Lori McNulty

Rebecca Rosenblum (So Much Love), Lori McNulty (Life on Mars) and Janet Rogers (Totem Poles & Railroads) present their new books and discuss human connections—how they form, and how they break down. Rosenblum details the lives of members of a small community after a young woman is abducted; McNulty’s “raw, moving, [and] strange” stories explore the absurdities of human (and nonhuman) relationships; and Rogers’ latest poetry collection illustrates the dynamics of colonialism in Canada.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7:30pm (Doors at 7)
Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch - Alice McKay Room
Free - RSVP recommended
Additional details can be found at

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Writers Adventure Camp has announced its second annual fiction contest and third annual camp.
The contest deadline is April 10.

First prize includes full tuition to the camp, resort accommodation, and publication in The Walrus!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

After an outstanding year with his acclaimed short story collection The Stories That Make Us (a finalist for the Whistler Independent Book Award) , BWS's Shawn Gale's latest book, World of Dawn: Arise will be available in mid-April.  It is the first in his highly-anticipated YA SF series. Check out his website and video trailer at The first two readers who send Shawn the antagonist's name from World of Dawn:Arise receive a free one-year online Creative Writing course.

Monday, March 6, 2017

March Workshop Meeting

The BWS March meeting/manuscript workshop  

will be held at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Library 

Wednesday, March 15th, 7 -8:30 p.m.

Check at the main information desk for room directions.

Drop-in visitors welcome as always.

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)