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The Federation of BC Writers is very pleased to announce that Bryan Mortensen will be joining us as Executive Director.

Bryan Mortensen is an emerging writer, eager traveler, and experienced administrator. He has an Arts Degree in English with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Alberta. In his work, Bryan has been keenly interested in how marginalized communities tell their stories to shape community.
Bryan has worked for a plethora of not-for-profit organizations in roles from Case Worker to Executive Director. He most recently served as an Administrative Secretary for the University of Alberta. He is excited to bring his experience and passion for community building to the Federation of BC Writers.
Growing up, Bryan lived in the Lower Main Land (Surrey) before being uprooted to Alberta in his late teens. He now lives in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and is proud to again call British Columbia his home. Bryan has taken part in the 3 Day Novel Writing Contest for nine years and is the last of his writing group to pursue the path to publication. He is an avid follower of Julia Cameron's Artist's Way teachings and religiously starts his day with morning pages (journaling). Bryan gets rather irked when he is unable to do so; feel free to ask his partner.
Nine out of ten of Bryan's friends describe him as fun and or exhausting.

Welcome aboard Bryan! 

We want to thank everyone who expressed an interest in this position and applied. The selection committee consisted of  board members Jacqueline Carmichael, Doni Eve, Francesca Gesualdi, and Ruth Lloyd. It was a very difficult decision with several well-qualified candidates. We also very much appreciate the work of Andrea Guldin, who stepped in as Acting Executive Director for May and June. Andrea now resumes her busy roles as writer, mom, running her own not-for-profit, and FBCW area rep. Thank you Andrea!

Congratulations to Wiley Ho of North Vancouver  winner of the BC/Yukon Short 2020

The Federation of British Columbia (BC) Writers is pleased to announce a story by Wiley Ho of North Vancouver was named the first-place winner of the 4th annual short story contest BC-Yukon Short 2020.

The contest judge was best-selling novelist Eileen Cook. She said she was impressed by the quality of the entries. Ho’s story, Masquerade, pulled her in from the first line, Cook said.  

“Like the narrator slipping through the party, the reader observes and judges the characters as the story flows until the very end. The balance in a friendship between honesty and kindness is explored. The author voice combined with the sparkling descriptions make this story as intoxicating as the champagne served at the party,” she said. 

Ho will receive $350 and a year’s Federation of British Columbia Writers membership. The winning entry will be published in WordWorks 2020 #2, the flagship magazine of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

Cook selected two honourable mentions, who will both receive a one-year membership to the Federation of British Columbia Writers. When We Had Wings by Edythe Anstey Hanen of Bowen Island was first runner-up. “This story beautifully recaptures the sense of freedom, adventure and risk that the character’s experience. It will remind readers of their own youth,” Cook said. Scale Mail by Anne Hopkinson of Victoria was selected as second runner-up. “Scale Mail is a sharp-witted critique on the dating world. A dark comedy of revenge, but with hints of hope,” Cook said.

Wiley Ho is a writer of short stories and memoir. Wiley works as a freelance technical writer, editor and blogger. Born in Taiwan, she moved with her family to Canada when she was eight. Wiley identifies as Generation 1.5, inhabiting that haunted space between the here and there-ness of two countries, several cultures and multiple selves. She is working on a collection of short stories about her Taiwanese-Canadian childhood.

The creative fiction contest opened on April 1st and closed April 30th.
Sponsored by the Federation of British Columbia Writers, the BC/Yukon Short 2020 is an annual competition for original, unpublished short stories by BC and Yukon writers. This year was the 4th annual contest, and the 1st year with the inclusion of the Yukon.

The Federation of British Columbia Writers sponsors three contests each year. The next contest will be for flash fiction or non-fiction – short prose pieces of no more than 500 words each – opening September 1st and closing October 1st. The Literary Writes poetry contest opens each year in December and closes the following year on February 1st.

For more information about the Federation of British Columbia Writers and upcoming contests, visit

Check out the news article on Wiley's win published in the North Shore News.

Federation of BC Writers congratulates first
Writer-in-Residence Rod MacIntyre

The Fernie Writers Conference awarded the first Writer-in-Residence to Rod MacIntyre of Christina Lake. The residency will run from October 17 to November 7, 2020. Rod will give a reading at the start and one at the end and lead a five-session evening workshop. The balance of the time will be his to work on a project.

Rod MacIntyre is the award-winning author of The RinkThe Blue Camaro, and Feeding At Nine among others. His latest title, Mahihkan Lake was a finalist for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Fiction. He was a founding member of PUC (now the Playwrights Guild of Canada) and the WGC (Writers Guild of Canada, formerly ACTRA) served on the boards of CanCopy (now AccessCopyright) and three separate terms with the SWG (Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild). He has held residencies and readings across Canada but this is his first in British Columbia. Rod holds an Honours BA, English and Sociology, U of S, 1970. He now makes his home in Christina Lake, BC with his partner Sharyn Swann, where he golfs, hikes, rides motorcycle and repairs diatonic harmonicas.

The Call for Submissions brought in a broad variety of writers. The committee chose Rod because he is a SAG member and has three plays that have staged and published. In his playwriting experience, Rod brings added dimension, above and beyond his depth in poetry, fiction and non-fiction, that convinced the committee he would be the right person for the first Residency. 

The Fernie Writers Conference Writer-in-Residence is a joint effort by the Conference, the Federation of BC Writers and the Conference lodging partners--Fernie Lodging Company and Lizard Creek Lodge.

The Fernie Writers Conference is grateful for the support of our partners in making this Residency possible. If you are interested in hosting a Writer-in-Residence, contact Keith Liggett

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Coming soon! 
Missed a Sunday webinar?
View the recording at the Federation of BC Writers online school

Disappointed you missed Ev Bishop's popular webinar on marketing and promotion from a small town? Looking for editing tips from Darling Axe senior editors David Brown and Michelle Barker? You can still access our popular Sunday webinars if you did not get a chance to participate live. Recordings of all past webinars can be viewed here. You just need to create an account to access the Teachable platform. Recordings are accessible for the discounted rate of $12 (live webinars are $20). 

Coming September 13th
The Power of Cross Promotion - with author Bill Arnott 

Our next Sunday Webinar features Indie author Bill Arnott in an engaging workshop to sharpen your plan for success as a writer. This is a compressed versions of Bill’s multiday workshop series. Wherever you are in your writing career, Bill outlines foolproof strategies to maximize your book’s success. Gain the tools to brand, promote and market your book and enjoy doing it! Author Bill Arnott turned his first book, Wonderful Magical Words, into a Canadian bestseller. His latest self published work, WIBA 2019 Finalist Gone Viking: A Travel Saga has been acquired by traditional publisher Rocky Mountain Books with Heritage Group.
Sign up and get more information here.

Can you help?

Federation of BC Writers member Patrick Hill is looking for a proofreader for a 33,000-word non-fiction manuscript. Please contact Patrick at:
Fernie Writers Conference Opens Registration
with a discount for Federation of BC Writers members

In spite of cries of doom and gloom, the Fernie Writes Conference is moving ahead with the week-long Conference opening on August 17th, 2020. With this they hope to bring a bit to normalcy to the months ahead.
The Fernie Writers Conference brings award winning authors to Fernie Alpine Resort to lead one-week, four-day, and three-day intensive writing workshops.
This year the Conference Workshop leaders cross a broad spectrum of the writing community. Pam Houston brings her personal touch and intimacy to writing a memoir. John Keeble, author of acclaimed novels, brings his storyteller’s touch. Tom Wayman, crossing poetry, short story and novel, bring the journeyman’s tools to his workshop. Sid Marty. What can you say? A rancher, a conservationist once banned from all Alberta parks, Sid brings his emotional words. Sue Purvis and Sara Fish offer a mix of writing critique with lessons in getting it done. We have playwright/SAG actor, Rod MacIntyre to teach how to tread to boards. Jayme Moye takes her Banff Award winning ways and shows how to break into the magazine world. If you need to broaden your skill set, Harry Kerker will bring photography into your bag of tricks. For the Youth Sessions, Danielle Gibson is back to guide their words.
There are editors and agents sliding in during the week. A panel discussion every afternoon and a performance every night.
Federation of BC Writers receive 10% off tuition. Registration is easy with a small completely refundable deposit.
Graze through the offerings and find one that works. We will be adding a couple more sessions in the coming week.
Or just come up for a day or two and sample the atmosphere.
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Writing for Live Performance

The McLoughlin Gardens Society is pleased to announce that playwright Marcus Youssef will be their 2020 writer-in-residence. On August 20th, Marcus will lead a one-day workshop for young and emerging writers (all ages) focusing on dialogue and character-driven writing and storytelling. The workshop will be held outside, in and amongst the gardens on the secluded grounds of the Brian and Sarah McLoughlin Regional Park at Williams Beach in Merville. In order to ensure comfortable physical distancing, the workshop will be limited to 10 writers.
Ideal for writers who draw inspiration from theatre or live performance, or who want to work on dialogue skills. Price: $75. Send applications to before July 15th, addressing the following questions:
  • What do you like to write most, in terms of genre?
  • What’s something you’ve watched (TV, film, live theatre, online) recently that you’ve loved and would have loved to have been part of writing?
  • What’s one aspect of it that you loved most?
Successful applicants will be notified by July 31, 2020. The 2017 winner of Canada’s prestigious Siminovitch Prize for playwriting, Marcus also writes screenplays, prose, journalism, and creative non-fiction, as well as for online-performance. The workshop is open to writers in any of these, and the exercises and discussion will be adapted to participants’ preferred genres.

Commissioner launches new Story Laureate of Yukon program

The Commissioner’s Office is launching the Story Laureate of Yukon program. The Story Laureate will create works that focus on cultural, historical and heritage themes that are relevant to the people who live in Yukon. They will serve as an ambassador for the literary arts, story telling and literacy in the context of Yukon’s past, present and future. The term will run from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022.

Yukoners can find out how to apply by going to the Commissioner of Yukon’s website or can call 867-667-5121 or visit the office at 412 Main Street,
Whitehorse, Yukon.

It is my honour to launch the new Story Laureate of Yukon program. We want to have a program that is more inclusive to the non-written word artists, as well as authors, poets and other written story tellers.

Commissioner of Yukon Angélique Bernard

Quick facts 
  • The incumbent will create works and focus on cultural, historical and heritage themes relevant to the people who live in Yukon.

  • Eligible applicants must be 19 years of age and have lived in Yukon for two continuous years prior to applying.

  • The Story Laureate of Yukon will have a stipend of $5,000 per year for their two-year term and then will have to wait six years to reapply.

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