2014 Meetings

 

JANUARY *

2014 Annual General Meeting January 8th
& New Year Open Mic at Oaklands

Why not start the year with a reading at the Open Mic Night at Oaklands? Listeners supplied.

Arrive early to sign up to read your fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry. 

January is also our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Members will (quickly) elect the new executive.  Why not nominate your friend? Why not join the executive yourself?  Renew your membership – or join up – and have your say.

JAN. 15th #

Submissions – Island Writer 12/1 – DEADLINE

February 5 Dr. Alan Cassels "How I became so incenAlan Cassals 01smallsed with Pharmaculture that it turned me into a writer-activist: The case of the Accidental Journalist."
March 5th Resources for Writers in Victoria
A panel of Victoria’s authors discuss local writing instruction, critique groups, contests, editing, publishing, open mic nights and the general writing community. Each of our six speakers will present for around five minutes, with Q&A to follow.Our presenters are Nicola Furlong (Publishing), Peter Grant (Periodical Writers Association of Canada), Yvonne Blomer (Planet Earth Poetry), Ann Graham Walker (Federation of British Columbia Writers), Sally Jennings (Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island) and Edeana Malcolm (Victoria Writers’ Society). Introducing the Panelists (read more)Please bring along questions or information on the who, what, where, when, why and/or how of writing in the capital city. Moderated by the Victoria Writers’ Society.Local publications will be available. We encourage authors to display on the tables provided. Refreshments will be biscuits and [BYO cup for] coffee.
April 2nd Jack Knox: an award-losing columnist with the Victoria Times Colonist.Knox-Jack 01
Since joining the Times Colonist in 1988, Jack has worked as a copy editor, city editor, editorial writer and editorial page editor. Prior to that he was an editor and reporter at newspapers in Campbell River, Regina and Kamloops.As a journalist he has debated policy with the prime minister, sat down with a succession of premiers and interviewed a murderer in his cell. He liked the murderer. Career highlights include being blasted with blowhole spray by Luna the whale (it tasted like fish), interviewing a porn movie star in the nude (her, not him) and getting a phone call from Barack Obama four days before he (Obama, not Jack) was elected president.In his spare time he plays in a rock and roll band made up of fellow riders from his old Tour de Rock team. They perform at charity events around Victoria, playing until the audience comes up with enough money to make them stop.

MAY 2nd #

Submissions – WRITING CONTESTDEADLINE

MAY *

7 Island Writer 12/1 Magazine LaunchIW 12-1 300x193small

Come celebrate the launch of the latest Island Writer with readings and goodies! Contributing authors will read from their works of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.
Family, friends, and the general public are welcome.

The readings begin at 7 o’clock promptly.The evening includes refreshments, mingling and distribution of Island Writer magazine vol. 12 issue 2.

Our twice-yearly collection has gone digital for members. Hard copies will be at the meeting for those who ordered in advance.
A limited number of extra copies will be available for purchase.

JUNE 4 OPEN MIC
Tell us a story: audience supplied
Please come and read a scene from your novel, a short story or a poem. Readers and listeners equally welcome.
Arrive early to read fiction or non-fiction.
OPEN MIC format – please sign up on arrival.
JULY * X
AUGUST * X

SEPT. 1st #

Submissions – Island Writer 12/2 – DEADLINE

September 3 Contest Awards
Come join us as we announce the winners in the Victoria Writers’ Society 13th Annual Writing Contest.
Contest judges will present prizes to the top three entries in each of the three categories – poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction – and the winners will read from their work.
In addition, all contest winners will be invited to have their story or poem published in the upcoming issue of Island Writer magazine.
October Sid Tafler on Editing
Sid Tafler ThumbSid Tafler will speak about the editing process  – how to edit your own manuscript and when to engage a contract editor to improve your work.
He will show us the difference between conceptual editing and text editing, and why both are required on any work of writing.
Sid was Editor of Monday Magazine and a writer and copy editor at the Calgary Herald and the Canadian Press. He has designed and delivered courses in editing and writing at universities in BC and Alberta, served as Writer in Residence at the Festival of the Written Arts in Sechelt, B.C. and as a judge for  the B.C. Book Awards and the Western Magazine Awards.
November 5   Jean Leggett,   One More Story Games Inc.,  Writers Software Demonstration.
This demo will cover how to create an interactive story Jean Legget 01using the tool, and an advanced look at Mystery World, OMSG’s first online playable portal for published story games. OMSG provides the writers’ tool and the marketplace to sell and collect revenue from published content so that storytellers can get paid for their wonderful imaginings.
One More Story Games is an indie game studio based out of Barrie, Ontario lead by husband and wife team Blair and Jean Leggett. Blair is a 14 year veteran of the games industry, having worked for Electronic Arts and Zynga for over 10 years.  www.Onemorestorygames.com
Join Jean Leggett, co-founder of One More Story Games, for a talk on the future of interactive fiction story games. OMSG has developed a writer’s tool called StoryStylus for amateur to professional storytellers to create simple or complex interactive worlds for readers to play through as story games.
DECEMBER * 3 Island Writer 12/2 Magazine Launch Come celebrate the launch of the latest Island Writer with readings and goodies! Contributing authors will read from their works of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.
Family, friends, and the general public are welcome.
The readings begin at 7 o’clock promptly.
The evening includes refreshments, mingling and distribution of Island Writer magazine vol. 12 issue 2.
Our twice-yearly collection has gone digital for members. Hard copies will be at the meeting for those who ordered in advance.
A limited number of extra copies will be available for purchase.
N.B.
  • X no meeting (July and August)
  • * no speaker invited (January, May, July, August, and December)
  • # submission deadlines (February 1st, May 1st, and September 1st)

 

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